Publication date: 18 October 2021
Like the rest of the world, Uganda has not been spared by the trail of damage wrecked by COVID-19, with mixed implications on the economy, society and the planet (natural capital). The 2019/2020 Uganda National Household Survey, released in May 2021, revealed that COVID-19 drove an additional two million Ugandans into poverty, shrank employment by 10 percent from 57 percent before COVID-19 to 47% during COVID-19, and increased the proportion of the population engaged in subsistence agriculture from 41 percent to 52 percent before and during COVID-19 respectively. For this reason, the country is racing towards recovering from COVID-19 effects albeit the recovery is understandably inclined to the economy, which bore the biggest brunt of the pandemic. Importantly, the UN Environment Programme Report on Green Approaches to COVID-19 Recovery (2021) urges that, for effective long term economic recovery, consideration of all dimensions of sustainable development, including the environmental pillar must be prioritized. This Report presents an analysis on the extent of mainstreaming natural capital in Uganda's COVID-19 Recovery Packages and prescribes recommendations for enhanced consideration of natural capital in the COVID-19 Recovery packages.