John Ajigo of the Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team says a project in nine of the country's 36 states showed that the effects of climate change were "really high".

Feasible adaption options were worked out, including increased availability of water, restoration of ecosystems, establishment of early drought warning systems and establishment of alternative livelihoods.

A strategy for influencing policy was also devised, embracing national and regional workshops, a technical report, policy briefs and case studies.

Local communities were built up through activities such as proposal writing and including women in decision-making.

"Nigeria is seriously impacted by climate change," he says. "It is essential that support is provided to communities."



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