By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja
Following assessment work done in the mining sector, Global Rights Nigeria is set to launch a policy brief on ‘Climate Change and Mining Policy’, and the premiere of the hallmark Documentary of Global Rights’ 10 years of impact in Nigeria’s mining sector on August 5, 2021.
According to the Global Rights Nigeria in a statement on Wednesday, “Six years ago, the Nigerian government announced its prioritization of the development of the nation’s solid minerals resources, with the designation of seven strategic minerals, including coal.
“In almost the same breath, the Federal Government made cardinal commitments on its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to carbon emissions in 2016.
“The tensions between the nation’s climate change commitment, and its aspiration to develop its mining sector to mitigate its energy poverty, and its much-needed economic growth, are in need of careful balancing.
“The Climate Change and Mining Policy Brief weigh the scale to provide informed recommendations for improving the legal and regulatory frameworks that govern mining in Nigeria, and importantly, building climate adaptation and resilient capabilities for both mining companies and mining host communities.”
The statement added that, “On Wednesday August 5, 2023, later on the same day, there will be premiere viewing of our impact documentary: “Footprints”, which tracks Global Rights work with mining host communities in a compendium of stories from mining host communities in some states in Nigeria.
“This documentary x-rays issues of fiscal injustice, environmental degradation, sociopolitical struggles and the loss of livelihoods, in the midst of abundance.”