In a groundbreaking move, the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC) and Climate Action Africa (CAA) have officially partnered to address Nigeria’s pressing climate change challenges. The collaboration, marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at the NCCC office in Abuja, signifies a unified commitment to combat the impacts of climate change on the nation.
Key Players in the Partnership
Representatives from both organizations, including Dr. Salisu Dahiru (Director General of NCCC), Grace Oluchi Mbah (Co-Founder and Executive Director of CAA), and Michael Ivenso (Director of Energy, Transportation, and Infrastructure at NCCC), were present at the signing ceremony, underscoring the gravity of the joint endeavor.
Pivotal Step Towards Climate Resilience
Dr. Salisu Dahiru emphasized the significance of the collaboration, stating, “Our partnership with Climate Action Africa is a pivotal step towards building a climate-resilient Nigeria. Through joint efforts, we aim to promptly address vulnerabilities and work towards sustainable solutions for our nation.”
Addressing Nigeria’s Vulnerability
Nigeria, ranked as the 53rd most vulnerable and 179th most ready country to adapt to climate change according to the 2021 Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index, faces challenges from extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, erosion, and rising sea levels. Sectors like agriculture, water resources, public health, and settlements are particularly at risk.
In light of these vulnerabilities, the collaboration seeks to develop comprehensive strategies that address not only the immediate threats but also the long-term impacts of climate change on Nigeria’s socio-economic fabric.
Harnessing Innovation and Sustainable Practices
Grace Oluchi Mbah, Co-Founder and Executive Director of CAA, emphasized the urgent need for collective action: “Nigeria’s vulnerability to climate change necessitates immediate and collective action. Through this partnership, we aspire to harness the power of innovation, sustainable practices, policy dialogue, and community engagement to reshape Nigeria’s future and set a global example.”
The collaboration is poised to leverage cutting-edge technologies, promote sustainable practices, and foster community involvement to create a holistic approach to climate resilience. By engaging with local communities and integrating their knowledge and practices, the partnership aims to develop adaptive strategies that are culturally sensitive and sustainable.
Anticipating the Climate Action Africa Forum (CAAF24)
This collaboration sets the stage for the upcoming Climate Action Africa Forum (CAAF24), scheduled to take place in Lagos, Nigeria, from June 17th to 19th, 2024. CAAF24 is a global event aiming to bring together stakeholders worldwide to encourage collaboration, catalyze actionable solutions, and urge governments, businesses, and individuals to invest in climate-smart initiatives.
The forum will serve as a platform for sharing best practices, showcasing innovative solutions, and fostering international cooperation. With the NCCC and CAA at the forefront, CAAF24 is poised to be a catalyst for transformative change, driving the conversation on climate action in Africa and beyond.
The National Council on Climate Change and Climate Action Africa partnership represents a crucial step in addressing Nigeria’s climate crisis. As the two organizations unite their efforts, there is hope for transformative change that will not only benefit Nigeria but also set an inspiring example for the global community.
About the Organizations
The NCCC is dedicated to establishing a climate-resilient Nigeria for accelerated and sustainable socio-economic development. They work to strengthen national initiatives to adapt to and mitigate climate change in a participatory manner involving all sectors of Nigerian society.
CAA is a leading Africa-focused social enterprise at the forefront of the continent’s climate action ecosystem. Actively promoting collaborations, fostering an enabling ecosystem, and championing eco-friendly, sustainable practices, CAA supports research and localized innovations across the continent. Together, NCCC and CAA are forging a path towards a resilient and sustainable future for Nigeria and the broader African continent.