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Lagos Govt adopts plan to tackle climate change

Nigeria
The Guardian
18/10/2010

Following the hosting earlier this year of the 2nd Lagos Climate Change Summit, a one-day workshop held last week has adopted a work plan to guide follow-up action to the resolutions arrived at during the summit.

Issues listed as action areas under the work plan are Policy and Law, Education and Awareness, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation, Governance, Gender, Technical Research and Data, Maritime and Coastal Erosion, Stakeholders’ Partnership, Funding, International Participation, and, cross-cutting issues.

The workshop, which was attended by government officials, environment specialists, civil society activists and media representatives, recommended critical components of the work-plan to include:

• Law and Policy: The need to fashion relevant laws and policies is good but serious attention needs be accorded standards and regulations in line with best practices around the world; and,

• that the private sector groups such as the National Economic Support Group, NESG, should be co-opted in the climate change mitigation and adaptation campaign for the general benefit of the people including their financial support.

• Food Security and Poverty Alleviation: Government should support farmers with relevant agricultural input to alleviate their hardship and suffering that have since accentuated with climate change.

• There is need for an integrated committee comprising civil society groups and MDAs to undertake peoples’ compliance with policies as well as undertake monitoring and evaluation of policies and laws.

Gender: The workshop noted that women in particular, need to be empowered on renewable energy to discourage deforestation Maritime and Shipwrecks

• The workshop noted that the incidence of shipwrecks is disturbingly increasing and should therefore be immediately addressed by the Federal Ministry of Environment, Lagos State Ministry of the Environment in collaboration with NIMASA and other relevant agencies.

The workshop also recommended that the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment should initiate a strong collaboration with NIMASA to address the issues of coastal erosion and shipwrecks, while efforts should be made to source funding and use it to focus on research, mitigation as well as adaptation.

Besides, the workshop also asked government to fashion strategies of promoting new technology for sustainable development and promotion of energy efficient technologies.

Earlier, a guest speaker, Mr. Felix Obanubi, formally highlighted the objectives of the workshop to include a thorough review of the observations and recommendations expressed in the communiqué of the Second Lagos Summit; establish participation and coordination framework; initiate policy and legislative framework as well as formulate structural approach to the campaigns.

Another consultant, Prof. Ademola Salau, while taking the meeting through the communiqué of the second Lagos Climate Change Summit held in May this year, stressed that the climate change phenomenon had become a compelling issue for governments, civil society groups, the private sector and private individuals to address with utmost commitment.

The workshop’s objectives were reinforced with the presentation by the Policy Advocacy Project Partnership on Climate Change in Lagos State, PAPP, which reminded the participants of the need for all to popularize identified climate change-induced challenges and work towards mitigating them.

El contenido de las noticias que se presentan en esta sección es responsabilidad directa de las agencias emisoras de noticias y no necesariamente reflejan la posición del Gobierno de México en este u otros temas relacionados.

    

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