Nigeria seeks more international support to tackle humanitarian crisis in Lake Chad Region

10 Septembre

Abuja (India), Sept. 10, 2019 (NAN) Nigeria has again appealed for more international support to confront the humanitarian disasters arising from drought, land degradation and desertification in the Lake Chad Basin Region.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Ibukun Odusote, made the appeal on Tuesday in her presentation at the high level segment of the 14th Session of Conference of Parties (COP 14) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) underway in New Delhi, India.

Odusote, who led the Nigerian delegation to COP 14, told the international audience that the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin region was one of the world’s largest and most complex humanitarian disasters.

“In the drylands of Nigeria, the livelihoods of over 40 million people are threatened by land degradation and desertification, thus raising the spectre of food insecurity and spurring deadly conflicts between farmers and herders over use of dwindling natural resources,” she said.

The permanent secretary said that the environmental degradation in the region had been complicated by the Boko Haram insurgency which began in 2013.

“As at January 2018, more than 2.3 million people have been displaced by the conflict,” Odusote noted, saying that more international support and collaborations were needed to strengthen the process.

She said that efforts aimed at addressing desertification and land degradation in Africa “seem to be weaker than the growing environmental problems.”

“We cannot translate our dreamed Land Degradation Neutrality Targets into reality with slim efforts, resources and commitments.


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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