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Climate Change Legislation in Uganda

Source: Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the environment

Date: 2016

Description: Uganda’s approach to climate change is highly linked to its international engagement with climate change politics. Having ratified the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol, the country is also party to important multilateral agreements such as the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Ramsar Convention, the Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and the Montreal Protocol. Uganda submitted its First National Communication to UNFCCC in 2002 and its Second National Communication in 2014. As a Least Developed Country, it submitted its National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) to the UNFCCC in 2007 and is eligible for funds granted specifically for countries that share its economic status, including the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF).

International co-operation on climate change and environment issues is at the core of Uganda’s approach to tackle climate change. Yet, despite being rather active at the international level, domestic legislation and policy are still underdeveloped; Uganda lacks a comprehensive and overarching legislation that provides the basis for domestic action on climate change, but rather has a number of relevant official plans, policies and institutional bodies relating to climate change.

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