In a statement released on Friday Kristian Schmidt, the EU head in Uganda was quoted as saying Kampala was selected among the seven pilot projects to receive the grant after a competitive process following a call for proposals by the European Union.
"There were many, many proposals submitted from across the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore I would like to congratulate the KCCA team for putting together a very successful proposal and for being so competitive. With this EU grant, Kampala is already a winner. We now look forward to this proposal translating into tangible actions, results and lasting impact.” Says Kristian Schmidt.
He remains hopeful that the partnership will stimulate economic and social development and improve the quality of life of Ugandans as the city authorities aspire to achieve a clean, healthy and safe city combined with efficient mobility.
The project is to be implemented over a period of three years with the objective of developing a low carbon and climate resilient Kampala.
According to Jenifer Musisi the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) the development of the Kampala Climate Change Action Strategy started in 2014 to support KCCA’s vision of transforming the capital into a vibrant, attractive and sustainable city.
She noted that the project will build the resilience of the city to the impacts of climate change and protect its residents, especially the poor and vulnerable through targeting key areas of energy efficiency; renewable energy; integrated urban planning and greening; urban agriculture; intercity experience sharing as well as air quality monitoring.
The grant is also aimed at supporting Kampala to develop and implement a city climate action plan within the framework of the initiative of the Covenant of Mayors in Sub Saharan Africa (COM SSA).
The COM SSA is an initiative to increase the capacities of cities to provide access to sufficient, sustainable and safe energy related services to urban and peri-urban populations.