Climate Landscape Analysis for Children in Nigeria

Climate Action Plan for 2023-2027

Mariam walking far to get water


Children account for 51 per cent of the 223 million people in Nigeria and are disproportionately affected by climate change. They are also often the first and most severely impacted by climate shocks due to children’s:

  • Dependence on others: Children are non-self-sufficient and unable to make their own decisions
  • Physiology: Children are more susceptible to disease and malnutrition
  • Exposure: Children are more likely to be exposed to diseases
  • Life stage requirements: Children need to be in school during the day, study at home at night and eat nutritious food

When the combination of drought, flooding, desertification, poverty and sociocultural factors are added in – which are all increasing and often lead to migration, conflict and displacement – children’s safety and access to water, health, education, food security and well-being are severely impeded.

This Climate Landscape Analysis for Children in Nigeria highlights key climate risks to children and provides an overview of the multi-sectoral climate mitigation and adaptation actions that UNICEF intends to implement in Nigeria from 2023–2027.
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