University inaugurates panel on implementation of environment policies

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The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has constituted an 11-man Policy Advisory Panel (PAP) to facilitate the implementation of relevant environment and development policies in the country.

Prof. Charles Igwe, Vice-Chancellor, UNN, at the Resource and Environmental Policy Research Centre (REPRC) Environment for Development (EfD) policy day in Abuja said the environment needed proper management to avert disasters.

Igwe, who was represented by Prof. Pat Okpoko, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, UNN, said the environment needed to be run in a manner that the generation coming behind would benefit.

According to him, the university believes that things should be done properly well so we must ensure policy effectiveness for sustainable development.

The Minister of Environment, Mr. Muhammad Mahmood pledged the ministry’s collaboration with the research institute on all aspects of research that would positively impact the country.

Mahmood, who was represented by Dr. Yerima Tarfa, Director, Department of Climate Change of the ministry, said the issues of environmental challenges cut across many aspects of our livelihood which required synergy with experts.

The minister however, said that generating plants and trees that are resilient to the impact of climate change could only be done through research.

He, therefore, promised to support the research centre to undertake focused research.

D.r Nnaemeka Chukwuone, REPRC-EfD said the aim of the centre was to advance research, capacity building and policy advocacy.

Chukwuone noted that the panel was created as a forum for agenda setting in critical resource and environmental policy issues in the country.

According to him, the panel will look into fishing management in the country which is one of the reasons the panel was set up.

Meanwhile, Prof. Emmanuel Oladipo, Chairman of the panel said the centre recognised the need to advance policy advisory interface in the country of which research output were used to advise policy and translate them into development.