Promoting Public Engagement with Nigeria’s NDC Revision and Climate Action

Promoting Public Engagement with Nigeria’s NDC Revision and Climate Action

The Climate Change and Development Centre, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, is implementing a World Resources Institute funded project geared towards providing independent critical analysis and input into the revision process of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) which is due for submission in November 2020. The project is also intended to increase public awareness of, and stakeholders’ engagement in the revision and subsequent implementation of the revised NDC. It is also expected that project will increase public awareness of climate change in Nigeria more broadly.

The project will help to widen the horizon of the discourse and strongly compliment the current government-led NDC revision process with the support of the NDC Partnership through the Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP), by injecting academic analysis and more public debate into the process. The series of national virtual dialogue here proposed provides opportunity to complement the government led process and help to open up the process to the participation of more stakeholders and the general public as well as help to increase public awareness of climate change more broadly.

Alex Ekwueme Federal university, Ndufu-Alike, in Nigeria, through its Centre for Climate Change and Development, led by its Director, Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, will undertake the efforts and deliver the following outputs:

  1. Commission insightful short analysis on 8 carefully selected topics relevant for Nigeria’s revised NDC to be written by experts in the selected topics:
    1. Assessment of implementation of Nigeria’s original NDC and the new ambition intent including extent of alignment of the NDC with the national economic development plan.
    2. Energy scenarios for Nigeria’s revised NDC, possibly incorporating emissions reductions from transport sector of Nigeria’s NDC.
    3. Options for promoting climate smart agriculture in the new NDC.
    4. Public financial management for the NDC with a focus on budgeting and public investment risks and opportunities.
    5. The potential role for private sector involvement in the NDC possibly incorporating investment in technology and innovation.
    6. Analysis of the adaptation components that could be included in the NDC.
    7. The revised NDC, post COIVD-19 economic stimulus in Nigeria, and a just green transition.
    8. Legal perspectives to raising ambition and implementing the NDC with emphasis on the opportunities for and barriers against mainstreamingclimate change policies into specific domestic laws and regulations.
  1. Organize and promote stakeholder engagement and public debate on the think-pieces, mostlyonline (at least until end of 2020 due to COVID19 pandemic). This will complement the government led process and help increase the participation on more stakeholders and the general public; and
  1. Embark on targeted public awareness and media campaign to disseminate the information and stimulate the engagement of the wider public in the NDC revision and, eventually in its implementation afterwards.

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