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Activists Advocate for Speedy Review of the Forestry Policy to Fast Track Changes in Climate :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Activists Advocate for Speedy Review of the Forestry Policy to Fast Track Changes in Climate

Gaster Kiyingi, the Executive Director of Tree Talk Plus, expressed concern over the prolonged delay in finalizing and implementing the forest policy, stressing its significance in mitigating biodiversity loss and fostering economic development.
23 Apr 2024 08:44
Left to Right Eric Bakalikwira, Anthony Wolimbwa from CAN Gaster Kiyinji of Tree Talk Plus and Adrine Musiime

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Climate activists are calling for the expedited implementation of the Forestry Policy to address climate change more effectively. 

Gaster Kiyingi, the Executive Director of Tree Talk Plus, expressed concern over the prolonged delay in finalizing and implementing the forest policy, stressing its significance in mitigating biodiversity loss and fostering economic development.  

He emphasized the critical role of forests in carbon sequestration and highlighted the absence of laws governing carbon sequestration and carbon trade in the country.   

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Anthony Wolimbwa, the National Coordinator of Climate Action Network Uganda (CAN), emphasized that climate change is not merely an environmental issue but also a matter of justice.

He underscored the disproportionate impact of climate change on vulnerable communities, such as low-income populations, smallholder women farmers, and indigenous people, who often lack the resources to adapt to changing environmental conditions. 

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Wolimbwa urged the government to implement equitable and inclusive solutions to build resilience among vulnerable communities. 

Adrine Musiime from the Climate Action Network Uganda stressed the importance of promoting natural climate solutions, including actions such as sustainable agriculture, to mitigate the impact of climate change. 

However, she noted that agriculture, being a vital sector for Uganda's food security, is particularly vulnerable to climate change and weather pattern shifts.

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Uganda is ranked among the most vulnerable countries to climate change, yet it remains insufficiently prepared to respond. Urgent action is needed to address climate change effectively and protect vulnerable communities from its adverse effects.

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