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Uganda’s UN-REDD National Programme was officially launched on 30 October 2015, in Kampala at a high-level inception workshop including 70 representatives from various ministries, county government, the private sector, civil society, indigenous peoples and media. The launch was chaired by the Minister of Water and Environment, Hon. Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu and the Director of Environmental Affairs, Mr Paul Mafabi.

Uganda has a high deforestation rate estimated by the 2015 FAO Forest Resources Assessment at 5.5 percent -- the second highest globally, with annual forest losses of 135,000 hectares per annum. Highlighting this rapid deforestation rate, Director Mafabi noted at the event that, “The forest is disappearing while we are there and while we are seeing it”.

The purpose of the Inception workshop was to provide participants with an overview of Uganda’s UN-REDD National Programme, as well as to launch the initiative. Presentations on the programme were followed with an open and constructive dialogue on the state of forests in Uganda, and what actions can be undertaken to achieve the country’s REDD+ goals. This included a discussion on the country’s drivers of deforestation and how to address these, as well as the political and public will necessary to do so. The dialogue demonstrated that there is a full understanding of the problem of deforestation and its urgency in Uganda, as well as the willingness and ambition to address it in a joint and participatory approach, as demonstrated from the Minister and participants of all affiliations.

“The Government welcomes the UN-REDD Programme as one of the contributions towards preparing Uganda to be ready to address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. These efforts are timely and will go a long way to reducing Uganda’s footprint on global climate change, while at the same time supporting one of the key factors in her green growth economy drive, for the forestry resources,” said Minister Kamuntu.

Uganda is both an FCPF REDD country participant and a UN-REDD Programme partner country. Great efforts are made to ensure a national programmatic approach to REDD+ and full coordination between the two multilateral entities as well as with other partners in REDD+, such as the Austrian Development Cooperation. The joint delivery of these support programmes all contribute to Uganda’s REDD+ vision and agenda, with an aligned steering and implementation structure and joint implementation, which is anchored in the REDD+ Secretariat and led by the Focal Point for REDD+, Ms Margaret Mwebesa.

Uganda’s National REDD+ process also links well with the Uganda Vision 2040 and the National Development Plan (2015/16-2020/21), in that they both prioritize forest protection, sustainable management of forests and reforestation of the current forest cover to 24 per cent by 2040.   

Uganda’s UN-REDD National Programme Document was signed in August 2015 with US$ 1,798,670   of support until July 2017. The programme will be implemented by the Government of Uganda with the technical support of UNDP, UNEP and FAO along three key outcomes: (i) design a transformational national REDD+ strategy anchored in Uganda’s development vision, planning and framework; (ii) design and set-up a national forest monitoring system with appropriate measuring, reporting and verification functions; and (iii) prepare and facilitate a subnational implementation of the REDD+ national strategy through an integrated landscape management approach.


Total Budget for the Uganda National REDD+ Programme is US $ 10.617 million

Status funded budget: about US$ 7 million (ca 70%)

Government of Uganda

US$ 659,000 FY 2014/15 & FY 2015/16

US$ 427,000 in-kind to date

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

US$ 3,634,000 (3 years, signed July 2013)

Austrian Development Cooperation

US$ 887,208 (3 years, signed January 2013)

UN-REDD Programme Backstopping

US$ 310,000 (till 2015)

UN-REDD National Programme

US$ 1,798,670 (2 years, signed August 2015)