UN CC:Learn in Uganda
Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change
Uganda is highly vulnerable to climate change and variability as its economy and the well-being of its people are tightly bound to climate. In order to strengthen individual skills and institutional capacities to foster green, low emission and climate resilient development, the country implemented a national UN CC:Learn Pilot Project (2011-2013). Through the Project the country takes a strategic and results-oriented approach to climate change learning with an involvement of key sectors and stakeholders.
The UN CC:Learn Project in Uganda was initiated beginning of 2012 and was implemented over a period of 23 months. The Project aims to foster a systematic and country-driven process to strengthen human resources and skills to advance green, low emission and climate resilient development. It is implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Water and Environment. A first important milestone in the Project was the development of a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. Initial Priority Actions implemented following the launch of the Strategy include training for newly appointed Climate Change Desk Officers across Government Ministries, as well as a series of activities to strengthen climate change education.
The UN CC:Learn Project in Uganda is coordinated through a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral National Coordination Mechanism which is linked to the national Climate Change Policy Committee (CCPC).
The National Climate Change Learning Strategy
Uganda’s Minister of Water and Environment (MWE), H.E. Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu launched the National Strategy and Action Plan to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development 2013-2022 on 28 June 2013, Kampala, Uganda.
The Strategy includes a number of key recommendations to strengthen climate change learning in Uganda over the next decade, including:
- Build capacity and strengthen the UNFCCC National Focal Point for Uganda (Climate Change Unit, MWE).
- Strengthen human resources and skills in the Department of Meteorology for climate change monitoring.
- Strengthen skills for mainstreaming climate change in other key sectors such as agriculture, water, and energy.
- Support on-going efforts to integrate climate change learning in curricula from the primary to the tertiary level.
- Assess the impacts of climate change learning.
- Harmonize climate change learning among different institutions and levels.
The Strategy will be implemented through the institutional mechanism that has been set up under the National Climate Change Policy of Uganda.
UN Support to Address Climate Change
The UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2016-2020 for Uganda provides several entry points for climate change education and training, in particular outcome 3.1 on natural resource management and climate change resilience. To coordinate climate change activities in Uganda the UN Country Team has created a Technical Working Group on Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), chaired by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
Agencies active in the area of climate change in Uganda include inter alia:
- UNDP is supporting the Government of Uganda to implement adaptation measures that respond to the identified priority interventions in Uganda’s National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) and the National Development Plan. These initiatives focus on integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in the country’s land management and agriculture sector policies and programmes. Current programmes include the Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC) aimed at assisting sub-national governments in achieving low carbon and climate change resilient development; and the Ecosystem Based Adaptation Programme for Mountain Ecosystems aimed at reducing vulnerability of Uganda to climate change impacts (together with the UN Environment Programme – UNEP).
- The World Food Programme (WFP) is working with the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) to assist vulnerable populations in adapting to impacts of climatic changes. Current activities focus on two particularly fragile ecosystems: the drylands of eastern Karamjoa and the Mount Elgon watershed.
- The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has supported a climate change assessment for Kampala as part of the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI). UN-Habitat is further collaborating with Makerere University which is hosting a hub on “Climate Change and DRR” as part of the Habitat University Network Initiative (Habitat UNI).
- The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with Dan Church Aid to support the National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC) and the Climate Change Unit (CCU), MWE on integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change in primary and secondary education.