30 March 2020 - With an economy that largely depends on the natural resource base for growth, Uganda is still highly vulnerable to climatic changes, particularly affecting the large proportion (60%) of the population that depends on agriculture for livelihood. Uganda’s development pathway, described in “Uganda Vision 2040” and National Development Plans II and III (2015-2020 and 2021-2025) recognizes the potential for climatic changes to undo substantive developments made already and has prioritized climate adaptation and mitigation actions going forward. As some of the major undertakings on these aspects, UNDP has supported development of the National Green Growth strategy and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) support project. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved funding to build Resilient Communities, Wetland Ecosystems and Associated Catchments in Uganda with implementation support from UNDP that will support the Government of Uganda in the management of critical wetlands that are being affected by a changing climate. In 2016, the Uganda Government partnered with the joint FAO-UNDP Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag), funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI), to integrate the agriculture sector into Uganda’s NAPs process as well.
During a series of interviews conducted by the joint UNDP-UN Environment NAP Global Support Programme, funded by the GEF, at the Gobeshona Conference in Dhaka, UNDP had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Revocatus Twinomuhangi. He is the Coordinator of Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovation based in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Makerere University, and was part of the team that supported the government produce Uganda’s National Climate Change Policy (2015) and the Agricultural Sector National Adaptation Plan (NAP). He therefore has a wealth of information on the challenges and opportunities the country is experiencing through its National Adaptation Planning.
Read the interview here!