The Government of Uganda has launched a new Green Growth Development Strategy to guide its development. The strategy serves as the blue print towards a socially and economically inclusive development pathway for Uganda as it endeavours to reach middle income status.
Green growth is described as an inclusive, low emissions economic growth process that emphasizes effective and efficient use of the country’s natural, human, and physical capital while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide for present and future generations.
It focuses on five priority areas to promote green grown, including; Sustainable transport that promotes mass transport systems for urban areas among other things, Planned urbanisation/green cities providing linkage between industrial production in cities to the raw material production in rural areas and Sustainable energy with emphasis on greening the energy mix to include solar and wind, efficiency in use and ensuring equity in access to energy.
Others are: Natural resource management with focus on green tourism, water resources management and sustainable use of forests and wetlands, and lastly; Sustainable agriculture with concentration on solar powered irrigation, integrated soil fertility management and upgrade of value chains.
The strategy was developed by the National Planning Authority in partnership with the Ministry of Water and Environment and the Global Green Growth Institute.UNDP provided technical assistance for the development of the strategy with financial support from the European Union.
“UNDP has been working closely with the government, not only to develop this strategy but also to ensure that green growth concepts are incorporated into all its work,” Ms. Rosa Malango, UNDP’s Resident Representative and UN’s Resident Coordinator said in a speech read for her by Ms. Almaz Gebru, the UNDP Country Director during the launch of the strategy.
Ms. Gebru further said that UNDP together with the government have mobilised US$ 24.1 million from the Green Climate Fund to implement the Presidential Initiative to restore wetlands – a green growth initiative that will promote community resilience through providing alternative livelihoods for those living close to wetlands. The initiative will be launched at the end of this month.
The Green Growth Development Strategy will be implemented over the next 14 years and is estimated to cost USD 11 billion.