Publisher: University of Calabar

Response To Climate Change For Sustainable Development: A Human Resource Development Approach

Nwosu, Ann Francis, Nwosu, Francis Maduwuba
KEYWORDS: Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Human Resource Development


Human resource management (HRM) holds the key for effective and efficient response to climate change impacts in Nigeria. The challenges of climate change impacts have called for intervening response. Its wide-spread effects in form of floods, droughts, desertification, rising sea level, changing rainfall patterns, rising temperatures and coastal storms among others have posed daunting problems to socio-economic and political systems thereby making it difficult for the attainment of sustainable development. Climate change is caused by man, now it has perverted virtually every sector of the economy such as Energy, Agriculture, Environment, Health, Industry, Transportation. Nigeria was one of the developing nations who were in the vanguard for promoting the global efforts geared towards the formulation of unanimous policies and strategies for combating the climate change impacts. She identified with the August 24, 1994 International Convention and December 10, 2004, Kyto protocol which took effect on March 2005 as well as 18th December, 2009 Compenhagen Denmark climate change summit in an effort to fight against climate Change impacts. However, the Institutional Framework such as NEMA, SEMA, NCCC established by the government lack adequate capability in terms of knowledge and technological expertise this has necessitated to implementation failure. HRM has been described as a panacea for labour incapacitation in the areas of adaptation, mitigation, emergency response and management. Governments are called upon to invest fund into research and development and private sector to partner with the government in sponsoring research and development. Inculcate science culture in all levels of education - primary, secondary tertiary and university in order to save and secure the future dispensation from the present dearth of labour and incapacitation in terms of sustainable development.

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