Welcome Note By The Director, Department of Climate Change
I welcome you to the website of the Department of Climate Change ‘Gateway to National Action on Climate Change’ it is the official information hub on climate change in Nigeria. We will strive to update the site with current information about what government is doing on climate change in Nigeria at all levels. Recognising the consequences and adverse impact of climate change on Nigeria, the country joined the global community to adopt treaties meant to tackle climate change. Nigeria became a Party to the UNFCCC in 1992 and ratified the Convention in 1994, it also became a Party to the Kyoto Protocol in 2004. Nigeria ratified the Paris Agreement (PA) in March 2017, which was approved by the UNFCCC on the 16th May 2017 and entered into force on 15th June 2017. Due to the importance attached to the issues of climate change and global warming, and in view of the enormity of activities required for the implementation of the climate change treaties to which Nigeria is a Party, the Federal Government of Nigeria established the Department of Climate Change in the Federal Ministry of Environment to serve as the vehicle for driving National Climate Action efforts/actions. Climate change has become a critical issue, both for its global importance and threats to Nigeria and its people. For instance, we have the desertification process advancing southward and potential submergence of stretch of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. As is usual, there will be some changes in climate that cannot be avoided due to past and inevitable future global emissions, but the detrimental effects can be avoided if we can reduce greenhouse gases emission to an acceptable level. Therefore, we must move towards taking climate action as a nation. Since taking actions that will alleviate the effects of climate change and a warmer world is everyone’s responsibility, we will be interacting and working with the general public, individuals, communities, businesses & industries, development partners and the global community. The Department of Climate Change is set to drive the practical fulfilment of the Federal Government’s vision for mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change. We will provide leadership in promoting the machinery necessary to establish the right conditions for our people to adapt, supporting quality research, education, awareness and outreach efforts, enforcing industry regulations that will guide businesses and communities in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, while providing national policy direction in combating climate change and moving the country to a Low-carbon Development trajectory. Finally, I would like to appreciate the partnership and support of our collaborators; the international organisations, civil societies and private sectors, which in the course of our activities have contributed their time, knowledge, resources and committed trust to support the achievement of our statutory objectives. We look forward to more. Thank you for taking time to read about what we do in the Department of Climate Change online, we encourage you to stay in touch. We will strive to improve the design and content of the website, being work in progress. Thank you.