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Climate Change Act will enable Nigeria tackle climate crisis – UNN

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Climate Change Act will enable Nigeria tackle climate crisis – UNN

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), has said that the signing of the Climate Change Bill would create enabling rights to effectively manage climate change crises in the country.

Dr Nnaemeka Chukwuone, Director, Environmental Policy and Resource Research Center, Environment for Development (DEPRC-EfD), UNN, said this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Friday in Abuja.

Chukwuone added that the signing of the law was a concrete step towards environmental sustainability and low-carbon climate-resilient development.

According to him, “we note with joy the signing of the Buhari Climate Change Bill on November 18. The step will give Nigeria an enabling law for the management of its climate crisis and this makes Nigeria one of the few countries in Africa with such acts.

“We congratulate President Buhari and the National Assembly for preaching reducing Nigeria’s carbon emissions to zero by 2060.

“There is no better time to have a Climate Change Law than now, given the growing need for environmental sustainability, low-carbon climate-resilient development and ecosystem conservation and the adoption of the Environmental-Economic Accounting system in national budgets and planning. .

“The Law has come at a crucial moment in which the Federal Ministry of the Environment, in partnership with REPRC-EfD, Nigeria and Natural Eco Capital and with the support of the World Bank, has already taken the initiative.

“The initiative aims to help Nigeria’s conventional natural capital in its system of national accounts,” he said.

The director said that the association had done remarkable work in developing pilot Natural Capital Accounts (NCA) and a natural capital accounting roadmap for Nigeria.

He said the association had a pilot EQS for land cover, ecosystem extent, mangroves and greenhouse gases that were produced under the Bank-supported “Towards Natural Capital Accounts for Nigeria” project.

“REPRC-ED is confident that the recently signed Climate Change Law will help accelerate the production of NCAs and incorporate them into national policies and plans.

“We also hope that the provisions of the Act will be domesticated at the state level to achieve maximum impact.

“Meanwhile, preserving our environment and our ecosystem is a collective responsibility that requires a healthy partnership between relevant stakeholders.

“As a UNN-based research center, the REPRC-EfD, Nigeria, is always ready to provide evidence-based advice and technical support to realize the government’s agenda on environmental sustainability,” he added.

He said that the REPRC-EfD, Nigeria, was established to promote interdisciplinary research, capacity building and policy advocacy in different dimensions of the environmental and resource economics.

He said that REPR-EfD Nigeria has engaged with relevant stakeholders on the need to review Nigeria’s marine and fisheries policies.

“It is our hope that very soon; The country’s marine and inland fisheries will have an updated law and policy that will support the sustainable exploitation of aquatic resources in Nigerian waters.

“All of us at REPRC-EfD, Nigeria, are delighted with the signing of the Act for its implementation to propel Nigeria on the path of climate resilient sustainable development,” he said.

Source: NAN

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