Uganda to state agencies: No cash without a climate plan

Inspired by a similar diversity policy, Uganda’s government is set to require public agencies to allocate part of their budgets to climate change measures if they want state funding, hailing the move as a big step toward meeting the nation’s green goals.

But while some climate experts say linking funding to climate action is essential to slowing global warming, others warn that already tight local government budgets mean the policy would do little to help.

As part of the country’s first National Climate Change Bill, passed by legislators in late April, all government ministries, departments, and agencies would need to submit a climate change compliance certificate to get their funding.

To be certified, agencies would have to show they have set aside money for climate change measures, although the law does not specify how much, said Lawrence Biyika Songa, chairman of parliament’s climate change committee, which pushed the bill.

“We did not put a percentage of what is required in each government entity, (but) they are compelled to allocate a reasonable amount to climate change activities,” Songa told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview.

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