Climate Change and Conflict in Nigeria; Some Salient Perspective on Nigeria’s Vulnerability

Medugu, Nasir Idris and Sangari, Dalhatu Umaru and Majid, Mohammad Rafee and Johar, Foziah (2012) Climate Change and Conflict in Nigeria; Some Salient Perspective on Nigeria’s Vulnerability. In: The 22nd IAPS (International Association of People-Environment Studies) Conference. , June 28, 2012., Glasgow, Scotland.. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Climate change refers to a change in climate, attributable directly or indirectly to human activities that alter the atmospheric composition of the earth which lead to global warming. This change has the potential of affecting all natural and human systems and may be a threat to human development and survival socially, politically and economically. This paper assesses how the preparedness of the Nigerian government and its citizens in adapting to and mitigating this global environmental phenomenon. This paper reveals that climate change may already be impacting Nigeria as manifested by increased flooding, delayed rains, enhanced desertification, increasing bush fires and food insecurity. The government of Nigeria has made significant progress in addressing the problem of climate change through preparing, demonstrating, negotiating, collaborating and developing various policies, programmes and plans at national, regional and international levels. Despite all these, climate change is still on the increase. Although Nigeria is not a major contributor to global warming, it is really of great concern to the nation since African countries have been identified as the most vulnerable. Combating climate change is a global effort and, as such, all countries must work together to reduce their GHG emissions and learn how to cope with the impact. It requires mechanisms cutting across government sectors; it involves coordination among multiple sectors; and it requires technical support to strengthen institutional responsibility and additional research to address gaps in knowledge.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptation, conflicts, mitigation, vulnerability, Nigeria
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Urban and Regional Planning
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 06:02
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2014 03:23
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/338

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