August 2019—August 2019—A report by global non-profit Conservation International (CI), and the Africa Innovations Institute (AFRII) has highlighted priority areas of Uganda’s natural capital that need to be secured if the country is to realize its sustainable development goals and climate commitments.
The report, ‘Integrating Nature into Uganda’s National Planning’, recommended policies and actions to conserve and restore the forests, wetlands, and rangelands that provide critical ecosystem services including food/agricultural production, fresh water, climate mitigation/adaptation, biodiversity protection and tourism among others.
It indicates that much of the country’s natural capital is found near significant population centers and outside formal protected areas, meaning they are vulnerable to rapid degradation if urgent measures are not taken. Uganda has lost almost 70% of its forest and continues to lose 200,000 hectares annually while wetlands have been reduced from 13% to 8% of the country.
“Building on the planning already in place in Uganda, our report shares recommendations on how best to integrate the value of natural capital into the national planning process. Uganda is dependent on the health of its ecosystems to survive and thrive,” said Dr. Peter Alele, CI’s Senior Regional Director for Conservation Science in Africa.
Commenting on the report, GDSA Executive Secretary Ruud Jansen said it couldn’t have come at a better time since Uganda, a GDSA member state, is in the process of drafting its third National Development Plan (NDP III).
“The analysis and recommendations of the report offer Uganda the much-needed support to realize its commitments to the GDSA, SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. It provides solid guidance on the management of the country’s natural ecosystems in order to support its sustainable development pathway,” he said.
The report is the product of extensive engagements with government, private sector, civil society and academia as well as analysis of the country’s laws, policies and institutions and data from remote sensing and ecosystem modelling.
Download the report from here.