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Revised climate change policy approved for Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Thursday approved a revised National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) and a National Climate Change Programme.

Minister of Environment, Dr Muhammad Abubakar said the new policy document captures updates of emerging issues in the sectors not reflected in a previous policy.

These, according to him, include the Paris Agreement and gender mainstreaming, which he said are very relevant to the national response to climate change.

Dr Abubakar further disclosed that the new National Policy on Climate Change with its programmatic plan of action is expected to run from 2021 to 2030.

“The objective of the new policy is to implement mitigation measures and promote low-carbon, high-growth economic development and also strengthen adaptation towards a sustainable climate-resilient development pathway.

“The document complements the national policy by identifying measures and actions that will be implemented in a programmatic manner to address most, if not all, of the challenges posed by climate change and climate vulnerability in the country”, he said.

Godson Elekwachi

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