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Citizens of the Niger Delta are resentful of the widespread environmental degradation they are forced to endure as a result of weak governance and asymmetry of power. Simply, communities recognise that oil companies and oil thieves can pollute at will and are not accountable. Furthermore, vulnerability to shocks means the ramifications of climate change are likely to be borne heavily by the region, threatening the country’s security. Our vision is for the environment of the Niger Delta to be valued as much as the resources within. Our objectives under this pillar are to:

  • Promote effective mechanisms for monitoring pollution and enforcing penalties for environmental crimes in the oil and gas sector
  • Encourage reform of environmental legislation and regulation to bring national practice in line with international standards
  • Demand justice for local communities through fair compensation and mandatory remediation and restoration of affected environments
  • Support the generation of productive and sustainable livelihoods for locals to prosper alongside healthy habitats through low carbon growth initiatives
  • Strengthen the national capacity to protect and restore mangrove forests