A Legally Binding Agreement that Promises Hope for our Endangered Planet

Lekki Conservation Centre. Lekki Conservation Centre. Evans Airhekholo

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) joins the rest of the world to celebrate the entering into force of the Paris Agreement marking a significant achievement in just about one year of the life cycle of this Agreement, making it 3 years earlier than planned. The Agreement which becomes legally binding to all parties today 4th November, 2016, reminds us of our responsibilities as individuals, organizations, businesses, investors, governments, youth and other stakeholders to contribute to reducing the global temperature well below 2.0 Co targeting 1.5 Co.

 

Among the 195 parties that negotiated and adopted the Paris Agreement, 97 nations (representing more than the required 55% needed for the landmark Agreement to become legally binding) up till today have currently ratified and submitted their instruments  to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  This is a clear indication of the support this agreement has received within the global community particularly from governments, research institutions, investors, civil society organizations, bi/multilateral entities etc.

 

 

NCF is happy that this legally binding agreement translates to a global effort working towards a secured environment and particularly a safe ecosystem for nature and biodiversity.

 

 

NCF will always commend the efforts of the Nigerian Government in catalysing climate action through the recent endorsement of the World Bank “Ending Gas Flaring Target by 2030” while subsequently fast-tracking our country target of ending gas flaring  to 2020 from 2030. This is equally a demonstration of the nation’s commitment to increase its ambition in order to reduce carbon emission by 20% unconditionally and 45% conditionally as indicated in the Nationally Determined Contribution. However, we also enjoin the Federal Government to take bolder steps in joining other leading African countries not to stop at signing the Paris Climate Change Agreement but also ratifying and approving the treaty.

 

Let’s not forget that the world witnessed an unprecedented cross-over of the carbon emission threshold of 400 ppm in 2016 which may not be reversible but we must continue to work on climate actions that will prevent further carbon emission.  As the leading environmental NGO in Nigeria, NCF will support all efforts aimed at cutting global greenhouse emission in all sectors particularly in the Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU) where we work. As part of our efforts to catalyse climate action, NCF will be embarking on a climate mitigation and adaptation project through a 30-year forest recovery initiative that will return Nigeria’s forest cover from an alarming 4% to 25% forest cover as recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).    

 

Not forgetting that COP 22 in Marrakech happening between 7th - 18th November, 2016 is a key strategic global meeting which is meant to set the roadmap that will drive the implementation and realization of all nations’ climate action, NCF is working with its international partners - BirdLife International (BI) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - to contribute in the global discourse that will shape the demands from the African regional bloc. Furthermore, cross-cutting issues such as the required green technology and climate financing arrangement ($100 billion/year till 2020 promised by the developed world for developing countries) that is necessary to drive the implementation will be perfected and well negotiated towards its realization.

 

 

 

While celebrating this fundamental global agreement becoming legally binding, NCF will encourage individual actions alongside global effort that will promote a safer planet. 

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