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END OF PROJECT WORKSHOP FOR THE ‘’BUILDING CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE FOR ENHANCED FOOD SECURITY IN PASTORALIST COMMUNITIES IN EAST AFRICA

When PACJA initiated the program to help mitigate effects of climate change among pastoralist communities, it was not lost on us that this was beyond one nation but a problem shared by many.

East Africa provided the best opportunity to try out the program.

Pastoralism is mostly practiced in arid and semi-arid regions in Uganda. Marginalization, lack of enabling policies and direct dependence on natural resources increases their vulnerability to climate change impacts such as drought. Pastoral Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are creating awareness and capacity building to improve pastoral ecosystem resilience to climatic change.

Uganda’s economy mostly depends on the natural resources and thus it’s highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Changes in weather patterns and increase in frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events like floods, and drought affects livelihood ecosystems.

Pastoral communities are not an exception to climate change vulnerabilities. They also have a burden of poverty and marginalization. Some of the critical issues facing the Ugandan pastoral communities include; conflict and insecurity, inadequate livestock marketing, inadequate water and health services for their livestock and poor governance.

In response to climate change, Uganda is in the process of enabling the policy environment for climate change governance with the ambition of enacting a law on climate change. The process to make this possible is on going with the country having a on climate change and the process to enact it already kick started. The climate change and range land management policy offers an opportunity to address several issues including: a framework to address to the global climate challenge in Uganda, mainstreaming of climate in different sectors, to ensure that Uganda takes effective and timely action to meet her obligation under the convention and facilitate the process of home grown contextualized solutions to the impacts of climate change

The policies enactment process offers an opportunity for pastoralist communities to have a voice on climate change issues through engagement in the process and securing their interest in the provisions of the law.

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