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  •  The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro Climate Resilience in Semi Arid Landscapes ACRESAL programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country The Minister of Environment Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment in Abuja on Thursday Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country He said that the theme of the meeting was Pursuit of Zero Emission A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges According to him Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall PAGGW and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term Accordingly Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall GGW accelerator to fund each country s priorities Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16 States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023 There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now he said Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges He called for urgent collective step up action by everyone irrespective of social status religion political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net zero emission Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development he said The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation FAO in Nigeria Mr Abubakar Suleiman said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emission Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation working towards climate resilient and low emission agri food systems FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework CPF he said Dr Jean Bakole Country Representative and Regional Director United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation UNIDO said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues Therefore UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG partners with World Bank for land remediation
     The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro Climate Resilience in Semi Arid Landscapes ACRESAL programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country The Minister of Environment Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment in Abuja on Thursday Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country He said that the theme of the meeting was Pursuit of Zero Emission A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges According to him Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall PAGGW and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term Accordingly Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall GGW accelerator to fund each country s priorities Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16 States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023 There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now he said Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges He called for urgent collective step up action by everyone irrespective of social status religion political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net zero emission Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development he said The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation FAO in Nigeria Mr Abubakar Suleiman said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emission Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation working towards climate resilient and low emission agri food systems FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework CPF he said Dr Jean Bakole Country Representative and Regional Director United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation UNIDO said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues Therefore UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG partners with World Bank for land remediation
    General news2 months ago

    FG partners with World Bank for land remediation

    The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro-Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACRESAL), programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country.

    The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment, in Abuja on Thursday.

    Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country.

    He said that the theme of the meeting was “Pursuit of Zero Emission, A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance”.

    Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders’ ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges.

    He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies, to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges.

    According to him, Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall (PAGGW), and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country.

    He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the  Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term.

    “Accordingly, Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall (GGW) accelerator to fund each country’s priorities.

    “Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign.

    “The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16. “States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023. “There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now,” he said.

    Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges.

    He called for urgent collective step-up action by everyone, irrespective of social status, religion, political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem.

    The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net-zero emission.

    “Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development,” he said.

    The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Nigeria, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emission.

    Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals.

    “The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation, working towards climate-resilient and low-emission agri-food systems.

    “FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners, within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework (CPF),” he said.

    Dr Jean Bakole, Country Representative and Regional Director, United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development.

    He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues.

    “Therefore, UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net-zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Conservation Foundation NCF said addressing desertification by restoring degraded lands would create about 10 million jobs and provide food security to 20 million people in the country Mr Oladapo Soneye NCF Head of Communication revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja Soneye said that possible ways to address desertification was through effective collaboration from all levels of government Non Governmental Organisations individuals both locally and globally among others He explained that desertification was a persistent degradation of dry land ecosystems by climatic variations and human activities He said that addressing desertification reforestation climate change and other environmental challenges should be a major programme which individuals corporate organisations government agencies and other stakeholders must intensify efforts through strong awareness He said that the NCF had a workshop with some relevant stakeholders recently aimed at enhancing biodiversity mainstreaming in the actions of the Great Green Wall GGW under the aegis of the Pan African Agency of GGW PAGGW He explained that the GGW initiative aimed to address the issues of desertification land degradation and bio diversity loss He said it would also address climate change resilience by ecosystems and communities and improve food security in about 11 countries of the Sahel region in Africa He said that the workshop would go a long way in addressing desertification as such creating opportunities for a sustainable farming and restored patched of natural habitat According to him the workshop is to exchange experiences and strengthen synergies towards sharing planning while putting together a roadmap for further development of the regional concept However years of over farming overgrazing coupled with the growing issues related to climate change have led to increased desertification threatening livelihoods of millions of people and the survival of wildlife The collaboration will ensure implementation of activities at local and national levels conservation of biodiversity and improvement of communities livelihood for sustainable conservation he said Soneye said that the foundation had been implementing a tree planting project as part of their green recovery strategy along the GGW corridor in five states He said that the NCF had been working with the National Agency of the Great Green Wall NAGGW to ensure that degraded lands were restored He added that partnering with the agency had improved livelihood of local communities and integrating biodiversity through agricultural integrated community farms He said that the foundation also built capacity of local communities in sustainable livelihoods including mat weaving bee keeping and improved fishing methods in Hadejia Nguru Wetlands Yobe State The NCF communication head said that more funds should be released to encourage NGOs CSOs and other relevant organisations who were determined to address environmental challenges in the country He explained that the NCF was dedicated to nature conservation for sustainable development focusing on environmental education biodiversity conservation policy advocacy and poverty reduction with a vision of achieving a better nature NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Restoration of degraded land will create jobs, food security — NCF
     The Nigerian Conservation Foundation NCF said addressing desertification by restoring degraded lands would create about 10 million jobs and provide food security to 20 million people in the country Mr Oladapo Soneye NCF Head of Communication revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja Soneye said that possible ways to address desertification was through effective collaboration from all levels of government Non Governmental Organisations individuals both locally and globally among others He explained that desertification was a persistent degradation of dry land ecosystems by climatic variations and human activities He said that addressing desertification reforestation climate change and other environmental challenges should be a major programme which individuals corporate organisations government agencies and other stakeholders must intensify efforts through strong awareness He said that the NCF had a workshop with some relevant stakeholders recently aimed at enhancing biodiversity mainstreaming in the actions of the Great Green Wall GGW under the aegis of the Pan African Agency of GGW PAGGW He explained that the GGW initiative aimed to address the issues of desertification land degradation and bio diversity loss He said it would also address climate change resilience by ecosystems and communities and improve food security in about 11 countries of the Sahel region in Africa He said that the workshop would go a long way in addressing desertification as such creating opportunities for a sustainable farming and restored patched of natural habitat According to him the workshop is to exchange experiences and strengthen synergies towards sharing planning while putting together a roadmap for further development of the regional concept However years of over farming overgrazing coupled with the growing issues related to climate change have led to increased desertification threatening livelihoods of millions of people and the survival of wildlife The collaboration will ensure implementation of activities at local and national levels conservation of biodiversity and improvement of communities livelihood for sustainable conservation he said Soneye said that the foundation had been implementing a tree planting project as part of their green recovery strategy along the GGW corridor in five states He said that the NCF had been working with the National Agency of the Great Green Wall NAGGW to ensure that degraded lands were restored He added that partnering with the agency had improved livelihood of local communities and integrating biodiversity through agricultural integrated community farms He said that the foundation also built capacity of local communities in sustainable livelihoods including mat weaving bee keeping and improved fishing methods in Hadejia Nguru Wetlands Yobe State The NCF communication head said that more funds should be released to encourage NGOs CSOs and other relevant organisations who were determined to address environmental challenges in the country He explained that the NCF was dedicated to nature conservation for sustainable development focusing on environmental education biodiversity conservation policy advocacy and poverty reduction with a vision of achieving a better nature NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Restoration of degraded land will create jobs, food security — NCF
    Environment3 months ago

    Restoration of degraded land will create jobs, food security — NCF

    The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) said addressing desertification by restoring degraded lands, would create about 10 million jobs and provide food security to 20 million people in the country.

     

    Mr Oladapo Soneye, NCF Head of Communication, revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Saturday in Abuja.

     

    Soneye said that possible ways to address desertification was through effective collaboration from all levels of government, Non- Governmental Organisations, individuals both locally and globally, among others.

     

    He explained that desertification was a persistent degradation of dry-land ecosystems by climatic variations and human activities.

     

    He said that addressing desertification, reforestation, climate change and other environmental challenges should be a major programme which individuals, corporate organisations, government agencies and other stakeholders must intensify efforts through strong awareness.

     

     

    He said that the NCF had a workshop with some relevant stakeholders recently, aimed at enhancing biodiversity mainstreaming in the actions of the Great Green Wall (GGW) under the aegis of the Pan-African Agency of GGW (PAGGW).

     

    He explained that the GGW initiative aimed to address the issues of desertification, land degradation and bio-diversity loss.

     

    He said it would also address climate change resilience by ecosystems and communities, and improve food security in about 11 countries of the Sahel region in Africa.

     

    He said that the workshop would go a long way in addressing desertification, as such, creating opportunities for a sustainable farming and restored patched of natural habitat.

     

    According to him, the workshop is to exchange experiences and strengthen synergies towards sharing planning, while putting together a roadmap for further development of the regional concept.

     

    “However, years of over-farming, overgrazing, coupled with the growing issues related to climate change, have led to increased desertification, threatening livelihoods of millions of people and the survival of wildlife.

     

    “The collaboration will ensure implementation of activities at local and national levels, conservation of biodiversity and improvement of communities’ livelihood for sustainable conservation,” he said.

     

    Soneye said that the foundation had been implementing a tree planting project as part of their green recovery strategy along the GGW corridor in five states.

     

    He said that the NCF had been working with the National Agency of the Great Green Wall (NAGGW), to ensure that degraded lands were restored.

     

    He added that partnering with the agency had improved livelihood of local communities and integrating biodiversity through agricultural integrated community farms.

     

    He said that the foundation also built capacity of local communities in sustainable livelihoods, including mat weaving, bee keeping and improved fishing methods in Hadejia Nguru Wetlands, Yobe State.

     

    The NCF communication head said that more funds should be released to encourage NGOs, CSOs and other relevant organisations who were determined to address environmental challenges in the country.

     

    He explained that the NCF was dedicated to nature conservation for sustainable development, focusing on environmental education, biodiversity conservation, policy advocacy and poverty reduction with a vision of achieving a better nature.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged the sum of 550 000 dollars as Nigeria s contribution to the building of the Great Green Wall Secretariat The president made the pledge on Thursday at the 8th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall PAGGW at the State House Banquet Hall Abuja Buhari represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said African countries must continue to explore various measures to combat climate change and desertification while addressing food insecurity and poverty across the continent Nigeria is part of the African Union s Great Green Wall initiative which aims to restore the continent s degraded landscapes and transform millions of lives while boosting food security and strengthening climate resilience I have in my capacity as the President of the Conference of Heads of States and Government of Member States directed the Minister of Finance of Nigeria to lead the initiative to access the funds pledged by our partners under the Great Green Wall Accelerator The minister will take appropriate steps in line with the understanding we had at the Abidjan side meeting held on May 9 Having also fulfilled the payment of our outstanding contribution of about 654 291 dollars I am also glad to pledge the sum of 550 000 dollars as our contribution to the building of the Great Green Wall Secretariat I call on other member countries to follow suit by contributing towards the building of a befitting office for the PAGGW he said The president stated that he had directed the Federal Ministry of Environment to coordinate the release of some vehicles for the use of PAGGW secretariat and allied agencies Buhari said Nigeria planned to attain net zero by 2060 as its energy transition plan also focused on how to creatively transit to net zero emissions increase access to power high agricultural and industrial output It is important to emphasise that for Africa mitigation and adaptation methods for climate change must be mindful of the fact that Africa is confronted with twin challenges The ravages of climate change but perhaps more importantly the existential problem of extreme poverty must be addressed We must take every opportunity and especially at meetings like this to remind ourselves as African leaders and our development friends of what the great green wall initiative is and what it is not the president said Buhari said that while the original vision was to create a wall of trees against desertification in the Sahel the horn and across North Africa the great green wall had a more ambitious reach According to him the initiative is now a variety of sustainable land use practices designed to combat climate change and desertification and to address food insecurity and poverty He further stated Nigeria believes that protecting our planet its biodiversity and climate are essential to our collective survival The impact of climate change is upon us all over the continent drought and desertification increasing conflicts over pasture and water food insecurity loss of livelihood and youth migration among others He said the receding Lake Chad due to the effects of climate change must be addressed urgently to avoid loss or great reduction in fishing dry season farming and all other associated value chain benefits Buhari highlighted steps taken by the Nigerian government in this regard including the recently signed Nigeria Agro Climatic Resilience in Semi Arid Landscapes ACReSAL Project with the World Bank The president commended the current initiatives by the international technical and financial partners for pledging financial resources to support the implementation of the great green wall initiative He called for financing to help preserve African rain forests which he said absorbed no less than 1 5 billion tonnes of C02 yearly The president also said This is more than the Amazon or any other region s rain forests Financing is needed to help preserve these vital carbon sinks because without viable alternative energy sources much of the local population still depends on burning firewood for cooking and heating So there is a need to provide sustainable energy alternatives and to compensate regional governments who in the interest of maintaining these carbon sinks for us all have to forgo deforestation for agriculture or industrialisation Buhari further stated that the Decennial Priority Investment Plan DPIP 2021 2030 was an important pillar of the overall great green wall project The plan is hinged on sustainable land management actions that emphasise ecosystem restoration recovery and conservation of land and biodiversity socio economic development activities adaptation and resilience to climate change The early disbursement of the pledged resources without stringent conditionalities would indeed see the transformation of our degraded ecosystems he added Earlier in his remarks Minister of Environment Mohammed Abdullahi said the financial pledges and commitments led to the establishment of the great green wall accelerator a multi stakeholder platform to actualise the actions of the great green wall initiatives Buhari afterwards inaugurated the 2022 Tree Planting Campaign and called on State Governments to replicate the same so that Nigeria could meet its pledge of planting 25 million trees in the next two years NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria pledges 0,000 contribution to Great Green Wall Secretariat
     President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged the sum of 550 000 dollars as Nigeria s contribution to the building of the Great Green Wall Secretariat The president made the pledge on Thursday at the 8th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall PAGGW at the State House Banquet Hall Abuja Buhari represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said African countries must continue to explore various measures to combat climate change and desertification while addressing food insecurity and poverty across the continent Nigeria is part of the African Union s Great Green Wall initiative which aims to restore the continent s degraded landscapes and transform millions of lives while boosting food security and strengthening climate resilience I have in my capacity as the President of the Conference of Heads of States and Government of Member States directed the Minister of Finance of Nigeria to lead the initiative to access the funds pledged by our partners under the Great Green Wall Accelerator The minister will take appropriate steps in line with the understanding we had at the Abidjan side meeting held on May 9 Having also fulfilled the payment of our outstanding contribution of about 654 291 dollars I am also glad to pledge the sum of 550 000 dollars as our contribution to the building of the Great Green Wall Secretariat I call on other member countries to follow suit by contributing towards the building of a befitting office for the PAGGW he said The president stated that he had directed the Federal Ministry of Environment to coordinate the release of some vehicles for the use of PAGGW secretariat and allied agencies Buhari said Nigeria planned to attain net zero by 2060 as its energy transition plan also focused on how to creatively transit to net zero emissions increase access to power high agricultural and industrial output It is important to emphasise that for Africa mitigation and adaptation methods for climate change must be mindful of the fact that Africa is confronted with twin challenges The ravages of climate change but perhaps more importantly the existential problem of extreme poverty must be addressed We must take every opportunity and especially at meetings like this to remind ourselves as African leaders and our development friends of what the great green wall initiative is and what it is not the president said Buhari said that while the original vision was to create a wall of trees against desertification in the Sahel the horn and across North Africa the great green wall had a more ambitious reach According to him the initiative is now a variety of sustainable land use practices designed to combat climate change and desertification and to address food insecurity and poverty He further stated Nigeria believes that protecting our planet its biodiversity and climate are essential to our collective survival The impact of climate change is upon us all over the continent drought and desertification increasing conflicts over pasture and water food insecurity loss of livelihood and youth migration among others He said the receding Lake Chad due to the effects of climate change must be addressed urgently to avoid loss or great reduction in fishing dry season farming and all other associated value chain benefits Buhari highlighted steps taken by the Nigerian government in this regard including the recently signed Nigeria Agro Climatic Resilience in Semi Arid Landscapes ACReSAL Project with the World Bank The president commended the current initiatives by the international technical and financial partners for pledging financial resources to support the implementation of the great green wall initiative He called for financing to help preserve African rain forests which he said absorbed no less than 1 5 billion tonnes of C02 yearly The president also said This is more than the Amazon or any other region s rain forests Financing is needed to help preserve these vital carbon sinks because without viable alternative energy sources much of the local population still depends on burning firewood for cooking and heating So there is a need to provide sustainable energy alternatives and to compensate regional governments who in the interest of maintaining these carbon sinks for us all have to forgo deforestation for agriculture or industrialisation Buhari further stated that the Decennial Priority Investment Plan DPIP 2021 2030 was an important pillar of the overall great green wall project The plan is hinged on sustainable land management actions that emphasise ecosystem restoration recovery and conservation of land and biodiversity socio economic development activities adaptation and resilience to climate change The early disbursement of the pledged resources without stringent conditionalities would indeed see the transformation of our degraded ecosystems he added Earlier in his remarks Minister of Environment Mohammed Abdullahi said the financial pledges and commitments led to the establishment of the great green wall accelerator a multi stakeholder platform to actualise the actions of the great green wall initiatives Buhari afterwards inaugurated the 2022 Tree Planting Campaign and called on State Governments to replicate the same so that Nigeria could meet its pledge of planting 25 million trees in the next two years NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria pledges 0,000 contribution to Great Green Wall Secretariat
    Environment3 months ago

    Nigeria pledges $550,000 contribution to Great Green Wall Secretariat

    President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged the sum of 550,000 dollars as Nigeria’s contribution to the building of the Great Green Wall Secretariat.

    The president made the pledge on Thursday at the 8th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of Pan-African Agency of the Great Green Wall (PAGGW), at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja.

    Buhari, represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said African countries must continue to explore various measures to combat climate change and desertification, while addressing food insecurity and poverty across the continent.

    Nigeria is part of the African Union’s Great Green Wall initiative which aims to restore the continent’s degraded landscapes and transform millions of lives, while boosting food security, and strengthening climate resilience.

    “I have, in my capacity as the President of the Conference of Heads of States and Government of Member States, directed the Minister of Finance of Nigeria to lead the initiative to access the funds pledged by our partners under the Great Green Wall Accelerator.

    “The minister will take appropriate steps in line with the understanding we had at the Abidjan side meeting held on May 9.

    “Having also fulfilled the payment of our outstanding contribution of about 654, 291 dollars, I am also glad to pledge the sum of 550,000 dollars as our contribution to the building of the Great Green Wall Secretariat.

    “I call on other member countries to follow suit by contributing towards the building of a befitting office for the PAGGW,” he said.

    The president stated that he had directed the Federal Ministry of Environment to coordinate the release of some vehicles for the use of PAGGW secretariat and allied agencies.

    Buhari said Nigeria planned to attain net zero by 2060 as its energy transition plan also focused on how to creatively transit to net zero emissions, increase access to power, high agricultural and industrial output.

    “It is important to emphasise that for Africa, mitigation and adaptation methods for climate change must be mindful of the fact that Africa is confronted with twin challenges.

    “The ravages of climate change but perhaps more importantly the existential problem of extreme poverty must be addressed.

    “We must take every opportunity and especially at meetings like this, to remind ourselves as African leaders and our development friends, of what the great green wall initiative is and what it is not,” the president said.

    Buhari said that while the original vision was to create a wall of trees against desertification in the Sahel, the horn and across North Africa, the great green wall had a more ambitious reach.

    According to him, the initiative is now a variety of sustainable land use practices designed to combat climate change and desertification and to address food insecurity and poverty.

    He further stated: “Nigeria believes that protecting our planet, its biodiversity and climate are essential to our collective survival.

    “The impact of climate change is upon us all over the continent – drought and desertification increasing conflicts over pasture and water, food insecurity, loss of livelihood and youth migration, among others.”

    He said the receding Lake Chad due to the effects of climate change must be addressed urgently to avoid loss or great reduction in fishing, dry season farming and all other associated value chain benefits.

    Buhari highlighted steps taken by the Nigerian government in this regard, including the recently signed Nigeria Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project with the World Bank.

    The president commended the current initiatives by the international technical and financial partners for pledging financial resources to support the implementation of the great green wall initiative.

    He called for financing to help preserve African rain forests which he said absorbed no less than 1.5 billion tonnes of C02 yearly.

    The president also said “This is more than the Amazon or any other region’s rain forests.

    “Financing is needed to help preserve these vital carbon sinks because without viable alternative energy sources, much of the local population still depends on burning firewood for cooking and heating.

    “So, there is a need to provide sustainable energy alternatives and to compensate regional governments who in the interest of maintaining these carbon sinks for us all have to forgo deforestation for agriculture or industrialisation.”

    Buhari further stated that the Decennial Priority Investment Plan (DPIP) 2021 – 2030 was an important pillar of the overall great green wall project.

    “The plan is hinged on sustainable land management actions that emphasise ecosystem restoration, recovery and conservation of land and biodiversity, socio-economic development activities, adaptation and resilience to climate change.

    “The early disbursement of the pledged resources without stringent conditionalities would indeed see the transformation of our degraded ecosystems,’’ he added.

    Earlier in his remarks, Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, said the financial pledges and commitments led to the establishment of the great green wall accelerator – a multi-stakeholder platform to actualise the actions of the great green wall initiatives.

    Buhari afterwards inaugurated the 2022 Tree Planting Campaign and called on State Governments to replicate the same so that Nigeria could meet its pledge of planting 25 million trees in the next two years.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after attending the Summit of Heads of State and Government 15th Conference of the Parties Cop15 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD in Abidjan Cote d Ivoire The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian leader had on Monday presented the country s position at the summit The president had at a side event of the summit urged the World Bank African Development Bank and other partners to support the One Planet Summit initiative and activate the 19 billion dollars pledge In his capacity as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Governments of the member states of the PAGGW Buhari said The inter basin transfer of water from Central Africa to the lake Chad should be taken seriously The meeting was President Buhari s first assignment at the PAGGW Conference of Heads of State and Government following his election to head the institution in December last year NAN reports that the president s Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari and other government officials welcomed the president at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja NAN
    Buhari returns to Abuja after COP15 in Abidjan
     President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after attending the Summit of Heads of State and Government 15th Conference of the Parties Cop15 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD in Abidjan Cote d Ivoire The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian leader had on Monday presented the country s position at the summit The president had at a side event of the summit urged the World Bank African Development Bank and other partners to support the One Planet Summit initiative and activate the 19 billion dollars pledge In his capacity as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Governments of the member states of the PAGGW Buhari said The inter basin transfer of water from Central Africa to the lake Chad should be taken seriously The meeting was President Buhari s first assignment at the PAGGW Conference of Heads of State and Government following his election to head the institution in December last year NAN reports that the president s Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari and other government officials welcomed the president at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja NAN
    Buhari returns to Abuja after COP15 in Abidjan
    General news5 months ago

    Buhari returns to Abuja after COP15 in Abidjan

    President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after attending the Summit of Heads of State and Government 15th Conference of the Parties (Cop15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian leader had on Monday presented the country’s position at the summit.

    The president had at a side event of the summit urged the World Bank, African Development Bank and other partners to support the One Planet Summit initiative and activate the 19 billion dollars pledge.

    In his capacity as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Governments of the member states of the PAGGW, Buhari said:

    “The inter basin transfer of water from Central Africa to the lake Chad should be taken seriously.”

    The meeting was President Buhari’s first assignment at the PAGGW Conference of Heads of State and Government following his election to head the institution in December last year.

    NAN reports that the president’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and other government officials welcomed the president at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

    (NAN)

  •  The Minister of State for Environment Mrs Sharon Ikeazor has said the Federal Government would support Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall PAGGW to provide Great Green Integrator programme with its own financial instruments She said this during a courtesy visit of the Executive Secretary Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall PAGGW Dr Brahim Said and his team to Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja The Secretariat must ensure the technical and financial viability to operationalise recommendations of Vision 2030 and 2022 2023 roadmap of the Executive Secretariat Priority Action Areas The Priority Action Areas were validated at the fourth ordinary session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the PAGGW in December 2021 This will also form part of President Muhammadu Buhari s roadmap in providing purposeful leadership towards addressing land degradation climate change deforestation food security desertification and biodiversity in Africa within two years of his tenure she said Mr Adamu Ibrahim Larmua Ambassador of NIgeria to Senegal and Mauritania said that the support by Mauritania is a good start up point for Nigeria He said if the GGW initiative is well harnessed it would take care of many problems in Nigeria Nigeria has taken the lead of the Presidency of the PAGGW and it is an important step for us The GGW initiative has gone beyond Environment problems It is also security economic and there s a lot that Nigeria can take home with this opportunity he said The Director General of NAGGW Dr Bukar Hasan said the Meeting is important to Nigeria because it would provide relevant information strategies operational status of the secretariat that would enable the President run the Agency in a way to benefit all member states NAN
    FG will support Great Green Wall Programmes – Environment Minister
     The Minister of State for Environment Mrs Sharon Ikeazor has said the Federal Government would support Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall PAGGW to provide Great Green Integrator programme with its own financial instruments She said this during a courtesy visit of the Executive Secretary Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall PAGGW Dr Brahim Said and his team to Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja The Secretariat must ensure the technical and financial viability to operationalise recommendations of Vision 2030 and 2022 2023 roadmap of the Executive Secretariat Priority Action Areas The Priority Action Areas were validated at the fourth ordinary session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the PAGGW in December 2021 This will also form part of President Muhammadu Buhari s roadmap in providing purposeful leadership towards addressing land degradation climate change deforestation food security desertification and biodiversity in Africa within two years of his tenure she said Mr Adamu Ibrahim Larmua Ambassador of NIgeria to Senegal and Mauritania said that the support by Mauritania is a good start up point for Nigeria He said if the GGW initiative is well harnessed it would take care of many problems in Nigeria Nigeria has taken the lead of the Presidency of the PAGGW and it is an important step for us The GGW initiative has gone beyond Environment problems It is also security economic and there s a lot that Nigeria can take home with this opportunity he said The Director General of NAGGW Dr Bukar Hasan said the Meeting is important to Nigeria because it would provide relevant information strategies operational status of the secretariat that would enable the President run the Agency in a way to benefit all member states NAN
    FG will support Great Green Wall Programmes – Environment Minister
    Environment7 months ago

    FG will support Great Green Wall Programmes – Environment Minister

    The Minister of State for Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, has said the Federal Government would support Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall (PAGGW), to provide Great Green Integrator programme with its own financial instruments.She said this during a courtesy visit of the Executive Secretary, Pan African Agency of the Great Green Wall (PAGGW), Dr. Brahim Said, and his team, to Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.“The Secretariat must ensure the technical and financial viability to operationalise recommendations of Vision 2030 and 2022-2023 roadmap of the Executive Secretariat Priority Action Areas.”The Priority Action Areas were validated at the fourth ordinary session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the PAGGW in December 2021.“This will also form part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s roadmap in providing purposeful leadership towards addressing land degradation, climate change, deforestation, food security, desertification, and biodiversity in Africa, within two years of his tenure,” she said.Mr. Adamu Ibrahim-Larmua, Ambassador of NIgeria to Senegal and Mauritania, said that the support by Mauritania is a good start-up point for Nigeria.He said if the GGW initiative is well harnessed, it would take care of many problems in Nigeria.“Nigeria has taken the lead of the Presidency of the PAGGW and it is an important step for us.”The GGW initiative has gone beyond Environment problems. It is also security, economic and there’s a lot that Nigeria can take home with this opportunity,” he said.The Director-General of NAGGW, Dr Bukar Hasan, said the Meeting is important to Nigeria because it would provide relevant information, strategies, operational status of the secretariat that would enable the President run the Agency in a way to benefit all member states. (NAN)

  •   Muhammadu Buhari has assumed the presidency of the Pan African Great Green Wall PAGGW in Africa Chief Sharon Ikeazor Minister of State for the Environment announced Sunday in Abuja A statement issued by Sagir el Mohammed the Ministry s Press Director said Nigeria took over at the end of the fourth ordinary session of the PAGGW Conference of Heads of State and Government held on December 2 in Abuja According to the minister At the end of the 4th Ordinary Session of the CHSG Nigeria assumed the presidency of the PAGGW So for the next two years Nigeria and President Buhari will be the chair of the Great Green Wall Initiative in Africa This means that within the period Nigeria will work assiduously to address the problems of land degradation food security desertification climate change depletion of forest ecosystems and biodiversity in Africa among others With the unrivaled commitment of the president to address the problems of climate change and desertification along with the immense respect he inspires within the international community much would be accomplished during his tenure he said Ms Ikeazor recalled the president s commitment to the climate change presentation COP26 held in November in Glasgow Scotland He said the president expressed optimism about Africa s ambition to restore more than 100 million hectares of degraded landscape for productive agriculture It is instructive to note that in his acceptance speech the President stated All things being equal we will strengthen our efforts in mobilizing resources for the accelerated fulfillment of the Ten Year Priority Investment Plan DPIP 2021 2030 and its implementation action concrete Top priority will be given to the realization of the financial commitments that arose as a result of the One Planet Summit held on January 11 2021 in Paris France I want to ensure that the restoration of degraded ecosystems in Africa is strengthened and ensure the resilience of our people against the effects of climate change YAYA
    Buhari appointed President of African Great Green Wall
      Muhammadu Buhari has assumed the presidency of the Pan African Great Green Wall PAGGW in Africa Chief Sharon Ikeazor Minister of State for the Environment announced Sunday in Abuja A statement issued by Sagir el Mohammed the Ministry s Press Director said Nigeria took over at the end of the fourth ordinary session of the PAGGW Conference of Heads of State and Government held on December 2 in Abuja According to the minister At the end of the 4th Ordinary Session of the CHSG Nigeria assumed the presidency of the PAGGW So for the next two years Nigeria and President Buhari will be the chair of the Great Green Wall Initiative in Africa This means that within the period Nigeria will work assiduously to address the problems of land degradation food security desertification climate change depletion of forest ecosystems and biodiversity in Africa among others With the unrivaled commitment of the president to address the problems of climate change and desertification along with the immense respect he inspires within the international community much would be accomplished during his tenure he said Ms Ikeazor recalled the president s commitment to the climate change presentation COP26 held in November in Glasgow Scotland He said the president expressed optimism about Africa s ambition to restore more than 100 million hectares of degraded landscape for productive agriculture It is instructive to note that in his acceptance speech the President stated All things being equal we will strengthen our efforts in mobilizing resources for the accelerated fulfillment of the Ten Year Priority Investment Plan DPIP 2021 2030 and its implementation action concrete Top priority will be given to the realization of the financial commitments that arose as a result of the One Planet Summit held on January 11 2021 in Paris France I want to ensure that the restoration of degraded ecosystems in Africa is strengthened and ensure the resilience of our people against the effects of climate change YAYA
    Buhari appointed President of African Great Green Wall
    Headlines10 months ago

    Buhari appointed President of African Great Green Wall

    Muhammadu Buhari has assumed the presidency of the Pan-African Great Green Wall, PAGGW, in Africa, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for the Environment, announced Sunday in Abuja.

    A statement issued by Sagir el Mohammed, the Ministry's Press Director, said Nigeria took over at the end of the fourth ordinary session of the PAGGW Conference of Heads of State and Government held on December 2 in Abuja.

    According to the minister, “At the end of the 4th Ordinary Session of the CHSG, Nigeria assumed the presidency of the PAGGW.

    “So, for the next two years, Nigeria and President Buhari will be the chair of the Great Green Wall Initiative in Africa.

    “This means that within the period, Nigeria will work assiduously to address the problems of land degradation, food security, desertification, climate change, depletion of forest ecosystems and biodiversity in Africa, among others.

    "With the unrivaled commitment of the president to address the problems of climate change and desertification, along with the immense respect he inspires within the international community, much would be accomplished during his tenure," he said.

    Ms Ikeazor recalled the president's commitment to the climate change presentation (COP26) held in November in Glasgow, Scotland.

    He said the president expressed optimism about Africa's ambition to restore more than 100 million hectares of degraded landscape for productive agriculture.

    “It is instructive to note that in his acceptance speech, the President stated:“ All things being equal, we will strengthen our efforts in mobilizing resources for the accelerated fulfillment of the Ten-Year Priority Investment Plan (DPIP) 2021-2030 and its implementation action. concrete.

    “Top priority will be given to the realization of the financial commitments that arose as a result of the“ One Planet Summit ”held on January 11, 2021 in Paris, France.

    “I want to ensure that the restoration of degraded ecosystems in Africa is strengthened and ensure the resilience of our people against the effects of climate change.

    YAYA