Nigeria Forges Ahead with REDD+ Readiness
Nigeria has recently been actively engaged in a number of REDD+ readiness activities on topics ranging from safeguards to national greenhouse gas inventories to tree planting of indigenous species.
The UN-REDD Programme is deeply saddened by the bomb attack in Abuja on Friday 26 August, targeting the UN. The UN-REDD Programme wishes to express its support to the UN family in Nigeria, who has been an invaluable partner on REDD+ as well as in countless other development and policy initiatives.
From 2-4 August in Abuja, a technical consultation was held to review the Nigeria National Programme document in conjunction with the draft UN-REDD Programme Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria (S&E P&C). Through the course of the consultation, over a dozen participants from the Federal Government, Cross River State Forestry Commission, federal and state NGOs and UNEP discussed aspects of social and environmental safeguards for REDD+ in Nigeria. After an initial day discussing the multiple benefits and risks of REDD+, participants simultaneously reviewed Nigeria's National Programme document and the draft S&E P&C. This joint review process reinforced both the strengths of the Nigeria National Programme and the relevance and applicability of the draft S&E P&C.
|The Governor Senator Liyel Imoke planting a tree to mark his 50th birthday.
Throughout August, the Cross River State Forestry Commission, with a commitment to conserve the Cross River State forests and wildlife resources, embarked on a extensive planting of indigenous trees to restore degraded lands in Cross River State. Through this process, the Commission hopes to extend the forest cover of the State by 25 per cent by 2015. The Commission is planting about one million trees this current planting season and plans to plant five million trees annually for the next four years. The exercise, which was recently launched by the State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, is being carried out across the State. The Forestry Commission plants in the degraded forest reserves and also provides seedlings and technical support for a community tree planting programme anchored on collaboration between the local government councils, communities and the Forestry Commission.
From 8-12 August, 2011, a training and capacity building workshop was held in Abuja under the CD REDD II Project, which was designed to build in-country capacity in potential REDD+ countries on the preparation of their national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories for emissions and removals related to the agriculture, forestry and land use sector. The workshop was conducted by a technical team from the Coalition for Rainforest Nations Workshop participants were trained on the use of agriculture and land use (ALU) GHG software; provision of data management utilities; step-by-step guidance on the inventory process; quality assurance/quality control; and digital archiving and documentation procedures.
|Participants at the specialist training on GHG Inventory conducted by a Technical Team from the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN)
In all, 20 officers involved in GHG-related activities - drawn from the Departments of Forestry, Special Climate Change Unit, Drought & Desertification Amelioration in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria Air Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), and Cross River State Forestry Commission - participated in the full training. Such specialist training on GHG inventory was the first ever to be conducted in Nigeria, and its large number of participants contributed to making it a success. This type of training also helps identify the type and level of support needed by Nigeria to establish its National GHG inventory system. This enables the country to advance in preparation towards developing its national MRV system that will provide concrete evidence and valid numbers about the results it will deliver under the forthcoming REDD+ mechanism.
Nigeria has also been actively engaged in the development of participatory governance assessments, the finalization of the Nigeria National UN-REDD Programme document which will be presented at the UN-REDD Policy Board in October and preparations for a multi-stakeholder event, the REDD+ University, to be held in Cross River State in October or November.