Kampala, July 1, 2019: The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology held the technology (UNCST) prioritisation workshop for the technology needs assessment project on June 27-28, 2019 at the UNCST Secretariat in Ntinda, Kampala.
The objectives of the technology prioritization workshop were to identify and prioritize mitigation and adaptation technologies, respectively, for the Energy sector (Mitigation) and Agriculture, Forestry and Water (Adaptation) sectors.
At least 12 adaptation/mitigation technologies were identified for future diffusion, upscaling, and dissemination. It is envisaged that the technologies identified will inform the implementation of Uganda’s nationally determined contributions and related climate actions at the national level. Further to this, the TNA methodology can be used to assess other local needs under separate processes and projects.
Over 30 experts participated in the meeting, including representatives of government departments responsible for policy and regulation; vulnerable sectors (agriculture, forestry, water, energy), private sector, farmer organizations, technology providers and users, finance institutions, development partners and the media.
With support from the UN Environment through UNEP DTU Partnership, UNCST organized a Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Inception Workshop in August 2018, where stakeholders prioritised Agriculture, Forestry, and Water sectors for adaptation; and Energy sector for the mitigation within the TNA Uganda Project.
The TNAs presents an opportunity to track evolving needs for equipment, techniques, practical knowledge and skills necessary to mitigate greenhouse gases and reduce the vulnerability of sectors and livelihoods to the shocks of climate change. The TNA process is country-driven aligned to national development objectives with a strong emphasis on stakeholder engagement.
Accordingly, between March and June 2019, National experts documented potential technologies for consideration if Uganda were to meet her mitigation and adaptation obligations. Identification and prioritisation of technologies for selected sectors are the first of the three (3) steps of the TNA process. The other steps are identification and analysis of barriers hindering the deployment or diffusion of prioritised technologies (including enabling framework for these technologies); and designing of technology action plans (TAPS) on the basis of these findings.