The Adaptation Gap Report 2021: The Gathering Storm calls for ramping up funding and action to address the growing impacts of climate change. The UNEP report was issued as world leaders meet at the COP26 UN climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, in a collective push to limit global warming, in line with the Paris Agreement.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which was facilitated or amplified by our hyper-connected society, demonstrated in the clearest form possible that there are no borders or boundaries that can contain disasters. While this interconnectivity has been globally recognized for COVID-19, it equally applies to many other large-scale disasters which took place in 2020/2021.
The four-year project, code-named Innovation and Gender Sensitive Nature-Based Solutions for Resilience-NBS and Green jobs is implemented by WWF-Uganda in the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu, Ntoroko, Kabarole and Rubirizi.
Currently, the main access road (Omabor Road) that connects Kalaki and Kaberamaido remains cut off since 2020 while major roads connecting some sub-counties in the three districts have also remained inaccessible.
At least 38 CSOs from Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo issued a communique rejecting the signing or conclusion of what they called secret agreements for the Tilenga, Kingfisher and East African Crude Oil Pipeline oil projects, until all court cases in various countries are determined. The cases mainly related to issues of human rights and the environment.
“Some of the teachers who remained at school tried to control the community from grazing in the school compound but they were harassed. Some community members even threatened to beat up our teachers who attempted to stop them from grazing on the school compound”, Olaki said.
Launched ahead of the World Cities’ Day 2020, marked today, the reports puts Kampala on the list of 100 other cities that are expected to suffer the greatest rise in water risk problems by 2050. The risks include flooding, drowning, prolonged hot seasons and water scarcity, among others.
James Okware, the Senior Warden in charge of the park, says that due to poaching, climate change, and excessive degradation of the park by those engaged in timber cutting and collection of firewood, a number of tree species, mammals and reptiles are at the verge of extinction.
It had been hoped that Uganda would still later in the year host the event as earlier planned.
A statement from UN Climate Change Secretariat’s Regional Collaboration Centre-Kampala confirms that the meeting will not take place this year.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that it was sickening that 16 years after passing the Act, Finance Ministry is yet to allocate money under the Fund to enable vigorous replacement of trees that have been cut and the disappearing forests. The Tree Fund is provided for under Section 40 of the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act 2003.
Paul Oonyu, a farmer in Gweri sub county says although the rains appear serious, he cannot risk planting anything on the ground because he is not sure of its reliability. Oonyu claims that farmers have lost to such rains when they get excited to cultivate.
Beatrice Anwar, the state minister for environment said the Africa Climate Week is a unique event that brings together both government and non-party stakeholders to address climate issues under one umbrella in order to become part of the momentum created by the global climate agreement in Paris.
Eng. Nicholas Lubanga, one of the officials from the Water and Environment Ministry overseeing the project, says the mistakes that lead to loss of the crops could be expected since it was the first time for the farmers to interface with irrigation technology.
Ssemambo adds that the Climate Change Department has now developed tools that will aid technocrats at all levels to include an aspect of climate change mitigation and adaptation into planning, decisionmaking and investment.
Jimmy Ouna, the NFA Northern Regional Manager says the move is aimed at restoring bamboo plants that were depleted from the forest reserve over the years due to encroachment and high demands.
Ouna says NFA plans to restore bamboo on 100 hectares’ piece of land at the forest reserve to increase the forest cover.