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Webinar explores elaboration of Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy

The Department of Climate Change of the Federal Ministry of Environment has concluded plans to organise a webinar on elaboration of the long-term low emission development strategy (LT-LEDs).

Dr Eugene Itua
Dr Eugene Itua

The webinar, with the theme “Understanding the Nigeria developed Long-term Vision 2050 (LTV 2050) and the LTV mainstreaming and the elaboration of the Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy (LT-LEDs)”, is scheduled to hold on Friday, August 12, 2022.

It is aimed at providing balanced and objective information to assist experts in understanding the scope of Nigeria’s LT-LEDs elaborations.

Speaking on the forthcoming webinar, the National Coordinator of Nigeria’s Long -Term Low Emissions Development Strategy (LT-LEDS), Dr. Eugene Itua, stated that the essence of the webinar is to ensure that balanced and objective information is provided to experts to enable them to understand the scope of Nigeria’s LT-LEDS elaborations.

Dr. Itua argued that for a Nigerian-driven and owned long-term vision anchored in the nation’s economic, geographic, and social circumstances to be developed, contributions are expected from various stakeholders and experts that are aware and understand the scope of Nigeria’s LT-LEDS elaborations.

He said: “This process is anticipated to help identify the socio-economic impacts of the expected transition as would have been set up in the LTS framework for a more citizen-friendly implementation. To a number of individuals and even experts, the Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy (LT-LEDs) term requires a better understanding for more meaningful contributions to the elaboration.”

He averred that the elaboration of the Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy (LT-LEDs) would help Nigeria achieve low-carbon/decarbonisation and climate-resilient societies in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s long-term commitment to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2060 at COP26 in Glasgow.

According to Dr Itua, the signing of the new climate change bill passed by the National Assembly into law, the development and submission of Long-term Vision 2050 (LTV 2050),  to the UNFCCC secretariat in December 2021 as a first contribution towards elaborating the full-blown LTS showed that the President is fully committed to ensuring long-term commitment to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2060 is achieved, stressing that all the actions and activities of the government are in line with The Paris Agreement Article 4.19, which invites countries to formulate and communicate “long-term, low greenhouse gas emission development strategies”, or Long-Term Strategy (LTS) to achieve low-carbon and climate-resilient societies, as well as in sync with the Glasgow Climate Pact 1/CMA.3, which reiterates the need for parties that have not yet developed the LTS to do so and communicate by COP27 as well as update these strategies regularly as appropriate.

The webinar, which will be attended by experts and key stakeholders, will feature presentations on the overview of “The Long-Term Strategy” by Dr. Eugene Itua, the National Coordinator of Nigeria’s Long -Term Low Emissions Development Strategy (LT-LEDS); “The LTS Modelling” by Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, Lead, Nigeria Deep Decarbonisation Pathways (DDP) Project and the Director Centre for Climate Change and Development Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike; and :Professionals – Our collective responsibility in the LTS elaboration” by Prof Emmanuel Oladipo, Lead, LTS Development.

The Director General, Nigeria Climate Change Council, Dr. Salisu Dahiru; and Director, Department of Climate Change, Dr (Mrs.) Iniobong Abiola Awe, will present goodwill messages as special guests.

The elaboration under the guidance of the Department of Climate Change (DCC) of the Federal Ministry of Environment (FMENv) is supported by the 2050 Pathways Platform and coordinated by Natural Eco Capital, with the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways (DDP) Project Team leading the modelling aspect.

By Chinedu Nwasum

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