EMLI Executive Director urges GEF/LDCF Council to scale-up adaptation finance.
L-R: Esaya Yusuf, SECCA, Tanzania and Ms. Sydah Naigaga, Execuitve Director, EMLI. (Photo credit: IISD/ENB).
Washington DC, June 5, 2015. The execuitve director of Environmental Management for Livelihood Improvement Bwaise Facility (EMLI), regional focal point for eastern Africa, GEF CSO Network addressed the 18th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) at the World Bank building in the United States. In her address, Ms. Naigaga highlighted the growing concern of vulnerability due to extreme weather events that have resulted into irrecoverable losses and damages.
In the same spirit, the representative of the LDC Group in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change highligted the chronic lack of resources in the LDCF. The fund has seen nearly 29 projects programmed for funding but no resources available meaning that coping or resilience will be delayed and more losses and damages will be incurred by the most vulnerbale. EMLI urged council to scale up adaptation finance since the LDCF is the only dedicated window for finance the World's poorest and most vulnerbale countries. Without monies in the LDCF, communities in LDCs will incurr burden of coping with stressful environs in additional to poverty and lack of basic services.
The year 2014 has been challenging. Challenging in the context of funding, realizing impact at local level and sustaining organization development. In this year’s Annual Report, we showcase how our small interventions put renewable energy technologies on the agenda, with a mixture of interactive stories from single mothers and widows to small celebration of global policy influencing that we and our partners are proud to conduct. I am certain that the theme of 2014 Annual Report, “Promoting sustainable livelihoods through empowering communities” portrays our efforts towards empowering communities pursue a path to sustainable development. In this report, we share some of our success stories on: Improving people’s livelihoods: Pilot projects in Buikwe, Luweero and Kampala city helped artisanal briquette-makers to improve their production, marketing skills, and sales and now a National Biomass Energy Strategy plan for the country is developed to ensure sustainable use of biomass energy resources.
Influencing policy: EMLI studies showed the Government of Uganda why climate change response is not a sole sector responsibility, with the information contributing to a shift in perspectives on climate governance. Currently, a fully staffed Climate Change Department is in place and a process for developing national legislation has been embarked.
Helping tackle global issues: At global level, EMLI has championed campaigns for furthering the incremental financial support to adaptation programmes of developing countries at GEF Council meeting and Work programme on Gender and Climate change.