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.

 

NCF, Earthnewsinfo Host Environmental Journalism Summer School

Thursday, 22 August 2019 08:13

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in partnership with Earthnewsinfo, (an online environment website, hosted by Jennifer Igwe, a multiple award-winning environment journalist) is organizing a one-week Environmental Journalism Summer School for aspiring environmental journalists, particularly those from polluted environments and areas with degradation. 

 

The Environmental Journalism Summer School is also an advocacy programme that seeks to build the capacity of young Nigerians to bring to the fore myriad of environmental challenges bedeviling their communities. They will be trained on the rudiments of environmental journalism, so they can be agents of change. The initiative targets greenhorns and those already working with media organizations.

 

Participants will learn from list of multiple award-winning environment journalists such as Shola Oshunkeye, Jennifer Igwe, Ugochi Oluigbo, Samson Asije among others. Other facilitators are renowned conservationists; Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, DG of NCF, Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi, Chairman of LUFASI and others.

 

The programme is also an empowerment initiative, as participants seeking to become freelance journalists and the voice of the voiceless, will receive assistance. They will learn how to source for stories, pitch them to editors and publishers as well as packaging and earning a living from doing so. 

 

At the end of the programme, each participant will produce stories that would be published locally and internationally. Three outstanding participants would receive packages to help them upload their works online, including empowerment that can support them to become freelance reporters, such as cameras, tripods, lights, microphones and midgets.

 

The training is scheduled for 26th to 31st August 2019 at NCF headquarters, Lekki Conservation Foundation, Lekki, Lagos.