Twelve more states in Nigeria have joined the NIGERIAN Erosion and Watershield Management Project, NEWMAP, to tackle environmental and land degradation.
The additional states include; Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Borno, Delta, Gombe, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, ‎Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau and Sokoto.
It should be recalled that this multi sector and multi-scale project, with new approach to preventing and reversing land degradation, initially commenced with gully erosion sites that threaten infrastructure and livelihoods in seven States: Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo Enugu and Imo, referred to as first mover states.
Presently, more states have seen the need to combat environmental degradation, hence the twelve new states that have keyed into the project thereby bringing the number of states to 19.
Dr. Amos Abu the Bank’s Task Team Leader on the ‎project disclosed this development recently while briefing key officials of the seven states where the Bank’s Erosion and ‎Watershed Intervention Programme is currently being executed. ‎
Abu disclosed that the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project was established in response to the challenges and the emerging Land degradation and environmental insecurity facing the first mover states.
According to him, in 2010, the project was conceived by the Federal Government in partnership with the World Bank to support the country in addressing severe erosion and its impacts in south-eastern Nigeria and further pointed out that at the moment, NEWMAP is currently intervening, with a high percentage degree of project completion, in 21 active gully erosion sites, in the initial seven states.
The Project is predicated on an 8-year Strategic Investment Loan (SIL) of $508.59M, consisting of a $500M International Development Association (IDA) concessional loan, blended with Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) grants totalling $8,59M. The Government of Nigeria’s contribution would amount to approximately $150M (the Federal Government 60% and participating states 40%).
NEWMAP is designed as a state led intervention, to reduce vulnerability to soil erosion in targeted sub-watersheds, achieve greater environmental resilience to soil erosion and associated challenges of land degradation, loss of biodiversity, poverty, climate change and disaster risks in specific locations in Nigeria.
The project has four components of Erosion and Watershed Management Investments, Erosion and Watershed Management Institutions and Information Services and Climate Change Agenda.

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