January 28, 2011

Nigeria Workshop Explores Role of Civil Society in Environmental Governance

Filed under: Africa, Environmental Crime — Tags: — inece @ 4:35 pm

From The Nation

The Director-General, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Dr. Ngeri Benebo, has said addressing environmental degradation requires collective efforts.

She stated this at the zonal workshop for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and NESREA Green Corps (NGCs) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Benebo noted that the people’s actions and inactions could bring about series of environmental degradation, ranging from pollution of air, land, water, to loss of biodiversity, stressing that the people were both culprits and victims of the situation.

She said: “As government, private sector, NGOs, civil society, individuals and the general public, we all have responsibility in protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable development. The government cannot tackle these problems alone. Everyone of us, irrespective of our gender, class or creed, is a stakeholder in our national efforts to protect the environment and achieve sustainable development.”

Benebo stressed that civil society organisations could meaningfully contribute to environmental governance by focusing attention on issues which would inform and alert citizens on environmental crimes, thereby improving the quality of public compliance to environmental policies and regulations.

She noted that at state, federal and international levels, the civil society organisations had played key roles in the protection of the environment and in the promotion of sustainable development.

Full article: The Nation


1 Comment »

  1. I think this is an issue that should be address by all citizens all over the world. We should help one another and do whatever we can to contribute on how to solve this problem. We only have one place to live and we should preserve it for the next centuries to come.

    Comment by Christopher Hinn — February 5, 2011 @ 6:17 am

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