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Borno Unveils Climate Change Action Plan, Targets Emission Reduction

In a decisive move to combat the deepening climate crisis, Borno State's climate change coalition, led by the State Ministry of Environment, has unveiled a comprehensive action plan aimed at significantly reducing carbon emissions. The plan, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED), outlines strategic measures across five key areas: climate-smart agriculture, sustainable water resources management, transition to clean and sustainable energy, forestry, and commerce. The initiative aims to transform Borno into a climate-resilient, low-carbon society, aligning with national and global climate goals.

The ambitious plan targets an annual reduction of approximately 1,041,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e), contributing about 1.5 percent to Nigeria's voluntary emissions reduction target by 2030. Governor Babagana Zulum, represented by the Secretary of the State, Mallam Bukar Tijani, expressed the state's unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability. Commissioner of Environment, Mohammed Koi, highlighted the focus on sustainable land management, climate-resilient agriculture, and green infrastructure, calling for collective action from individuals, communities, NGOs, and international partners.

The action plan also emphasizes the importance of mobilizing finance, technology, and capacity building to achieve its goals. Borno State has garnered support from various international agencies, including USAID, UKAID, GIZ, and UNICEF, which have pledged to increase funding for the state's climate initiatives. Phuong Nguyen, UNICEF Chief of the Borno Field Office, praised the collaborative effort, noting the plan's critical measures to protect children's health, education, and overall well-being, securing a better future for the state's youngest citizens.

This landmark initiative reflects Borno State's proactive approach to sustainable development and climate resilience. Chief of Staff, Prof. ISA Marte, affirmed the government's dedication to implementing strategic measures that mitigate climate change impacts and enhance community resilience. With this action plan, Borno State is poised to lead the way in environmental stewardship, setting a precedent for other regions facing similar challenges.

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The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development Foundation is committed to the goal of poverty eradication. We deliver this commitment by providing the evidence base for reforms and political influence that shape the poor's energy and climate security. ICEED has over the years of its establishment become Nigeria's leading centre on energy access and climate change. Together with some of the world's foremost resource centres, we have brought market development expertise, capacity building, project implementation and behaviour communication to Nigeria. ICEED has led some of the most important clean energy and climate change activities including the development and promotion of the Bill to Establish the National Climate Change Commission; leading the development of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory for Nigeria and writing the Federal Government of Nigeria's Renewable Energy Master Plan. Our key expertise is in policy reform and market development for expanding access to clean energy.

While ICEED provides the evidence base and advocacy for policy change on clean energy and climate change, the Centre is solidly on the ground changing lives through projects in communities around the country. ICEED has clean energy footprints in communities in over half of the states of the Nigerian federation.