Our NbS Journey: Introducing the Northern Nigeria Community-Based Forestry Project

11 January, 2024 | Menelisi Falayi
Categories: Case Study, West Africa

Located in Northern Nigeria, our NbS project will adopt a Community-Based Forestry (CBF) approach. The CBF project aims to contribute to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) through implementing sustainable forest management practices and proactive engagement with local communities. 

To achieve this goal, CO2 Balance and City Ministries have entered into a collaborative effort to spearhead project development and implementation. Integral to the broader framework of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) initiatives, this project aims to establish a robust nexus between communities and environmental conservation practices. 

In February 2023, we initiated crucial discussions with Paramount Chiefs and local leaders, a pivotal step in ensuring community buy-in for the project. This engagement wasn’t just protocol; it showcased our commitment to the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) process, ensuring transparency. As a testament to our dedication, we have compiled the Preliminary Stakeholder Feedback, which is open to the public and available here. This stakeholder feedback period is open for 60 days, ending January 23rd, 2024.

Transitioning to November 2023, the focus shifted to participatory workshops and stakeholder identification—a dynamic platform for collaboration. Stakeholders from varied backgrounds converged, crafting the Theory of Change and Logical Frameworks. These sessions cultivated a shared understanding, aligning everyone with the project’s goals and strategies. 

Looking ahead to 2024, our focus sharpens on conducting comprehensive baseline assessments. Partnering hand-in-hand with local communities, these assessments will form the bedrock of our project’s direction.

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about our work. Join us in this tale of resilience, where trees become pillars of hope. Let’s script a story of sustainable coexistence between humanity and nature.

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