Climate change mitigation
About the Implementing organization
Name: Neighbourhood environment watch foundation
Year of establishment: 2009
Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status
Climate change and its associated stress is mostly felt by vulnerable community members. The resultant effect of climate change is drought, food insecurity, water stress and health hazards. The over 100,000 tree seedlings carefully selected and planted across the community has helped to mitigate the impact of climate change in the community. carbon is sequestrated through the 100,000 tree seedlings planted and oxygen content in the community increased. Also, issues of poverty and food insecurity were addressed through this program. The harvesting, consumption and sale of the produce has increased household income, the well-being of the members and social security. This is the first time community members are fully engaged in forests conservation, trees planting and local legislation to protect the existing forests and to even extend the forest covers. The spirit of communal ownership led to peace and harmony realising that the trees planted in the communal land is for a communal benefit and this has cemented peaceful co-existence and provide means to address common needs.
Type of Action
Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use
Sustainable Development Element
Food security / Climate action
Through this initiative, three hitherto threatened forests (offia njoroko, ohankwo and ndiobe) have come under protection resulting in wildlife and habitat conservation. The communities promulgated a law prohibiting entry into and illegal cutting down of trees from the forests. Through community legislation, defaulter faces sanction and fines including replanting back the number of trees cut. The village traditional council enforces compliance. The project led to the re-introduction of “kpakpa” a local plant used for soup thickening and making of ropes that had faced extinction. The 1,000 gmelina, and cassia trees planted in the riparian areas serve as a watershed that has protected the communities’ water beds. Increased awareness among the community members on the benefits of environmental conservation is motivating them to consciously practising environmental and natural resources conservation.
Sustainable Development Impacts
This project contributed to SDG 13 and 15 on climate change resulting in Improve education, awareness-raising and human capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation and impact reduction. it also contributed to Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable management of forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. furthermore, it promoted the implementation of sustainable management of community forests, halt
deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation. It is a local action that has global solution as enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Our project led to a policy change at the state level as the Ebonyi state and NEW Foundation is a key player in the National Environmental Policy of Nigeria.The Ebonyi state government seeing the outcome of the project engaged Neighbourhood Environment Watch (NEW) Foundation to lead the implementation of the Federal Government assisted one million tree seedlings in various communities of the state. NEW Foundation has also been engaged to replicate the initiative in Ebonyi and Izzi Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State Nigeria. The project is a success story that showcases the spirit of cooperation and ability of community members to mitigate and adapt to climate change crisis. With little support, community members across Nigeria could raise their own trees, protect their forests and their resources and improve their income levels.
The simplicity and cost effectiveness of the project makes replication easy. All that is required is the felt need assessment of the people, and climate change stress drives the need for change. Our project could be replicated with ease considering the immense benefits in climate change adaptation and mitigation, poverty reduction, improved livelihood and health as well as social inclusiveness, and gender equality component. The Ebonyi state government seeing the outcome of the project directed its replication across some selected local government areas. Currently, we are working with four LGAs. The project has been documented in published works and in audio-visual documentaries such as “Local Solutions to Global Challenges: the Enyigba/Edda Reforestation Project” (2013); “Deforestation to afforestation: the story of Enyigba and Edda Communities” (2014). The project is showcased as a success story by the Nigeria GEF /SGP secretariat in Abuja and in knowledge fairs in Nigeria
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