Uganda enacts climate change law to mitigate impacts

By The Weekly Vision Online

As the world commemorated International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies on Tuesday, Uganda enacted a climate change law that is aimed at mitigating the relevant impacts, which include air pollution.

In Uganda, it is estimated that over 30,000 people die each year due to air pollution-related illnesses, while ambient air quality levels in monitored urban centres are estimated at over five times the World Health Organization guidelines, according to the National Environment Management Authority, a government environmental watchdog.

To commemorate the day, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has recently signed the National Climate Change Bill, which was passed by the country’s legislature in April this year. “Yes, President Yoweri Museveni has passed the National Climate Change Bill and it becomes a law,” Linda Nabusayi, senior presidential press secretary, told the media on Tuesday.

Activists have welcomed the law, saying that it is critical in helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackling the climate change crisis at the national level. Charles Masereka, a local climate activist, says that that the law will help punish perpetrators. “As activists, we have been fighting for the institution of laws on climate so that the culprits are punished severely in courts of laws,” Masereka said. The coming into force of the law will now enable the country to implement climate change response measures in line with resolutions from international conventions like the Paris Agreement, the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. According to experts, Uganda had failed to implement climate change policy priorities due to a lack of a legal framework governing climate change interventions. The law provides f

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