Over the last three decades the frequency of droughts and floods in East Africa have increased (for example, the 2016 - 2017 drought experienced in Kenya), resulting in crop failures and loss of livestock (EAC, 2017). Impacts of climate change are being acutely felt by women who make up a large percentage of poor communities worldwide that rely on natural resources for their livelihoods.
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (the first major international weather agency to report on conditions in 2017) reported that 2017 temperatures averaged 14.7 degrees Celsius at the Earth’s surface, which is 1.2degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. This qualified 2017 to be the second hottest worldwide on record, just behind a scorching 2016
The 3rd United Nations Environment Assembly: A Growing Marketplace for the Private Sector (Adopted from the Global Forest Coalition blog by Isis Alvarez)
East African CSOs working under a Project to ‘Promote Implementation of the Paris Agreement (PIPA) in East Africa with those from South Asia, and the INFORSE Network, jointly organised a side event on
November 9, 2017 as part of the recently concluded UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP23) held in Bonn (Germany).
The Nile riparian states organized a regional forum which brought together key stakeholders and friends of the Nile attended this year's 5th Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF) that took place October 23 - 25, 2017, at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Center, Kigali.
This year the theme for World Food Day, celebrated annually on 16 October – a date commemorating the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945
The PREPARED Project, NWSC and UCSD Launch WACOCO Clubs amidst Jubilation
On the 6th September 2017, Planning for Resilience through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) Project along with partners in Uganda- Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) and National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC)-Jinja and Iganga areas; launched 15 clubs of the Water Community Communication clubs (WACOCO).
Since the draft National Climate Change Bill, 2017 came out for public review at the end of July 2017, the Climate Change Department in collaboration with different stakeholders have held several meetings involving Government Departments and Agencies; Civil Society Organizations; Private sector; Members of Parliament through the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change, among others
Uganda has already witnessed some of the negative effects of climate change. These include severe water shortages, increased incidence of drought, reduced food and cash crop
Sadly, Uganda still lacks a substantive law that deals with climate change.