Review of the Policy and Legal Framework for Implementing Clean Development Mechanism Projects in Uganda and its Implications for Climate Change Mitigation


Mabasi Thadeus
Lecturer, Uganda Pentecostal University,
Fort Portal Uganda and Research Associate,
Kasimbazi, Kamanzi And Company Advocates,
P.O.Box 28549, Kampala, Uganda


This paper reviews the policy and legal framework for the implementation of CDM projects in Uganda and its implications for climate change mitigation. It gives a background to climate change in Uganda and notes that climate change in Uganda can largely be attributed to unsustainable utilisation of the natural resources which has led to over exploitation and total loss of some of the natural resources. The paper reviews the international legal regime for climate change and its significance for climate change mitigation in Uganda and observes that Uganda has implemented the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol in accordance with the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities and the precautionary principle. This has for instance culminated in the carrying out of a National Inventory of Sources and Sinks of Greenhouse gases. The role of CDM in climate change mitigation is explored by examining the key CDM projects that have been implemented in Uganda. The key finding of the paper is that Uganda does not have an independent policy or law which deals with CDM and recommends that such policy and legal inadequacies should urgently be addressed.


Certified emission reduction, clean development mechanism, climate change, climate change mitigation, green house gas, Kyoto Protocol, precautionary principle, REDD, renewable energy resources, UNFCCC.             LEAD Journal - ISSN 1746-5893