Gov. Ayade Leads African Governors To Climate Change Summit In Paris
The African governors will meet with their counterparts from around the world and mayors under the auspices of the Governors’ Climate and Forest (GCF) Task Force as sub-national leaders, to share information about how to reduce Green House Gas emissions and create economic opportunities.
Ayade is the only African governor listed to speak at the summit by the United Nations Secretariat for Climate Change.
Other governors listed to speak at the event are; Jerry Brown – California, Tiao Viana – Acre, Premier Christy Clark – British Columbia, Aristoteles Sandoval – Jalisco and Governor of Washington, Mr Jay Inslee.
Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland and Governor Manuel Gambini of Ucayali, Peru are also expected to deliver papers at the summit.
The Climate Change Secretariat says that the three-day event, starting from December 7, “brings together governors and mayors, who are adopting GCF reduction targets and creating economic opportunities by doing so”.
Ayade is a professor of Environmental Science, whose doctoral research work on Climate Change won him about 6.5 million Japanese Yen from the Japanese Government.
The Governor also invented the sewage treatment system, which is being used off-shore by oil producing companies in Nigeria.
The Climate Change secretariat described Cross River State as “the GCF pioneer member in Africa, with a rich history of working to preserve Nigeria’s tropical forest and an important platform for further engagement of GCF in Africa”.
The UN Climate Change Secretariat, while disclosing that about 90 per cent of Nigeria’s forest have already been cleared, said that “more than 50 per cent of Nigeria’s remaining forest” are in Cross River.
Cross River is considered one of the richest biodiversity hot spots in Africa.