Objectives & Functions


The main objective for the establishment of the CCD is to strengthen Uganda’s implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol (KP).

Key Functions of the Climate Change Department

To play the role of National Focal Point for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol (KP), through its Secretariat established under article 8 of the Convention for the purpose of ensuring that Uganda meets her obligations.

Co-ordination of national climate change actions (Mitigation and Adaptation) in different sectors, including the creation of awareness among various stakeholders to enable them internalize their roles and responsibilities under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol.

Monitoring the implementation of mitigation and adaptation activities and progressively update Government, the Uganda population and the COP to the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol.

Providing technical support to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water and Environment to enable him/her coordinate climate change issues more effectively as part of the mandate of the Ministry.

To initiate the development and review of appropriate policies, laws and programmes necessary to ensure effective implementation of adaptation and mitigation activities in Uganda.

To implement and guide implementation of adopted policies as well as decisions made by the relevant bodies of government including the Climate Change Policy Committee.

Provision of technical advice and secretarial services to the Climate Change Policy Committee (CCPC).

To establish and maintain the relationship with national, regional and international organizations, institutions and agencies as may be appropriate for facilitating the implementation of the relevant policies, programmes, projects and decisions.

To guide on precautionary measures to anticipate, prevent or minimize the causes of climate change and its adverse effects.

To be the Secretariat for the Designated National Authority (DNA) for the purpose of facilitating Uganda’s participation in CDM in accordance with the Decision of the Seventh Conference of Parties held in Marrakesh, Morocco in 2001.

Establishing and maintaining a register of Clean Development Mechanism projects

To promote and cooperate in the development, application and diffusion, including transfer of technologies, practices and processes that control, reduce or prevent anthropogenic emissions of green house gases in all the relevant sectors including energy, transport, industry, agriculture, forestry and waste management.

To prepare for adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change by guiding the development of elaborate, appropriate and integrated plans for key sectors as well as the rehabilitation of areas affected by drought, desertification and floods.

To coordinate and guide on the education, training and public awareness programmes on climate change, consistent with Article 6 of the Convention.

To guide public participation in addressing climate change and its effects and developing adequate responses.

Assisting in the identification and mobilization of sources of funds for climate change action.
To perform such other functions as may be conferred on it by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water and Environment.