Building Nigeria's Response to Climate Change

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Like much of Africa, Nigeria - home to over 150 million people - is vulnerable to global warming.

In February 2007, Cuso International and Marbek Resource Consultants signed a five-year, CAD$4.75 million agreement with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to help develop a national adaptation strategy for Nigeria. The project is jointly implemented with the Nigeria Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST), based in Ibadan, Nigeria.

The project will increase the capacity of the Nigerian government and civil society stakeholders to take informed, equitable and gender-sensitive action on climate change.

The focus is on improved livelihood options, sustainable natural resource use, and governance. In collaboration with many Nigerian stakeholders, the project team is researching the climate change impacts on the country, identifying possible adaptation actions, and piloting these actions in some of the country’s most vulnerable communities. The project is also developing a comprehensive national strategy for climate change adaptation, and will work with the government to turn ideas into policy.

In collaboration with many Nigerian stakeholders, the project team is researching climate change impacts on the country, identifying possible adaptation actions, and piloting these actions in some of the country’s most vulnerable communities. The project is also developing a comprehensive national strategy for climate change adaptation, and will work with the government to turn ideas into policy. This strategy is being built from the ground up, from scientific sources as well as the experience and knowledge of Nigerians.

Three years into the initiative, the pilot projects pilot projects have so far involved five partner organizations in four different eco-zones in Nigeria. Activities include the production of fuel efficient stoves to reduce fuelwood burning, alternative livelihood options such as beekeeping and snail farming, cultivating drought-resistant plants to control erosion, constructing rain water collection tanks, and training on soil and water conservation techniques.

Learn more about the Nigerian climate change pilot projects

For more information on Building Nigeria’s Response to Climate Change, please visit www.nigeriaclimatechange.org