AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA HOSTS FIRST CLIMATE CHANGE & CLEAN ENERGY MEGA SUMMIT
… To Play Golf for Climate Change
The Government of Akwa Ibom State through the Ministry of Environment & Mineral Resources in collaboration with Water Safety Initiative Foundation, Africa Clean Energy Summit and The Environment Communications Limited is hosting the First Akwa Ibom State Climate Change and Clean Energy Mega Summit/Expo. The summit will anchor an all stakeholders’ brainstorming and solution seeking sessions that would benefit the human and natural environment in Akwa Ibom state; a gathering of experts, intellectuals and major stakeholders in the environment, in strategic and high-level sessions to address salient issues, generate new ideas and approaches as well as chart a roadmap to combat the scourge of climate change in the region.
The summit with the theme CHARTING A ROAD-MAP FOR SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT AND CREATION OF GREEN JOBS IN AKWA IBOM STATE will hold from July 26th to July 28th 2016; with a Special Golf Tournament for Climate Change (‘’PLAY GOLF FOR CLIMATE CHANGE”) on the 30th of July at the Le’ Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
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 Akwa Ibom State are already relocating due to sea level rise and excessive flooding – CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE DEFINING ISSUE OF THE 21ST CENTURY.
In responding to the Climate Change challenge, the administration of His Excellency, the 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 has also set-up the Akwa Ibom State Technical Committee on Climate Change (STCCC), to drive the process of climate change activities.
The First Akwa Ibom State Climate Change and Clean Energy Mega Summit/Expo is an invention of the State Technical Committee on Climate Change (STCCC).
Some of the objectives of the summit includes creating awareness on the causes and consequences of climate change as well as sharing world best practices in mitigation and adaptation measures; to encourage active participation and involvement of stakeholders on climate change mitigation and adaptation in the region as well as building synergy among institutions on climate change issues; to forge common ground for multi-sectoral intervention for climate change and sustainable development; and to strategically reposition the region on the path of low carbon economy and to tap into the national and global opportunities of climate change.
The First Akwa Ibom State Climate Change and Clean Energy Mega Summit/Expo will include an International Summit & Exhibition; a Climate Walk; Legacy Tree Planting Program; a Green Talk Shop; a State Dinner; an Environmental Governance Award for deserving institutions and individuals; and concurrent activities such as the incorporation of ‘’PLAY GOLF FOR CLIMATE CHANGE”, that is intended to generate funding for some climate solutions activities in Akwa Ibom State.
The Four-day programme will begin with a World Media Chat, an Enlightenment Campaign Roadmap Public Presentation and a Sensitization Workshop on Green Economy/Low Carbon for Sustainable Empowerment in Akwa Ibom State (Making Green Millionaires – a community program).
It would be recalled that the Akwa Ibom State Government was the first and only subnational government that sponsored and hosted a Post COP 21 (Paris Climate Conference) National Dialogue.