Dr. John Recha, a Kenyan Agronomist with the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security CCAFS in East Africa, says once enforced crop quarantine will overwhelm the pest to extinction.
The grant will go towards the development of new bankable climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in view of achieving the national Climate change goals identified under the Nationally Determine Contributions NDCs.
The report warns that without urgent action to reduce emissions, the occurrence of climate shocks and stresses in the Africa region are expected to get much worse adding that there is mounting evidence that higher temperatures have worsened drought and humanitarian disaster in East Africa.
The Government last year launched the Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy UGGDS. The strategy is one of the steps that must be taken by government to achieve the envisaged transformation in an inclusive and environmentally sustainable way.
Esther Mwangi, the Principle Scientist of the Nairobi based CIFOR, says women in Rakia, Masaka and Mpigi districts are contributing greatly in tree planting and restoring the degraded environment resulting from illegal logging and farming.
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania not only face challenges of illegal logging within their borders, but they are also used as transit countries for timber illegally logged in other countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
One terrorist group operating in East Africa is estimated to make between US$ 38 million and US$ 56 million annually from the illegal trade in charcoal. In total, militia and terrorist groups in and around African nations with on-going conflicts may earn US$ 111 Million to US$ 289 million annually from their involvement in, and taxing of, the illegal or unregulated charcoal trade.