GLOBE Nigeria held final preparatory Stakeholders Workshop to refine information and agree on project delivery cooperation for the multi-country Legislative project on REDD+ and natural capital ”GLOBE Legislators Advancing REDD+ and Natural Capital Legislation towards achieving the 2030 Agenda” (GRNCLP)
The joint kick-off meeting of stakeholders to the GRNCLP was held on 7th February 2018 under the leadership of GLOBE Nigeria President, H.E. Senator (Dr.) Bukar Abba Ibrahim, CON.
Speaking during the welcome remarks of the workshop, GLOBE Nigeria President and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Climate Change was pleased about the project, known as GRNCLP concept as it will increase the capacity of Legislators and Policy Makers to better understand the importance of natural capital and REDD+ in helping to address environmental problems and achieving sustainable development.
The Special Assistant to the President of the Senate of Nigeria, Mr. Innocent Onah, who coordinates GLOBE in Nigeria, stated that the workshop is meant to strengthen the legal framework and the capacity of institutions and stakeholders for the delivery of the SDGs and climate objectives dependent on forests and the sustained flow of ecosystem services. He emphasized that the GRNCLP in Nigeria will apply natural capital approach and REDD+ in strengthening multi-sector planning cooperation, thereby bringing together authorities tasked with forest, natural resource, land use planning, budgeting and implementation, to work for a common purpose.
Mr. Isah Abubakar Sadiq, from the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) provided a brief introduction of what the Great Green Wall program represents, capturing in detail the agencies activities, goals, methods of implementation among the northern states and the progress from 2015 till date. He went on to affirm the desire to contribute to the upcoming project as well as a commitment to provide the required data to ensure the achievement of set goals.
The National REDD+ Secretariat led by Dr. Moses Ama welcomed the project and agreed to collaborate with the GRNCLP to achieve her objectives. He explained that because deforestation and forest degradation are the second leading cause of global warming, there is no better time than to act now.
He reiterated the need for legislators to make policies that would create room for other things to follow because it is the policies that would change the mindset of the people, discourage double dipping and working in silos on similar problems. He urged GLOBE Nigeria Legislators to consider funding REDD+ readiness programs across Nigeria in compliance with meeting up with Nigeria’s NDC commitments to the Paris agreement.
The workshop drew participants from Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, NGOs, Private sector and the Academia to synergize and harmonize as a team the delivery of the GRNCLP in Nigeria.
GLOBE Nigeria Vice President, Hon. Sam Onuigbo made the closing remarks for the workshop, thanking participants and promising that GLOBE Legislators in Nigeria will bridge the missing gaps between our economy and the environment through the GRNCLP. He also urged our other pilot countries in the project to step up activities so the project can commence in earnest.