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Dr Moses Ama, National Coordinator, Nigeria REDD+ Programme



The Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet), a coalition of civil society groups, says it will partner with the government to achieve Nigeria’s targets for Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

The REDD+ programme is the UN collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries.

Dr Ibrahim Choji, Chairman of the Network’s Board of Trustees, made this known during a courtesy visit to the Nigeria’s REDD+ office on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in Abuja.REDD+ is a market-based mechanism for achieving the effective reduction of carbon emissions from forests.Choji said that 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.

“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.”

He urged the Nigeria REDD+ Programme to always ensure strict adherence to the principles of equity and free, prior and informed consent that underpined the mechanism of engendering the collaboration and participation of a larger section of non-state actors in Nigeria.

“CSDevNet has a longstanding commitment to Nigerian forests and its relationship with the REDD+ Programme will reinvigorate the REDD+ Media Network it established in 2013.

“As well as the Nigerian Civil Society Framework on Paris Agreement and the SDGs (NCSFPAS) which was midwife into existence in August 2018 with support from Swedish and the International Development Agency (SIDA) to support Nigeria’s REDD+ programme.’’

Dr Moses Ama, the Nigeria REDD+ Programme Coordinator, welcomed the collaboration and applauded 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.

“The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

He assured the CSDevNet’s team of his secretariat’s support for the effective implementation of set plans which had already been shared with the REDD+ Secretariat.

He stressed the importance of experience sharing, adding that Ekuri, a forest dependent community in Cross River State, is considered as a forerunner in the REDD+ process.

“In a community like Ekuri, capacity building and mobilisation will be very strategic to meeting set objectives,” he added.

Ama called for more collaboration and civil society support for the Nigeria REDD+ processes and the country’s ambitious efforts at forest conservation, climate change adaptation and community development.

CSDevNet is the Nigerian chapter of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), which is a coordinating organisation to several other regional and international groupings that are relevant to its core objectives.

The network brings together organisations comprising grassroots community practitioners, youth, media, women and faith-based organisations to commonly promote and advocate pro-poor, climate-friendly and equity-based responses to climate change.

The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally-led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities in national and international REDD+ implementation.

By Ebere Agozie

Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00


Kenya will host world leaders, heads of state, business leaders and non-state actors in the Third edition of the one planet summit in Nairobi. The summit will be co-chaired by president Uhuru Kenyatta and France president Emmanuel Macron during the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), on 14 March 2019.

The summit Organized by the Government of France, with the UN, the World Bank Group and Bloomberg Philanthropies, aims to accelerate and step-up climate action to deliver high-impact outcomes for African populations and to protect biodiversity in Africa. While Africa is responsible for only 4% of global greenhouse-gas emissions, 65% of the African population is considered to be directly impacted by climate change. This first regional edition of the One Planet Summit will therefore highlight the unique role of Africa as a global partner facing both challenges and opportunities, in particular in the field of innovative solutions for adaptation and resilience.

The second edition of the One Planet Summit reviewed progress on commitments taken in 2017 and announced a variety of new initiatives to accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The report titled, ‘One Planet Summit: The Review of the Commitments,’ released at the conclusion of the event, describes 30 actions being taken under 12 broader commitments that span 150 countries. https://www.oneplanetsummit.fr/sites/default/files/2018-09/OneplanetSummit_ReviewOfTheCommitments_VGB_1.pdf The report also describes announcements and commitments made at the 2017 One Planet Summit, reviews accomplishments and implementation to date, and outlines next steps to be taken.

Some of the announcements made at the second edition of the summit include establishment of research innovative agendas to build on support climate action, lead efforts on climate finance, encourage more climate friendly and sustainable finance innovations.  https://www.oneplanetsummit.fr/sites/default/files/2018-09/Fact%20Sheet%20Annoucements%20-FINAL%20V4_0.pdf

 The Summit will bring together high-level officials and inspiring voices from youth, and civil society to showcase concrete achievements and breakthrough initiatives, and trigger new coalitions and commitments.




Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) will co-host the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum, which facilitates the participation of civil society in the UN Environment Assembly and associated meetings. This event will take place prior to the fourth meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA- 4), which it taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 11-15 March 2019.

This year’s Forum will benefit from the outcomes of the preceding Regional Consultative Meetings. The outcomes and results of those meetings are direct inputs by Major Groups and Stakeholders into the Assembly’s preparatory processes as well as actual proceedings.

The Forum will prepare participants for the Assembly and associated meetings, identify important themes and decisions under consideration by the Assembly, and will provide a platform for an exchange of views and expertise on these themes between governments and Major Groups and Stakeholders, as well as UN Environment.

The Forum will also focus on the main theme of the Assembly “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Production and Consumption” and will link it to the “Towards a Pollution Free Planet” theme of the previous Assembly allowing Major Groups and Stakeholders to contribute with their unique expertise to the inter-governmental decision-making process.

Some of the outcomes that were made during the 17th GMGSF include;

  • The major groups and stakeholders applauded UNEA for the introduction of an online resolutions platform and facilitating of major groups access to the resolutions negotiations processes. This has enabled the major groups to provide inputs as they are developed.
  • The stakeholders expressed their disappointment on the stakeholder engagement policy not being on the agenda of the UNEA 3 assembly. They stated that it was important to have transparent, progressive and proactive policies for stakeholder’s engagement in national decision-making processes.
  • They also expressed their disappointment in the budget allocated for stakeholders’ engagement in UNEA3.They stated that the budget allocated was only half as much as for the last Unite Nations Environment assembly. They urged member states to take up their responsibility to obtain more funding for UNEA.


Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00


Representatives from across the world gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They set the course for action on climate change by discussing the implementation plan for the 2015 Paris Agreement which aims to coordinate international effort to reducing global warming with the target of  at 1.5°C.

While negotiators and observers breathed a sigh of relief that COP24 delegates managed to reach an agreement that will keep the Paris Agreement on climate change on track, many also acknowledged that the rules now in place are a far cry from what will be required to prevent dangerous climate change and help vulnerable countries adapt.

Every country had its expectation and position paper; Kenya, and Africa in particular, expected Katowice climate talks to come up with a strong decision on issues like ‘loss and damage’ to protect vulnerable communities at the frontlines. A section of stakeholders accused developed countries of blocking any link between loss and damage and finance, right across the guidelines.

 The Katowice Package confirmed that whatever the cost, the climate action burden will be borne by the world’s poor, rather than those responsible –The rich countries, who have abandoned their moral and legal obligations yet again!

It is in connection with this that Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) will hold a one-day workshop to engage participants on the key outcomes of COP24 especially on the agreed rules to implement the Paris Agreement that will come into effect in 2020.The workshop will also interrogate the overall Country performance at COP24, the Outcomes and implications to the country and Africa in the short and long-term.

This one day workshop will take place in Nairobi and is expected to bring together all stakeholders in the climate discourse, government, academia and Non state actors.



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