Federal Ministry of Environment

Nigeria – National planning on short-lived climate pollutants

Ongoing – started: 2015

Situated in West Africa and with a population of 190 million people, Nigeria is increasingly vulnerable to the many impacts of climate change. In addition, indoor and outdoor air quality remains a significant challenge, as cities substantially exceed the outdoor air quality guidelines of the World Health Organization, and households continue to depend on black carbon-emitting fuel sources. In 2017 it was estimated that there were 114,000 premature deaths in Nigeria attributable to air pollution, and without intervention these impacts are likely to increase with projected economic and population growth.

Nigeria is therefore highly motivated to implement their ambitious National Action Plan to Reduce SLCPs in view of their development imperatives. Improved air quality through SLCP abatement will lead to direct in-country benefits including increased agricultural yields and reduced premature deaths, while also advancing other Sustainable Development Goals including affordable and clean energy, industry, innovation and infrastructure, and sustainable cities and communities. Reducing emissions will also directly advance Nigeria’s “Climate Action Goal,” and contribute to meeting emission reduction obligations under the Paris Agreement.

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