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ECOWAS Enhances Capacity to Combat Climate Change and Environmental Challenges

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is conducting a Sectoral Thematic Workshop on Climate Change and the Environment 2024 from 3 to 5 June in Abuja, Nigeria.

Organized by the ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate, the workshop aims to facilitate knowledge and skills exchange among analysts from Member States, equipping them with advanced analytical skills to develop effective strategies to combat environmental degradation and climate change effects threatening the region’s ecological well-being.

In her opening speech, Dr. Onyinye Onwuka, the Acting Director of the ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate, highlighted the pivotal role of the ECOWAS Early Warning System (EWS) in enhancing peace and stability through robust data collection, analysis, and alert communication mechanisms.

The workshop participants will engage in discussions to identify vulnerabilities and propose mitigation and adaptation strategies. It will also analyze existing environmental policies and regional dynamics to halt environmental degradation and mitigate potential catastrophes.

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Dr. Onyinye Onwuka expressed confidence in the debates and expected outcomes of the three-day event, emphasizing that the participation of esteemed analysts, sister directorates, and experts will facilitate knowledge and experience sharing, strengthening coordination between regional and national actors to ensure peace and stability in West Africa.

The programme officer of the Early Warning Directorate’s office, Alice Kola-Solomon, highlighted that the seminar aims to deepen understanding of the interconnected nature of climate change, food security, insecurity, terrorism, transhumance conflict, and illegal mining. The workshop underscores the importance of stakeholder involvement and the adoption of sustainable, evidence-based recommendations to address climate challenges comprehensively and sustainably.

Recalling that the ECOWAS Early Warning System (EWS) under the Office of the Vice President of the Commission is based on Article 8 of the Revised ECOWAS Treaty of 1993 and the 1999 Conflict Prevention Mechanism, which includes 77 field monitors, regional staff, and partnerships with the National Coordination Centres for Response Mechanisms (NCCRMs) and the West Africa Network of Peacebuilders (WANEP).

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