COP 22: Nigeria announces plans to revive Lake Chad basin


    Nigeria has announced plans to pursue the reviving Lake Chad Project in collaboration with African Union Commission at the on-going United Nations climate change conference.

    The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, who made this known during a pre –press conference on COP22 in Abuja, said varying degrees of work, including the feasibility study has been concluded.

    “The next phase of the project would be to commit money to do it. The money is huge and we are looking for billion of dollars to recharge the lake.  China has showed interest to support to the revive Lake Chad,” she added.

    To her, Nigeria has set up a technical preparatory Committee with clear terms of reference to study, analyze its Nationally Determined Contribution to ensure that it is captured our position along side with African region.

    “At Marrakech summit, the central focus is on enhancing ambition, promoting implementation and providing support. It would mark a turning point as the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement would enter in to force to achieve its threshold.”

    Mohammed said: “There would be deliberation on the operationalisation of agreement adopted last year; develop the modalities, procedures and guidelines surrounding the Paris agreement.

    “It would discuss roadmap that developed countries will have prepared for mobilizing $100 billion in climate finance for developing countries by 2020. This include, transparency regime, information in communicating NDC and implementation.”

    She explained that international support is not only about climate finance, but also about building capacity and accelerating the uptake of clean technology.

    “The agreement accept to hold the increase in global average temperature from below 2 degree Celsius to 1.5,recognizing that this would significantly reduce risks and impacts of climate change.

    “We want to increase the ability to adapt to adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that it does not threaten food production.”


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