The Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet), a civil society group is to partner government to achieve Nigeria’s target for Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degraded Forests (REDD).
The chairman of the network’s board of trustees, Dr Ibrahim Choji, who stated this during a courtesy visit to Nigeria’s REDD+ office in Abuja, recently, said the visit was part of the activities for the commencement of the World Bank funded Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) project in Cross River and Ondo states.
“We are ready to create a workable and seamless flow of interactions between the government and the forest dependent communities in Nigeria,” he stated.
“This is with a view to eliminating friction, needless suspicion and to build the capacity of forest-dependent communities to engage in the UN REDD process,”Dr Choji stated.
He urged the Nigeria REDD+ programme to always ensure strict adherence to the principles of equity and ensure the collaboration and participation of a larger section of non-state actors in Nigeria.
In his response, the Nigeria REDD+ programme coordinator, Dr Moses Ama, commended the civil society network for taking the right step in aligning with the National REDD+ Secretariat.
According to Ama, experience sharing is key to achieving such a huge task.“The UN-REDD programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries,” he said.