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IsDB builds capacity of sub nationals to curb climate change

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To address the impact and risk associated with climate change in Nigeria, explore low carbon and mitigation options as well as build climate sensitive, highly prone infrastructural investments that supports green economic growth, the Islamic Development Bank has engaged in training desk officers at sub-national level.

The weeklong regional workshop that started on the 10th and will run through the 16th of December, with participants drawn from across the country is an initiative of the NDC partnership’s Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) with IsDB, Federal Ministry of Environment and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the Country Manager, IsDB, Dr. Mamoud Kamara, “climate change is one of the major challenges of our times, it is already affecting us and the vital systems we rely on for food, water, energy and other livelihood support. It has caused significant disruption to the human-environment relationship.

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Changes in the global climate has resulted in both acute climate events including intense storms and chronic challenges as water scarcity and persistent drought in parts of Nigeria, and these impacts are expected to increase in the coming decades.

A professor of Climatology at the University of Lagos, Emmanuel Oladipo stressed that the climate has a lot of connections with our finances; if IsDB is helping any nation develop it’s agriculture, unless it enables the country to understand the need to carry the issue of climate change along whatever money they invest can be ruined.

“Look at what happened in Kebbi this year; the federal government had invested a lot and everybody had been so happy that Kebbi state was producing a lot of rice which they are shipping to Lagos, all of a sudden heavy rainfalls flooded the whole place. If farmers are knowledgeable enough, Islamic bank can help farmers avert such in future by introducing them to some rice varieties that can stay under water for about fourteen days without getting completely damaged.

“So whatever the outcome we get, we know we are going to get benefits. But if people were not carried along on the importance of agriculture, no matter what support the bank gives may not really gear up the development success.”

While a consultant to Department of Climate Change (DCC) and Professor of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University, Francis Adesina, stressed that the essence is to build capacity of people at the grassroots so they can contribute meaningfully to the fight against climate change, which is real as real as COVID-19.

“Globally what the world is doing is to make sure that temperature is brought down because if we bring the temperature down every other thing will be controlled. That is what science has established. So under that, NDC has a set of things that Nigeria should do, it’s like a policy document and I am happy that Nigerian government is taking interest in that and if those things are done properly it will move the country forward.”

Olatunji Yusuf of the Climate Change division, IsDB Headquaters in Jeddah, added that considering the geographical landscape in Nigeria, human factors have largely been responsible to the climate change, which affects every sector. “We must give credit to the Nigerian government for their effort; in 2015 they submitted its Nationally Determined Contribution under the UN’s Framework Convention Climate Change (known as the Paris agreement), hence we will see a continuous process that involves building capacity to implement and respond to climate change.

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