The health of the environment is a good indicator of the health of any nation.Governments have a duty to give the environment topmost priority beyond mere political pronouncements.

The ravages of pollution, deforestation/desertification, erosion and sundry manifestations of environmental degradation show that much still needs to be done to ensure environmental protection in Nigeria. A wide gap exists between pronouncements and action and this needs to be urgently closed because the vast majority of Nigerians live close to the environment.

There are several institutions with responsibilities for environmental protection, including the National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA), established on 30 June 2007 as the main environmental law enforcement agency of the federal government. NESREA's coverage, unfortunately, excludes the oil and gas sector. In this brief, more attention is paid to the oil and gas sector as this is perceived as the sector that has the most negative impact on the Nigerian environment. Subsequent briefs will pay more detailed attention to other sectors.

This briefing paper examines provisions that are supposed to aid a healthy environment in the country and suggests actions that should be taken to ensure that citizens have space to participate in decision-making concerning the environment.

To read the full document click on this link.

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ERA has recently received information that a group calling itself the "Niger Delta Coalition in the Diaspora" is still engaging itself in activities and communications giving the impression that it is linked with Environmental Rights Action (ERA).

This group issues out communications using ERA's headquarter address and mail box. We have never had any ties with this group and any views, comments or opinions expressed by them is not endorsed or authorized by any member of management or staff of ERA.

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Is there a spill, pipeline rupture, fire, gas flare, water, land or air pollution in your community or one you know about? Do you need assistance to respond, and prevent future occurrences or have you noticed any activity that threatens the environment?

In the event of any ecological disaster or threat to the environment, call our toll-free GREEN LINES:  08031230088 & 08031230089

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