Safeguard A: Actions  are consistent with the objectives of national forest programmes and relevant international conventions and agreements

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REDD+ activities complement or are consistent with the objectives of the national forest and sustainable development programmes and relevant international conventions and agreements.

  • REDD+ activities are consistent with and complementary to the objectives of the Uganda Forestry Policy, the National Forest Plan and related policies and plans
  • REDD+ activities contribute to the National Climate Change Policy, the Nationally Determined Contribution and related policies
  • REDD+ activities are integrated into Uganda’s Vision 2040, the National Development Plan, the Green Growth Development Strategy and related development strategies and plans
  • There is effective coordination among agencies and implementing bodies for REDD+, national forest and sustainable development programmes and national policies that enact the relevant
    international conventions and agreements
  1. Assessment of PLR: the assessment generated issues and recommendations that were addressed during the REDD+ Process.
  2. Ownership and participation: The REDD+ process was led by the Ministry responsible for forestry. The process actively engaged with government institutions responsible for forestry resources within forestry protected areas (Forest reserves) at national (National Forestry Authority) and subnational levels (District Local Governments) , agency responsible or forested wildlife protected areas (Uganda Wildlife Authority); Forestry research and training (Universities and  Research Institutes); government agencies reasonable for other sectors that impact or contribute to forestry ( agriculture, tourism, trade, mining, energy, land use, Public financing and economy, etc.), national focal points for  UNFCCC, CBD, CITES, Paris Agreement/Climate Change, etc. as well as non-state actors (Private sector, NGOs/CSOs and Cultural Institutions).
  3. Policy and legal framework: The REDD+ process operated under the Forestry policy, law and regulations and respected polices, laws and regulations of wildlife, energy, oil and gas, tourism, agriculture, land, social development, human rights, refugees and international cooperation.
  4. Uganda’s National Forest Plan (2013- 2023): National REDD+ process incorporated the development the following objectives
    • Enhance the capacity of forestry institutions to enable them effectively perform their mandates
    • Increase the forest resource base by increasing forest cover to the 1990 levels
    • Increase economic productivity of forests and employment in the forestry sector
    • Raise incomes for households through forest-based initiatives
    • Restore and improve ecosystem services derived from sustainably managed forests
Relevant Ugandan policies, laws and regulations

REDD+ actions are consistent with Uganda’s national forest programmes and relevant international conventions and agreements. The objectives of Uganda’s national forest programmes are set out in a number of policies, laws and regulations as well as regional and international conventions and agreements including:

  • The Uganda Forestry Policy (2001)
  • The Uganda National Land Policy (2013)
  • The National Climate Change Policy (2015)
  • The National Environment Management Policy for Uganda (1994)
  • The Draft National Environment Management Policy for Uganda (2014)
  • Policy for the Conservation and Management of Wetland Resources (1995)
  • The National Water Policy (1999)
  • Uganda National Policy on Conservation and Sustainable Development of Wildlife Resources (2014)
  • The Renewable Energy Policy for Uganda (2007)
  • The Energy Policy for Uganda (2002)
  • National Agriculture Policy (2013)
  • National Oil and Gas Policy for Uganda (2008)
  • Vision 2040
  • National Development Plan (2015/16 – 2020/21)
  • Uganda’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (2015)
  • The National Forest Plan (2011/12-2021/22)
  • Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy (2017)
  • National Adaptation Plan for the Agricultural Sector (2018)
  • Constitution of Uganda (1995)
  • The National Forestry and Tree Planting Act (2003)
  • National Environment Act (2019)
  • The Land Act (Cap 227 Laws of Uganda)
  • The Local Governments Act (Cap 243 Laws of Uganda)
  • The Uganda Wildlife Act (2019)
  • The Mining Act (No. 9 of 2003)
  • Water Act (Cap 152 Laws of Uganda)
  • The Prohibition of Burning of Grass Act (Cap 33 Laws of Uganda)
  • The Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act (No 3 of 2013)
  • Petroleum (Refining, Conversion, Transmission Act and Midstream Storage) (No 4 of 2013)
  • The Timber (Export) Act (Cap 151 Laws of Uganda)
  • The Local Governments Act (Cap 243)
  • National Forestry and Tree Planting Regulations (2016)
  • The Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (S.I. No. 13/1998)
  • Land Regulations (S.I No 100 2004)
  • National Environment (Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing) Regulations (2005)
  • National Guidelines for Implementing Collaborative Management in Uganda (2003)
  • Guidelines for Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Agricultural Sector Policies and Plans (2018)
  • Guidelines for the Registration, Declaration and Management of Community Forests (2015).
  • The East African Climate Change Policy (2010)  East African Community Climate Change Strategy (2011)
  • East African Community Climate Change Master Plan (2011-2031)
  • The Lake Victoria Basin Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan (2018-2023)
  • Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community (1999)
  • East African Community Protocol on Environment and Natural Resources (2006)
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy for the East African Community (2005-2030)
  • East African Community Vision 2050
  • IGAD Environment and Natural Resources Strategy (2007)
  • NEPAD Action Plan of the Environment Initiative (2003)
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (1992)
  • Kyoto Protocol (1997)
  • Paris Agreement (2015)
  • Decision 1/CP.16 The Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Longterm Cooperative Action under the Convention
  • Warsaw Framework for REDD-plus
  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007)
  • United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (1992)
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (1994)
  • Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention – ILO (1989)
  • Ratify the ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (1989).
  • Domesticate the UNFCCC (1992) and the Paris Agreement (2015). Enact legislation to operationalise the National Climate Change Policy (2015).
  • Strengthen enforcement of existing policies, laws and regulations.