Stakeholders in climate change have converged on Abuja to kick start the European Union-funded Nigeria Climate Change Response Programme (NCCRP).
While declaring the workshop open, the Director Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Dr. Yerima Tarfa, said the Workshop was geared towards fulfilling the commitment that Nigeria signed.
Dr Tarfa observed that the programme which was an European Union (EU) project, under its Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) was designed to help the world’s most vulnerable countries to address climate change and to meet global commitments.
Climate change could cause as bad damages and losses as COVID-19, but spread over a much longer period, in an irreversible manner.
It is evident, Nigeria as a responsible global citizen is committed to tackling climate change. In 2015, Nigeria committed to the Paris Agreement, with ambitious targets, both conditional and unconditional.
He urged the attendees to actively participate in all group meetings and events, volunteer, collaborate, and complete specific group task given to them.
“We are confident that your knowledge, experience and expertise will provide important insights on the implementation of the NCCRP.”
On her part, the EU, Team Lead, Economic Development /Energy Section, Kathryn Mulvad commended Nigeria for its political commitment towards tackling climate change.
“As our bilateral coverage with Nigeria, we partner with the Federal Ministry of Environment for the implementation for the Nigeria Climate Change Response Programme (NCCRP),’’
Kathryn Mulvad said the participants at the workshop were instrumental to the success of the programme, as their views would be needed towards the implementation of the Nigeria climate change programme.