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Climate 2019, 7(2), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli7020029

Mainstreaming Climate Change into the EIA Process in Nigeria: Perspectives from Projects in the Niger Delta Region

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Department of Public Law with Reference to the Law of Environment and Planning, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg, 03046 Cottbus, Germany
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Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Abeokuta 2240, Nigeria
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Department of Environmental Planning, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg, 03046 Cottbus, Germany
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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
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Received: 3 December 2018 / Revised: 22 January 2019 / Accepted: 25 January 2019 / Published: 1 February 2019
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Abstract

Climate change incorporation in environmental assessment is a growing research area, particularly following the Paris agreement. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is considered in many quarters to be an important tool in factoring climate-related components in the planning and design of a project. However, many recent researches have shown that EIA has, so far, struggled in the attempt to incorporate climate change into its procedures. This study is an attempt to evaluate the level of consideration of climate change in the EIA process in Nigeria, with particular focus on the Niger Delta region. The result of this quantitative research shows that there is a poor political will to address climate change, as reflected in the absence of climate change requirements in the EIA guidelines of Nigeria. Although, there is a growing trend in the pattern of consideration of climate change in the EIA procedures, the overall level of consideration is still a far cry from the requirements if EIA is to be considered to be an important tool in addressing challenges of climate change in Nigeria. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; global warming; EIA; Paris agreement; Niger Delta; greenhouse gases climate change; global warming; EIA; Paris agreement; Niger Delta; greenhouse gases
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Matemilola, S.; Adedeji, O.H.; Elegbede, I.; Kies, F. Mainstreaming Climate Change into the EIA Process in Nigeria: Perspectives from Projects in the Niger Delta Region. Climate 2019, 7, 29.

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