Group partners French Embassy, local activists to tackle climate change

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Group partners French Embassy, local activists to tackle climate change

Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) a non-governmental organisation, says it will partner the French Embassy, climate activists and like-minds in Nigeria to tackle climate change in the country.

The NGO made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, signed by Pius Oko, its Project Officer.

The  group disclosed that it had coordinated and mobilised youth activists in the Southwest who deliberated on how to improve environmental cooperation between Nigeria and France.

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It added that it would serve as a link between national and sub-national constituencies.

The NGO further said that it would assist government and public agencies in developing and deploying implementable climate smart response and adaptive actions.

The group’s statement said that Dr Dolapo Fasawo, General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, assured the it of government’s commitment towards partnering with private and public stakeholders in the waste policies to address climate issues.

“Climate change is an enemy to economic growth and government has taken proactive steps to address it, especially at this rainy season,” the statement said.

The statement added that the French embassy in Nigeria through Leila Matthieu, the French Science and Higher Education Attachè, charged African youths to join in the fight against climate change.

Periscope International reports that (CSDevNet) which has a membership of 300 organisations cutting across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, brings together community associations, pastoralists, youth and women groups, media organisations, faith-based and civil society organizations.

They collectively work on sustainable development goals to commonly promote and advocate pro-poor, climate-friendly and equity-based responses to climate change and sustainable development.

The group’s mission is to unify and coordinate isolated civil society efforts on climate change advocacy in Nigeria to ensure that people-centred response mechanisms are accorded desirable attention and relevance.

This is against the backdrop of the realization that climate change is increasingly mainstreamed into national and global poverty reduction and sustainable development strategies and actions.

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