A group, Climate Action Advocates, has called for engagement of citizens in afforestation activities to regenerate green environments and mitigate the effects of climate change.
The group, comprised of Anvil Research Center and the Coalition of Associations for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development (CALPED), made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of a one-day sensitization workshop in Kaduna.
“Afforestation and agroforestry has been identified as the major entry points to combat climate change and its impact on the environment.
Planting trees as the government of Kaduna State had begun is a step in the right direction that non-state actors can engage,” it said.
The workshop which involved non state actors on environmental sustainability in Kaduna State, advised the state government to return its Department of Forestry, currently in the Ministry of Agriculture, to the Environment Ministry for effectiveness.
The Communique was signed by Dangwa Abbas Danjuma, Jonathan Umaya and Okechukwu Enechi.
It noted that since 2015 when Nigeria signed and committed to combatting climate change, the nation has supported the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals at sub-national levels.
It appealed to governments to accelerate the adoption of the Open Government Partnership at State and Local Governments to enhance transparency, accountability and sustainability of programs.