The national kick-off meetings brought together national GLOBE leaders, government officials and civil society for a first dialogue on the shaping of the 3-year national work programs.
The GEF6 Medium-Sized Project “GLOBE Legislators Advancing REDD+ and Natural Capital Governance Towards the Delivery of the 2030 Agenda” was cleared by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat last December, with UN Environment (UNEP) as the implementation agency.
The project aims at facilitating the adoption of legal frameworks on national REDD+ and related natural capital governance issues connected with Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Senegal. Since two of the countries, Nigeria and Senegal, are participants in the Great Green Wall project, legal readiness underpinning action in both countries and implementation experiences will also receive attention. More generally, South-South dialogue among legislators of the project partner countries and from other countries with successful REDD+ and SFM experiences will be at the core of the project.
Early February saw the celebration of the statutory kick-off meetings in the partner countries, convened by national GLOBE chapters and the International Secretariat, represented by Mgr. Rafael J. Aybar as Programme Director.
The kick-off meeting held on 7th February at the National Assembly of Nigeria was chaired by Hon. Sam Onuigbo, Vice President of GLOBE Nigeria, and attended by GLOBE Members Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, Hon. Ayo Omidiran, Hon. Aminu Shehu Shagari, Hon. Isreal Famurewa, Hon. Blessing Ibiba Nsiegbe, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, Hon. Adekoya A. Abdel-Majid, Hon. Darlington Nwokocha, Hon. Dr. Henry Archibong, as well as by Mr. Innocent Onah as GLOBE Nigeria Coordinator. Stakeholders included representatives of the Federal Ministries of Environment and Budget & National Planning, the National Bureau of Statistics, the National Biotechnology Development Agency and the National SDGs Office at the Presidency, alongside Dr. Chidi Magnus from SEPAN, Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo from ASTEVEN Group, Professor H.K. Ayuba from Nasarawa State University, Dr. Eugene Itua from Eco Natural Capital.
GLOBE Nigeria VP Hon. Sam Onuigbo wrapped up the meeting stating: “We are going to keep working together as people who are conscious of climate change and forests and natural capital degradation, as this is costing the nation continually. As a nation, Nigeria is facing dire times as a result of environmental degradations (..). Many of us do not have an in-depth knowledge of what is going on. This project answers a real need for support and inspiration. We should borrow ideas from friends in other parts of the world who have successfully carried out environmental preservation and adopt them in Nigeria”.
The kick-off meeting in Senegal, Dakar, took place on 9th February, hosted by IUCN, which will act as the leading technical partner for the project in Senegal. The kick-off meeting was chaired by REPES / GLOBE Senegal President Hon. Ibrahima Baba SALL, and GLOBE Members Hon. Pape Biram TOURÉ, Hon. Yoro SOW and Hon. Cheickhou Oumar SY, alongside IUCN Head of Mission in Senegal Racine KANE, and delegates Mame Sokhna NDIOUCK (Direction de l’Environnement et des Etablissements Classés - DEEC), Alassane Samba BALDÉ (DEEC); Moussa DIENG (Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles - ISRA), Amadou Moctar DIEYE (Centre de Suivi Écologique - CSE) and GLOBE Senegal Coordinator Mohamed DIEDHIOU.
The kick-off meetings will be followed by Analysis & Planning and expanded Stakeholder workshops over the coming months, to design the multi-annual work plans that will inform the work of GLOBE legislators on forests and natural capital in the partnering countries.