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UNEP Atlas Illustrates Evidence of Uganda’s Changing Environment

© UNEP18 June 2009: The National Environment Management Authority of Uganda, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP GRID Arendal and other partners have published a new atlas titled “The Uganda Atlas of Our Changing Environment.”

The Atlas provides scientific evidence of Uganda's changing environment and was modeled after “Africa: Atlas of our Changing Environment” published by UNEP.

The Atlas contains over 70 multi-temporal satellite images and 100 ground photographs and graphics, together with informative graphs, maps and charts, providing visual evidence of the negative and positive changes in Uganda. Key climate change related findings include: the melting of ice on Mount Rwenzori due to global warming has caused increased water flow in the Semliki, eroding its banks and silting Lake Albert; and building in water ways of Nsooba- Lubigi and Nakivubo channel in Kampala City is the main cause of flooding in the low lying areas, and the situation is expected to become worse with the current variability in weather patterns. The Atlas concludes with a series of recommendations to decision makers. [The Atlas]