Nigeria prepares first biennial climate reports

Nkechinyere Itodo, Abuja.

Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed

Nigeria is set to develop her First Biennial Update Reports, BURs, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC.

The Ministry of Environment held discussions with its development partners in Abuja, to review the current levels of global emissions and the existing plans to combat climate change both at national and international levels.

Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, urged the stakeholders to take into account, national circumstances and institutional arrangements that are relevant to the preparation of BURs, as they relate to the contemporary situation of climate change in Nigeria.

BURs, according to the Project Manager, James Okeuhie, is an obligation to non-Annex1 Parties (developing countries) under the UNFCCC, to prepare and submit every two years, reliable, comprehensive and transparent reporting from the National Communication (NC) or national reporting.

Adopted in 2010 at the Conference of Parties (COP)16, held in Cancun, Mexico, BURs is to enhance the reports of mitigation actions on climate change, their effects and support received by parties concerned, to implement their projects.

In 2011, developing countries at the COP17 adopted the guidelines for BURs and also agreed to submit reliable, comprehensive and transparent reporting of these mitigation reports, every two years.

Okeuhie said that the UNFCCC under the Global Environment Facility, GEF, provided funds to developing countries for the development of BURs.

“GEF has a “set aside” of resources for NCs and BURs. Countries can access up to US$500,000 for NC and US$352,000 for BURs.”

He added that coordinated efforts from the private sector and a workable process outline by government, were needed for Nigeria to be able to access these funds.

Stakeholders at the meeting were optimistic that they would further advance the cause of climate change in Nigeria, boosting the push for sustainable investments in the country.