NESREA 14th National Stakeholders’ Forum
The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) is organizing the 14th National Stakeholders’ Forum as a visible programme of the Agency on public involvement and participation in Environmental governance. The theme of this year’s programme is” Flood Disasters in Nigeria: An Imperative of Environmental Governance”.
Nigeria shares in the global environmental challenges which manifest in the areas of pollution of the environmental media, waste heaps, land degradation, soil erosion, flooding and so on.
The major types of flooding experienced in Nigeria are river flooding, urban flooding, coastal flooding and flash floods. Rainfall is the major cause of flooding in Nigeria which make it a seasonal occurrence across the country.
Regrettably flooding is characterized by some negative effects which include loss of lives and property, Loss of Livelihoods, Decreased Purchasing and Production power, Mass Migration of Populations, Psychosocial Stress, Hindering Genuine Economic Growth and Development including Political Implications. These among others have made the management of the Nigeria Environment an uphill task.
NESREA is well-positioned, having been armed with her amended Establishment Act to operationalize the gazetted National Environmental Regulations some of which will help control flooding in Nigeria. With diligent implementation of the following regulations, the devastating effects of flooding in Nigeria will be minimized. The regulations are:
- National Environmental (Wetlands, River Banks and Lakeshores) Regulations S.I. 26, 2009
- National Environmental (Sanitation and Waste Control) Regulations 2009
- National Environmental (Soil Erosion and Flood Control) Regulations, 2011
- National Environmental (Coastal and Marine Area Protection) Regulations, 2011
- National Environmental (Surface and Ground Water Quality Control) Regulations, 2011
- National Environmental (Dams and Reservoirs) Regulations, 2014
- National Environmental (Watershed, Mountainous, Hilly and Catchment Areas) Regulations S. I. N0 27, 2009
The 14th National Stakeholders’ Forum is scheduled for 3rd – 4th December, 2020 at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, at 9:00AM daily.