Climate resilience challenges in East Africa
According to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the first decade of this century (2001 – 2010) was the warmest since 1850. Climate change issues are crucial in East Africa, with common regional concerns about increasing competition for access to resources (water, energy, land, forests etc.) in the context of a high demographic growth.
Although Uganda is well endowed with water resources, rain patterns have become increasingly unpredictable and some regions (in the north-eastern and mid-western Uganda, commonly referred to as the “cattle belt”) experience recurrent droughts with dramatic consequences on food production. Fast and unplanned urban growth is also contributing to a change in environment through artificialisation, stretching resources and affecting public policies – specifically in the field of transport, water, sanitation and energy.
Many questions remain unanswered and must be addressed with a view to preserving ecosystems, while allowing for a responsible development policy. How eco-friendly innovations might solve the challenges of the growing demand of energy ? How might the cities adapt to the consequences of climate change in a context of rapid urbanization ? These questions illustrate the social, economic and political implications of climate resilience issues.
France and Uganda are firmly committed to contribute to the mitigation of climate change, a major global challenge for a sustainable development.
France has volunteered to host the 2015 United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference (COP21), and hopes that an ambitious and binding global agreement on the fight against climate change will be reached. Uganda, in its capacity as chair of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, has placed environmental issues on top of its political agenda.
Bearing in mind these French and Ugandan commitments, three round-tables on climate resilience in East Africa, with a regional perspective, are scheduled in Kampala on 4th September, 2nd October and 7th November 2014 (see brochure) :
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Enhancing public debate, this programme aims at encouraging and stimulating a dialogue between researchers, scientists, representatives of the civil society and the private sector, local stakeholders and development partners. Shared concerns and ideas about climate change effects in rural and urban areas, on protection and conservation of biodiversity will be pointed out. It is hoped that conclusions reached during these round-tables might serve as recommendations for the global Climate Conference 2015 to be held in Paris.
“Climate Change and Rural Livelihoods”
4th September, 2:30 pm – Food Tech Conference Hall, Makerere University. Please see the presenters’ abstracts :
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- Climate Change and Rural Livelihoods
2nd October, 2:30 pm - Food Tech Conference Hall, Makerere University
“Protection and conservation of biodiversity”
7th November, 9:00 am – Uganda Museum