12 April 2012

Nigeria: Lagos Develops Climate Change Road Map

Lagos State has become the first state to develop state-level documents that would serve as a guide for adaptation to climate change, Nigerian Environmental Study Action Team (NEST) which is working to build response to climate change in the country has said.

A statement issued by NEST's Executive Director, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, and made available to Daily Trust, said under the National Adaptation Strategy and Plan of Action on Climate Change for Nigeria (NASPA-CCN) document; states have a role, and were being encouraged to develop their own documents to guide the implementation of their adaptation strategies to tackle climate change.

The document called Lagos State Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (LAS-CCAS) was developed by NEST for Lagos state. It aims to reinforce proactive actions already being taken by the state to address the challenge of climate change.

NASPA-CCN, a policy document which Nigeria presented at COP17, in Durban, South Africa, last year, had earlier been concluded by NEST in partnership with the Department of Climate Change of the Federal Ministry of Environment Abuja.

The document seeks, among other issues, the allocation of resources beyond the benchmark of a developing country like Nigeria, to build response to climate change. "The cost of not taking any action is significantly higher", the document says. The document recommends comprehensive policies, programmes and measures to reduce the risk from, and build resilience to climate-related hazards.

The document noted that climate change was already having an impact in Nigeria, citing reports from relevant authorities, particularly the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) showing rising cases of floods, drought induced famine, and other climate-related disasters. The document recommended an action plan that would "mean doing some things differently, and allocating resources differently."

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