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Take steps to sustainably manage and protect the ocean – Kayanja

Ahead of the United Nations Ocean Conference scheduled to hold from 5 – 9 June 2017 in New York, the Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Nigeria, Mr Ronald Kayanja, has called for steps to sustainably manage, protect and conserve marine and coastal ecosystems.

He said this at the Ocean Conference pre-summit dialogue organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in collaboration with Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), FABE International and others, held on 31 May 2017 at Victoria Island Lagos.

Mr Kayanja who was represented by the National Information Officer of UNIC, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, explained that “We will have to reduce emissions that are causing changes in our oceans, as well as take measures that build resilience to the impacts of ocean acidification and climate change, such as sea level rise.”

He called for urgent action to reduce land-based pollution, which accounts for 80 per cent of marine pollution, including by reducing agricultural run-off that ultimately ends up in the oceans and causes ‘dead zones’.

In his welcome address, the Executive Director of NIOMR, Dr Gbola Akande expressed concern about the growing acidification of the ocean and the attendant social and economic impacts.

Other activities organised to sensitise the public about the Ocean conference and the need to protect the ocean included beach clean-up exercise, seafoods cooking competition and exhibition of products made from debris recovered from the ocean.

The beach clean-up exercise held at Magbon-Alade beach Lagos on Tuesday, 30 May 2017, had about 100 ocean advocates and community members in attendance. Clad in T-shirts branded, “Our Ocean, our future”, and equipped with rakes, garden gloves and trash bags, they recovered kilograms of debris from the shoreline.

Speaking at the beach, Mr Soremekun urged the Magbon-Alade community members to use the ocean sustainably. He enjoined them to desist from dumping refuse and debris into the ocean, which according to him, could affect the marine life.

UNIC Lagos holds World Climate simulation  

The Facilitator, Ms QueenEsther Egbe briefing the delegates.

The Facilitator, Ms QueenEsther Egbe briefing the delegates.

To coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 22) in Morocco, also following the coming into force of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, UNIC Lagos held a mock-UN climate negotiation role play called World Climate Simulation, with the technical support of a Climate Interactive trainer and facilitator, on Wednesday 16 November 2016 in Lagos. 

The delegates

The delegates

The simulation by young people was aimed to enable them get a better understanding of the issues world leaders grapple with during negotiations to save the planet. It involved six groups representing the European Union, United States of America and other developed countries, as well as India, China and other developing countries.

climate-change-simulation-briefing-queenAfter the negotiations and commitments by the six parties, the global temperature would drop to 1.48 degree Celsius by 2030 as calculated by C-Roads computer simulator deployed by Climate Interactive.

The role play simulation was facilitated by Ms QueenEsther Egbe. Climate Interactive is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington DC, USA. UNIC Lagos intends to continue utilizing the simulation exercise as a way of creating awareness about the Paris Agreement and climate change issues among youth in Nigeria.