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Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Nigeria: Limitations and Opportunities

Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Nigeria: Limitations and Opportunities
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Author(s): Ighodalo Bassey Akhakpe (Lagos State University, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 14
Source title: Handbook of Research on Environmental Policies for Emergency Management and Public Safety
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Augustine Nduka Eneanya (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3194-4.ch011

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Abstract

The chapter assesses the nature and effects of climate change on sustainable development in Nigeria. It observes that climate change has a multifarious effect not only on the environment but also on the socio-economic life of the people. Therefore, if sustainable development is to be realized in the country, climate change should be properly managed through extant public policies. However, if government track records on policies and program implementations is anything to go by, the future of sustainable development is gloomy. This makes an interrogation of the interface between climate change and sustainable development germane. The chapter observes that while government has shown willingness to manage climate change for the sustainability of the environment and its people, certain limitations stand on its path. These include poor policy or program implementation, inadequate funding of climate change management, poor sensitization program on environment management, among others. However, there are opportunities that can be harvested at the state and individual levels.

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