SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS AROUND TELECOMMUNICATIONS INSTALLATIONS IN UGANDA

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Webinar on “safety and environmental concerns around telecommunications installations in Uganda”

The Uganda Communications Commission shall hold a webinar on safety and environmental concerns around telecommunications installations in Uganda, with an aim to;

  • Appreciate the address the prevailing safety and environmental issues around telecommunications developments and services in Uganda ,
  • Improve transparency of the issues at hand,
  • Convey factual information from all actors in such developments, to mitigate the concerns

The webinar will be held on Tuesday 11th August 2020 from at 10.00 – 12.00 hours EAT.

To attend the webinar, please register in advance through the link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3dldhSchSQaLe6F4h7NC8g

The webinar agenda is as below;

Moderator

Dr. Edwin Mugume, Makerere University

Speakers:

Helen Nakiguli, Senior Officer Environment Management, UCC “Addressing safety and environmental issues around telecommunications installations”

 Dr. Fryderyk Lewicki, ITU; Chairman ITU-T SG5 WP1 (EMC, lightning protection, EMF) “Guidance on the principles and practices of EMF measurements, and guidelines on the assessment of human exposure to EMF”

Dr. Jack Rowley: Senior Director for Research and Sustainability, GSMA “Guidance for regulators and operators to ensure EMF compliance for mobile telecommunication towards the public”

Prof. Rodney Croft; Chair ICNIRP “ICNIRP, 5G, Guidelines and Health”

Dr. Emilie Van Deventer; Radiation Program, WHO “The work of WHO in relation to health concerns raised by exposure to EMF”

Arnold Waiswa Ayazika, Director Environmental Monitoring and Compliance, NEMA “NEMA’s role and considerations in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessments, Environmental Audits and other environmental measures during telecommunications developments”

 

SPEAKERS 

 

Dr. Edwin Mugume,  ECE, CEDAT, Makerere University

Edwin Mugume(S’12-M’17) received a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering (First Class Honors) from Makerere University, Uganda in 2007. He received a MSc degree in Communication Engineering (Distinction) in 2011 and a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2016, both from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He has significant industry experience, having planned and optimized cellular networks in Uganda during the 2G and 3G eras.

 

Since 2017, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He is a Senior Researcher with netLabs!UG, a telecommunications and networking technologies research center based at Makerere University. His research interests include energy efficient dense HetNets, 5G cellular technologies, UAV-based cellular systems, applications of machine learning in wireless networks and systems, and wireless sensor networks for environmental applications.

Email: edwin.mugume@cedat.mak.ac.ug.

 

Dr. Fryderyk Lewicki, International Telecommunications Union (ITU); Chairman ITU-T SG5 WP1(EMC, lightning protection, EMF)

Fryderyk Lewicki received MSc and PhD degrees from the Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland). He is also a graduate of several telecommunication programs provided by the United States Telecommunication Training Institute in Washington DC (1990-1992). Since 1985 he joined the Orange Labs Poland where he is expert on Antennas, Radiowave Propagation and EMC. He is Chairman of the ITU-T SG5 WP1/5 “EMC, lightning protection and EMF ” and for the fourth term the Rapporteur for Question 3/5 “Human exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from information and communication technologies (ICTs)”. In the ITU-R SG3 “Radiowave propagation” he is chairman of the Sub Working Group SWG 3K-2 “Path general propagation method”. He is also Past chair of the Polish Chapter of the IEEE EMC Society. The main fields of his activity are: antenna systems, protection against electromagnetic radiation, spectrum management, electromagnetic compatibility and radiowave propagation.

Dr. Jack Rowley: Senior Director for Research and Sustainability, GSMA

Dr Jack Rowley works in the Advocacy Programme of the GSMA where he is Senior Director, Research & Sustainability. He is responsible for technical and policy activities related to the safety of mobile communications and responsible environmental practices. In this role, he manages relationships with major stakeholders such as the WHO and the ITU, develops technical advice for members and coordinates GSMA strategy related to EMF. Jack has been a member of national and international working groups, given expert evidence in base station planning hearings and made submissions to government panels. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and joined the GSMA in 2000. Previously, he worked for Telstra (Australia), primarily in the Research Laboratories. He holds a B. Eng. degree with first class honours from the University of Limerick (Ireland) and a Ph.D. from the RMIT University (Australia). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society.

 

Prof. Rodney Croft; Chair ICNIRP (International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection)

Rodney Croft is Professor of Health Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia, with his specialty the effect of non-ionizing radiation (especially radiofrequency fields associated with mobile telecommunications), on health. Croft has been researching the radiofrequency health domain for 20 years, and has led successive National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Centres of Research Excellence into radiofrequency health since 2005. He has published extensively on the issue of radiofrequency fields and health across domains ranging from basic science to cancer epidemiology and risk communication, and in particular whether radiofrequency fields affect those who report to be ‘electro-hypersensitive’. Croft regularly contributes to the community via the provision of guidance on non-ionizing radiation and health, including government-sector inquires, expert witness testimony for national and international parliamentary inquiries, ad hoc and ongoing contributions to the World Health Organisation, and he is Chairman of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP, Munich, Germany, since 2012). Croft led ICNIRP’s development and recent publication of its radiofrequency guidelines, the first since 1998.

 

Dr. Emilie Van Deventer; Radiation Program, World Health Organisation (WHO)

Dr Emilie van Deventer is the Team Leader of the Radiation Programme at the World Health Organization in Geneva. This programme covers the public health aspects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation safety and provides information and guidance to national authorities on radiation protection and health. She is responsible, inter alia, for the WHO International EMF Project, the Global UV project and radon activities.  Before joining WHO in 2000, she was a chaired professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, USA and received an honorary doctorate (doctor honoris causa) from the University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru in 2014.

 

Arnold Waiswa Ayazika, Director Environmental Monitoring and Compliance, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)

Mr. Waiswa A.N.Ayazika is a specialist in environmental management with over twenty one years’ experience  in the areas of strategic environmental assessments (SEA), environmental  impact assessment (EIA), environmental auditing (EA), water resources management, cleaner production assessment,   pollution management including developing environmental standards. Mr. Waiswa joined NEMA in 1998 as an Environmental Standards Officer, in July 2001 he was appointed Environmental Audits and Monitoring Officer, in June 2003 Mr. Waiswa was appointed Environmental Impact Assessment Coordinator and April 2010 he was appointed a Director for Environmental Monitoring and Compliance, a position he holds to date.  Mr. Waiswa coordinated the Japanese funded capacity building programme on water pollution at the National Environment Management Authority in Uganda with emphasis on building capacity for water pollution management. He coordinated the Norwegian Funded Oil for Development Programme Environmental Pillar activities that included strengthening the policy, legal and technical aspects of environmental management of oil gas activities in Uganda.  He was a member of the steering and coordination committee for the Uganda International Development Finance Strengthening Country Safeguards Systems project funded by the World Bank.

Mr. Waiswa has provided capacity building in the environmental impact assessment in South Sudan, Sudan, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Swaziland and Tanzania.

 

Helen Nakiguli, Senior Officer Environment Management (UCC)

Helen works with the Uganda Communications Commission as the Senior Officer Environment Management under the Division of Research and Service Development. She is currently the Chairperson of the ITU-T SG5 Regional Group for Africa and a former Vice Chair of the Working Group 7  of the East African Communications Organization (EACO). She holds an MSc in Environment management and Sustainability, an Honours degree in Environmental Engineering and Management, and a PGD in Project Planning and Management.

 

PRESENTATIONS

UCC- Addressing safety and environmental concerns around telco installation in Uganda

RF EMF and Health

RF EMF measurements and assessment to human exposure to RF EMF

ICNIRP, 5G Guidelines and Health

NEMA-Safety and environmental concerns around telecommunications installation in Uganda

Guidance for regulators and operators for EMF compliance