Group 5: Planning for Future Population Growth and Climate Change

Desired Outcome 

The main goal of this group it to create resilience to climate change and population growth through revenue generation from oil and gas that is managed and distributed at the community level to promote sustainable natural resource management and climate adaptation strategies.

Policy Level Actions for Planning

  1. Harmonize policies for sharing petroleum revenues with district and local governments (DLGs)
  2. Create explicate guidelines and timetables for implementing existing climate and population growth plans
  3. Create explicate guidelines for implementing existing health plans
  4. Ensure financing is available to implement existing plans
  5. Increase funding for DLGs to 30% of national budget instead of the current 17%
  6. Review the existing plans and integrate climate change initiatives.

Multi-Sectoral Actions—NGOs and development partners should provide the following support to government:

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  1. Initiate a community-based participatory planning process (bottom-up)
  2. Develop district-level capacity-building mechanisms for planners
  3. Support the implementation of existing plans
  4. Identify funding and work with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to secure financing for existing plans
  5. Engage with National Planning Authority (NPA), Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED), Members of Parliament (MPs) to increase funding for DLGs (30% of national budget instead of current 17% to DLGs)
  6. Harmonize policies of petroleum royalties to DLGs
  7. Conduct analyses of existing data, dissemination and use the information
  8. Work with MDAs to decentralize existing databases 

Next Steps?

  1. To secure sound and sustainable financing for existing plans 
  2. Mobilize political will to support existing financing policies including oil and gas royalty sharing
  3. Allocate ring fenced financing to Natural Resource Development (NRD)
  4. Support and develop integrated management planning (wildlife, water, roads, oil and gas)
  5. Create synergies and identify alternative funders for the various plans 
  6. Develop capacity building mechanisms for environment committees (e.g. district, sub-county, parish to local council environment committees)
  7. Enhanced collaboration and stakeholder engagement
  8. Develop Risk Management scenarios
    1. National emergency response plans 
    2. National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP) 
    3. District emergency response plans 
    4. Sub-county emergency response plans 
    5. Sectoral risk plans 
  9. Revise the structure of human resources in the Albertine Graben Districts to match the challenges of the oil and gas sector 
    1. Occupational hygiene
    2. Health and safety 
    3. Chemists 
    4. Oil and gas
  10. Develop specialized staff in DLGs to address climate, population and development growth