Delta Becomes First To Launch Climate Change Policy

Channels Television  
Updated October 28, 2013

The Delta state government on Monday launched its Climate Change Policy and Integrated Territorial Climate Change Plan, making it the first state in the country to develop its own climate change policy and programme. 

The state governor, who was represented by the deputy governor, Professor Amos Utuama, pointed out that the policy document will be presented to the State House of Assembly to be passed into the state Climate Change Law, as climate change has become a  daunting environmental challenge facing the world today.

Utuama noted that the flood disaster that hit the state and parts of the nation last year was responsible for the climate change awareness campaign embarked upon by the state.

Utuama revealed that the state is in collaboration with the UNDP on a programme tagged Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC) with the aim to reduce vulnerability of the local communities to anticipate impact of climate change and develop a low carbon and climate resilient economy.

The Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Environment, Mrs Felicia Adun emphasised the need for aforestation which would cause a drastic change in the environment when the forest is preserved and trees are planted.

Delta state is the second Reducing Emission From Deforestation And Degradation (REDD) state after Cross River state, and there is hope that this new policy will go a long way to ensuring that the environment is preserved.

The event which took place at government house, Asaba was attended by officials of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other states like Edo and Lagos were also in attendance.


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