Scientific evidences are conclusive that the earth is warming and climates are changing with serious and potentially damaging consequences. Climate change is aggravating the environmental issues such as deforestation and degradation, freshwater shortage, food security and air and water pollution.
Projected increases in extreme climate events as well as more changes in the weather patterns may further threaten the means of livelihood in the face of inaction. In Akwa Ibom State, Climate change is already affecting various sectors of the state economy with serious biophysical and socio-economic impacts. Many local communities in the state are in the climate frontline struggling daily to adapt to the changing climate.
Some coastal communities in the state are already relocating due to sea level rise and excessive flooding. In responding to the issue, the administration of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State Mr. Udom Emmanuel has proactively put in place measures aims at tackling the impact of climate change in the State. Additionally, the Government have also set-up the state technical committee on Climate Change (STCCC), to drive the process of climate change activities.
It is against this backdrop that the Government of Akwa Ibom State through the Ministry of Environment& Mineral Resources in collaboration with Water Safety Initiative Foundation st and Africa Clean Energy Summit is hosting the First Akwa Ibom State Climate Change and Clean Energy Summit/Expo. The summit will anchor an all stakeholders’ brain-storming and solution seeking sessions that would benefit the human and natural environment of the State.