By Kingsley Adegboye
Governments at all levels should properly mainstream climate change into its infrastructural development for resilience and sustainability.
This call was contained in a communique released by stakeholders who rose last week from the 2013 edition of the annual Lagos State Climate Change Summit.
The summit had as its theme, “Vulnerability and Adaptability to Climate Change in Nigeria: Lagos State Transportation, Housing and Infrastructure in Focus.”
Participants at the summit called on the Federal government to provide for the private sector an enabling environment to aggressively pursue climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives in the interest of green development.
Observing that there is need for Nigeria and Lagos State in particular to optimize the current opportunity to transit to a low carbon pathway at lower incremental cost, the stakeholders stressed the need for infrastructure policy development, legislation, planning and implementation with effective private sector participation.
They called on Lagos State to ensure a multidisciplinary approach to the planning, design, construction and management of urban infrastructure, while it making urban infrastructure climate-resilient.
Stating that cities, as economic drivers, are climate hot spots and are key contributors to Green House Gas emissions, the summit noted that climate change mitigation and adaptation measures are very costly and the private sector has a critical role to play in it.
The summit enjoined the Lagos State Government to continue to pursue the development and implementation of a long-term strategic and inclusive vision that is embedded into the current planning, especially land use allocations, and promotes infrastructure with integrated design solutions.
The Lagos State policy thrust with respect to urban development, the experts posited, should be poverty eradication and sustainable economic growth through infrastructure renewal and development, the summit recommended that Lagos state government should further strengthen the capacity of its Electricity Board to pursue its energy conservation initiative.
According to them, a well-articulated state-level housing and urban policy that mainstreams climate change mitigation and adaptation into the house building sector should be developed and implemented for more environmentally-friendly and climate resilient homes.
that will meet the requirements of the rapidly expanding population in the state.
Other recommendations of the summit include:
*Urban development master plan should be reviewed and upgraded to include climate change and adaptation considerations,
• Lagos state government should continue its efforts to utilize multi modal mass transport system such as BRT and water transportation in promoting climate-resilient transportation
• Sustainability in transportation system should be improved by integrating telecommunication access to reduce demand for mobility or transportation.