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Government launches climate adaptation learning centres

By Oyet Okwera

Added 1st May 2016 09:53 PM

Minister of state for environment, Flavia Munaaba said Friday that the climate change adaptation learning centres will equip the meteorologists with required information to inform the public about correct weather forecasts.

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State Minister for environment, Flavia Munaaba (right) cuts the tape to officially open the climate adaptation learning centre in Bulambuli as Paul Mafabi, director environment affairs at Ministry of water and environment (2nd left) and Onesmus Muhwezi, team leader for environment at United Nations Development Programme look on. Photos/Oyet Okwera

Government and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a climate adaptation learning centre in Sironko and Bulambuli to avail the community with information on climate change issues.

Minister of state for environment, Flavia Munaaba said Friday that the climate change adaptation learning centres will equip the meteorologists with required information to inform the public about correct weather forecasts.

These first ever modern facilities in rural Uganda were constructed with support from the Ministry of Water and Environment in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Germany government through the Ecosystem Based Adaptation project in the Mt. Elgon region.

 unaaba  left talks to nesmus while touring some stalls during a function to commission the climate adaptation learning centre in ironko district Munaaba ( left) talks to Onesmus while touring some stalls during a function to commission the climate adaptation learning centre in Sironko district

 

Munaaba however warned the community that the effects of climate change will continue on agriculture and advised leaders to strengthen capacity to reduce the effects.

"I advise leaders in Elgon region to budget for the process of reducing the effects of climate change in the areas. It is our responsibility to develop capacity and build ecosystems and promote adaptation options to reduce climate change effects especially within the Mt. Elgon ecosystems. We should therefore prioritize better agricultural practices to reduce the impacts on agriculture that we are already experiencing in Bulambuli, Sironko, Bududa and other places," explained Munaaba

Onesmus Muhwezi team leader environment at UNDP who represented country director, Almaz Gebru noted that without tackling climate change, Uganda will not reach middle income status by 2040.

 unaaba inspects a local cooking stove in ironko while commissioning a new climate adaptation learning centre for the lgon region Munaaba inspects a local cooking stove in Sironko while commissioning a new climate adaptation learning centre for the Elgon region.

 

Muhwezi was optimistic that the climate change adaptation learning centres will offer weather information to prepare farmers and the community against any eventuality.
He encouraged stakeholders to continue uniting against effects of climate change that continue affecting especially farmers in Elgon region.

Charles Wepukhulu, vice chairman Bulambuli district applauded UNDP for sensitizing farmers against effects of climate change and called on leaders to increase environmental awareness to the local people.

 tate minister for environment lavia unaaba 3rd left and lgon region leaders flanked by representatives of  pose for photos after launching climate adaptation learning centre in ulambuli State minister for environment Flavia Munaaba, (3rd left) and Elgon region leaders flanked by representatives of UNDP pose for photos after launching climate adaptation learning centre in Bulambuli.

 

Wepukhulu advised community leaders to remind those staying along slopes of Mount Elgon to be aware of mudslides during the rainy season.

"It is my hope that these climate change adaptation learning centres provide easy access to climate change information and contribute to a more progressive and sustainable climate change response for Uganda," said Wepukhulu

he climate adaptation learning centre which was launched in ironko district The climate adaptation learning centre which was launched in Sironko district.

 

 nesmus uhwezi right is helped by a farmer to plant a tree after commissioning a climate adaptation learning centre in ironko district Onesmus Muhwezi (right) is helped by a farmer to plant a tree after commissioning a climate adaptation learning centre in Sironko district.

 

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