Academic Associates PeaceWorks

Mitigating Climate Change

Advancing Community Capacity to Mitigate Climate Change and Develop Green and Blue Economy in the Niger Delta

Introduction to the Project

On Tuesday, June 11th, 2024, the Government of Denmark, through the Embassy of Denmark in Nigeria, in collaboration with Academic Associates PeaceWorks (AAPW), launched the pioneering project “Advancing Community Capacity to Mitigate Climate Change and Develop Green and Blue Economy in the Niger Delta.” This innovative initiative aims to empower local communities in the Niger Delta to actively combat climate change while fostering sustainable economic growth through green and blue economic strategies.

The launch event, held in Warri, Delta State, featured virtual participation from the Danish Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Sune Krogstrup, who emphasized the importance of this collaborative effort in strengthening resilience to climate impacts and creating long-term opportunities for Niger Delta communities. Dr. Barry Pere Gbe, Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor of Delta State, reiterated the government’s commitment to supporting environmental sustainability and economic development.

Led by Program Manager Menidin Isu, the project focuses on fostering long-term initiatives to prevent climate change while enabling local economic development. Key ministry representatives, technical specialists, civil society organizations, researchers, journalists, community representatives, and other stakeholders attended the event, which included lectures on climate science, environmental sustainability, and green/blue economic growth.

Implemented in four villages heavily affected by climate change, environmental degradation, and piracy in Bayelsa and Delta states, this initiative aims to significantly improve the lives of those impacted by climate change while unlocking possibilities for a more resilient and environmentally friendly future for the region.