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Nigeria: Anne-Marie Trevelyan meets experts to discuss vulnerabilities to climate change



Nigeria: Anne-Marie Trevelyan meets experts to discuss vulnerabilities to climate change

UK international champion for adaptation and resilience, AnneMarie Trevelyan, meets with the Federal Minister of the Environment, business leaders and civil society experts to discuss Nigeria‘s vulnerabilities to climate change.

During a virtual visit to Nigeria on March 18, Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan, British International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience, met with His Excellency Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, Federal Minister for the Environment, of other members of the Federal Government of Nigeria, business leaders, company experts and others. His visit follows last month’s visit by COP26 President-designate Alok Sharma to Nigeria.

The impacts of climate change will not be the same around the world. The risks that climate change poses to Nigeria are increasing. The country is already one of the most climate vulnerable in the world. As the effects of climate change worsen, Nigeria is expected to face increasing aridity, drought, desertification, flooding and erosion. Nigeria’s ability to develop the levels of climate change resilience necessary to effectively offset the negative effects of climate change is essential to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future in Nigeria.

As the host of COP26, and as made clear by the UK government’s Integrated Review, which was published this week and which sets the UK’s security, defense and foreign policy priorities for next ten years – climate change and biodiversity loss fundamental long-term strategic priority of the UK government. Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan’s role as an international champion for adaptation and resilience is an important part of the UK’s ambition to deliver on its climate change commitments.

The visit of Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan was an important step in the engagement of the United Kingdom and Nigeria on a range of issues related to climate change. In particular, it was a key moment to develop actions that Nigeria can take to increase awareness and adoption of accessible adaptation practices that will help halt the potential damage of climate change in Nigeria.

The dual threats of climate change that Nigeria faces, namely floods and drought, are real. The main livelihood for 70% of the Nigerian population is agriculture. These livelihoods are highly dependent on the right amount of rainfall and are very sensitive to the adverse effects of climate change.

Nigeria lost about 25% of its rice crop last year due to flooding. Without the essential development of adequate adaptation measures across Nigeria, the country faces the threat of an increase in crop failure, desertification, flooding and drought which will reduce agricultural productivity and have a significant impact. on people’s livelihoods, food security and the economy of Nigeria. Evidence suggests that climate change will also increase the prevalence of malaria in Nigeria.

During her visit, the Minister met a series of interlocutors from the government of Nigeria, the private sector, civil society and climate change experts. This included a call with the UK-funded Propcom Mai-Karfi rural and agricultural market development program. They discussed the impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of people in Nigeria and how they are making available affordable, climate-resilient and locally adapted seed varieties and farming techniques to improve and preserve soils. The Minister was also able to hear from companies that have adopted the model such as Techni Seed and Premier Seed Nigeria Limited.

The Minister met with Nigerian SMEs to discuss how their businesses and clients (smallholder farmers) are responding to climate change. The Minister participated in a roundtable on adaptation and resilience chaired by Professor Francis Adesina who helped draft the framework for Nigeria’s national adaptation plan in June 2020. The Minister met with the Program Operations Manager United Nations Environment Committee in the Niger Delta to understand how to speed up the clean-up operation in Ogoniland.

The minister met with the president’s special adviser on agriculture. Dr. Momale to better understand the links between climate change / environmental degradation and insecurity in Nigeria.

The Minister also met His Excellency Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, Federal Minister for the Environment, where she was able to reaffirm the UK’s commitment to a balanced outcome at COP26 that facilitates ambition not only on mitigation, but also on adaptation and resilience and green finance. The importance of the Climate Change Bill, Environmental Sanitation in the Niger Delta and Nigeria’s National Gender Action Plan were also discussed.

The minister called for progress in mobile money and financial inclusion as a critical means of facilitating savings in climate change shocks and properly budgeted disaster risk preparedness programs for coping with floods and drought. She also encouraged the integration of climate-smart agriculture requirements into government lending programs.

At the end of the visit, Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience, said:

“As Africa’s largest economy and a country highly vulnerable to climate impacts, Nigeria’s regional leadership on climate action is extremely important. Great strides have been made in adapting to the effects of climate change, while advancing gender equality, notably through its publication of a “National Action Plan on Gender and Climate Change” and the ‘development of a framework for a national adaptation plan. I look forward to seeing some of this progress translate into an ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). “

“Building resilience to climate change is a priority for the UK Presidency of COP26 and I look forward to working with Nigeria as we look to COP26 and beyond, to spur global action and ambition. . “

Anne-Marie Trevelyan was appointed UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience for the Presidency of COP26 on November 7, 2020. On behalf of the UK Government and the COP26 Presidency of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change United Nations, the UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience will lead discussions between national governments, the international community and business on adaptation and resilience (A&R) and work to support countries, including most affected by climate change, to step up actions to adapt to its impacts and build resilience for the future.

Propcom Mai-karfi is a rural and agricultural market development program funded by the UK government. Their objective is to increase the incomes of the rural poor by reviving and facilitating access to agricultural and rural markets in nine localities in northern Nigeria; including the six northeastern states emerging from conflict. Their improved seeds initiative is designed to address the challenges of raising awareness and access to certified seeds by rural farmers. They work with Premier Seeds, a leading seed distributor (MSD), which supports and supervises Rural Seed Promoters (RSPs) to deliver seeds. Visit the Propcom Mai-Karfi website for more information.

The UK Government’s Integrated Security, Defense, Development and Foreign Policy Review outlines the Government’s vision for the UK’s role in the world over the next decade and the steps we will take through by 2025. The review is a comprehensive articulation of UK national security. and international politics. It describes three core national interests that bind the citizens of the UK – sovereignty, security and prosperity – alongside our values ​​of democracy and a commitment to universal human rights, the rule of law, freedom of expression and faith and equality. Read the integrated review.

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