En­vi­ron­men­tal firm seeks proper data to check cli­mate change

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Chidimma C. Okeke

An en­vi­ron­men­tal firm, Prigem Con­cept, has said proper data on for­est de­ple­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion will go a long way in check­ing the men­ace of cli­mate change and, by ex­ten­sion, im­prov­ing Nige­ria’s car­bon credit.

The man­ag­ing part­ner of the firm, Ray­mond Owa, in a state­ment said with the dif­fer­ent re­ports em­a­nat­ing from dif­fer­ent quar­ters that the world has just three years to cur­tail the car­bon ex­cesses, hav­ing doc­u­mented, ac­cu­rate and re­li­able data would help in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the process.

“We have de­pleted the for­est from 35% to barely 5% be­cause of civ­i­liza­tion which came along with in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion, glob­al­iza­tion and mech­a­niza­tion. But we can start cli­mate smart agri­cul­ture, agro-forestry, planned trans­porta­tion sys­tem and im­proved in­fras­truc­tural devel­op­ment to check this,” he said.

He said with the fre­quency anal­y­sis on ex­treme weather con­di­tions such as flood­ing, and drought, it had been recorded that vul­ner­a­bil­ity as­sess­ment to en­sure early warn­ing sys­tem were more ef­fec­tive to as­sist the coastal res­i­dents and also the ru­ral land­locked dwellers.

“We wish that an ac­tion plan will come into ef­fect very soon to check our ob­so­lete poli­cies as re­gards car­bon taxes, laws, in­cen­tives and sub­si­dies to aid clean devel­op­ment mech­a­nism, low emis­sions devel­op­ment at­tain­able and soft served,” he said.

He said they were will­ing to as­sist in solv­ing the prob­lem given that the afore­men­tioned was well un­der­stood by them.

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