November 15th, 2018

The  Future  of  Sustainable  Development  in  Nigeria:

Opportunities  for  Growth in  a  Green  Economy.

The Sustainability table series is a discourse organized by Avant-Garde Limited - an innovative frontier for advocacy on environmental protection and sustainable development in Nigeria.

Protecting the environment is a global priority and it is as urgent in Nigeria as it is anywhere else in the world. Thriving economic growth has at often times posed major detrimental effects to the fragile natural environment. The notion that economic growth and environmental degradation go hand in hand does not hold sway any longer. There is an intensifying demand for a paradigm change, where in the environment is been protected viz-a -viz a booming economy.

Among the objectives of this year’s edition is to shape the evolving dialogue on sustainability, share ideas and have genuine arguments in the direction of sustainability in order to proffer to solution to problems from and mitigate climate change.
The theme for this year’s edition is Green Economy; A panacea for the future of Sustainable Development in Nigeria - Opportunities for Growth.

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Network with industry business leaders, policymakers, scientists, academics, and investors who are the forefront of the sustainability agenda across the world.

Be a participant in the discourse on the challenges and opportunities in the global effort to protect the environment.

Share strategies and ideas on how to become more sustainable and imbibe pro-environmental behavior.

Review international policies and how they can be implemented within Nigeria.

Discuss the role of the finance industry in encouraging the adoption of climate finance and of environmental impact assessments.

Series Outline

Climate Change

As Nigerians, we are not left out from the contributions to planet’s decline. Massive over-crowding of cities, wanton deforestation, gas flaring and other non- environmentally friendly practices are increasing our carbon footprint. While improper disposal of our waste, haphazard planning and execution of various societal projects lead to large scale environmental degradation; thus, stressing the importance of pro-environmental behavior.

The effects of climate change will be felt much harder in Nigeria (developing countries)considering we currently do not have substantial resources channeled towards tacking the adverse effects of climate change.

What are the importance and benefits of education at various levels and targeted at different stakeholders and awareness campaigns.

Ethical & Strategic Leadership

How can regional policymakers apply lessons learnt from global trends to Nigeria’s sustainability plans?

The Federal Government and some state governments have for some time put forward policies to tackle climate change but what has the impact been so far, has the momentum been lost?

What must business leaders do to scale up action from responsibility to leadership?

Are banks, fin tech organisations and insurance companies implementing environmental protection policies which could make a huge impact on climate change mitigation and adaptation?

Waste Management

Waste to wealth.
Management of e-waste (a new potential environmental menace)
Critical success factors of the Clean Lagos Initiative

Renewable Energy - Energy Access

Renewable Energy Technology financing options for energy access.
The value of technology/payment option for alleviating energy poverty.

Restorative Justice & Environmental Security

Effects of degradation and poor environmental situations forces choices on the citizens and inadvertently takes fundamental rights of freedom which ripples into societal insecurity and inequity.

The recognition that an inclusive green economy is an approach to protect the economy while reducing the potentials menace of unemployment, under employment, insecurity and social inequality.

Importance and benefits of education at various levels and targeted at different stakeholders and awareness campaigns.

How low income livelihoods are at greater risk from climate change, biodiversity, deforestation etc.

What efforts are being made to address this and ensure stakeholder participation in decision making in affected communities? Considering he long term negative effects of global warming and climate change will be felt much harder in Nigeria (developing countries) as we currently do not have enough resources channeled towards tacking the adverse effects of climate change.

Environmental Degradation

Environmental degradation is/was a major foundation to most security issues in Nigeria and pro-environmental behavior may in turn be a life changing solution.

The recognition that an inclusive green economy is an approach to protect the economy whilst reducing the potentials menace of unemployment, under employment, insecurity and social inequality.

Eco-Innovation

What role does the financial industry have to play in encouraging green economy?

What research is needed to stimulate eco-innovation, and how can scientific evidence and models facilitate better decision making?

Discuss the role of the finance industry in encouraging the adoption of climate finance and of environmental impact assessments.

Define what a Green Economy should look like in the Nigerian context, although, this term was coined outside Nigeria, and if we are to domesticate it what form should it take to address development objectives in Nigeria?

Speakers & Panelist

Ahmed Sanda
Executive Director, Sustainability Training Centre
Barr. Kayode Adegbola
Founder, Legacy Serviced Offices
Mrs Kofo Adeleke
Climate Change and Environmental Expert
Mr Babatunde Durosinmi Etti
Commissioner for Environment- Lagos State
Desmond Majekodunmi
Chairman, Lekki Urban Forest and Animal Sanctuary Initiative -LUFASI
Mr Akintunde Oyebode
Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund
Dr Lawrence Chidi Anukam
Director General - National Environmental Standards and Regulations Agency
Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril
Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Environment
Caleb Adebayo
Environmental Expert, SPA Ajibade and Co
Inalegwu Alogwu
Head, Products Strategy and Innovation, Interswitch
Tolulope Aderemi
Partner, Perchstone and Graeys
Ola Oresanya
CEO, Globetech Remedial Limited
Osioke Ojior
Chief Risk Officer, Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) Plc
Tosin Faniro-Dada
Head, Startups- Lagos Innovates - Lagos State Employment Trust Fund
Olumbe Akinkugbe
Senior Special Assistant ICT- Ondo State Government

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