1st Roundtable on Climate Resilience in East Africa
The first roundtable on climate resilience in East Africa took place in Kampala on the 4th of September as part of a series dedicated to examining the issues of climate change, ahead of the Paris 2015 climate conference (COP21).
Addressing more than 150 participants at Makerere University, the French Ambassador, Mrs Sophie Makame, highlighted the consequences of climate change in East Africa and Uganda, warning that the glaciers on the Rwenzori mountain ranges could disappear by 2020 and that irregular rain patterns were likely to affect food insecurity. She also used this occasion to recall the commitment made last December by the African Heads of State and Government during the Elysee summit in Paris, to move ahead in the preparation of the Paris 2015 Climate Conference, with the view to reaching a universal and binding agreement on the fight against climate change, limiting global warming to less than 2°C.
Entitled "Climate Change and Rural Livelihoods", the first roundtable provided an opportunity for researchers, representatives of the civil society, local authorities, students and other environment activists from both the public and private sector to assess the impact of climate change on the socioeconomic livelihoods as well as the public interventions in response to the challenges of climate resilience in East Africa.
In the case of Uganda, besides the possible disappearance of the Rwenzori glaciers, the discussants identified several other consequences linked to climate change : decrease in the lake Victoria water levels (decrease of 2 metres in 2006, followed by an increase of 1 metre between 2006 and 2008) and the emergence of highlands whose ownership is often contested by the riparian countries ; reduction in the fish stock and disappearance of some fish species ; floods in some regions (East and West) and drought in others (North-East) due to irregular rains ; transmission of Malaria in the South Western region (Kigezi) where in the past temperatures could not support the breeding of mosquitoes (cf. presentations of the panellists).
While affirming the relevance of the themes chosen for the series of meetings, the representative of the Ministry of Water and Environment thanked the French government for organising these roundtables in Kampala in preparation for COP21. He emphasized the urgent need to sensitize the people on the risks of climate change and to address to the changes of food security, access to public health resources in order to guarantee the future of our planet.
The next two roundtables, scheduled for the 2nd October and 7th November, will tackled resilience mechanisms of « green" cities, and the protection and conservation of biodiversity.
Panelist Presentations :
1°) David Williamson : coming soon
2°) Julius B. Lejju :
3°) Muhammad Semumbo :
4°) Jackson Efitre :
5°) Onesmus Mugyenyi : coming soon
6°) Casim Tolo :
7°) Musa. K. Muwanga :