Stakeholders seek deepened sectoral consultations on BUR2 climate change process

Chuks Oyema-Aziken

Stakeholders have called for deepened sectoral consultations in the development of Nigeria’s Second Biennial Update Report (BUR2) on climate change.

The call was made at a virtual Stakeholders Inception Workshop held on Friday, September 18, 2020.

The event was organised by the Department of Climate Change (DCC), Federal Ministry of Environment with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Participants at the meeting harped on involvement of all relevant stakeholders including the Academia and Civil Societies in preparation of the report.

Other recommendations are for adequate representation of gender issues in the BUR2; establishment of a framework to harmonise activities of the NDCs to integrate into the BUR2;
allocate DCC staff to interface and track associated activities as it relates to the thematic sectors; strengthen the involvement and inclusion of climate change research work and studies from universities and research centres in the BUR process, and, liaise with relevant stakeholders to develop projects for climate related policies that can be supported by the UNDP.

In a welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan, represented by the Overseeing Head of the DCC, Hajia Halima Bawa-Bwari, urged participants to come up with constructive ideas and information that will provide guidelines towards upgrading the BUR1 and provide a more comprehensive and robust BUR2.

In her presentation entitled “Biennial Update Reports (BUR): Nigeria’s National Reporting Obligation to United Nations Forum on Climate Change (UNFCCC)” Mrs. Abiola-Awe, Deputy Director, Coordinating Nigeria’s National Reporting to the UNFCCC and Greenhouse Gases Inventory Management System outlined activities and strategies for the delivery of the BUR2 within the expected timeframe of the project implementation (August 2020 – August 2022).

UNDP representative, Mr Muyiwa Odele, in a message commended Nigeria’s efforts in submitting the BUR1.

Odele encouraged all the stakeholders to ensure the BUR2 to be more robust and updated with the support of constructive engagements of the academia and research groups with DCC for reliable quality data.

The virtual meeting had in attendance relevant stakeholders engaging in discussions on National Reporting of greenhouse gases, MRV and related issues.

They include Vice-Chancellor of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo Ebonyi State, Professor Chinedum Uzoma Nwajiuba, erudite Professor Emmanuel Oladipo, Professor Nasiru Idris, amongst other eminent stakeholders.

Nigeria, as one of the Non-Annex 1 Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC), has the obligation to prepare and submit, every two years, reliable, comprehensive, consistent, comparable and transparent BUR to the Conference of the Parties (COP).

Sequel to the submission of the country’s First Biennial Update Report (BUR1) to the UNFCCC in 2018, processes for the BUR2 was initiated with the meeting of a Local Project Appraisal Committee (LPAC), which recommended that a Stakeholders Inception Workshop be held to kick-off implementation of the BUR2.

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