Public-Private partnership in management of community resource
About the Implementing organization
Name: Somdal village
Year of establishment: 1995
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status / Indigenous group or organization
The initiative was based on Public-Private Partnership; involving key stakeholders in the community (Federal Polytechnic Bida, Bida Forum and Traditional Medicine practitioners) from design to execution, financing, monitoring and evaluation. This tripartite partnership with role of each partner clearly spelt out from inception was responsible for success of the project. The community mandated the leadership of the three bodies to take decision which are then presented and ratified by the community. Marginalized groups like women and the traditional medicine practitioners constituted 30% of active role players in the project. Financial contribution to the project by major players in the project and the offer by Federal Polytechnic to host the project ensured sustainability and community ownership. Prospect of marketing natural products from the conservatories and all year round availability of flora increases the wellbeing of the community.
Forests / Wildlife
Type of Action
Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Awareness and education
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Health / Climate action
1. Conservatory host 213 species of plants (some at extinction point), protecting the genetic resource, serving as carbon sink to check climate change.10 Backyard conservatories voluntarily replicated by members of traditional medicine practitioners further reinforces conservation
2. Public awareness campaign-achieved through radio programmes, town hall meetings and use of traditional rulers reaching of 2.3 million people indigenous language. Increased public understanding of climate change manifested as floods, wind storms, erosion, heat wave, etc
3. Training increase capacity of stakeholders to propagate these plants (100,000 beneficiaries).
4. Conservatory and herbarium data base provide material to study biological biodiversity & research on efficacy of these plants used in trado-medical practices
5. Public-Private Partnership in managing community natural resource as exemplified by 3 partners in the project Bida Forum, Traditional Medical practitioners & Federal Polytechnic Bida
Sustainable Development Impacts
The conservatory serve a source of medicinal and economic plants for sustainable use by the community, scientific research and eco-tourism with target of 2.3 million people.
The project is scalable to national level given the multi tribal nature of the Nigerian nation, each major ethnic group has its traditional/cultural medicinal recipes and plants associated with it, which are all at the risk of depletion/extinction. A conservatory could be established in each geo-political zone to protect such plants, language and knowledge associated with it. Collectively such conservatories could become repository for national biodiversity.
Replication has commenced with voluntary backyard conservatories by traditional medicine practitioners,
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