Climate Change Programme
Climate change poses a clear and present danger to Nigeria’s economic growth and poverty-reduction aspirations. Agriculture in Nigeria is dependent on rainfall patterns. The sector employs nearly two-thirds of the work force and contributes 42% to the gross domestic product. If current climatic conditions worsen as predicted by climate science, Nigerian farmers face deepening poverty. Nearly 90% of income from international trade and about 80% of government expenditure comes from the export of fossil fuels. As the world becomes increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change, Nigeria’s dependence on the export of crude oil faces an uncertain future. ICEED supports the building of a climate resilient and prosperous economy through the following projects:
This policy research, reform and communication project seeks to strengthen Nigeria’s response to climate change. It works to promote policy and institutional frameworks, improve access to quality climate change information and strengthen Nigeria’s international engagement on climate change. The project resulted in the building of the Nigeria Climate Action Network coalition – an influential promoter of progressive change and good governance on climate change. Through the network, ICEED has led the development and passage of the Bill to Establish the National Climate Change Commission. It provided the research and advocacy to prepare Nigeria for the Copenhagen conference, supported the House of Representatives in establishing a parliamentary committee on climate and led to the formation of a Climate Change Desk at the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.