Sustainability: Nigeria

September 2021

Nigeria ranks at the bottom of the Environmental Sustainability Index, as the country lacks essential resources such as renewable water and food. In addition, despite being the largest regional energy exporter, Nigeria continues to experience insufficient access to electricity and non-solid fuels. Weaker electricity supply implies low pollution levels that elevate the overall performance, while other factors such as deforestation continue to pressure Nigeria’s biodiversity indicators.

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Sustainability: Nigeria



Large-scale renewable energy project as a COVID-19 relief measure
Poor waste management practices further hamper Nigeria’s pollution stance
Growing global concern for ethical supply could intensify trade restrictions on unsustainable products
Universal access to water and sanitation objective attracts international funding
Terrorist activity to aggravate malnutrition in the northeast of Nigeria
Rising water levels threaten Nigeria’s coastal regions


Chart 1 Environmental Sustainability Index: Nigeria Chart 2 Global Sustainability Ranking: Nigeria Chart 3 Energy Ranking: Nigeria Chart 4 Energy Availability Landscape: Nigeria Chart 5 Energy Efficiency, Security and Equity Landscape: Nigeria Chart 6 Pollution Ranking: Nigeria Chart 7 Air Pollution: Nigeria Chart 8 Waste and Water Pollution Landscape: Nigeria Chart 9 Forest and Biodiversity Ranking: Nigeria Chart 10 Forest and Biodiversity Landscape: Nigeria Chart 11 Water Ranking: Nigeria Chart 12 Water Availability, Equity and Security Landscape: Nigeria Chart 13 Water Security and Efficiency Landscape: Nigeria Chart 14 Food and Agriculture Ranking: Nigeria Chart 15 Food and Agriculture Landscape: Nigeria Chart 16 Role of Agriculture in the Economy: Nigeria Chart 17 Environmental Resilience Ranking: Nigeria Chart 18 Environmental Resilience Landscape: Nigeria

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