Climate migration buffer

Since 1942 when it hosted about 7000 polish refugees, Uganda has a reputable hospitality in receiving those that seek refuge.

The IGAD protocol and Kampala Ministerial Declaration on Migration that protect people moving to neighbouring (1) countries before, during or after environmental threats, further make Uganda a more accessible destination for millions seeking refuge in the Horn of Africa and East Africa

“Today the country hosts more than 1.5 million refugees (2) from South Sudan, DRC, Somalia, Burundi, Thousands of these are fleeing climate and environmental related disasters while millions flee persecution, violence and insecurity in their countries”

As these are struggling with the challenges of rebuilding (3) their lives in what is a safe environment, their future is threatened by the degradation of Uganda’s environment which is causing famine resulting into malnutrition and death (4) This is due to the persistence occurrence of extreme weather events like floods, prolonged droughts, landslides that affect agriculture productivity

Protecting environment sustainability and promoting climate action in Uganda is a concrete solution

  • To avoiding creation of millions more climate refugees
  • To avoiding creation of millions more climate refugees (5)
  • Provide a safe and liveable environment for those who have earlier fled conflicts in the region

Apart from schools, our education program is extended to refugee camps in Uganda to provide them with knowledge on how to deal with climate challenges , as most of the refugees in Uganda are cross-border circular and seasonal migrants, with climate education they will return to their homes with knowledge and skills.