Uganda’s Green Growth Development Strategy, a project aimed at combating climate change effects, is among the expected beneficiaries from a multi-million basket fund from the European Union.
Ahead of December’s major climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, France, the EU recently announced a €350 million (about Shs 1.3 trillion) contribution towards the global fund for climate change mitigation.
Speaking during a climate change diplomacy breakfast meeting at Protea hotel, last week, the head of EU Delegation in Uganda, Kristian Schmidt, noted that the EU and its member states are already the biggest funders of climate change initiatives.
“We are committed to scaling up mobilisation of climate finance from a wide variety of sources and we are actively engaging in with our partners to address these issues in the Paris outcome,” Schmidt said, adding that the EU’s latest offer confirms its commitment to galvanise efforts before the decisive talks.
During COP21, all countries – including Uganda – will sign a new commitment to replace the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse emissions.
Uganda’s Green Growth Development Strategy is centred on massive tree-planting and use of clean renewable energy such as solar power. In her submission to COP21, Uganda has set a target of reducing emissions by 22 per cent by 2030.
Chebet Maikut, the focal point officer in the Climate Change department in the ministry of water and environment, explained that the government will focus on proper land use, transport and clean energy sectors to achieve the target.
The water and environment minister, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, appealed to donors to avail more funding for rural electrification, which could arrest rapid deforestation.