How Climate Change May Increase World’s Poverty Index By 100 Million

PollutionDid you know that “about 100 million poor persons would be added to the world’s poor people’s index by the year 2030 unless, world leaders take urgent steps to implement policies aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change”?

This is according to the Practice Manager for Environmental and Natural Resources at the World Bank, Mr Benoit Bonquet.

Mr Bonquet made the remarks on Friday at a conference in Abuja on how to mitigate the effects of climate change in Nigeria.

He warned about the dangers of not taking serious steps to address the issues of climate change by the year 2030.

The forum was organised by the World Bank and the Federal Ministry of Environment, as part of efforts by the Nigerian Government to create awareness on climate change.

The Director, Department of Climate Change at the ministry, Mr Yerima Tarfa, stressed the need for the government to make necessary arrangements to deliver on its climate change pledges.

The National Project Coordinator of the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Mr Salisu Dahiru, also advocated investing in renewable energy.

Data from the World Bank revealed that the world’s temperature has continued to get warmer at an alarming rate since 1981.

Some states in Nigeria, especially those situated along the coast of the River Niger experienced severe flooding which led to loss of lives.

Environmentalists attributed some of these experiences to climate change, hence governments are thinking about how to mitigate its effects.

Delta State Government Pays N530m For NEWMAP Projects

Delta State Government Pays N530m For NEWMAP ProjectsThe Delta State government says it has paid the sum of 30 million Naira as start-up fund and 500 million Naira counterpart fund for the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), in order to eradicate erosion-related disasters in the state.

This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr John Nani, during a-five day Human Capacity and Team Building Training Programme in Asaba, organised by the World Bank in conjunction with NEWMAP for Delta, Imo, Plateau and Gombe states

Mr Nani, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment, Mrs Nkem Ajufo, expressed optimism of the success of the training programme, as well as the effective implementation of the NEWMAP projects across the states by participants, after the exercise.

“I make bold to say that with the quality of the resource persons and the support of the World Bank, the training programme will equip participants with the modern skills, and knowledge that will manifest in the prompt delivery of the project at record time in the participating states.”

He then urged participants to give special attention to the training programme to enrich themselves with necessary technical and managerial knowledge for the efficient realisation of their goals.

Commending the World Bank team and the Federal Project Management Unit for the level of commitment and cooperation it has shown, the commissioner advised that participating states benefit from its technical support in eliminating and combating erosion as well as the flood menace in Nigeria.

World Bank, NEWMAP Partner On Imo Erosion Control

World bank, NEWMAPThe people of Umueze Eziala Obizi autonomous community in Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo state are excited about the gully erosion control and site rehabilitation project by the World Bank and Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).

This is because they will in no distant time heave a sigh of relieve as gully erosion, which used to displace many lives and properties in the community will soon become a thing of the past.

The cheering news was shared at a town hall meeting organized by NEWMAP in the community to create a rapport between the World Bank project team and the indigenes of the area to ascertain the level of work done on the Obizi gully erosion site.

The meeting was to also educate the people on further precautionary measures to be taken to prevent further occurrence of gully erosion while urging them to also cooperate with the contractors handling the project.

Before the intervention of the World Bank through the Nigeria Watershed Erosion Management Project (NEWMAP), the dangerous Umueze Eziala Obizi gully erosion site had claimed many lives and property.

The erosion site was identified as one to be rehabilitated under the Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project and seven months after, the rehabilitation and control work on the erosion site reached 75-80% completion.

The traditional ruler of the community, Stephen Azubuihe commended the
NEWMAP team for the progress made so far on the rehabilitation works.

He acknowledged the role expected of Stephen-Azubuihe-Umueze-Eziala-Obizithe community in ensuring the success of the project and promised that residents would cooperate with the World Bank to see the project through.

Some of the indigenes of the community whose properties and farmlands were affected by the gully erosion also commended the World Bank.

One of them is the chairman of the farmers’ cooperative in Obizi autonomous community, Justus Uha, who noted that the quick financial intervention and compensation has enabled them to start life over again.

The Urualla erosion site in Ideato North and Umuezelibe Isu erosion site in Njaba local government areas are also under the rehabilitation watch of the NEWMAP team. They have also promised to complete work in these sites in no distant time.

NEWMAP Urges Communities To Avoid Environmental Degradation

NEWMAP, Environmental Degradation To achieve greater environmental and economic security, Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, (NEWMAP), has initiated a strategy, urging people to desist from activities that leads to environmental degradation.

The initiative is seen as a paradigm shift aimed at infrastructural intervention and social livelihood of affected communities.

The strategy seeks to discourage people from activities like land excavation, indiscriminate dumping of waste which subsequently lead to erosion, by empowering them with alternative means of livelihood and activity that would protect their environment.

NEWMAP prides itself as a multi-sectoral operation that targets seven southern states with acute gully erosion including Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Imo while laying a foundation for scaling up to other states nationwide.

These were among the issues discussed at a brief gathering by the NEWMAP, at Enugu, consisting of the World bank representatives, Federal and State ministry of Environment, to highlight project development objectives that would reduce vulnerability to soil erosion.

Thereafter, there was a visit to the Ugwu-uto community in Enugu, where over 150 indigenes were empowered with alternative means of livelihood.

This strategic paradigm shift, is expected to be a vital tool for tackle environmental degradation.

According to them, “it would stop people from engaging in activities that cause erosion, thereby also contributing to the government’s efforts to protect the environment”.

At the Ajalli water works, in Udi local government area of Enugu State, the erosion depth, spanned up to 30 meters and the twin tank reservoirs that supply water to the entire city, are being threatened by erosion while farmlands within the vicinity have been abandoned.

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management project have therefore begun intervention to save the city from impending danger and also resettled the farmers.

NEWMAP Inspects Erosion Sites In Imo

erosion, NEWMAPThe Imo State Branch of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has urged the federal government to complete pending World Bank assisted projects at erosion sites in the state.

The group made this recommendation while inspecting construction sites at Ideato South, Mbaise and Orlu local government areas of the South Eastern State of Nigeria.

Erosion, especially common in the south east area of Nigeria, has had a devastating effect on infrastructure and economic development in those regions.

To address this challenge, the federal government has partnered with the World Bank to form the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).

But the contractors at Mbaise and Ideato local government areas reported that the projects have kept expanding to areas not previously identified without commensurate payment of funds.

The delegation inspected erosion sites at Orlu Local Government Area where the state project coordinator identifies climate change as an additional challenge to the progress of the work.

The team promised to also inspect erosion sites in other parts of the state in the course of the visit.

Erosion Control: Ministry Decries World Bank’s Approval Delay

Erosion Control: Ministry Decries World Bank's Approval DelayThe Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mrs Fatima Nana, says delay in approving engineering designs by the World Bank has limited the implementation of Erosion Control Projects across affected states in Nigeria.

Mrs Nana gave the hint while receiving a delegation of the World Bank, who were in Nigeria for a mid-term review of the implementation of the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).

According to the government official, “constructions of drainage system has commenced in most states but the delay in getting approvals from the World Bank could slow the pace of implementation if not addressed”.

A representative of the World Bank, Mr Amos Abu, said the visit was not just to carry out a mid-term review of the program but also to seek policy guidance on further implementation of the program.

NEWMAP is a jointly funded erosion control program which was launched in 2012 to address worsening problem of erosion in Nigeria.

NEWMAP Commences Means To Tackle Erosion In Imo State

erosionThe Imo State government has commenced means on tackling erosion under the World Bank with assistance from Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project. (NEWMAP)

At a stakeholders meeting and interactive session in Owerri the Imo state capital, the project coordinator of NEWMAP team in Imo state Mr. Victor Anueyiagu said out of 5 major erosion sites to receive immediate attention in the state, full work has commenced in 3 sites following World Bank’s clearance and approval.

The NEWMAP team however advised people of the various communities to cooperate with the team to ensure that work is carried out within the stipulated time frame without any interference.

A visit by the World Bank team under the NEWMAP project led by the Imo state project coordinator Mr Victor Anueyiagu revealed that contractors moved to some of the erosion sites have started receiving attention due to World Bank’s clearance and approval.

After inspecting most of these erosion sites, the NEWMAP team gathered for a stakeholders meeting to sensitize the peoples especially communities affected by these erosion on the need to support government’s activities in areas where they need help from the federal government as regards the erosion menace.

While commending the project contractors, the NEWMAP team also urged the people living in those communities affected by the gully erosion to see the project as their own and support the contractors and workers in the field to achieve their aim during the project period.

NEWMAP is one of federal government project in partnership with the World Bank, to transform the Nigerian socio-economy landscape and to mitigate the vulnerability to erosion as well as support the people as they relate to their land.