The French government says it would sustain its partnership with Nigeria on climate change and environmental protection in line with the Paris agreement.

The Cooperation Attache to the Embassy of France to Nigeria, Helois Ellien, said this at a documentary film screening in Abuja to commemorate the 2019 World Environment Day (WED).

He said that the documentary entitled,  “Once Upon a Forest” was shot to emphasis the importance of preserving the ecosystem which currently exists in the Southern part of Nigeria.

Ellien said, “Environmental challenge is huge not only in Nigeria but all over the world; we need to tackle issues about climate change and preservation of flora and fauna all around the world.

“There are lots of hot spots on biodiversity in Nigeria; France is only trying to give a hand at every level to support environmental protection, following Paris agreement.

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“For few years now we dwelt on tackling climate change and efforts to fight the climate change, France is also looking for partnership civil society organisations on protection of the environment.

“We have several agreement and partnership with civil society in Nigeria; we are working in Yankari Game Reserves and also in Cross River State to preserve nature there.

“In all conservation programmes we are supporting there is a cross transversal way in tackling environmental issues that everyone is facing, particularly in Nigeria.”

He reiterated that France had continued to cooperate with Nigeria on creating awareness and increasing the knowledge of Nigerians about global environment-related issues.

He further stated that more needed to be done to sensitise people on global issues on the environment.

The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance, signed in 2016.


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