Nigeria to Get N358 Million from Global Environment FundNigeria
Abuja — The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has agreed to set aside funds amounting to $23.91 million (N358 million) for the implementation of environmentally sustainable projects in the country.
GEF is a financial mechanism which provides grant to developing countries with economies in transition for projects that benefit the global environment. The projects are to be implemented in the fields of biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, international waters, persistent organic pollutions (POPs) and Ozone layer depletion.
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Environments, Dr. Biodun Olorunfemi, who disclosed the package at the GEF National Steering Committee meeting in Abuja yesterday, gave details of the projects to include conservation and sustainable management of Niger Delta, support for the implementation of National Bio-safety framework, sustainable Urban Transportation in Lagos and the setting up of mini grids based on phot voltaic (PV), hydro and biomass to augment rural electrification in Ijebu Ode in Ogun State.
Others are promoting energy efficiency in residential and commercial sector in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), minimization of Dioxin emission from open burning sources in Kano and Onitsha and identifying sites contaminated by chemicals as well as enhancing coastal tourism in Badagry and Calabar areas.
The permanent secretary said Nigeria had demonstrated great concerns about global environment issues, and the political will to fulfill its commitments by signing various environmental conventions and protocols, which includes the post RIO conventions and protocols relevant to GEF activities.
According to him, the country had over eight projects that were approved by GEF under the fourth replenishment programme (GEF-4).
He stated further that in order to ensure transparency and efficient allocation of resources, the ministry had invited the steering committee, which would in line with national priorities, assist the Operational Focal Point, and prioritise projects that would benefit from STAR's envelope.
The STAR is a new funding system that is being introduced by GEF, which determines the amount of resources that a given country could assess in the current replenishment period (1st July 2010 to 30th June 2014) to recipients countries in biodiversity, climate change, and land degradation focal Areas.
The GEF 5 allocations are $5.64 million, $15.13 million, and $3.14 million respectively.
Olorunfemi however expressed satisfaction with the involvement of four new implementing agencies, the UNESCO, UN Habitat, World Food Programme and World Health Organization (WHO).
GEF is a unique partnership of among 181 countries, International institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.
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