For the past three years, NCE has been working with the Nigerian Department of Climate Change (DCC) within the Ministry of the Environment and in-country partners and consultants such as the Centre for Climate Change & Development (CCCD) at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu- Alike, Ikwo (AE-FUNAI), MEP Multimedia Solutions Limited, and GreenHubAfrica, to identify opportunities to support Nigeria’s climate policy analysis and implementation.
In 2021-2022, the CCCD conducted an initial economic analysis to identify inclusive green recovery and transition opportunities in Nigeria in the agriculture and energy sectors. The outputs from this research included a series of policy level recommendations to support a green recovery plan in Nigeria underscoring the transition’s meaningful benefits to Nigeria under three major buckets: environmental conservation, green job creation, and overall economic growth. The results were disseminated directly to government stakeholders as well as discussed in a public webinar. This economic analysis provided sound evidence, that if adopted, can streamline national and selected sub-national governments’ investments to support green recovery and transition opportunities. Feedback from government stakeholders centered around a need for more accessible tools to understand and integrate climate change considerations into policy making. Given these requests, NCE has organized the next phase of the project to work in partnership with GIZ who is developing a CGE model for the Nigerian government. NCE will be developing in parallel a complementary adaptation focused cost-benefit analysis tool for budgeting and planning of investments in public infrastructure and climate resilience to support the government of Nigeria. These joint efforts will enhance climate-resilient policymaking in Nigeria by incorporating climate considerations into economic modelling and planning processes.
In 2022, NCE worked collaboratively with the DCC and in-country outreach and engagement partners to build on existing efforts to analyse and support youth engagement with Nigeria’s NDC and climate action more broadly. Efforts included the translation and dissemination of targeted educational materials and supporting the capacity building needs of Nigeria’s next generation of Conference of Parties (COP) negotiators. Since Nigeria has one of the largest youth populations globally, the translation of the Youth Climate Action Manuals into Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo and the accompanying engagement events across 3 geo-political zones promoted public awareness and informed youth of their potential and important role in the implementation journey of the Nigeria’s enhanced NDC.
In 2023 and beyond, the NCE Nigeria project team will be working with GreenHubAfrica to bring together youth advocates, experts, and tertiary institutions across the climate space in Nigeria to design a custom, bottom-up informed youth leadership training strategy. The strategy will inform the creation and delivery of training materials to increase youth participation in support of the implementation of Nigeria’s NDC, LT-LEDS, and other national climate plans. In parallel NCE Nigeria will work with MEP Multimedia Solutions to conduct an impact assessment of previous youth engagement activities to reflect and improve on future continued engagements, including a forthcoming additional youth engagement event around the Youth Climate Action Manual in a geo-political zone not previously reached.