Increase in Sea Level will Submerge Coastal Communities

Monday, 02 September 2019 15:26

Chief Ede Dafinone, the Chairman, National Executive Council of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) stated that climate change is causing an increase in sea level which is causing coastal communities in Nigeria to be submerged.

 

He declared this at the 6th Lagos Public Relations Stakeholders’ Conference organised by Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Lagos Chapter with the theme “Conversations to Promote Environmental Sustainability in Nigeria.” The event held at Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos on Thursday, 29th August 2019.

 

In his speech, Dafinone who chaired the conference spoke about the forest fire catastrophe in the Amazon and the implication on climate change which could lead to a rise in the sea level thereby causing coastal communities to become flooded. He cited other examples of Bar Beach and Alfa Beach in Lagos, warning that: “the developments currently at the Bar Beach may be submerged if actions are not taken to mitigate the effect of coastal erosion”

 

He equally informed that organisations are moving from being just corporate socially responsible to being corporate socially environment responsible.” 

 

Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, who was represented by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso tasked manufacturers to cooperate with the State Government on the use of recyclable and biodegradable materials in product packaging. He said: “we will continue to engage the cooperation of manufacturers in the production or usage of recyclable or biodegradable materials.” 

 

He called on all stakeholders to support strategies and programmes aimed at ensuring environmental sustainability for the Lagos ‘Smart City’ initiative.

 

Mr. Segun McMedal, Chairman of NIPR Lagos State Chapter in his opening remark, raised concerns about our environment becoming unsuitable for businesses due to human activities. He said: “at a time that the world is plagued with threats of environmental degradation, climate change and its attendant consequences, there is the need for concerted efforts to check human activities that are threatening our existence.”

 

Present at the event were Engr. Aliyu Aziz, Director General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC); Dr. (Mrs.) Jumoke Kassim, CEO, Naturescape Consulting; Dr. Austin Tam-George, former Commissioner for Information, Rivers State; Dr. Ubon Essien Nsiabia, Asst. Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA); Mr. Yomi Badejo Okusanya, President, Association of Public Relations in Africa (APRA); Mrs. Nkechi Alli-Balogun, NIPR Council Member, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Governor among others.

 

Nigeria to Tackle Natural Disasters and Climate Change Challenges

Monday, 02 September 2019 07:01

 

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), the Civil Society Network for the Lake Chad Basin (North-East Nigeria), the Humanitarian Forum, UK with the support of the International Islamic Charity Organisation (IICO) call on Nigerians to rise to the challenge of natural disaster and climate change in the country as it is an existential issue affecting everyone, especially in North-East Nigeria.

 

This call was made at the opening ceremony of a 2-day workshop held in Abuja on 26th & 27th August, 2019 with the theme “Resilience Agenda: Natural Disasters and Climate Change – How are we managing risks and crises differently in North-East Nigeria?”

 

Twenty-one Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from the six states in North-East Nigeria, representatives of Government agencies, UN agencies, international NGOs, security agencies and the media gathered at the workshop to take stock of how climate change is being addressed as a risk factor for disasters, review what adaptation measures are being implemented, formulate practical steps to overcome challenges and make a difference to people affected by crisis.

 

The workshop is also expected to identify concrete areas in which NCF and other groups could collaborate to address Disaster Risk Reduction and build the resilience of communities in the zone.

 

The outcome of the workshop will feed into discussions at the World Humanitarian Action Forum (WHAF) 2019. WHAF is a project that aims to encourage dialogue and actions through partnership and collaboration among humanitarian actors from the global North and South. 

 

Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General of NCF in his remark stated that “Climate change and environmental degradation are at the root of the humanitarian crises in the North-East, such as shrinking of the Lake Chad, drought and desertification, deforestation and land degradation. The consequences of the crises weigh heavily on climate change and natural resources in the region.”

 

Dr. Hany El-Banna, President of the Humanitarian Forum, UK remarked that “For us to achieve substantive success in the fight against natural disaster and climate change, we must embrace progress through partnership.”

 

On his part, Ambassador Shehu Ahmed, President of Civil Society Network for the Lake Chad Basin emphasised that the Federal Government, International organisations and corporate citizens should rise to help now. He revealed that disasters and climate change impact livelihoods and economic development with people living in poor and developing countries bearing the highest risk; impacts of disasters and climate change set back and undermine development efforts and; climate change is causing an increase in frequency and intensity of certain weather-related disaster events. He concluded that these are some of the reasons we should take action immediately.

 

Alhaji Abdulwasea Adesina, Country Director of IICO appealed to the participants not to end the discussion at the workshop but proceed to chart SMART path to implement the proposals from different quarters. 

 

NCF, CSO & WHAF host a workshop on Natural Disasters and Climate Change

Friday, 23 August 2019 12:53

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and the Network of Civil Society Organisations in the Lake Chad Basin (North-East Nigeria) in collaboration with the World Humanitarian Action Forum (WHAF) host a workshop in Abuja on 26th & 27th August, 2019 with the theme “Resilience Agenda: Natural Disasters and Climate Change – How are we managing risks and crises differently in North-East Nigeria?”

 

The aim of the workshop is to take stock of how climate change is being addressed as a risk factor for disasters, what adaptation measures are being implemented, action-oriented discussion to formulate concrete practical steps to overcome challenges and make a difference to people affected by crisis.

 

The workshop is expected to identify concrete areas in which NCF and other groups could collaborate to address Disaster Risk Reduction and build the resilience of communities in the zone.

 

The outcome of the workshop will feed into discussions at the WHAF 2019. WHAF is a project that aims to enhance partnership and collaboration among humanitarian actors from the global North and South and to share effective humanitarian practices and responses that affect local, national and international NGOs.

 

Expected at the workshop are Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from the six states in North-East Nigeria, representatives of UN agencies, international NGOs, security agencies and the media.