Climate Change and Conflict in Nigeria; Some Salient Perspective on Nigeria’s Vulnerability

Type Conference Paper - 22nd International Association of People-Environment Society Conference. Glasgow
Title Climate Change and Conflict in Nigeria; Some Salient Perspective on Nigeria’s Vulnerability
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
URL Change and Conflict in Nigeria, Some Salient​Perspective on Nigeria’s Vulnerability.pdf
Climate change refers to a change in climate, attributable directly or
indirectly to human activities that alter the atmospheric composition of
the earth which lead to global warming. This change has the potential of
affecting all natural and human systems and may be a threat to human
development and survival socially, politically and economically. This
paper assesses how the preparedness of the Nigerian government and its
citizens in adapting to and mitigating this global environmental
phenomenon. This paper reveals that climate change may already be
impacting Nigeria as manifested by increased flooding, delayed rains,
enhanced desertification, increasing bush fires and food insecurity. The
government of Nigeria has made significant progress in addressing the
problem of climate change through preparing, demonstrating,
negotiating, collaborating and developing various policies, programmes
and plans at national, regional and international levels. Despite all these,
climate change is still on the increase. Although Nigeria is not a major
contributor to global warming, it is really of great concern to the nation
since African countries have been identified as the most vulnerable.
Combating climate change is a global effort and, as such, all countries
must work together to reduce their GHG emissions and learn how to
cope with the impact. It requires mechanisms cutting across government
sectors; it involves coordination among multiple sectors; and it requires
technical support to strengthen institutional responsibility and additional
research to address gaps in knowledge.

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