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									     OPENING REMARKS BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR
    METEOROLOGY DURING THE CLEAN DEVELOPMENT
MECHANISM (CDM) STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP, 4 - 5 JULY, 2000
    INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE, KAMPALA




It is with great pleasure that I stand here today to make a few opening remarks

during this important workshop on the Clean development Mechanism (CDM).

This workshop is part of the international effort that is trying to address the

problem of Climate Change, which is caused by Global warming. Climate

Change will result in changes in weather patterns, which will in turn lead to a

decrease in rainfall in some places and an increase in other places. These

changes in weather patterns will adversely affect agricultural production,

availability of fresh water, forestry resources and many other sectors of the

economy.



As you might be already aware, Global warming is a result of accumulated

greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted into the atmosphere through human activities

such as emissions from vehicles, land clearing and bush burning, cooking using

fire wood or fossil fuels etc. The Developed Countries, which are in a better

position to adapt to Climate Change, have contributed most of the historical

emissions. They should therefore take the lead in addressing the problem of

Global warming. We should however note that, irrespective of our levels of
contribution, Climate Change will affect both the rich and poor, the developed

and Developing Countries alike. The Climate change problem therefore, needs a

global solution. It is for this reason that the international community put in place

the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The ultimate objective of the UNFCCC is to achieve stabilization of greenhouse

gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous

anthropogenic (man - made) interference with the Climate System. Such a level

should be achieved within a timeframe sufficient enough to allow ecosystems to

adapt naturally to Climate Change, to ensure that food production is not

threatened and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable

manner.



The implementation of the UNFCCC is reviewed annually by the Conference of

the Parties (COP) and during their third meeting in Kyoto, Japan; the COP

adopted the "Kyoto Protocol". The Kyoto Protocol seeks to strengthen the

commitments of the Developed Countries under the UNFCCC and also provides

some flexibility to enable the developed countries meet their quantified

emission reduction targets. One of the flexible mechanisms under the Kyoto

Protocol is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which is our topic of

discussion during this workshop. The main objectives of the CDM are:
   (i)     To assist Annex 1 Parties (Developed Countries) meet part of their

           emission reduction commitments through carrying out projects in

           developing Countries;

   (ii)    To assist Developing Countries achieve sustainable development; and

   (iii)   To promote the attainment of the objectives of the Convention through

           greenhouse gas emission reduction.



This workshop, which has been organized by the Department of Meteorology

with financial assistance from the European union (EU), the Government of the

United Kingdom (UK) and the Danish International development agency

(DANIDA), is part of our national effort to address this problem of Climate

Change. The Department of Meteorology, as the National focal Point for

Climate Change has also in the recent past, coordinated two Climate Change

projects; the first was to carry out an inventory of Sources and sinks of

greenhouse gases with financial assistance from GEF through UNEP and the

second was to carry out a Climate Change impact assessment on several sectors

of the economy with financial assistance from the United States Government.

Currently the Department is coordinating another project with financial

assistance from GEF through UNDP. This project is preparing Uganda's first

national communications to the Conference of the Parties. The communications

should detail our GHG emissions and the actions Uganda is taking or is

planning to take to mitigate as well as adapt to climate Change.
As always, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the

Department of Meteorology also gives out regular bulletins, advisories and

other customer tailored services to different sectors of the economy. I would

like to urge all of the people gathered here today to take advantage of the

services offered by the Department of Meteorology as a potential mitigation

option to the challenges of Climate Change and Variability.



As I conclude my remarks, I would like to welcome all of you to this important

workshop and to wish you good and fruitful deliberations.



Thank you very much.

								
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