The Federal Government has announced the launch of the Deep Decarbonisation Project (DDP) that would enable Nigeria tackle environmental issues related to climate changes.
This project was inaugurated on Friday by the Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, in Abuja, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
The Minister said the DPP will also implement a national research and capacity building project for the implementation of a Deep Decarbonisation Pathway Programme (DDPP) in Nigeria.
What the Minister is saying
She revealed that DDP is a collaboration project between the Environmental Ministry and the Agency Française de Development (AFD) with the International Relation and Sustainable Development Institute (IDDRI) as the Programme Coordinator.
She said, “The purpose of the inauguration is to present the DDP project to the larger community of stakeholders to begin a focused conversation on the scenarios and modelling options.
“The modelling options that can help Nigeria achieve her stated long term climate objectives including the goal of net zero emission by 2060.
“The Nigeria DDP is therefore, a very important component in our effort to navigate Nigeria and the global world over the harsh and unpleasant risks of climate change.
“Indeed, as many here will attest, we are already being confronted with the dangerous consequences of extreme weather in recent times with huge financial stress.”
She added that the scheme will generate specific scenarios and long-term modelling that will offer substantial evidence to support the government’s long term emission reduction strategies and our climate action, highlighting certain interventions FG has made to reverse the trend of climate change in Nigeria including signing into law the Climate Change Bill passed by the National Assembly.
The National Project Leader of the DDP, Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, said the academics would be able to design high quality and robust climate change modules that can guide international climate policy.
“This project, by having Nigerian academics working in collaboration with the ministry through department of climate change, we hope that we will be able to produce long term strategies that will be relevant for implementation,’’ he said.
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To enable Nigeria combat climate change, the World Bank approved $700 million credit from its International Development Association (IDA) for the Nigeria Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project.
The global financial institution stated that the scheme is expected to boost Nigeria’s implementation of sustainable landscape management practices in northern Nigeria and strengthen the country’s long-term enabling environment for integrated climate-resilient landscape management.