INTERPORTPOLICE Supports EU-funded West Africa Climate Change Workshop

Addressing the nexus between climate change in coastal communities and the conflict and required strategies facing law enforcement through international approaches to maritime development and sustainable blue economy.

11/10/20231 min read

November 10, 2023. The INTERPORTPOLICE is supporting the EU-funded Training workshop on Coping with Climate Change as a Cause of Conflict in Coastal Communities of West Africa, held in Port Harcourt from 7 to 9 November 2023. The specific theme of the workshop was “Capacity Building programme for security agencies”.

INTERPORTPOLICE DSG Chris Trelawny addressed themes the relationship between climate change, coastal communities, conflict and law enforcement; organized crime in Nigeria, the nexus with climate change and coastal communities, and strategies for addressing it; international approaches to maritime development and sustainable blue economy; security as an enabler for maritime development; inter-agency cooperation; policing for climate change; developing best practices including KPIs; and INTERPORTPOLICE community security best practices, including community engagement and SeeSayAct for enhanced security and conflict prevention.

Dr Naomi Akpan-Ita delivered interactive training to develop participants’ negotiation and mediation skills. Air Commodore (Retd) Dr Darlington Abdullahi,, coordinated the workshop; participants included senior officers from the Nigerian Navy, Army, Air Force, Police, Fire Service and Civil Defence Corps.

The workshop was a call to action - What are we going to do about it?