FG, Oxfam want nature-based approach to combat climate change

The Federal Government of Nigeria and  Oxfam, have emphasized the critical importance of nature-based approach (NBP) in combating the menases of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Both also called on wealthy nations to fulfill their commitments to deliver $20 billion annually in biodiversity finance by 2025, rising to $30 billion by 2030. He stressed that investing in nature not only protects ecosystems and biodiversity but also drives economic growth, job creation, and climate resilience.

Speaking at the 2024 World Environment Day celebration held in Abuja yesterday, with the theme: “Land restoration, desertification and drought resilience, Oxfam Nigeria representing, Kenneth Abam, noted that through the African Activist for Climate Justice (AACJ) Project, Oxfam in Nigeria has been instrumental in addressing poverty and amplifying the voices of vulnerable communities.

“This collaboration aligns with the Federal Government’s agenda, particularly focusing on climate justice and sustainability.”

He stated that the Climate Justice Youth Ambassadors initiative aims to harness the energy and potential of young Nigerians, positioning them as key players in addressing climate challenges and supporting government efforts from local to global levels.

Also speaking the Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Iziaq Adekunle Salako, said the theme: “Our land, our future, we are generation restoration” highlighted Nigeria’s rich biodiversity and its pivotal role within the Global South.

“NBS represents a return to living harmoniously with nature,” Dr. Salako stated.

He praised the framework’s plan for wealthy countries to provide substantial financial support to developing nations, which house the majority of the world’s biodiversity but lack the necessary resources for its conservation.