FG takes Climate Change awareness campaign to South-East

May 27th, 2019

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote has im­plored State governments to provide coordinated interventions that will ad­equately address the chal­lenges of climate change in the country.

The Permanent Secre­tary gave the charge at a two-day South-East Re­gional Knowledge Deepen­ing Workshop on Climate Change in Enugu on Mon­day.

The Workshop was or­ganized by the Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Enugu state Government through the support of our multilateral partner, the United Nations Development Pro­gramme (UNDP).

The Regional Climate Change Deepening Work­shop on Climate Change will hold across the six (6) geo-political zones to deepen collaboration and synergy with sub-national government on climate change issues, its impacts and possible adaptive and mitigation measures avail­able to curb its effect.

Odusote said that Cli­mate Change has become a critical issue, both for its global importance and threats to National devel­opment.

She said Nigeria recog­nizes with great concern’s the threat that climate change poses to liveli­hoods, economic sustain­ability and health and the imperative to embed cli­mate change issues within the context of its work in the country.

She said the impacts of climate change in Nigeria vary in extent, severity and intensity, but the exact de­gree remains uncertain.

“Since climate change is now a development chal­lenge, purely environmen­tal and sectoral small-scale uncoordinated interven­tions will not adequately address the challenge of climate change in the coun­try. This calls for an inte­grated State Plan of Action that drives inputs from the National Climate Change Policy and Response Strat­egy and other relevant sec­toral policies in agriculture, energy, industry, transport and others, National Cli­mate Change Adaptation Strategy and also takes cognizance of the national imperative for initiatives to implement the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) in the framework of fulfilling our obligations to the Paris Agreement.

“Some sectors of the State’s economy are going to be more impacted by climate change than oth­ers. These sectors should constitute the main en­try points for response to the challenge of climate change, and as identified in the country’s NDC, they in­clude agriculture and forest, industry, oil and gas, power and transport.

“As committed and zeal­ous to combating the effects of Climate Change as we may be, our efforts alone cannot give us the desired goal, until and unless the state governments share in our vision, effective collab­oration and fully partnering with us in contributing their time, knowledge, resources and committed trust to support the achievement of our statutory objectives.

Director, Department of Climate Change, Dr. Ye­rima Tarfa in his address said the workshop will en­able knowledge dissemina­tion and discussion toward climate-resilient and low-carbon development in Ni­geria.

“There is no doubt, therefore, that today’s delib­erations will afford us op­portunities we need in our various organizations to develop practical strategies for effective policy mak­ing, planning, budgets and investments, in the light of the spirit of the Paris Agree­ment.

“This will in turn help us in understanding the im­perative to effectively work together towards meeting our National Greenhouse Gas emission (GHG) re­duction targets, as en­shrined in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) document.

“As you are aware, es­tablishment of Climate Change Desk Offices in all the 36 states and Develop­ment of Climate Change tool kit for States is un­dertaken to strengthen the institutional capacity of States on Climate Change Education, Awareness, mitigation, adaptation and Climate finance.
“This workshop will equally highlight the role of States in tackling Climate Change and in the devel­opment of the obligatory reporting documents to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement.

“More so, it is recog­nized that implementation of Climate Actions requires huge financial resources. This workshop will provide opportunities and options for States to access various Climate Funds available through the Climate change window.

“Accordingly, this work­shop is designed to provide us with the opportunity to take stock of the activities in the state since the devel­opment of Climate Change tool kit, and to discuss the lessons learnt.

“We are looking forward to your usual active partici­pation to this workshop, to engage all of you in these discussions, your thoughts and your comments on the topics. We have the desire to improve your skills and capacities not only in the climate change issues, but also in working together with you in the environ­mental issues.

In a keynote speech, Enugu State Commis­sioner of Environment and Mineral Resources, Prince Emeka Mamah highlight­ed the threat of climate change to the southeast­ern part of Nigeria, saying Enugu State is currently being affected by Gully erosion, the most impres­sive and striking erosion type, been recognized as one of the major global en­vironmental problems.

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