Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria is set to hold its first-ever Climate Change Summit in 2016. This announcement was made by the Ibom’s governor Udom Emmanuel on December 15, 2015, while in Lagos. Against the backdrop of the Paris Agreement, the governor of Ibom State said they have developed a State Policy that will see the establishment of 10 Forest Reserves in Ibom over the next four years.
The governor made a keynote address at the Paris’s Climate Change Summit themed: ‘Climate Agreement at COP21: Success, Implementation & Implication for Africa & Nigeria,’ noting that State of Ibom will embark on a comprehensive survey and map out forest estates. The State will also develop a REDD + Readiness Plan. The governor also said that his State will raise some 20,000 seedlings to be used in the first phase of the climate change mitigation and REDD + strategies.
In a speech read on the governor’s behalf by the Commissioner of Environment & Mineral Resources, Dr. Iniobong Essien, he stated that in line with his government’s strategic plans, the Ibom State is going to establish Climate Change Desks in …read more
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