NEMA, UNDP launch project to harmonize reporting on implementation of Rio Conventions in Uganda.

By Bob Nuwagira

In order to harmonize the implementation and reporting of Rio Conventions in Uganda, the United National Development Program (UNDP) National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) have launched a project to “Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Effective Implementation of the Rio Conventions in Uganda.” The four year project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is aimed at harmonizing reporting mechanisms of the three Rio Conventions; The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD). UNDP’s Climate Change Response Team leader, Daniel Omodo Mcmondo said the project aims at building capacity of staff in different institutions in data collection, management, and reporting on climate change, biodiversity and efforts to combat desertification in line with global commitments under the Rio Conventions. NEMA which is the national focal desk for the CBD is coordinating this project and will work with other implementing partners, the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) which is the seat of the UNFCCC national focal desk and the Ministry of Water & Environment and Environment which hosts the UNCCD focal desk. The project will also be implemented initially in the districts of Kayunga, Jinja, Buikwe, Wakiso, Mukono and Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA). According to the Project Manager, Mr. Achuu Simon Peter, the project will work on two major components on establishing a national institutional framework for environment management and development of a coordinated information and data management system on reporting on Rio Conventions. This will involve the creation of ‘clearance house’ system where all information relating to the three conventions is gathered, updated such that it is made available for decision and policy makers. NEMA’s Internal Monitoring and Evaluations Manager, Fred Onyai highlighted that some of the anticipated outcomes include establishing an improved system for managing data and information that was previously handled by each national focal institutions and train technical and management staff in monitoring and data analysis, aligning it to decision making. NEMA is also hosting the project management unit. The Writer is the Senior Information Education and Communications Officer, NEMA