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Cross River State—Cross River State is part of the Compact of States and Regions; a group that currently includes 62 states, provinces and regions of the world, and represents over 17% of the global economy. The group provides incentives for its members to report on climate change mitigation on an annual basis. Cross River State is also part of the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF), a sub-national association of states and provinces around the world which supports low emissions rural development and reduced emissions from deforestation and land use (NCF, n.d.). A planned super highway across the state’s high tropical forest however, threatens its efforts to offset carbon emissions with potential loss of carbon credit that the state receives as part of the Green Development Paradigm of the United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) programme (The News, 2016).

Nigerian Conservation Foundation
Mail: Km19, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki, Victoria island, Lagos, Nigeria
Telephone: +2347063369257, or, 2348127556291

Delta State—Delta State is also part of the Compact of States and Regions. In 2013, the state launched its own climate change policy territorial climate change plan, and was the first to do so in Nigeria. In collaboration with the United Nations Development Program, the state’s Territorial Approach to Climate Change Program included obtaining inventories of greenhouse gas emissions levels of sectors within the state and developing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for vulnerable communities.

Delta State Ministry of Environment
Mail: Eric Isichei Street, behind Delta Line Workshop
Along Asaba-Benin Expressway, Asaba
Telephone: +23456281997, or, +23456281996


Lagos State—Lagos State has the most populated city in Africa, with an estimated population of about 18 million persons. The state’s transportation sector, which moves 7 million persons per day, contributes a substantial amount to Nigeria’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To manage its transportation challenges, the state operates a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that reportedly has contributed to reducing GHG emissions by 13% in project areas (Taiwo, n.d.). The state annually hosts the Lagos State Summit on Climate Change, a forum where government personnel, the academia, business persons, and other stakeholders share ideas and discuss climate change issues affecting the state. The deliberations usually conclude with recommendations for implementation by the state government.

Ministry of the Environment
Mail: Block 16, The Secretariat Annex
Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
Telephone: +2349095555580, or +2349055555878
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Learn More

The 2016 disclosure report of the Compact of States and Regions is available here.

For more information on the Governors’ Climate and Task Force, see

Details of the work of the Governors’ Climate and Task Force and Cross River State is available here:

For more information on the Cross River State super highway, see

For more information on Delta State’s climate change policy and plan, see

Further information on the UNDP and Delta State climate change programme is available here:

More information on the Lagos State transportation system is available here:

The remarks of the German Consul General on the occasion of the 7th Lagos State Climate Change Summit is available here:

More information on the Lagos Eko Atlantic City project is available here:


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