n Journal of Emerging Trends in Economics and Management Sciences - National capacity building strategy for sustainable development through environmental management education in Nigeria

Volume 6, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 2141-7024
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As Nigeria experiences a major thrust in economic Development, there is the utmost need to ensure that the necessary social and environmental safeguards are put in place to guarantee a development that is sustainable, especially in the long run. This paper emphasizes the urgent imperative for a proper integration of environmental management education into the national capacity building strategy for a sustainable development which strives to ensure the balancing of economic, social and environmental forces in Nigeria's development process. Environmental management education basically aims at improving Awareness, knowledge and skills, and actually changing the attitude of the people towards sustainable use of the environment. Serious efforts must be made to promote environmental studies if Nigeria intends to successfully combat her many environmental problems ranging from the threats of desertification and desert encroachment in the North to the menace of erosion, deforestation, oil spillage, sea level rise and coastal flooding in the South. Nigeria's environmental management education strategies are discussed while government's role in promoting environmental studies in schools is highlighted. The paper recommends the adoption of environmental management education as an important component of Nigeria's national capacity building strategy to ensure sustainable development.

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