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Images: Cross River State REDD+ stakeholder forum

As the Readiness Phase of Nigeria’s REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) Programme draws to a close, project promoters met last week for a total of three days in Calabar (Cross River State) and Abuja (Federal Capital Territory) to, among other issues, put finishing touches to the draft National Framework Strategy for REDD+.

The Readiness Phase is being sponsored by the UN-REDD Programme (United Nations Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), a collaboration involving the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

While the two-day Calabar event (that held from Tuesday, 29 November to Wednesday, 30 November, 2016) entailed a Cross River State Stakeholder Forum, the Abuja gathering (on Friday, 2 December, 2016) was a National Technical Committee meeting that set out to validate the National Framework Strategy for REDD+.

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EnviroNews presents faces as the Calabar meeting.

L-R: Dr Moses Ama (National Coordinator, Nigeria UN-REDD Programme), Prof. Patrick Matakala (Lead Consultant), Sylvester Okolufua (Consultant), Samuel Adedoyin (Consultant on Natural Resources Management, UN-REDD), and Dr Ekpenyong Ita (Director of Forestry, Cross River State & Chairman, Technical Committee, UN-REDD Programme)  Images: Cross River State REDD+ stakeholder forum DSC 0031 e1480859779433

L-R: Dr Moses Ama (National Coordinator, Nigeria REDD+ Programme), Prof. Patrick Matakala (Lead Consultant), Sylvester Okolufua (Consultant), Samuel Adedoyin (Consultant on Natural Resources Management, UN-REDD), and Dr Ekpenyong Ita (Director of Forestry, Cross River State & Chairman, Technical Committee, Nigeria REDD+ Programme)

Dr Alice Ekwu, Cross River State Commissioner of Climate Change & Forestry (middle), flanked by Dr Edu Effiom, State Coordinator, Nigeria REDD+ Programme, Cross River State (left); and Chief Damian Ariah, a traditional father from Boki in Cross River State  Images: Cross River State REDD+ stakeholder forum DSC 0034 e1480860227523

Dr Alice Ekwu, Cross River State Commissioner of Climate Change & Forestry (middle), flanked by Dr Edu Effiom, State Coordinator, Nigeria REDD+ Programme, Cross River State (left); and Chief Damian Ariah, a traditional father from Boki in Cross River State

From right: Dr Godstime James (National Space Development Research Agency), Pastor Joachim (Afi Wildlife Sanctuary, Boki), Matthew Olory of the Cross River State House of Assembly, and some legislators  Images: Cross River State REDD+ stakeholder forum DSC 0059 e1480861042327

From right: Dr Godstime James (National Space Development Research Agency), Pastor Joachim (Afi Wildlife Sanctuary, Boki), Matthew Olory of the Cross River State House of Assembly, and some legislators

Dr Moses Ama, National Coordinator, Nigeria REDD+ Programme, making a presentation  Images: Cross River State REDD+ stakeholder forum DSC 0050 e1480860869576

Dr Moses Ama, National Coordinator, Nigeria REDD+ Programme, making a presentation

Harwa Umar, Gender Focal Person, Nigeria REDD+ Programme, making a contribution  Images: Cross River State REDD+ stakeholder forum DSC 0139 e1480861563281

Harwa Umar, Gender Focal Person, Nigeria REDD+ Programme, making a contribution

Dr Felix Aya of the University of Calabar making a contribution  Images: Cross River State REDD+ stakeholder forum DSC 0094 e1480862420466

Dr Felix Aya of the University of Calabar making a contribution

Mr Eje Emmanuel of the Women Environment Programme (WEP) making a contribution  Images: Cross River State REDD+ stakeholder forum DSC 0079 e1480863173289

Mr Eje Emmanuel of the Women Environment Programme (WEP) making a contribution

A view of participants at the meeting  Images: Cross River State REDD+ stakeholder forum DSC 0065 e1480863341440

A view of participants at the meeting

 

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