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Harnessing Generative AI for Climate Change Resilience: A Strategic Imperative for Nigeria

By Faridat Salifu

In a recent revelation, Julia Carvalho, the General Manager for IBM Africa Growth Markets, unveiled the transformative potential of generative artificial intelligence in bolstering Nigeria’s fight against climate change.

Carvalho, in a compelling statement, highlighted the adeptness of generative AI in utilizing machine learning algorithms and its unmatched capacity to automate data processing with remarkable speed and scale.

The technology, she emphasized, has the power to provide humanity with enriched insights into the climate challenge, enabling decision-makers to make well-informed and impactful choices in addressing climate change.

Emphasizing the crucial role of data in combating climate change, Carvalho pointed out the challenges associated with data accessibility in Nigeria, hindering the nation’s preparedness against climate-related adversities, particularly flooding.

“Data unavailability, storage constraints, and reliability issues have posed significant obstacles to conducting research, analysis, forecasting, and economic predictions on a localized scale,” lamented Carvalho, highlighting the daunting nature of this predicament.

Citing the distressing toll of climate-change-induced disasters in Nigeria, Carvalho provided alarming statistics, underscoring the urgency of leveraging advanced technologies to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change.

Concurrently, Carvalho stressed the pivotal role of generative AI in enhancing environmental policies and promoting sustainable practices through robust data analytics.

She commended the technology’s burgeoning capacity to equip organizations with invaluable insights, facilitating the identification of decarbonization opportunities and the formulation of rigorous roadmaps toward achieving net-zero goals.

Addressing challenges such as unstructured or siloed data, complex regulations, and stringent net-zero obligations, Carvalho highlighted generative AI’s potential in surmounting these obstacles.

She underscored the imperative for businesses, governments, and regulators to collaborate with reputable technology partners renowned for their aptitude in developing and implementing scalable generative AI systems, ensuring the creation of robust and trustworthy AI tools.

By embracing generative AI as a catalyst for climate resilience and sustainability, Nigeria positions itself to harness the transformative potential of advanced technologies in confronting the multifaceted challenges posed by climate change.

As the nation rallies its efforts in leveraging generative AI to fortify its climate change mitigation strategies, the trajectory towards a greener and more sustainable future beckons.

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