Environment programme executes $5m project in 25 states

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The Global Environmental Facility Small Grant Programme (GEF SGP) says it has executed over 143 environmental projects in 25 states with five million dollars to support environmental management in Nigeria.

The National Coordinator of GEF SGP, Mrs Ibironke Olubamise, disclosed this in an interview with Journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

Olubamise was speaking on the commemoration of the 2019 World Environment Day, which holds on June 5 annually to create awareness on the environmental challenges and ways to address them with the global theme “Beat Air Pollution”.

“The GEF Small Grants Programme implemented by the United Nations Development Programme has worked in Nigeria with over 120 NGOs, building their capacity to implement over 143 environmental initiatives in 25 states to the tune of over 5million dollars.

“We call upon well-meaning individuals, organisations and governments to work with us to scale up some of the results and achievements which have received national and international accolades,” she said.

According to her, the government also needs to support and roll out an aggressive environmental awareness and education programme.

“This should be backed by strong policy and action plan with conducive environment to allow smooth and proper implementation of all strategies and action plans.

“It is critical for the government to begin to implement all the environmental management policies and documents including the one submitted to the international communities as pledge to signing multilateral environmental agreements.

“These agreements include the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),” she explained.

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