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.
The Ministry of Water and Environment
is currently developing disaster risk reduction tools to aid the integration of
climate change programs into planning and budgeting processes.
Senior Climate Change Specialist Muhammad
Ssemambo says that the cross-sectoral nature of climate change interventions requires
an all-round approach to ensure that all stakeholders address climate change
impacts and their causes.
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.
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The said tools have been piloted
in Kasese, Mbale and Lira municipality in the areas of agriculture, transport,
energy, environment, and biodiversity. Ssemambo
says that the ministry is currently advancing to provide practical,
step-by-step guidance for all local governments on how to mainstream climate
change in their activities.
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Wakiso District Natural Resources
Officer Rebecca Ssabaganzi observes the move towards integration of the climate
change will be a big milestone since currently there have been little or no
funds allocated for mitigation interventions.
Ssabaganzi shares that with the
integration fast-tracked, the planning officers in different sectors and
departments will have projections for their areas, to enable them to plan for mitigation
and sensitization of masses.
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Wakiso District Chairperson Matia
Lwanga Bwanika welcomes the idea of integration and mainstreaming of climate
change interventions but expresses reservations on the government’s commitment to
meet the financial obligation attached to the development.
Bwanika argues that the
government should as well show the political will to address some environmental
challenges that lead to climate change.
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The Emissions Gap Report recently
released by the UN Environment Programme cautioned that the world is heading
for more destructive climate impacts, even if countries meet commitments made
under the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The report, which compares where
greenhouse gas emissions are heading, versus where they need to be; caled on all
countries to reduce their emissions, and substantially increase their Nationally
Determined Contributions (the commitments made under the Paris Agreement) in
2020, and put into place the policies to implement them in order to avert deadly
and catastrophic heatwaves, storms and pollution.