Jalia Kobusinge is an operations advisor on environment, climate change and rural energy for the EU Delegation in Uganda. She attended the GCCA+ Global Learning Event, 12-14 September to gain and share experience, meet colleagues managing similar portfolios around the world and establish common ground, but also to learn what is being done differently in the international context.
What were your expectations coming into GLE?
In my role, it is important to have the policy framework in place as we try to respond to the challenge of climate change. It is a tedious process to get climate policy – and any other policy – designed and approved through government structures … But it is very important that the actions have a place in the legal and policy framework in which it fits.
A two-pronged approach in my view is very important; both a community component and complemented by a structural policy framework acting as a long-term guide, while giving enough flexibility over time for communities to adapt where needed. What we think now is the best intervention may not necessarily be the same many months or years later.
What do you think GCCA+ should be taking home from the event?
The involvement of governments in GCCA-related initiatives, which in my view is a good thing especially looking at continuity during long-term initiatives and when the objectives are way beyond the time set for it.
This is a valuable lesson, and in Uganda’s case it is not just the central government but also local authorities that have direct interaction with the communities most affected, most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Engagement by government at district and community levels is very important, again for securing continuity of initiatives, and for linking local governments to the existing structures.
Communities and their local authorities are here to stay, to carry the different initiatives. So GCCA interventions can continue working together in addressing climate change at the community level.