Lagos - Lagos is rated highly among African cities taking
the lead in investing in and implementing interventions aimed at conserving
natural resources and energy for future generations.
According to organisers of the upcoming seventh
Africities Summit, the country's commercial capital city was implementing
several sustainability focused projects and on the lead to promote efficient
community-based waste management.
The city’s rapid urbanisation and population growth has
put a lot of pressure on its water, waste management and sanitation
These have seen the birth of the Lagos State Water Supply
Master Plan 2010 – 2020, which promotes, among others, access to potable water,
reduction of waste and unaccounted water.
The plan is also designed to increase the amount of
billed water, revenue collection efficiency and enhance reinvestment.
Lagos’ Sustainable Sewage and Sanitation Strategy
furthermore includes the development of ten new waste water treatment plants.
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This is also as the city has a landfill gas project
underway, which comprises a municipal solid waste composting facility earmarked
to lead to a significant reduction of emissions.
Lagos was reported in 2014 to have a metropolitan
population of 21 million, making it the largest metropolitan area in Africa and
the seventh most populous in the world.
It was mentioned alongside Johannesburg (South Africa)
and Accra (Ghana) as the cities that have begun taking the lead with the
investment and implementation of interventions designed to conserve natural
resources and energy.
The ratings came ahead of Africities Summit, which is
organised by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa.
Expected to touch on efficient resource management and
renewable energy initiatives across the continent, it will be held in
Johannesburg from November 29 to December 3.
- CAJ News