Green Infrastructure for Climate Change Amelioration in Nigeria

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Author(s) DIPEOLU Adedotun Ayodele | ELEMIDE Olusegun Oludaisi
Pages 446-450
Volume 4
Issue 10
Date October, 2015
Keywords Adaptation, Climate Change Challenges, Global Warming, Green Infrastructure, Mitigation
Abstract

Climate change has become an inevitable global problem, affecting almost every part of the world, in which Nigeria is not left out. Various evidences in the scientific literature indicates that in the coming decades the world will witness higher temperatures and changing precipitation levels. Although no region of the world will be entirely spared, the negative impacts are likely to fall most heavily on developing countries and in particular low-income countries in tropical and sub-tropical regions like Nigeria. However, green infrastructure has been proposed as one approach to mitigate and adapt the built environment consequences of increased temperatures resulting from climate change. This paper therefore assesses the impact of green infrastructure towards mitigating the various challenges imposed on the environment by climate change in Nigeria. Qualitative literature review methodology was used to evaluate available evidences on whether green infrastructure interventions, such as tree planting or the creation of parks, green spaces or green roofs, affect the air temperature of an urban area. The study observed that the presence of green infrastructure as carbon sink and multifunctional ecosystems capability will go a longer way to tackle various challenges emanating from climate change. It recommended more programm for green infrastructure planning and implementation in Nigeria urban centres by the government and other stakeholders, more stringent measures by the government to control deforestation and more awareness campaign for the citizens to desist from activities that depletes the ozone layer and as well encourage the protection of available greenery in the environment. With this, the on-going global warming will seriously decline.

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