21 January 2015
Lafia — Nasarawa State may be selected as one of the few states in the country to be rewarded for their efforts in forest conservation, a programme run by the United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation plus for enhancing carbon stocks, sustainable forest management and the multiple benefits of forests (REDD+).
REDD+ is a gateway for green development and economies, allowing countries to access climate funds, reports say. A few countries are engaged in REDD+, with Nigeria joining in 2010. Cross River was selected a pilot state and, now with additional funding, there is provision for two more states to join. Presently, scoping missions are on in some states - Taraba, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Delta, Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos - which have applied to be included in the REDD+.
Nasarawa State's application attracted a visit by REDD+ to assess its capacity to implement the programme, according to Salisu Dahiru, national coordinator of the programme, who is also the Director of Forestry at the Ministry of Environment.
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