Uganda to Improve Climate Resilience in Elgon Region

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The African Development Bank has given a grant worth $8.37million (2.6billion Shillings) to boost climate resilience projects in flood prone areas along Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda.


The African Development Bank  has given a grant worth $8.37million (2.6billion Shillings) to boost climate resilience projects in flood prone areas along Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda.

The fund targets districts of Bududa, Bukwo, Soroti, Bukedea, Pallisa, Budaka, Kumi and Butaleja. The districts are highly vulnerable to climate change as seen by recurrent landslides and flooding. The worst was witnessed in March 2010 when a devastating landslide killed over 300 people in the Bududa District.

Mpooza Isaac, the Debt Management Director at the Ministry of Finance says the grant will be used to start projects that provide mitigation and adaptation plans to address the negative impacts of climate change. Targeted projects are those aimed at increasing forest cover, end land degradation, realise low carbon emissions and help local communities adapt to Climate Change.

Mpoza was speaking after signing agreement between the Ministry of Finance- Uganda and the African Development Bank in Kampala Thursday morning.

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He said that the fund will also be used to install appropriate sanitation facilities like toilets in flood-prone peri-urban areas in 120 schools and 12 markets in the districts of Soroti, Bukedea, Pallisa, Budaka, Kumi and Butaleja.

 
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Part of the funding will be used to extend community rainwater harvesting technology for drought adaptation to about 900 households in the districts of Otuke, Apac and Katakwi. M

Mpoza says arrangements have been made to construct 9 valley tanks for the storage of community water in the three districts mainly for livestock farming.

Jeremiah Mutungo, the ADB Resident Representative asked the ministry to ensure that the proposed projects are implemented.