LOA Procedure Uganda

Designated National Authority (DNA)
The Minister of Water and Environment is Uganda’s Designated National Authority (DNA). The Climate Change Department (CCD) is the secretariat to the DNA. Applications by potential CDM project developers are submitted to the DNA through the Climate Change Department.

CDM Approval Process
A written request for a letter of approval must be submitted to the CCD in hard copy and soft copy. The written request must be accompanied by the following documents:
Final Project Design Documents (PDD) or Programme of Activities (PoA) Design Documents with Component PoA Project Design Documents (CPA-DD) as the case may apply.

  • Completed Sustainable Development Criteria Template (Download Template below).
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Certificate: This is mainly to ensure the observance of proper safeguards in the planning and execution of all development projects including those already in existence that are likely to interfere with the environment. This is issued by the
  • National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA).
  • Documentation to substantiate the legal status of the Applicant.
  • Documentation regarding ODA financing, where applicable.

Upon receipt of the mandatory documents, the DNA Secretariat will check for the completeness of the documents and where necessary, may request additional documents or seek further clarifications.

  • A meeting of the National Climate Change Advisory Committee (NCCAC) will then be convened to consider the application (meetings held quarterly). If the application is approved by the NCCAC, CCD will recommend to the Minister of Water & Environment (the DNA) to issue a Letter of Approval for a CDM Project or PoA.
    If these requirements are not met, CCD will provide a letter to the project participant noting the areas of concern. The project participant must address the comments and revise documentation, as appropriate, in order for DNA to complete the approval process.
  • The Ministry will aim to provide either the Letter of Approval to a CDM Project or a letter outlining necessary revisions within six (06) weeks from the date of receipt of the request for approval and submission of all supporting documentation or from the date of submission of any revisions, clarifications, whichever is later.
  • A site visit will be conducted where needed.