Ruth Lugwisha, a Senior Environmental Management Officer at the National Environment Management Council in Tanzania, held a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship at the Environment Agency in 2007. During her three-month programme, she was able to acquire practical skills which have resulted in several benefits for her home country.
‘As a result of this programme, my professional capabilities, skills, and knowledge of environmental compliance and enforcement have been enhanced. I have enhanced my knowledge of regulatory frameworks for effective compliance and enforcement; developing and implementing environmental compliance and enforcement systems; tools and mechanisms; and operating institutional arrangements for effective and efficient collaboration and cooperation among actors. Other issues are waste management (wastewater and solid waste); investigation and inspections for compliance gathering and admissible evidence; negotiation skills; conflict resolution and management; handling and managing complaints and incidences; and emergency preparedness.’