By Kingsley Adegboye
Arising from the three-day summit on climate change at the weekend, stakeholders at the 3rd edition of the annual summit organized by Lagos State Government have recommended that Lagos State should consider the adoption of the functional assessment framework approach to climate change actions as a way of facilitating the implementation of adaptation strategies.
The 16-point communique issued at the end of the three-day event which took place at the prestigious Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos also noted that the state government should dialogue with business and international institutions with a view to setting short and long-term emission reduction targets to be incorporated into Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for Nigeria, developing a carbon stock exchange mechanism and policies that put effective price on carbon in order to make investors re-assess investment values and redirect their investments appropriately as well as putting in place energy and transportation policies that will encourage energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy while creating jobs.
The document added that Lagos State should adopt a participatory and multidimensional approach to climate change risk assessment in its development programmes and include appropriate climate change insurance mechanism in order to hedge against the impact of climate change and also be able to decide on the right mix between mitigation and adaptation.
The stakeholders further recommended that Lagos State Government should take advantage of the great job creation potentials of clean energy systems by training or retraining the citizenry in clean energy technologies, just as the State Government which has ultimate responsibility for the protection of the people of the State as well as their properties, should take climate change scenarios into account in planning and budgeting for disaster response.
According to the communique, to avoid or minimize consequences of human rights violations from climate change effects, Lagos State Government needs to strengthen stakeholder consultation while taking actions to combat climate change impacts, while the state Lagos State should adopt a participatory and multidimensional approach to climate change risk assessment in its development programmes and include appropriate climate change insurance mechanism in order to hedge against the impact of climate change and also be able to decide on the right mix between mitigation and adaptation.
Recommending that there is need for a new legal regime in the country for dealing with intra-national migrations and population displacements, the document said this legal regime should be built upon existing human rights laws and principles.
The participants noted that in the area of climate change actions, the Lagos State Government must design a long-term strategy for building the capacity to link knowledge of climate change to action, develop and implement a plan of action as well as deliver on development objectives.
In order to finance her Climate Change activities, the stakeholders recommended that the State Government should leverage funds from public sources, CDM projects and the private sector, while the state government should commit itself to a capacity-for-climate-change agenda comprising building up the multi-disciplinary communities of practice to assess GHG emissions, climate-related risks and vulnerabilities, and mitigation and adaptation options, providing conditions for enhancing the scientific and technical capacity of researchers to help understand climate change adaptation and vulnerability, developing and making widely available participatory approaches to vulnerability assessment, encouraging broad dissemination of indigenous knowledge on climate change.