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Gov’t to Promote Resilient Cities for Mitigating Climate Change Effects

The minister appealed to the regional cities to take on climate change action focused on disaster risk reduction and resilience saying that government intends to measure and identify strategies for improving resilience in the ten regional cities of Uganda. The regional cities are Arua, Gulu, Lira, Soroti, Mbale, Jinja, Masaka, Mbarara, Hoima and Fort portal.
Minister Obiga Kania.

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The government has acknowledged that there is a critical need to plan for sustainable resilient cities and human settlement development in urban areas in order to combat the impact of climate change.

The call has been made by the State Minister for Urban Development Obiga Kania while officiating at the International commemoration of World Cities Day in Kampala on Friday.

The day which is celebrated every October 31st provides an opportunity to promote interest in global sustainable urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries and cities in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and commit to striving towards sustainable urban development around the world.

  The participants who gathered in Kampala to celebrate the day were mainly the key actors in climate change in the government made their remarks based on the general theme for World Cities Day ‘Better City, Better life’, and the sub-theme “Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience”. 

 

But speaking at the event, the State Minister Kania noted that climate change will have serious impacts for cities in the coming decades especially in Uganda adding that there should be proper planning for sustainable resilient cities and human settlement development. 

 

  According to Kania, Uganda currently has many cities and when they expand, they encounter environmental and ecological systems like floodplains, forests, and wetlands that naturally exist to hold storm water and act as reservoirs of water during drought which he says contribute to the vulnerability of residents.

He however adds that as the regional cities increase, the government anticipates that they will be affected by climatic changes and emergencies differently and these challenges will continue expanding if focus and action is not taken.

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He also appealed to the regional cities to take on climate change action focused on disaster risk reduction and resilience saying that government intends to measure and identify strategies for improving resilience in the ten regional cities of Uganda.

The regional cities are Arua, Gulu, Lira, Soroti, Mbale, Jinja, Masaka, Mbarara, Hoima and Fort portal.

  He also appealed to each regional city in Uganda to determine the natural systems that provide major benefits to it and added that the government is organized to support them to develop and implement a strategy, complimented with an urban green inventory; capturing the green stock within the city, in order to recognize the value these assets contribute to the cities infrastructure, and manage them for long term benefits.  

 

  On his part, Muhammad Ssemambo an official from the Ministry of Water and Environment Climate Change Department says that both political and technical leaders of cities have to work together and ask some basic questions such as to what extent the technical teams have integrated climate change in the design and programs of the city before they get approved.  According to Ssemambo, some of the poorly made designs are the ones resulting into some challenges related to climate change.  

 

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African Center for Trade and Development ‘s Viola Musimenta says that the solutions to problems caused by climate change can be solved depending on how the planning is done. She says that Kampala has been majorly affected by floods and if this problem is to be solved, it may need to reverse the way infrastructure in the city is being built.

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