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Celebrating Success: CO2balance Community-based Forestry Project in Nigeria achieves Verra Registry Listing.

16 May, 2024 | Menelisi Falayi
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After two years of hard work, the Nigeria Community-based Forestry Project (NCBF) is listed on the Verra registry. The project is located outside the jurisdiction covered by a jurisdictional REDD+ program. It is a collaborative effort involving communities in Shere (Jos East LGA) and Miango (Bassa LGA) in Plateau, as well as Sanga (Sanga LGA) and Barde (Jema’a LGA) in Kaduna and Barde (Karu LGA) in Nasarawa.

Community Leaders in Barde

The project aims to promote Community-Based Forestry (CBF) practices on 180,000 hectares, targeting forest-dependent communities in Nigeria. Supported by CO2balance, Windward Controls LLC and City Ministries, the project seeks to promote and implement CBF principles such as forest conservation within forest-dependent communities and generate GHG removals through REDD.

The project area is characterised by high levels of deforestation and poor management of natural resources, threatening people’s livelihoods. Slash-and-burn agricultural activities contribute significantly to the loss of forest cover, resulting in high forest degradation.

The revised 2020 Nigerian National Forest Policy outlines strategies to mitigate environmental challenges, such as climate change resulting from population growth and its impact on forests. The NCBF seeks to add effective measures to combat deforestation in Nigeria through REDD+ initiatives

Moreover, the NCBF project aligns closely with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 15 (life on land). This alignment underscores the project’s dual commitment to tackling climate change and mitigating deforestation, thereby contributing to the sustainable development agenda in Nigeria.

Among our proudest achievements are developing project activities, collaborating with local communities, conducting baseline studies, and signing carbon agreements with local communities.

With our sights set on November 2024, we eagerly anticipate the formal registration of our project, marking yet another milestone in our journey toward a greener, more sustainable future for Nigeria.

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