Nigerian broadcaster teams up with Germany’s Deutsche Welle to fight climate change with information

Nigeria’s award-winning broadcaster Channels Television and Germany’s Deutsche Welle (DW) have signed a deal to co-produce a new environmental magazine – Eco@Africa.

Channels TV chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Momoh and Chairman of DW, Mr Peter Limbourg, signed the agreement at the Paris climate talks (COP21) on Wednesday.

“This emphasises the strong partnership between Deutsche Welle and Channels TV. Together we will inform about the great efforts to protect the environment,” said Mr Momoh.

The new TV magazine which will be jointly produced in Lagos and Berlin will focus on the particular challenges that environmental problems pose for Nigeria and Africa. Mr Limbourg says it is DW’s first real co-production with Africa. He describes it as an important step for the international broadcaster “because it is a real collaboration.”

Over eight million Ethiopians are presently in need of food aid due to the effect of extreme weather phenomenon, El-Nino, induced by climate change, and in South Africa, drought has harvested crop production. Such are the environmental challenges facing Africa, a continent that contributes little to climate change but is heavily threatened.

“Climate change challenges us all. We have to overcome this challenge together,” said Barbara Hendricks, Germany’s Federal Environment Minister.  “And what could be better than deeper insights about each other?”

The signing took place at the German Pavillion in Le Bourget where Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed was also present. She acknowledged the contribution of the media to informing people about collective environmental efforts.