The last two days of September 2016 in Abuja featured a gathering of stakeholders who attempted a final review of draft documents of both the National Forest Monitoring System Action Plan (NFMS AP) and the National Forest Reference Emission Level/Forest Emission Levels (FRELs/FRLs).
Organised by the Nigeria REDD+ Programme, UN-REDD Programme, Cross River State Government and Federal Ministry of Environment, the forum set out to validate and adopt the documents as the roadmap to benchmark and assess REDD+ implementation in Cross River State, which is hosting the nation’s flagship REDD+ project site.
L-R: Philip Bankole, Director, Department of Forestry, Federal Ministry of Environment; Dr Alice Ekwu, Cross River State Commissioner of Climate Change & Forestry; Prof. Augustine Ogogo, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Calabar; and Takon Daniel Etta, Special Adviser to the Governor of Cross River State on Climate Change
L-R: Okibe Richards, Communications Development Officer, Nigeria UN-REDD+ Programme, Federal Ministry of Environment; Dr Victor Fodeke, Alternate Member, UNFCCC Committee on Kyoto Protocol (Enforcement Branch); and Sir Thomas Fameso, retired Director, Department of Forestry, Federal Ministry of Environment
L-R: Dr John Fonweban, FAO Regional Technical Advisor for REDD+ in Nigeria; Prof Shadrach Akindele, Dean, School of Agric. & Agric. Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure; and Dr Francis Akinsanmi; Department of Forest Resources Management, University of Ilorin
Dr Edu Effiom, State Coordinator, Nigeria REDD+ Programme, Cross River State (left) with Dr Francis Akinsanmi, former coordinator, Nigeria Environmental Management Project, FORMECU
L-R: Rose Ekpor, MRV Team Leader, Nigeria UN-REDD+ Programme; Bridget Nkor, Head, GIS/Forest Monitoring Unit, Cross River State Ministry of Climate Change & Forestry; and Harwa Umar, Gender Focal Person, Nigeria UN-REDD+ Programme
A cross-section of participants at the workshop