The Lagos State Government has urged resident entrepreneurs to harness budding business opportunities inherent in the climate change challenge.
The State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, who gave the charge during the launch of the C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Programme in Ikeja on Tuesday, said that efforts to combat climate change would receive a boost when entrepreneurs recognise and seize opportunities in areas such as food security, waste reduction and renewable energy in conformity with current adaptation and mitigation measures.
He explained that Lagos State Government was committed to harmonizing its economic policies with environmental policies, adding that it was such consideration that informed the massive greening, landscaping and establishment of Parks and Gardens programmes as well as the transport sector reform among others.
The Commissioner, who represented the Governor at the event, also identified initiatives of the present administration in other areas to include strong environmental advocacy, reform of the solid waste management system, improved transportation system to reduce vehicular emission as well as the promotion of the use of renewable energy.
While commending the C40 group for the laudable initiative to implement meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions in Africa, Durosinmi-Etti informed that the initiative was structured to support 10 megacities in Africa to develop and implement climate action plans that address the goals of the Paris Agreement aimed at the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
He emphasised that climate change had far-reaching effects on the sustainable development of developing countries because they had fewer resources to adapt socially, technologically and financially.
“Capacity building at local, national and regional levels is therefore vital to enable developing countries to adapt effectively to the effects of climate change”, the Commissioner declared.