Energy, Governance and Sustainability

Energy, Governance and Sustainability

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law series

Edited by Jordi Jaria i Manzano, Nathalie Chalifour and Louis J. Kotzé

This book makes an in-depth and timely contribution to the debate about how to transform our energy governance systems into ones that support a fair, safe and sustainable society. It combines perspectives from leading scholars around the world to provide a global outlook on alternative approaches to energy governance and innovative experiences. Taken as a whole, it offers a unique snapshot of some of the innovative and novel ways in which law can support the shift to sustainable and equitable energy systems.

Chapter 13: Environmentally displaced persons in the Niger Delta: challenges and prospects

Eloamaka Carol Okonkwo

Subjects: environment, environmental governance and regulation, environmental law, law - academic, energy law, environmental law, regulation and governance, politics and public policy, environmental governance and regulation

Abstract

A major consequence of oil and gas activities is pollution. In fact, virtually all the oil and gas activities are prone to pollution and this continues to cause health, environmental, developmental and socio-economic problems. Also, pollution and incidences has been a subject of conflict in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Pollution causes degradation which had sometimes led to environmental displacement of the Niger Deltans. This chapter defines in general terms the concept of environmental displacement and environmentally and internally displaced persons, addresses issues of socio-economic impacts of oil pollutions, evaluates the position of Niger Deltans and challenges of securing justice for the displaced Niger Deltans. The study finds that the environmentally-displaced Niger Deltans are not adequately protected either in international law or under Nigerian laws, and therefore need more adequate protection. The chapter concludes that environmentally-displaced Niger Deltans, though not protected under any specific law, are entitled to respect for their human rights. It therefore recommend actions under the fundamental human rights regime as a temporary solution, followed by a more tailored solution which includes creating a legally enforceable framework to be built on internationally agreed principles and strengthening the international machinery which makes countries accountable.

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