By: Kazeem Biriowo
The Minister of State for Environment , Sharon Ikeazor has called for the adoption of modern technologies inherent in geospatial science to tackle biodiversity loss and climate change issues in the country.
She disclosed this during a virtual meeting with members of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) based in Geneva, Switzerland.
She said the technology will help fight climate change and biodiversity loss, particularly in the Lake Chad Basin and Coastal Regions of Nigeria.
“Geospatial science for biodiversity and ocean are very important especially in a coastal country like Nigeria”, and reaffirmed her commitment towards youths playing a key role in climate actions.
“It is the young ones who will take advantage of these technologies, have access to authentic data and job opportunities in the country,”she said.
Ikeazor also stressed the need for the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change to work closely with the National Earth Observation (NEO) team to enable them carry out their assignment more successfully.
She added that the data and knowledge derived from earth observations will help government plan and respond to climate crises in various sectors.
According to her, the NEO team will help to proffer lasting solution to the inter-linked climate change crises, while also enabling the detection of early warning for crop failure, thereby enhancing improvement of livelihoods and food security.
In his remarks, Mr. Steven Ramage, Head of External Relations for GEO, said the key focus of the organisation include agriculture, biodiversity, cities, climate action, data, forestry, land degradation neutrality, oceans (GEO Blue Planet), water sustainability and disaster risks reduction.