A Policy Dialog with Key stakeholders On the Project “Empowering women as key leaders in promoting community-based climate change adaptation and disaster risks reduction initiatives in Niger Delta region” Presented by Job Imharobere Eronmhonsele

The policy dialogue was organised to present to stakeholders a report of research on climate change project being implemented in Delta state by Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED) in collaboration with Intervention Council for Women in Africa (ICWA) and the Delta state Ministry of Environment (DMoE). The overall objective of the project is to contribute to socially-equitable development in Niger Delta region by promoting women-led, community-based initiatives on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. A key component of the climate change project is knowledge generation-entailing awareness, perception of climate change, and adaptation and risk reduction initiatives being practiced by community members.

The meeting was attended by different stakeholders in Delta State, especially from the various LGAs were the intervention component of the project is being implemented as well as Edo state. The meeting afforded participant to learn new knowledge of climate change impact in three ecological zones Delta state and some adaptation strategies currently being practiced and led by women in the Niger Delta communities.

Those in attendance include the commissioner for Environmental, Delta State, Honourable Chris Onogba, represented by the Director of the Department of Climate Change, Mr. Victor Efeturi, IDRC Senior Program Specialist, Dr. Melanie Robertson, Chairman, CPED board of Trustees, Professor Gideon E. D. Omuta who is also a member of the project research team, Prof. Emeritus Andrew G. Onokerhoraye, the project Principal Investigator, members of the research team, members of the project steering and management committee, members of the community project implementation committees (CPIC) of selected pilot communities and members representing local government authorities where the project is being implemented. Others include junior researchers being trained on the project, representatives of Civil Society Organisation, Media practitioners, amongst others. The meeting was indeed interactive and provided opportunity for networking and to strengthen collaboration.

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