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Underfunding Climate Change Agenda Affects Uganda and the World. Time to Shape up

I write on behalf of Ugandans and the East African Community on environmental conservation to issue a stern warning to the government of Uganda regarding its inadequate funding and lack of serious commitment to addressing climate change. The recent article published in The East African on September 30, 2023, highlights the alarming underfunding of the environment sector in Uganda as climate change continues to wreak havoc on the nation. Uganda's allocation of a mere $114 million, constituting a mere 0.8 percent of the 2023/24 budget, for climate change, natural resource, environment, and water management is wholly insufficient. This allocation pales in comparison to the $2.06 billion (14.6 percent) allocated to governance and security, or the $1.2 billion (8.5 percent) earmarked for transport and infrastructure. This disparity in funding sends a distressing message that the government is failing to prioritize the environment, despite the growing urgency of climate-related challenges. Data from the Economic Policy Research Centre indicates that Uganda should be committing at least 30 percent of its national resources, which equates to a minimum of $258 million annually, to implement actions outlined in the government's 2015 Climate Change Policy. This underfunding exacerbates the vulnerability of Ugandan communities, particularly those in mountainous regions like southwestern Uganda and the Mt Elgon area, who face increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events, including floods and mudslides. Christine Nakimwero, an influential representative, reveals that an alarming 70 percent of climate change management funding relies on external sources. Rich nations' persistent failure to fulfill their obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change leaves Uganda with insufficient climate finance. The consequences of this negligence are dire. Recent incidents of flooding, mudslides, and heavy rains have resulted in loss of life, displacement of communities, and economic disruptions. Notably, the destruction of the Katonga swamp for agriculture aggravated the flooding, cutting off vital trade routes and causing widespread damage. Furthermore, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority has issued a warning of above-normal rains until early January 2024, with potentially devastating impacts. Climate change, compounded by inadequate financial support, amplifies the scale of extreme weather disasters, causing not only loss of lives but also increased health risks due to waterborne diseases. Uganda's environmental laws are commendable, but without adequate funds for their execution, they remain ineffective. Dr. Achilles Byaruhanga, the executive director of Nature Uganda, underscores that insufficient funding remains the primary impediment to implementing monitoring and sensitization plans. Additionally, limited human resources and the absence of intersectoral collaboration further exacerbate the issue.
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In light of these alarming circumstances, we urge the government of Uganda to take immediate, substantive action to address climate change. Failure to do so will not only result in more significant disasters and loss of life but also place an unbearable burden on future generations. We call on the government to allocate more substantial resources, enforce environmental laws, and collaborate across sectors to safeguard our nation's environment and people. Time is running out, and the consequences of inaction are severe. The government must act now, or Uganda will face dire consequences as the effects of climate change continue to intensify.



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  • Ann Nyambura

    32 w

    Relying on external climate finance may not be a sustainable long-term solution, and Uganda should explore ways to bolster its domestic capacity for climate action.

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    • Peter Kamau

      33 w

      Uganda is surely a silent climate denier. Refusal to allocate more funds for a cause that is just is very suspect of them

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      • walter lungayi

        33 w

        It is advised for governments and international organizations to step up and allocate sufficient resources to combat climate change. Failure to do so will only exacerbate the negative impacts on vulnerable communities and hinder global efforts to mitigate climate change. It is high time that we prioritize and invest in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies to ensure a sustainable future for all.

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        • rosebellendiritu

          33 w

          Climate change is a matter that should be taken seriously by the government and provide enough kitty to handle it

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          • Edwin wangombe

            33 w

            Uganda should definitely wake up smell the coffee...and start taking maters of climate change seriously

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            • CHRIS NGATIA

              33 w

              Uganda should be serious on matters partaining climate change

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              • Rashid Kamau

                33 w

                Uganda needs to be serious.

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                • john linus Tom

                  33 w

                  Governments should fund climate action projects

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                  • Princess

                    33 w

                    Absolutely, climate change poses significant challenges, and insufficient funding hampers efforts to mitigate its impacts.

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                    • Gorffly mokua

                      33 w

                      This is a big setback, It's high time we prioritize funding & implement robust measures to combat climate change!

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                      • Annett Michuki..

                        33 w

                        climate change is inevitable

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                        • Grace Njeri

                          33 w

                          @annett_michuki Yes,it's a serious matter and it affects us all. We need all possible means to fight it.

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