At the request of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, UNEP is conducting an independent
assessment of the environmental and public health impacts of oil contamination in
Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta, and options for remediation.
UNEP’s decision to respond to this request recognizes the human and environmental
tragedy associated with oil contamination in the Ogoni region – where oil
exploration and production began in the 1950s.
To undertake its scientific assessment, UNEP is working with the Rivers State
University of Science and Technology, Nigerian government officials at the national
and Rivers State level, traditional rulers, local landholders, laboratories
and many other stakeholders. See also Links.
UNEP's fieldwork in Ogoniland and laboratory analysis are now completed.
The report is being finalized.