The Government of Uganda in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme on March 21, are operating an Early Warning System (EWS) Project to strengthen the country’s capability to provide timely climate information to minimise the impact of disasters.
The project, "Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems project for Climate Resilient Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in Uganda" was first piloted in Mbale, Eastern Uganda.
The project’s main objective is to establish a functional network of meteorological and hydrological monitoring stations to help understand better the weather and climatic changes overtime and provide timely information to avert any weather and climate change related disasters.
It will also develop and disseminate weather and climate information and warnings to the government, private sector and the general public to enable early preparation against disasters such as floods and other severe weather and agricultural stresses.
Additionally, the project is expected to integrate weather and climate information into national policy plans such as the National Development Plan and the local government development plans.
The Early Warning Systems’ project’s main goal of the project will be to strengthen the climate monitoring capabilities, early warning systems and available information for responding to climate shocks and planning adaptation to climate change in Uganda. Its two main objectives will be to; transfer of technologies for climate and environmental monitoring infrastructure and climate information integrated into development plans and early warning systems.
The project is part of the UNDP Climate Information and Early Warning Systems Africa Regional initiative which covers 10 Countries in Africa and is funded under the Global Environment Facility's Least Developed Countries Development Fund (LDCF) for climate change.