Nakawa Mayor Ronald Balimwezo Nsubuga

The Mayor of Nakawa Division in Kampala, Eng. Ronald Balimwezo Nsubuga has attributed the climate related challenges facing Kampala City such as floods to the growing population numbers that have outstripped available resources.

According to the June 4, press release from the African Development Bank, while speaking as guest speaker during this year’s Innovation4Climate meeting held recently in Germany, Nsubuga cited flooding, the destruction of wetland habitats, access to cooking energy, food security, and education as the major challenges facing Kampala.

“All of these issues are exacerbated by Uganda’s population: over 70 per cent of Ugandans are less than 25 years of age. His description set the scene for presentations on different approaches to quantifying adaptation to raise finance for adaptation actions,” he said.

The meeting focused on “Adaptation metrics for innovative results-based adaptation and resilience finance”. The African Development Bank hosted a workshop in cooperation with Perspectives Climate Group, The Higher Ground Foundation.

Some parts of Kampala recently experienced floods due to heavy rain.

Eng. Bamwelizo’s description of Kampala’s climate related challenges set the scene for presentations on different approaches to quantifying adaptation to raise finance for adaptation actions.

Matthias Krey of Perspectives explained the “saved-health/saved-wealth” approach that provides a quantitative evaluation of the outcomes of different adaptation actions. “Using this approach, an economic evaluation of different opportunities can be made, but it relies on the definition of weighting factors and entails a relatively complex process,” he said.

Karl Schultz of the Higher Ground Foundation presented the foundation’s work on developing the vulnerability reduction credit (VRC) standard framework, governance and quality assurance standards underpinning adaptation metrics. “The VRC creates credits which, following independent verification and certification, can be transferred, traded and used as evidence of corporate social responsibility actions,” he said.

Gareth Phillips, Climate Division Manager at the African Development Bank, who also moderated the event, presented an Adaptation Benefit Mechanism that sidesteps the issue of units to focus on “certifying” the amount of public finance used to mobilize private-sector finance into bona fide adaptation projects so that developed country governments can achieve their US$100 billion pledge by 2020.

Participants concluded that further support was necessary to pilot these innovative approaches to improve the understanding of adaptation metrics and provide mechanisms that donors can use to finance adaptation and encourage private sector investment.