Saturday, November 10, 2012

Uganda to get a climate change policy

Ronald Musoke in via the Independent (Kampala): The Climate Change Unit in the Ministry of Water and Environment is in the process of initiating a national Climate Change Policy before the end of the year according to a top Ministry of Water and Environment official. The Climate Change Unit was created by the government in 2008 although it started work in 2009 following its endorsement by the Cabinet.

Paul Isabirye, the Co-ordinator of the Climate Change Unit and the national focal person for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) said the policy will be accompanied by an implementation and communication strategy to avoid falling prey to the usual folly where well written national policies often fail to realize their goals because they lack an 'implementation strategy.'

In an exclusive interview with The Independent at the Climate Change Unit offices in Kampala on Nov. 9, Isabirye said the unit was working hard to have both the 'costed implementation' and communication strategies accompany the policy. "By the end of the year, these two will be out (and) these will help Uganda's climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts," Isabirye said....

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