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The name of the sulution is called "Managing polluted stormwater through low impact development (LID) Approach"

About the Implementing organization


Country: Nigeria

Year of establishment: 1992

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization


LID is often described as a form of storm water management, but it is important to recognize that LID really uses storm water as a form of leverage to improve the entire development process, and to minimize the impact of development on the landscape. Beginning with good site design, Low Impact Development is really a comprehensive approach that seeks to maintain existing natural systems. Development is integrated with the landscape, not imposed on top of it. By selecting from a set of techniques, developers can tailor the Low Impact Development concept to nearly any project; and they will find that in most cases LID techniques are cost-competitive with conventional approaches. What’s more, they can also add value to the site through better landscaping. While it may be new in the sub-region, it’s important to remember that LID techniques come with a proven track record. The techniques we are talking about have been implemented in many parts of the world, in urban areas, suburban areas, small towns, etc. First, it’s not rocket science—all the techniques need to be carefully selected and designed, but in general we’re talking about relatively simple and low-tech strategies, such as vegetated swales; and the most important LID strategy, low impact site design, is more about careful consideration and flexibility than technical expertise

Nature Element

Forests / Wetlands / Rivers / Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Pollution prevention, clean up / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Water security / Disaster risk reduction / Health / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

Preservation and rehabilitation of native vegetation cover in River Ethiope headwaters basins have helped to mitigate the impacts of erosion and channel siltation in headwaters streams and helped reconnect fragmented stream sections and native vegetation reserves. This, in turn, has increased the long-term resilience of watershed services and the capacity of rural communities, to adapt to climate change. The initiative has helped healed the menace of gully erosion 100 percent at the headwater, raised awareness of community people about River Ethiope from less 5% in 1998 to 46% in 2013. Wildlife such as birds, insects and other animals ran away from the headwater are gradually returning to the head water basin day by day. . River issues are now occupying centre of environmental discussion in Delta State. The initiative was instrumental the choice of theme “Sustainable Use of Rivers in Nigeria” for the last year Nigerian Environmental Society conference held in Warri, Delta State

Sustainable Development Impacts

Since the inception of the initiative, ecological value of River Ethiope have appreciated tremendously in the mind of the general public. Wise investment proposals with economic potential are be planed for the region and social interaction with the river have improved tremendously. Visitors are coming from very part of the world to see one of the seven wonders of the world called River Ethiope. River Ethiope is really our national heritage.


The initiative has impacted on policy development of Delta State and Federal government river basin development authorities. This was partly achieved in 2013 by the invitation of government officials in charge of river basin matters for a two-day workshop were knowledge and innovations were shared by participants including private companies and community based organizations and community persons. At this moment, a bill seeking to restore and protect scenic rivers in Delta State has been prepared to be submitted to the Delta State House of Assembly for passage into law. Similarly, the initiative has organized several dialogues among the five-shared local government area councils and communities around the head water have developed local bye law to promote sustainable development of River Ethiope. At the international level the initiative has encouraged the UNDP GEF- Niger Delta Biodiversity Project to select River Ethiope as its proposed site for biodiversity conservation.a


Rivers everywhere faces the same pollution problems. But we don’t have the resources to tackle all the problems at the same time. So, it is wise we use one river as case study and replicate lessons learn to other rivers. The actions which have used so far can be applied to solved other rivers problems in Nigeria or other part of the world. The actions are implemented under an integrated approaches. The actions are implemented under community mobilization, Partnership and collaboration, emphasis on long- term sustainability, Holistic Approach, planning, evaluation and monitoring. Our intending plan of replication is to launch mentoring program for community that provides leadership and interested in restoring and protecting their rivers.

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