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Uganda: New military task force takes on climate change and environmental security

The Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs has launched a working group to formulate a comprehensive climate change and environmental security strategy.

Permanent Secretary Rosette Byengoma inaugurated the task force, which aims to address the challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation in the context of national security.

During the launch at the Ministry’s headquarters in Mbuya, Byengoma emphasized the significant threat that climate change poses to national and global security.

He underlined the need for a coordinated and strategic response to mitigate its impacts and prevent devastating consequences.

Byengoma highlighted the far-reaching consequences of climate change, including extreme temperature fluctuations, rising water levels and unpredictable weather patterns, all of which pose significant threats to critical infrastructure and human resources.

He noted that the Ministry’s commitment to addressing climate change reflects its dedication to safeguarding the planet while ensuring the readiness of defense forces, recognizing the inseparability of climate change and global security concerns.

The task force, led by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Brigadier General David Gonyi, is tasked with developing a comprehensive strategy in line with international, regional and national regulatory frameworks.

These include the Climate Change Act 2021, the Public Finance Management Act 2015 and the National Environmental Management Authority Act 2019, which require ministries, departments and agencies to implement mitigation and adaptation measures to change. climate within its operations.

The Ministry of Water and Environment will provide technical support for the development of the strategy, ensuring an inclusive and participatory consultation process with stakeholders.

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