Local farmer sharing her testimony of improved changes in her groundnut farm to GEF representativesLocal farmer sharing her testimony of improved changes in her groundnut farm to GEF representatives. Photo: UNDP Nigeria

The protection and renewal of the environment for the present and future generation should be of paramount importance to the various arms of government. Different parts of the country have suffered extensively from the effect of environmental degradation caused by lack of socially responsible environmental management practices such that environmental / ecological problems e.g. coastal and soil erosion, flooding, deforestation, oil spillage and air pollution have made maximisation of the use of land impossible in the country as most of the land area has suffered serious degradation. Like many other Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries, Nigeria continues to lose valuable hectares of lands to urbanization, agriculture and industrialization whose side effects often cause the degradation of the few available land area. In recent times, the country has been ravaged by severe cases of flooding across many states leading to mass losses of farmland and arable land as well as food shortages.

UNDP’s intervention seeks to strengthen the country’s capacities to address the various environmental challenges at national, state and local government levels by sharing with government partner’s experiences from other parts of the world and as much as possible to provide innovative policy advice and building of lasting partnerships. The intervention in battling the environmental challenges are being implemented under two main channels – Environmental Governance and Climate Change.

UNDP’s main goal is to assist the country through partnerships to attain a certain minimum criteria of environmental sustainability. This strategy to be deployed consists of environmental governance at both the state and federal levels, especially but not limited to the Niger-Delta region based increasingly on policy, legal and regulatory frameworks and actions that are more likely to protect natural resources as well as livelihoods and assist the appropriate bodies in implementing a minimum threshold of national action on climate change which includes development of policies, institutions and creating a financial backdrop for implementing climate change activities.

In the energy sector, UNDP is aiming to increase the adoption of renewable energy technology in selected sectors, categories of firms (SMEs) and parts of Nigeria by strengthening the national frameworks for expanding access to energy services, particularly for the poor people in rural communities, development of institutional capacity to deliver energy services in the selected sectors and regions through technology demonstration and scaling up.

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