Territorial Approach to Climate change project (TACC) for Mbale region project

What is the project about?

Uganda's agro-economy is largely climate dependent.  The economy and the well being of its people are tightly bound to a stable climate pattern with limited investment in technology. Therefore, climate change and climate variability is likely to negatively affect food security and health conditions of the poor especially women and children. There is evidence that climate change is already a reality in Uganda as recorded in increasing frequency of prolonged drought, flooding and the loss of glacial cover of the Rwenzori Mountains. UNDP is working with other development partners to assist affected areas such as the Mbale region.

The Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC) project is one such initiative. The project is intended to assist the Mbale region of Uganda, encompassing the three districts of Mbale, Manafwa and Bududa, to realize low carbon and climate change resilient development.

The project is working with various partners in the region to develop an Integrated Territorial Climate Plan (ITCP) which will fully integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies into their regional development planning. It will also develop a policy and investment plan that will identify appropriate regulatory and financial instruments for the implementation of the actions that have been selected by the ITCP and assist the region to access, combine and sequence a variety of financial resources needed to implement the ITCP.

It will also address priorities identified in the Uganda NAPA. Mbale will serve as a pilot region for scaling up to other regions within Uganda for this holistic, territorial approach to addressing climate change.

The project has 5 outputs namely;

  • Partnership, coordination and participation platforms for climate change planning and programming established,
  • Capacity to integrate climate change issues into regional development plans and actions built,
  • Integrated Territorial Climate Plan (ITCP) formulated, 
  • Climate change policy and investment package developed and
  • Lessons learned and best practices disseminated.

The project is implemented by Mbale District Local Government in collaboration with Manafwa and Bududa Districts.


The TACC project's accomplishments include;

  • An Integrated Territorial Climate Change Plan (ITCP) for Mbale Region has been developed.  The plan provides a regional multi-sectoral strategic framework The framework, first at regional level in Uganda will guide future resource allocation (funds) to climate change activities within the region and focus donor, civil society and private funding initiatives.
  • Additionally, an Integrated Territorial Climate Plan Steering Committee (ITCP SC) has been established as an institutional and governance framework for partnership, ownership, planning and communication on climate change issues in the Mbale region.
  • Two community level financing mechanisms one for tree palnting and another for cook stoves have been established in the project area.

Who finances it?

THe project which started in 2010 and end in 2013 has a a total budget of US$ 1 million funded by UNDP core resources, the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID)  and the Royal Danish Development Agency (DANIDA).

Project Period Funding    Funding Source
2010-2013   USD 1M  UNDP core resources (300,000 USD), DFID (450, 000 USD/300,000British pounds), DANIDA (250,000 USD)

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