By Janefrances Chibuzor
As the world battles impacts of climate change, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), in collaboration with some local and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and corporate outfits, is hosting this year’s National Climate Action Week across Nigeria.
It opened on Monday November 25 and will end on Friday 29.
NCF Director-General Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano said this year’s event, with the theme Promoting Nature-based Investment for Climate Resilience in Nigeria, opened in 15 states, including Lagos, Abuja.
Aminu-Kano said the objective of the week was to promote nature-based solution to climate change through mobilising communities, businesses, youths and women for action in Nigeria.
He noted that Nigeria was a diverse country with complex environmental crises ranging from flooding in the South, soil erosion and land degradation in the East, desertification and drought in the North, to farmland expansion leading to deforestation in the West. Combatting these challenges, he said, requires a combination of nature-based solution hence the need to advocate and promote investment in nature-based solution to address these environmental problems especially as Climate change challenge facing people, planet, and livelihood.
“Taking Lagos as the typical Nigeria’s coastal state with a significant population living along its coast lines and the economic capital of the nation having its major Central Business District occupying Lagos Island. Ocean surge as a result of sea level rise has been a major environmental
crisis leading to loss of life, infrastructure, and hindering business growth in the area. Lagos has witnessed several historical ocean surges displacing people and affecting livelihood of both coastal and inland communities. “This annual incident is continuously exacerbated by climate change as result of sea level rise with forced displacement of people across the coastline,” he added.
He recalled that in July last year, NCF conducted a satellite imagery assessment of how the Lagos coastline has changed over a period of 10 years forcing coastal