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Enugu government proposes trust fund for climate-related activities, plants 10,000 trees

The Enugu State government plans to establish a trust fund for climate-related activities, which will be led by young leaders and will plant about 10,000 trees in a pilot scheme in the Udi Local Council of the state.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Chidibelu Onia, welcomed renowned climate change governance scholar and advocate, Prof. Chukummerije Okereke, and young climate change leaders to the Enugu State House to discuss his vision for climate action. clarified this. Enugu State could become a greener and more resilient city.

He said the Ndubuisi Mbaha government was taking the issue of climate change seriously. “Evidence of that can be seen in the amendments to the state environment ministry to address climate change and the appointment of some senior officials in the climate change field to ensure success and sustainability,” Onia said.

The visit is one of the activities planned as part of the implementation of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Impact Award awarded to Okereke by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The IVLP Impact Project is implemented in partnership with the Earth and Prosperity Association, Center for Climate Change and Development (CCCD) Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike & Eco-Cyclers, and is designed to train young climate and environment advocates in Enugu State It has been. Environment on the role of urban greening in combating urban air pollution and climate change.

Thirty-one young climate leaders were selected from over 4,000 applicants to take part in this prestigious training program. The purpose of the visit was to report to the state government about the project's activities and its impact.

These activities include two days of training on climate change, urban greening, and air quality measurements. Also, her climate education exercise involving over 7,000 children in his three public secondary schools in Enugu and the planting of over 100 of his economic and ornamental trees at strategic locations across the city. It was included.

The young leaders also used the visit to share their vision for transforming Enugu into a green and climate-resilient city while maintaining the city's reputation as a clean, green and family-friendly metropolis. expressed his ideas. The young leaders were accompanied on the visit by the state Commissioner for Environment, Professor Sam Ugwu.


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