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Professor Chukwumerije Okereke Participates in African Leadership Forum 2020

The Director of Centre for Climate Change and Development at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Professor Chukwumerije Okereke will be participating in a forum alongside His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, other great personalities and people of influence from Africa.

The forum which is organized by African Leadership Forum and titled “Promoting Intra-trade to unlock Agricultural Potentials in Africa” is aimed at engaging high-level decision- makers and influential Africans to deliberate and have conversation on the prospect of encouraging internal trade to harness the agricultural potentials in Africa.

The conference which holds online from 29th – 30th July, will engage stakeholders around three sub themes: “Africa’s Agricultural Potentials in the Global Economy”, “Climate change: An Opportunity and Challenge for African Agriculture” and “Market as a driver for fostering agricultural productivity in Africa”.

The director will be among the panelists discussing Climate Change: An Opportunity and Challenge for African Agriculture”.

Reacting to the positive development, Professor Okereke said he was elated and delighted to be participating in such a high profile forum where the issues concerning African development would be discussed and pledged to make useful contributions that would help in reducing carbon emission in Africa. “I am delighted to have been invited to participate in this high profile event of great importance to Africa development and I look forward to contributing my quota in the quest to achieve low carbon and climate resilient growth in Africa.

The conference which has Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, the Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development as a Keynote Speaker, will have about ten former presidents of different African countries, representative of United Nations and other International bodies, respected Africans in the academia and other experts in climate change and Agriculture, in attendance.

African Leadership Forum is a platform set up for African Elders to interact and discuss with the present and future leaders on key issues affecting the continent. This year’s edition is the seventh edition of the annual conference since the forum came into existence in 2013.

Alex Ekwueme varsity, WRI seek to build stakeholder engagement on Nigeria’s climate plan review

A project aimed at increasing public awareness of, and engagement with, Nigeria’s climate change plan looks to inject a lungful of air into the ongoing revision process of the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which is due for submission in November 2020.

Titled “Promoting critical analysis of, and stakeholders’ engagement with the revision of Nigeria’s NDC,” the project is being undertaken by the Centre for Climate Change and Development of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike, Ikwo (AEFUNAI), Ebonyi State with support from the World Resources Institute (WRI).

The one-year initiative that commences from July 2020 will, according to Project Coordinator, Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, help to widen the horizon of the discourse and compliment the current government led NDC revision process.

“Given that the NDC revision process has already started and is slated to be completed by November 2020, the immediate commencement of this project is highly desirable, to enable the capture of the analytical pieces and engage the public and critical stakeholders to incorporate their views into the window ending September 2020,” said Okereke, a Professor in Environment and Development at University of Reading in UK, and Director of the AEFUNAI Centre for Climate Change and Development.

Besides commissioning insightful short analysis on several topics relevant for the Nigerian NDC as well as organising and promoting a stakeholder engagement and public debate on relevant issues, the project will embark on targeted public awareness and media campaigns to disseminate the information and stimulate the engagement of the wider public in the NDC revision and, eventually in its implementation afterwards.

According to Okereke, experts will be commissioned to write a 3,000-word article on each of the selected topics, which he listed to include: “Assessment of implementation of the original NDC and the new ambition intent”, “Extent of alignment of the NDC with the national economic development plan”, “Energy scenarios for Nigerian’s revised NDC”, “Improving emission reduction from transport sector of Nigeria’s NDC”, “Options for promoting climate smart agriculture in the new NDC,” and “Public financial management and budgeting for the NDC”.

Others are “Public investment risks and opportunities in the NDC,”, “The potential role for private sector involvement in the NDC”, “Analysis of the adaptation components of the NDC”, “Technology, innovation need implications of the NDC”, “The NDC, post COIVD-19 economic stimulus and a just green transition”, and “Legal perspectives to raising ambition and implementing the NDC”.

“The desire to have informative figures, graphs and charts wherever possible would be emphasised. In addition, they will produce a short summary of the key points of their analysis,” Okereke emphasised, adding that the pieces will be peer reviewed.

A project website, blogsite and Facebook pages will be developed to promote the project. He stressed that all the national stakeholder dialogues to discuss the papers would be convened via webinars, which will start in July and run through to November when the NDC is due to be submitted.

Nigeria was among the 190 countries that submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the run up to the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Paris, France in 2015. Nigeria’s INDC has since been subsequently converted into the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) following the country’s ratification of the Paris Agreement in May 2017.

With a promise of 20% unconditional emission reduction and 45% conditional emissions by 2030 compared to 2010 based line scenario, Nigeria’s NDC appears to be ambitious. The NDC is built on the appealing philosophy of pursing socioeconomic development while reducing carbon pollution. It also outlines several measures that the government said it would take to meet the self-imposed targets, even as an emphasis is placed on adaptation given the nation’s seeming vulnerability to climate change.

Under the ongoing revision process, the Federal Government with the support of the NDC Partnership (of which WRI is a member) through the Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP), has outlined a plan to revise and submit an updated NDC by November 2020. The first stakeholder meeting conducted as a “joint mission with UNDP” to kick-off NDC revision and setting timelines held in Abuja on March 5, 2020.

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‘Countries should pay equal attention to COVID-19, Climate Change’

To avert environmental calamity in the magnitude of Coronavirus pandemic, the Partner, Chijiokeifediora & Co, Chijioke Ifediora has called on countries not to wait for rise in sea level, increase in acidic rain, death of sea plants and cancerous effects of environmental pollution before taking swift action in response to climate change.

In a statement, Ifediora said governments and stakeholders must pay equal attention to COVID-19 and climate change.

He, therefore, called for investment in alternative energy sources for households, cars and industries such as solar energy, hydro and windmill as a means to help tackle healthcare challenges.

He asked that legislations on the use of electrical cars, trains and other means of transportation be reintroduced.

Ifediora explained that before Coronavirus outbreak, climate change has been a major issue on the global scene, with less action taken since the landmark Paris Agreement.

“The agreement was executed to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. The Paris Agreement in its Article 2 states that “the agreement seeks to strengthen the global response to climate change, reaffirm the goal of limiting global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius, while pursing efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees,” he said.

Ifediora, however, noted that the carbon emissions from cities, which are harmful to the environment and humans who directly or indirectly orchestrate has, to a notable extent been curbed due to the pandemic.

To him, the COVID-19 pandemic has elicited a distinct global response. “From governments and businesses taking on new roles, responding to the crisis, to the complete change in how we work, travel and socialise.

“There is undeniable change. It slowed the world down, if not on partial static state. With fewer cars on the roads, closure of businesses, lockdown of seaports and closure of airports, hence there proportionally became less carbon emission or green house gases around the world,” he noted.

Federal Government calls for more efforts to restore ecosystems, curb climate change

In the wake of the 2020 World Earth Day, the Federal Government has called for scaling up all efforts to preserve and restore natural ecosystems, enhance waste management systems and mitigate climate change.

The Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor who made the call to mark the World Earth Day, also wants a renewed and concerted global action to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Earth Day is celebrated every April 22, annually, and this year’s commemoration marks 50 years of the modern environmental movement started in 1970 that gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet.

Ikeazor noted that “it is a day that stimulates worldwide awareness of climate change and the environment and should therefore enhance stronger government political commitment and massive public action to address all environmental issues, including Covid-19 deadly pandemic.”

According to her, climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make the world habitable.
The Minister disclosed that to mark the event here in Nigeria, “we will focus on inspiring, sensitizing and enlightening Nigerians to take action to mitigate on climate change in line with this year’s Earth Day theme – Climate Action, and see the opportunities it presents.

“This year will be the first Digital Earth Day largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in light of this, the Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the British High Commission in Nigeria will be organizing a webinar to present National climate action, discuss the relationship between climate change and health, as well as sustainable recovery from COVID-19. It is the first of its kind and we are taking advantage of technology to reach people in Nigeria and beyond with our message.”

She continued: “Climate change is a reality that is having disproportionate negative impacts on especially the poor in developing countries mostly felt in our local communities here in Nigeria.”

She expressed optimism that there is however, a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now to enable us all to advance to cleaner, more resilient societies and economies, turning the challenges of climate action into opportunities.

Against the backdrop that COVID-19 has been reported to be a zoonotic disease that passed from animal to human, the Minister believes that Nigeria is on the right track in addressing coronavirus disease as well as other life threatening diseases such as Lassa fever and the likes.

She said the Federal Government has scaled up its commitment to taking action to mitigate, adapt and promote the capacity for resilience to the impacts of climate change in the country, through the ratification of the Paris Agreement, strengthening existing institutional framework to ensure effective coordination of climate change activities and other actions.

The minister stated that the Environment Ministry, through the Department of Climate Change, in fulfillment of the Paris Agreement has developed a draft Sectoral Action Plan (SAP) for the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

She said: “We are currently reviewing the National Policy on Climate Change for more effectiveness with readiness for Nigeria’s National Adaptation Plan Framework for Climate Change (NAPs – Framework).

“Also, there is a sustained effort to sensitize the citizenry to adopt clean technologies to meet Nigeria’s emission reduction target; even as we have developed the National Forest Reference Emission Factor Level (FREL) and submitted it to the UNFCCC.

“We are thinking ahead because we want the environment to be a priority as we recover from COVID-19 to enable us build a healthier and more sustainable future,” she said.

Ikeazor further revealed that the Ministry also developed a Climate Change Resilience Action Plan for the Lake Chad Basin, and then incorporated climate change components into the Disaster Risk Reduction Policy for Nigeria, in conjunction with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), among other actions taken.