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In 2010, CDKN was established as a demand-led initiative, bringing the best resources available from across the global market to support decision-makers in developing countries to develop the necessary policies and plans to tackle climate change. Although at first CDKN took a broader geographic approach in 70 countries, from 2013 onwards, CDKN focused its resources on 12 priority countries: Bangladesh, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda and Uganda; and on one subregion: the Caribbean.
CDKN and the Netherlands Embassy co-hosted an Action Lab from 13 – 14 September 2016 in Kampala. The purpose of the Action Lab was to bring together development practitioners from government, donors, research organisations and implementation partners to collaboratively identify research questions and other actions, which could enhance climate change outcomes for Uganda. One of the topics discussed was how to climate smart the dairy and livestock value chains in Uganda. Suzanne Carter and Rachel Phillips share some key messages that emerged from the Action Lab below.
This report provides information about the current “adaptation deficit” present in Uganda and the negative consequences and costs that climate variability already has on the Ugandan economy, and is expected to have under future climate change scenarios.
Undertaking an economic impact of climate change on key sectors is Uganda’s first step in making the case for more climate-resilient investments. Mairi Dupar, CDKN’s Global Public Affairs Coordinator, reports on progress to date.
Uganda finds itself increasingly at the mercy of climate and weather extremes. A new CDKN-supported project to assess the economic value of climate change impacts is helping the Ugandan government on the first steps to attracting international adaptation funding and investing systematically in adaptation measures.
Uganda faces the challenge of responding to rapidly changing climate and development pressures. At the local level, many communities do not have the tools, resources or capacity to adapt alone, and will require assistance and support from government and other development actors. Though most development interventions do not seek directly to address issues of climate change, the impacts of project support are likely to influence the ability of people and communities to respond and adapt to changing climate and development pressures.