Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 145–159

Reconciling National and Global Priorities in Adaptation to Climate Change: With an Illustration from Uganda


  • Bwango Apuuli
    • Meteorology Department
  • J. Wright
    • Ministry of Planning and Economic Development
  • C. Elias
    • World Resources Institute
  • I. Burton
    • University of Toronto

DOI: 10.1023/A:1006330507790

Cite this article as:
Apuuli, B., Wright, J., Elias, C. et al. Environ Monit Assess (2000) 61: 145. doi:10.1023/A:1006330507790


Many developing countries, especially in Africa, contribute only very small amounts to the world total of greenhouse gas emissions. For them, the reduction of such emissions is not a priority, and the more important issue is to find ways to reduce their vulnerability to the projected climate change which is being imposed upon them largely as a result of emissions from developed countries. This priority does not accord with the ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas emissions. This paper reports upon studies in Uganda designed to help in the development of a national adaptation strategy, and addresses the need to reconcile such a strategy with the global priority accorded to mitigation and with national economic development priorities. Some features of a national climate change adaptation strategy are identified and questions are raised about the need for an international regime to facilitate and support adaptation.

climate changeadaptationeconomic development
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