BY ISAAC MUGERA –
The Prime Minister of Uganda, RT Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda has today launched the first of its kind National Risk and Vulnerability Atlas for Uganda at the Office of the Prime Minister headquarters in Kampala.
The National Risk and Vulnerability Atlas is a key instrument designed by the Office of the Prime Minister, with support from the United National Development Program (UNDP) to enhance understanding of disaster risk in all its dimensions; including hazards, exposure and vulnerability in all the 122 Districts of Uganda.
While giving his remarks at the launch, PM Rugunda said that the National Atlas will enable policy makers and practitioners in government, private sector, media and the general public to understand and make informed decisions on planning and implementing disaster risk responses.
He added that the knowledge contained in the Atlas will be handy in designing strategies to build resilience of communities most prone to disaster risks.
The UNDP Resident Representative for Uganda, Ms. Elsie G. Attafuah, congratulated the teams that have dedicated time, resources and intellect to make this Atlas a success. She added that if climate and disaster risks are not mitigated, they will greatly slow down development in Uganda.
She said that the Risk Atlas is a timely venture for integrated early warning messages and alerts in disaster situations.
The function was also attended by the Minister for Relief, Disaster and Refugees, Hon. Hillary Onek.
UNDP handed over equipment to strengthen the National Emergency Coordination Center (NECOC) in detecting and averting climate and disaster risks in the country. The equipment includes; Drones Cameras, Solar Equipment Hardware for Data Collection, among others.