September 2011 – August 2014

Implementing Agency

Ministry of Water and Environment, Climate Change Unit, National Environment Management Authority

Programme Area

Public and Private/Industry




Public: Energy (solar PV, solar water heating, LPG for cooking, grid connections and rural electrification, improved cooking stoves, biogas), transport (mass transit), waste (recycling, composting and 'waste to energy' initiatives)
Private/Industry: Agriculture

Country Context

Uganda UGA-069HR-98 smallUganda is one of the few countries in the world that has sustained around 7% annual GDP growthvii in the past twenty years. The country has established a strong record of prudent macroeconomic management and structural reform over the past two decades. Since the late 1980's the government has maintained a stable macroeconomic environment and sustained private sector-oriented reforms. Uganda has large areas of rainforest hosting hotspots of biodiversity, the protection of natural ecosystems as well as the promotion of equitable growth is one of the major government concerns.viii

The right to live in a healthy environment is anchored in the Constitution of Uganda. Additionally, the National Development Plan 2010-2014 foresees support for social welfare and national development, including promoting a low carbon development path, capacity development for activities to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The National Development Plan identifies three priority areas for investments: 1. public physical infrastructure; 2. facilitating availability and access to critical production inputs; and 3. the social sector. Apart from that a National Climate Change Policy as well as guidelines to mainstream climate change into existing policies are under development. Other relevant national policies include the Poverty Eradication Action Plan, the Plan for the Modernization of Agriculture, as well as the National Energy Policy and the Renewable Energy Policy.

Uganda joined the Low-Emission Capacity-Development Project to establish a GHG inventory management system, to formulate NAMAs and to design corresponding MRV systems to support identified NAMAs.ix

The project activities are being carried out in parallel with the development of the Second National Communication and the National Climate Change Policy, with a view of aligning processes and outcomes. A special focus will be given to mainstream gender in the NAMA development process.


Planned Outputs of the Project

Output 1: Robust national system for preparation of GHG emission inventories has been established at national level
  • Activity 1: Put in place institutional cooperation mechanisms for national inventory systems
  • Activity 2: Develop and fully document a data collection and analysis strategy
  • Activity 3: Put in place an inventory improvement strategy
  • Activity 4: Put in place a Quality Control/Quality assurance mechanisms
  • Activity 5: Formally adopt a national inventory system and provide for its periodic review
Output 2: NAMAs formulated within the context of national development priorities
  • Activity 1: Undertake NAMA readiness actions
  • Activity 2: Identify and score possible NAMAs within key sectors
  • Activity 3: Prioritize and select NAMAs to be developed
  • Activity 4: Prepare NAMA concept notes for selected NAMAs
  • Activity 5: Government Endorsement and identification of potential sources of support
  • Activity 6: Develop detailed NAMA proposals
  • Activity 7: Provide support to negotiation of financing
Output 3: MRV systems have been designed to support identified NAMAs and linked to GHG inventory system
  • Activity 1: Raise awareness and build capacities on MRV in general
  • Activity 2: Design a MRV system to support GHG inventory system the implementation of NAMAs.x


The Climate Change Policy Committee that supports these efforts include the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water and Environment (Chair), the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Financial Planning and Economic Development, the National Planning Authority, the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Justice and Institutional Affairs, the Ministry of Works and Transport, the Department of Meteorology, the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, the Chair of the Thematic Group on Climate Change, as well as the Secretariat of the Climate Change Unit. For each outcome (GHG inventory management system, NAMAs, MRV) a multi-stakeholder working group is established.xi

Uganda organigram


vii See CIA Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ug.html
viii See CIA Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ug.html
ix Workshop presentation by National Project Focal Point Berlin November 2011
x Project Document
xi Project Document
Photo credit: https://connect.undp.org/Cumulus/ng/,DanaInfo=occumulus.undp.org+recordview.jspx

National Stats

East Africa
Total Area
241,038 sq kmi
35,873,253 (2012)ii
GDP per capita
$1,300 (2011)iii
Population below national poverty line
24.5% (2009)iv
CO2 emission estimates per capita
0.10 metric tons (2007)v


Country Documents

National Communications

Initial National Communication (October 2002)vi

Inauguration Workshop:

20 February 2013, Kampala

download workshop material

National Documents

Private sector declaration

NAMA for Wastewater Treatment

NAMA for Fuel Efficiency

i See CIA Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ug.html
ii Ibid.
iii Ibid.
iv See CIA Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ug.html
v See UN Stats: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/air_co2_emissions.htm
vi See UNFCCC: http://unfccc.int/national_reports/non-annex_i_natcom/items/2979.php