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The role of Environmental Analytical Laboratories in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

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  1. 1. Public Private Partnership (PPP) Concept Note: Upgrading of Environmental Analytical Laboratory Infrastructure in Nigeria and Building of Technical Capacity among the Local Workforce Preparedby: CanopyGreensEnvironmental Limited ...doing more with less!
  2. 2. PPP- Environmental Laboratory Infrastructure in Nigeria- www.canopygreens.com 2 | P a g e Technical DocumentationPage Report No: CG/ANALAB/FG-01 Report Date: Report Title A PROPOSALON PUBLIC PRIVATEPARTNERSHIP: ENVIRONMENTAL LABORATORYIN ABUJA,FCT,NIGERIA Author: Olukayode Sadiq Designation: Principal Consultant/ManagingDirector PerformingOrganization CanopyGreensEnvironmental Limited Address Suite 115B DBM PlazaNouakchottStWuse Zone 1, Abuja. Phone:+234 9 291 5496 Mobile:+234 81 743 63843 kay@canopygreensng.com www.canopygreensng.com Abstract A gradual but steady increase in the need/demand for environmental assessments and studies that cuts across major sectors of the economy (Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Manufacturing & Industry and Mining) has been identified. It is imperative to focus on the development of local infrastructure to improve our capacity for environmental management. This will enable the right environment for creativity, innovation and real and practical change. The development of our local capacity to analyze environmental parameters, generate data and interpret the generated data is vital in realizing our goal of promoting environmental sustainability in the country. Owning assets is important. This leads to asset maintenance, training, job creation and improvement in the quality of locally sourced services. Environmental assessments and monitoring have become an integral part of economic and social development at all levels of governance and the accessibility to qualitative and quantitative data is the bedrock of effective policy making and sustainable development. In Nigeria today, there is a serious shortage of infrastructural and technical capacity to deliver the standard of laboratory services required for environmental assessment and environmental monitoring as obtainable in the world today. This challenge can be overcome by government and private sector partnership (PPP) as evidenced in other sectors of the economy and other nations of the world. The missionof the proposedlab isto raise the standard and qualityof Environmental Studiesin Nigeria through chemical and environmental analysis; to ensure increased Environmental regulatory compliance and provide sound guidance in Health, Safety & Environment policy making. Key words: Environment, Laboratory, Analysis, Monitoring, Oil and Gas, Climate change, Job Creation, Canopy Greens, Health and Safety.
  3. 3. PPP- Environmental Laboratory Infrastructure in Nigeria- www.canopygreens.com 3 | P a g e Foreword: The need for PPP in the development of Environmental Laboratory Infrastructure in Nigeria There is a severe shortage of infrastructural and technical capacity to deliver the standard of laboratory services required for environmental assessment and environmental monitoring as obtainable in other parts of the world today. Quick Facts:  There is a serious shortage of technical and infrastructural capacity to analyze environmental matrices in Nigeria.  The few commercial environmental laboratories available are concentrated in the south and south west of the country where oil exploration activities abound.  There is only one DPR accredited laboratory in the whole of Northern Nigeria. This laboratory does not have a GC-MS machine (the most basic and relevant piece of analytical equipment in standard environmental laboratories around the world today).  The Nigerian environmental Regulatory Authorities (Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, NESREA, NOSDRA, Federal Ministry of Environment, DPR) are ill-equipped to adequately undertake environmental monitoring and other related regulatory activities mainly due to lack of standard laboratory facilities and trained manpower.  There is currently NO Environmental Monitoring Framework in place in Nigeria. An Environmental Monitoring Framework must be built upon the adequacy of environmental monitoring infrastructure.  95% of all federal and state government-run environmental laboratory facilities are substandard, lacking infrastructure, technical capacity & manpower, adequate and timely funding.  None of the federal or state government environmental laboratory facilities are ISO Certified;  There is an unhealthy focus on the environmental effects of oil and gas activities to the detriment of other environmentally critical sectors including mining, construction, agriculture, manufacturing, education and research; all of which are actively on-going and rapidly developing in various parts of the country. An in-depth analysis of this situation has identified that a PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP (PPP) model can be adopted to overcome the challenges associated with the establishment of standard
  4. 4. PPP- Environmental Laboratory Infrastructure in Nigeria- www.canopygreens.com 4 | P a g e environmental laboratory infrastructure within the country and promote the industry for long- term environmental and sustainable development. The benefits of engaging in a PPP are numerous but not limited to: 1. To enable the public sector harness the expertise and efficiencies that the private sector can bring to the delivery of certain facilities and services traditionally procured and delivered by the public sector; 2. To give value for money for the taxpayer through optimal risk transfer and risk management 3. Creation of added value through synergies between public authorities and private sector companies, in particular, through the integration and cross transfer of public and private sector skills, knowledge and expertise; 4. Alleviation of capacity constraints and bottlenecks in the economy through higher productivity of labour and capital resources in the delivery of projects; 5. Competition and greater service capacity (including the participation of overseas firms, especially in joint ventures and partnering arrangements); 6. Accountability for the provision and delivery of quality public services through an performance incentive management/regulatory regime; 7. Innovation and diversity in the provision of public services; 8. Effective utilization of state assets to the benefit of all users of public services; 9. Greater cost efficiency from integrating design and construction of public infrastructure with financing, operation and maintenance/upgrading; 10. The challenges associated with the provision and maintenance of standard state-owned environmental/analytical laboratory infrastructure as well as trained manpower in Nigeria can be overcome by strategic partnership with the private sector. The Establishment of PPP's to overcome critical infrastructural challenges is strongly endorsed by the international community. The UNDP has and continues to play a vital role in helping developing countries to build and foster such partnerships. As such, a PPP venture such as this will be strategically poised to receive funding/aid from the international community in the form of infrastructural, research, capacity building & leadership training and socio-economic development grants. As highlighted above, such a venture will be an incentive for participation of overseas firms and create an enabling environment for direct foreign investment.
  5. 5. PPP- Environmental Laboratory Infrastructure in Nigeria- www.canopygreens.com 5 | P a g e Development of a Public Private Partnership Enterprise- Environmental Analytical Laboratory in Abuja, Nigeria: sharingandcoordinating resources and expertise; harnessing markets for development. Development Objectives  International: Millennium Development Goals  National: Investment Stimulation, enhanced environmental and social compliance standards Business objectives  New business investment opportunities  New services  More effective social and environmental risk management  Youth employment and empowerment 1.0 Background The Oil & Gas servicing industry in Nigeria is currently valued at over 9 billion USD annually. Since the discovery of oil, the sector has grown rapidly without a concurrent development in infrastructure. The combination of an expanding population, weak institutional structures and increasing poverty despite the high earnings from the industry have resulted in a rise in civil unrest, propagation of illegal refineries and major environmental degradation. Before the discovery of large hydrocarbon deposits, agriculture was the major Foreign Exchange Earner [FEE] in Nigeria and has since struggled to maintain a relevant contribution to the country's GDP. Attempts by the government to revive the agricultural sector have resulted in sharp increases in the use of fertilizers and pesticides (most of which have been banned) which have more than doubled in the last two decades. The unfavorable conditions for manufacturing and weak enforcement institutions contribute to low compliance in the Manufacturing sector with similar circumstances surrounding the Mining sector. As a result, severe environmental challenges abound and concerns among the local populace and the international community continue to grow. A huge demand for environmental assessments and studies that cuts across these major sectors of the economy is evident. Critical concerns over risks of environmental degradation, human health and safety, declining biodiversity, oil spillages and associated disasters (such as pipeline or rig explosions/negative corporate image/local unrest) including corporate sustainability mandates are key compliance drivers. However, the technical capacity to deal with the enormity of the demand is weak.
  6. 6. PPP- Environmental Laboratory Infrastructure in Nigeria- www.canopygreens.com 6 | P a g e 2.0 Project Justification It is imperative to focus on the development of local infrastructure to improve our capacity for environmental management. This will enable the right environment for creativity, innovation and real and practical change. Specific infrastructure that will help to improve the awareness and compliance of environmental legislation among the national populace and promote standard environmental practices in the above mentioned industries is: Environmental Analytical Laboratories. The development of our local capacity to analyze environmental parameters, generate and interpret the generated data is vital in realizing our goal of promoting environmental sustainability in the country. Owning assets is important. This leads to asset maintenance, training, job creation and improvement in the quality of locally sourced services. The accessibility of qualitative and quantitative data is the bedrock of effective policy making and sustainable development at all organizational levels. The utilization of the purest and most valuable resource available to us, our intellectual reserves, is continually undermined because of the lack of infrastructure. According to the E&P Forum/UNEP 1997, laboratories, laboratory supplies and equipment are listed as Technical Services Infrastructure needed for environmental protection. However, environmental protection and standards are often compromised due to high demand and weak technical capacity. 3.0 Mission The mission of the proposed lab is to raise the standard and quality of Environmental Studies in Nigeria through chemical and environmental analysis. To analyze air, soil, water and other relevant field samples and provide results and interpretations that will help to improve the Health, Safety and Environmental [HSE] management performance of the Oil & Gas/ Agricultural/ Mining and Manufacturing sectors; to ensure increased regulatory compliance in these sectors and provide sound guidance in HSE policy making. 4.0 Vision  To provide support services for Federal Regulatory Enforcement Agencies  To fill the need for quality environmental laboratory analysis at the most cost efficient price possible and become the leading commercial environmental laboratory in the country.
  7. 7. PPP- Environmental Laboratory Infrastructure in Nigeria- www.canopygreens.com 7 | P a g e 5.0 Data Objectives Data obtained from the proposed Environmental Analytical Laboratory will be used for Planning, Policy making, implementation of relevant environmental legislation and compliance monitoring. Hence, the laboratory should be able to capture sufficient data with adequate quality that will satisfy technical and quality objectives. Data derived from this Environmental Laboratory is intended for use in the following areas: 1. Environmental baseline and compliance monitoring programs 2. Site Assessment and Remediation 3. Sediment Assessment for dredging 4. Drinking, Catchment and Recycled water monitoring 5. Occupational Health and Safety 6. Agricultural Testing Services 7. Related disciplines requiring a sophisticated analytical approach 6.0 Policy Review & Recommendations As highlighted in the Policy Review section in Chapter 3 of our proposal, our policy review and recommendations will create an enabling environment for the growth and development of laboratory infrastructure nationwide. The increase in demand for laboratory services will drive investments and development in the sector. Strategic timing is crucial in positioning ANALAB to quickly key in and capture the majority of the market share. 7.0 Expected Delivery A fully functional laboratory that can support environmental research, analyze all samples obtained from environmental matrices that cut across the Oil & Gas, Mining, Agriculture and Manufacturing sectors.

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