Abuja - The Delta State has launched its Climate Change Policy and Integrated Territorial Climate Plan as it intensifies plans to preserve the environment amid concerns regarding climate change.
Speaking at an event to launch the initiatives in Asaba, the state capital, the State Deputy Governor, Prof Amos Utuama, said climate change was a serious global problem that could not be ignored.
“Climate change has become a daunting environmental challenge facing the world today and it can no longer be ignored as its effects are beginning to manifest,” he said.
He noted that the programme was aimed at reducing the vulnerability of the local communities to the anticipated impact of climate change and also develops a low carbon and climate resilient economy.
Utuama said the state was collaborating with United Nations Development Programme on the initiative tagged: Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC).
According to him, the state started the campaign for the protection of environment before the full effects of climate change descended on Nigerians.
He said the present administration in the state was obligated to protect the environment and people, especially those that were most vulnerable to the impact and consequences of climate change.
He added that these occurrences were now frequent resulting in the destruction of lives and property.
The Deputy Governor asserted that the devastating impact of climate change on all human systems were seen in the ravaging and unprecedented floods, which had hit the world in recent times, including extreme weather situations such as heat waves, typhoon and tsunamis.
He said Delta State, being a coastal state, was highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change and it was thus the obligation of the government to protect the environment and people.
“The present administration has always been interested in participating in activities directly or through international collaborations that will help strengthen our capacity to combat climate change which includes opening possibilities for climate resilient development for the people of the state,” Utuama said.
He said the state was collaborating with General Energy, International Chambers of Commerce, Paris and International Energy Agency to explore opportunities for renewable options for small business and energy efficient options.
– CAJ News