Summary of Uganda Inception Workshop – Tuesday 4th September, 2012

The first of ten Inception Workshops was held in Kampala, Uganda on Tuesday 4th September.

Approximately 20 representatives from government and UN agencies, as well as bi-lateral donors  attended the workshop, including Uganda’s Department of Meteorology, and Directorate of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Refugees, as well as FAO, GIZ and the EU.

The workshop was opened by the UNDP country director Mr Lebogang Motlana, and the representative for the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Water and Environment. Dr Mark Tadross gave a presentation on the background to the project, the need for EWS and the potential for aspects of EWS to be regionally integrated. This was followed by comments and presentations by Mr Vincent Woboya (National Coordinator in the Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management) and Mr Michael Nkalubo (the Commissioner of the Department of Meteorology). These presentations provided the workshop with some sense of the scope of operations and challenges facing the national structures. There then followed a discussion on the most important impacts (i.e. the salient benefits and improvements), which the project hoped to achieve, as well as the current weaknesses and gaps in the four EWS components; risk knowledge, monitoring and forecasting, communication and dissemination and response.

Read the attached document for the full report.