URN workshop on adaptation of urban infrastructure to enhance climate resilience in Nigeria

The University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, organised a one-day stakeholder validation workshop on 25 April, 2017, in Lagos. The workshop was held in collaboration with researchers from the University of Ibadan, University of Calabar and Urban Base Consulting, Abuja.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together a variety of stakeholders to discuss the initial results of the “Adaptation of Urban Infrastructure to Enhance Climate Resilience in Nigeria” research project. There were 24 workshop participants representing 20 organisations, including state and federal level governments, universities, professional associations and not-for-profit organisations.

The workshop consisted of two sessions and the day’s agenda began with a welcome address by Professor Johnson Falade, a Senior Advisor for the Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) programme, and Executive Director of the Foundation for Development and Environmental Initiatives (FDI), Ibadan. It was followed by a presentation on the overview of the research project and the background and context of the stakeholder’s validation workshop by Dr Jessica Lamond (UWE).

The first briefing session by Dr Olalekan Adekola (UWE) described the key results on perceptions of stakeholders and communities. This generated a lot of comments and participants shared exciting experiences as to the relevance of these results to other urban centres in Nigeria and from their experience.

The second briefing session was delivered by Dr Lamond whose presentation dwelt on the business and household and resilience indicators developed from the empirical research. Finally, a plenary discussion touched upon ensuring policy relevance of the outcome of the reserach project.