Eight years on: evaluating the Kampala Climate Change Action Plan

Published: 19 Jun 2024
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Eight years on: evaluating the Kampala Climate Change Action Plan

On June 7th 2024, a workshop was organised by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to present the findings of the Kampala Climate Change Action Plan (KCCAP) evaluation. The KCCAP is a strategy developed by the Kampala Capital City Authority in 2016 to address climate change challenges and opportunities. It covers the following areas: energy, urban mobility, land use planning, and eco-practice. The plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22% by 2030, enhance adaptive capacity, mainstream climate change response in city services, promote low-carbon development, increase stakeholder awareness, and foster city-to-city cooperation on climate change issues. The KCCAP, developed with the financial support of AFD and the technical support of Expertise France, is a transversal framework for mainstreaming climate response in all KCCA mandates and services.

The KCCAP evaluation was conducted by the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) initiative supported by the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework - EU Support project. Both are funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by Expertise France. The evaluation uses a participatory design, involving stakeholders and data from primary and secondary sources. Lessons and recommendations were generated for updating the KCCAP and integrating biodiversity issues, aiming to establish the plan's relevance.
“The KCCA Climate Action Plan evaluation demonstrates where we have made progress and where more support is needed” – Edison Masereka, Deputy Head of Strategy, KCCA
The evaluation has several keys recommendations including the following:
  • Promotion of nature-based solutions (NBS) to benefit biodiversity
  • KCCAP should consider strategies to generate data for the GHG emissions profile by including data on the carbon sequestration potentials.
  • Emphasize the collaboration with civil society, academia, research institutions and the private sector
  • Scaling up existing efforts of waste-to-wealth and waste-to-energy approaches could reduce the threat of pollution to biodiversity
“Using a participatory approach, the KCCAP plan is expected to result in improved health, reduced emissions, increased food security, and enhanced livelihoods.” – Marc Trouyet, Country Director of AFD
The workshop provided an opportunity to present the main results of the evaluation of the implementation of the KCCAP and discuss the key recommendations for the 5-year update. The discussion focused on the progress that has been made in several areas, such as the conducting of a tree audit in Kampala, as well as the challenges in implementing certain activities, such as wastewater management. The discussion highlighted the need for a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework to measure progress more easily. The Minister of Water and Environment and The Ministry of Energy and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) were in attendance. The need for additional support for the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA), which surrounds the KCCA administrative area, was raised by participants. Finally, there was a lively discussion on air quality and how raising awareness plays an important role in climate action.
“I cannot hesitate to thank my technical team that has strived to implement this great climate change action plan” - David Luyimbazi, Deputy Executive Director of KCCA

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