Monday, 21 June, 2021

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Nigeria promises to tackle desertification, deforestation, land degradation


Nigeria has promised to tackle environmental degradation and biodiversity loss resulting from deforestation, desertification, land and ecosystem degradation.

Mohammad Abubakar, Minister of Environment, restated government’ s commitment to dealing with the problems, during the 2021 World Environment Day celebration in the Western Nigerian city of Osogbo.

Abubakar said that government, being conscious of the alarming rate of deforestation standing at between 3.7 and 4.0 per cent, had continued to engage stakeholders locally and internationally on the issue.

The minister said this was in addition to the formulation of enabling policies and legislations aimed to bring the situation under control.

“Setting the pace, the Federal Government has made some efforts at all levels of governance to promote resilient environmental sustainability in the context of national development. At the just concluded National Council on Environment, the issue of Nature Based Solution was at the front burner. This came as a result of the renewed awareness on its cost effectiveness in the long-term management of ecosystem crises and its potential contribution to the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). It is also expected to facilitate the national and global targets, including the 2030 development agenda in which Nigeria is already making steady progress.”

Mohammad Abubakar, Minister of Environment

He said that the federal government submitted its NDC interim report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) few days ago.

Cooperation

In his remarks, Gov. Gboyega Oyetola said the state would continue to complement the efforts of the federal government towards meeting the country’s environmental challenges.

He said the state would do this through safeguarding the environment and also establishing enabling laws that would be of great benefits to the citizenry.

Oyetola commended the federal government for its choice of Osun to celebrate this year’s World Environment Day.

Nigeria signed up to the Paris climate agreement in 2015 with a form commitment to reduce carbon emissions unconditionally by 20 per cent and 45 per cent conditionally with international support by 2030.

The theme for the 2021 World Environment Day was: “Ecosystem Restoration: Resetting Our Relation with Nature.”