Key challenges for civil society in advancing climate change adaptation in Uganda.

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This presentation highlights key challenges faced by Civil Society in Uganda regarding advancement of community climate change adaptation in Uganda.

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Key challenges for civil society in advancing climate change adaptation in Uganda.

  1. 1. Key challenges for civil society in advancing climate change adaptation in Uganda By Joshua Zake, Senior Program Officer Environment and Natural Resources, Environmental Alert P.O. Box 11259 Kampala, Uganda, Tel: 0412510215; Mob: +256712862050; Email: jzake@envalert.org or joszake@gmail.com ; Website: http://www.envalert.org Presented at the seminar organised as part of the international course on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management. Facilitated by Makerere University in partnership with Wageningen University & research centre, the Netherlands, 9th March 2011
  2. 2. What is the CSO in Uganda • Non-for profit • Non-governmental • Based on principals of voluntarism • Includes non governmental organizations, community based organizations, faith based organizations • Legally registered at local level by District community development department and national level by the National NGO board
  3. 3. What is the CSO in Uganda • With respect to CSOs working on issues of environment, natural resources, climate change – according to the mapping study by Environmental Alert in 2009, there are Over 100 CSOs have been identified with a geographical coverage of up to 79 districts
  4. 4. What is the CSO in Uganda Sub-sector Number of CSOs Regional Coverage Financial Contribution estimate Forestry 60 Central, West Nile, Western, South Western, Eastern and Greater North Weather and Climate change 5 South Western, Wetlands 6 South Western, Central Environment (including governance) 35 Central, West Nile, Western, South Western and Eastern
  5. 5. What is the Contribution of CSO in Uganda with respect to advancing climate change adaptation ? • Awareness creation climate change impacts and potential adaptation actions through posters 1, 2, 3; news paper supplements 1, 2; radio spots; issues papers, fliers, interactive radio programs • Piloting climate change adaptation actions at community level for instance Environmental Alert in Central Uganda and the West Nile basin region; DENIVA in Eastern Uganda
  6. 6. What is the Contribution of CSO in Uganda with respect to advancing climate change adaptation ? • Policy dialogue, lobbying and advocacy At International level through Climate Change Action Network Uganda (CAN-U) has engaged in climate change negotiations. CAN-U is a loose coalition of non- governmental organizations advocating for Climate adaptation justice in Uganda. Its Secretariat is hosted by Oxfam Great Britain in Kampala, Uganda. CAN-U mobilizes non-governmental organizations for a common position on climate change issues to influence global negotiations and decisions on climate change during the COP meetings.
  7. 7. What is the Contribution of CSO in Uganda with respect to advancing climate change adaptation ? • Policy dialogue, lobbying and advocacy At national level through Climate Change Action Network Uganda At the national level through initiatives by various CSOs (EA, IUCN, Tree Talk, UCSD and others) for productive participation in the annual joint environment and natural resources sector review – refer to CSO position in this respect EA has facilitated dialogues on particular themes at different levels (local and national) e.g. Mainstreaming climate change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management
  8. 8. What is the Contribution of CSO in Uganda with respect to advancing climate change adaptation ? • Capacity building and training targeting others CSOs and networks. For instance Environmental Alert has facilitated training on climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resources management among the following CSOs/networks: Trocaire partners; Uganda Forestry Working Group members; Uganda Land Alliance, Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns
  9. 9. Key challenges for civil society for adaptation to climate change? • Limited/lack of conditional funds for climate change adaptation – available funding mechanisms very competitive; • Varied understanding of climate change adaptation/mitigation concepts; • Donor contractual interests, some of which may not be directly supporting climate change adaptation;
  10. 10. Key challenges for civil society for adaptation to climate change? • Limited skills for documentation of climate change adaptation actions and experiences; • Few specialized staff with skills and knowledge in respect to climate change adaptation, negotiation skills;
  11. 11. Key challenges for civil society for adaptation to climate change? • Weak coordination among the CSOs – many initiatives through individual CSOs, networks but still limited opportunity for developing minimum standards (communication, training); galvanizing a common voice; monitoring government policy and programs implementation at local, national and international levels
  12. 12. Conclusions • CSOs in Uganda have demonstrated that they can make valuable contribution towards advancement of climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resources management through initiatives as individual CSOs and also through networks.
  13. 13. Conclusions • Its therefore critical for consolidation of these initiatives by addressing the underlying challenges faced by CSOs through advancing more support (both technical and financial) to CSOs better coordination and up scaling of these initiatives
  14. 14. Thank you for listening !!! P.O. Box 11259 Kampala, Uganda, Tel: 0412510215; Mob: +256712862050; Email: joszake@gmail.com ; Website: http://www.envalert.org

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