A new Climate Change Risk Report examining how well equipped countries are to deal with the threats of global warming has placed Uganda among the list of countries most unprepared for the effects of climate change.
Dr. Andy Thow, one of the authors of the study, says several developing countries in Africa and Asia at the bottom of the table because of the high pressure on natural resources resulting for a high population density and small land areas. Apart from Uganda other countries vulnerable to global warming are Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Yemen, Somalia, Niger, Afghanistan, Haiti, Pakistan, Sudan, Nepal and Mauritania.
The Climate Change Risk Report examined vulnerability across six different sectors - the economy; natural resources and ecosystems; poverty, development and health; agriculture; population, settlement and infrastructure; and institutions, governance and social capital.
The picture-postcard Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean, between Mozambique and Madagascar, was named as the country least equipped to deal with increased storms, rising sea levels and agricultural failure. Canada topped the list as extremely well equipped to adapt to changes in climate.
Other countries that are well equipped to handle climate change are Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand, France, Uruguay and Hungary.