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Uganda’s National Transport Master Plan: Potential for low carbon development

Case Summary: 

Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world and stands
to be disproportionally affected by rising global temperatures and climate
change. Recognizing this, international
aid and domestic policy have been working together for decades to develop the
economy of the country. In 2009 Uganda’s
National Transport Plan was published.
This document has not been updated since. However, many of its statements have been
updated and included in Uganda’s National Development Planning Framework
documents that seek to increase economic development in the country while
reducing or eliminating negative climate impacts. The transportation section of the plan states
that the Ugandan government and transportation sector will work together to:

  • Develop integrated planning and management of
    transport infrastructure with insights on climate prediction. The primary focus of this development is to
    identify stakeholders (10 listed in the plan) and facilitate information
    transfer and cooperation between them.
  • Promote the development of a long-term national
    transport policy that will include greenhouse gas mitigation. The transport
    plan uses an assessment of vehicle usage by type (50% motorcycle, 30% passenger
    vehicles, 12% light-good vehicles, 6% heavy vehicles, and 2% agriculture
    vehicles) and developing targeted plans to reduce emissions in that vehicle
  • Funding international and national aid to build
    infrastructure identified by the stakeholders that encourages usage of
    low-emission transportation methods. Building a robust national road system was
    identified as essential to both economic growth and using the least emitting
    transportation means.

This report summarizes the efforts under the various
documents produced by the Ugandan government and outlines the roles of
different organizations and policies.

Action Area 
Planning and Implementation Activity 
Developing Strategies and Plans, Developing and Implementing Policies and Measures, Low Emission Development Strategies
Sectors and Themes 
LEDS Global Partnership