Regional Conference on Loss and Damage


Theme: Towards a National Action Plan on Loss and Damage in Nigeria

The conference is planned as follows:

Date: 9th and 10th May 2023.

Venue: Visa Karena Hotel, Port Harcourt

Time: 9 am


Climate change is very devastating as it can result in unquantifiable losses and damages, particularly for many communities in developing countries – loss of lives and livelihoods, as well as degradation of territory, farmland, cultural heritage, indigenous knowledge, societal and cultural identity, biodiversity, and ecosystem services.

Nigeria serves as an outstanding example of how people’s well-being is being threatened by climate change. Since 2012, several parts of southern Nigeria have experienced annual floods that overwhelm large areas with alarming impacts. Whole communities are submerged, communities have gone extinct, and farm crops, buildings, properties, and lives are lost every year to flooding. During the floods, people in the affected communities, who are predominantly fisher folk and farmers, are forced to abandon their livelihood sources and exist without income for months. This additional pressure has greatly threatened food security and significantly reduced the ability of the people to produce for themselves while driving a new wave of poverty, insecurity, and migration.

This regional conference will bring together experts and those who have been impacted to talk about the local impact of loss and damage in Nigeria as well as the crucial issues that must be addressed in any new framework. It will give Nigerian experts and communities the chance to take the initiative in guiding the emerging global conversation on loss and damage and get ready for the conversation’s dominant position at the 28th Conference of Parties.

The Conference will have two sessions. The first will be an expert session on the 9th of May 2023 while the second session will be held on the 10th of May 2023.

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