Substantial barriers remain in implementing SLCP targets despite Nigeria’s progress in the planning and identification of targets and mitigation measures to reduce SLCPs. This project aims to overcome these barriers by:
- increasing awareness across Government of the benefits of implementing SLCP measures;
- encouraging the submission of projects for national and international funding;
- strengthening institutional capacity to monitor and track progress on the SLCP benefits of projects already underway to assess how the SLCP targets can be achieved.
Almost three-quarters of the Nigerian population relies on biomass for cooking, which causes household air pollution that contributes to over 100,000 premature deaths per year. The majority of these are infant deaths. According to the Global Burden of Disease, almost one in five infant deaths from air pollution worldwide occur in Nigeria. Implementing actions that directly reduce child exposure to air pollution, like switching to clean, more efficient cooking fuels and technologies, could thus have a significant impact on the number of children dying from air pollution globally. Unlike other NDC measures, the responsibility for implementing household energy measures in the NDC lies with the Federal Ministry of Environment. As FMEnv is the CCAC focal point and coordinator of SLCP activities in Nigeria, it will be possible to develop a plan to implement household energy mitigation measures which will directly inform the activities of the responsible institution.