As we continue to implement the Uganda Vision 2040 through medium term five-year National Development Plans to achieve the envisaged transformation, it is increasingly important to identify various efficient approaches to development that not only generate conventional economic benefits, such as increased per capita income, poverty reduction, employment and macroeconomic stability, but also bring social and environmental benefits for all. The main reason for this paradigm shift is to ensure equity and inclusiveness to avoid leaving any one behind, as the 2030 Agenda stipulates. The green growth development model therefore presents a sustainable approach that can be adopted to accelerate the transition to middle income status while conserving the integrity of our environment and natural resources.
The Government has developed the Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy (UGGDS) to operationalize the principles of green growth espoused in the 2030 Agenda (SDGs), the Uganda Vision 2040 and the second National Development Plan (NDP II) (2015/16-2019/20). The strategy identifies catalytic investment areas for prioritization in the transition towards a green economy. These are; sustainable agriculture production; natural capital management with a focus on tourism development; sustainable forestry, wetlands and optimal water resources management; green cities (planned urbanization); and sustainable transport and energy for green growth.
To operationalize the UGGDS, the Global Green Growth Institute has partnered with Government to develop a National Implementation Roadmap:an action plan that sequences interventions for the short, medium and long term. The short-term interventions will be implemented over the NDP II period while the medium- erm and long-term interventions will be incorporated into subsequent NDPs in line with the Uganda Vision 2040.