Environmental advocacy coy to hold 2018 sustainability series

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Avant-Garde Limited, an innovative frontier for advocacy on environmental protection and sustainable development in Nigeria, says the 2018 edition of the Sustainability Table Series will take place November 15 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Sustainability Table Series will bring together policy makers, entrepreneurs, government agencies, leading corporate organisations and various subject matter experts as well as the general public to discuss the impacts of climate change in Nigeria and the economic, social and environmental benefits of a green economy.

Speaking on the event, Kayode Olaniyan, principal consultant of Avant-Garde, and convener of the event, says the theme for this year’s edition is “Green Economy: A Panacea for the Future of Sustainable Development in Nigeria – Opportunities for Growth.”

According to Olaniyan, this year’s edition recognises that recalibration and paradigm shift to a green economy requires knowledge sharing, capacity building and partnerships between the private and public sector.

“We are going beyond rhetoric. Our discussants and speakers are subject matter experts and builders of the green economy and will share successful examples of how they have contributed to job creation, poverty eradication, and environmental protection and sustainability,” Olaniyan said.

He continues: “As a nation faced with several environmental-generated issues, we realised that we need a platform to review the steps taken to combat the growing threat of climate change. With the green economy representing an under-utilised opportunity for economic development and environmental protection, the Sustainability Table Series is taking the lead in discussing what it takes to safeguard current and future generations.”

While stressing that the Sustainability Series leverages on ‘train-the-trainer’ approach, he further says the collective efforts of stakeholders in the mitigation of the effects of climate change as well as in stimulating sustainability will be most beneficial for the environment.

He discloses that the final outcomes of the discourse would be distilled into a communiqué to guide policy on sustainability in Nigeria.

Speakers expected at the event include Ola Oresanya of Lagos Waste Management Agency, Lawrence Chidi Anukam, director-general, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Agency; Akintunde Oyebode, executive secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Kofo Adeleke, climate change expert, Temitayo Ade-Peters, head, CSR, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Ahmed Sanda, executive director, Sustainability Training Centre, and president Environmental Impact Association Nigeria, and others.

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