Key lessons from Uganda's LECB NAMA development process
Uganda’s vulnerability to climate change impacts remains a key reminder of the need to evaluate her readiness and preparedness to counter these negative and often diverse effects. Over the years, droughts, over flooding and landslides among others have affected communities in as many negative ways such as loss of property, life and other livelihoods. The quality of life has also reduced given the burden placed by numerous uncoordinated effects on the environment. Disease is rampant, healthy lifestyles continue to suffer, poverty is on the increase, development is stifled and Uganda’s population, one of the highest in the world continues to grow at an estimated rate of 3.1 percent according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics.
These issues were in the minds of close to 90 key participants at many stakeholder engagements held between May to October 2013 with the Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Project on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) coordinated by Climate Change Unit (CCU) at Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) on behalf of Government of Uganda and implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the generous contribution of the following donors; the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and AusAID. The LECB Programme runs through 2016 and is active in twenty five countries around the globe.
Among the lessons learnt on the project so far were; the need to involve stakeholders, embrace multi-sectoral approaches, engage the private sector through public private partnerships, and generate and disseminate information throughout the process of development of NAMAs and later implementation.