GGW: EU to Spend 14 Billion Euros on Climate Action

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Commits to restore 100m hectares of devastated forests, land by 2030

The European Union is to spend 20 per cent of its budget estimated at 14 billion Euros on climate action against desertification and degraded land till 2020.

Following proposed assessments that about 70 per cent of Africa’s population is likely to face severe climatic conditions and drought by 2030, the move however became imperative.

As a result, African countries involved in the Great Green Wall (GGW) programme have resolved to restore not less than 100 million hectares of degraded land before 2030.

With the estimation that up to 70 per cent of the population in Africa could be vulnerable to droughts and other climatic risks by 2030, African countries have risen up to restore 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded land within the time frame.

Representative of EU Delegation to Africa, Mr. Pietro Nardi, at the Regional Steering Committee meeting the GGW for Sahara and Sahel Initiative in Abuja, described climate change and its impact as a common challenge.

According to him, “The EU as one of Africa’s main partners for climate change and land degradation is therefore framing its actions with the specific aims to enhance the role of climate smart development programmes and to strengthen the accompanying regulatory and policy frameworks.”

The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril, in his remark noted that African continent has taken it upon itself to address global environmental concerns and challenges caused by climate change.

Jibril identified the challenges confronting the country, especially as regard deforestation and other climate change impacts.

He added that the situation has worsened already dilapidated security situation in the north east region thus need to support the intervention from the African Union.

According to him, there is need for continuous funding of the GGW programme for quick restoration of already destroyed farmlands and livelihoods.

He restated commitment of the federal government to protecting the environment and implementing various programmes that will encourage safe living.

Earlier, Director General of the GGW, Ahmed Goni described climate change as a great phenomenon affecting majority of the people and severely reduced the Lake Chad, which is a main source of livelihood for rural communities in the region.

“This has brought extreme poverty upon the people in the affected areas rendering the population vulnerable to all kinds of conflict, including herdsmen, farmers conflict,” he added.

 

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