SOKOTO NEWMAP AT A GLANCE
The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) is a World Bank assisted project in Nigeria to tackle the problems of Erosion and Degraded Watershed in the participating states in Nigeria.
The Project Development Objective PDO is to reduce vulnerability to soil erosion in targeted sub-catchments. This eight-year multi-sectoral project will finance state interventions to prevent and reverse land degradation initially focussing on Gully Erosion sites that threaten infrastructure and livelihood activities of the people in the country.
The funding includes: a bank credit of USD $ 500 million a grant from The Global Environment Facility Trust Fund in the amount USD $ 3.96 million and a Grant from the special climate change fund in the amount of USD $ 4.63 million.
THE PROJECT HAS FOUR MAJOR COMPONENTS:
Investment in Erosion and Watershed Management.
Institutional and information systems for Erosion and Watershed Management.
Climate change and adaptation and mitigation and,
The project is hosted by the Federal Ministry of Environment. The key implementation hub of the project are staff project management units who under the supervision of the Federal Project Management Unit to ensure that the project activities are carried out with the diligence and efficiency and in accordance with sound technical, economic, financial, environmental and social standards and practices satisfactory to the World Bank.
The project implementation started with seven (7) states of Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, and Imo. However, twelve (12) additional states have joined the project with the approval of Federal Government including: Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, Niger, Kogi, Plateau, Gombe, Delta, Oyo, Nasarawa, Borno and Akwa Ibom. And currently, there are other states that expressed their willingness to join the project.
Sokoto State keyed into the project in July, 2015 with two major challenges of flood and gully erosion.
More than half of sokoto state population in one way or the other affected by the flood.
Gully erosion is another disturbing factor to the eastern and some parts of the city.
The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) aims to reduce vulnerability to soil erosion in targeted sub-catchments. The project is designed to support the country’s transformation agenda to achieve greater environmental and economic security.
In Sokoto State, the project will impact positively towards addressing flood and gully erosion through development of good drainage systems, as well as developing climate change adaptation strategies to boost Agricultural activities and ensure food security and livelihood activities of the people of the state.
To achieve all these, the project has engaged various consultants for their services, some are completed while others are ongoing. The Specific Procurement Notice [ SPN] for intervention for Tudun Wada [ Mabera] Site; storm water management works has been published, Bidding process of the activity is in progress with pre bid meeting held.
To promote sustainable environment development through positive environmental behaviour and livelihood activities towards sustainable development.
To reduce loss of infrastructure and Agricultural Productivity, due to soil erosion and enhancement of livelihoods through integrated watersheds approach.
In an effort to address gully erosion in Sokoto State, the Sokoto NEWMAP has established a Tree nursery that can accommodate over one million tree seedlings. Subsequently, the Sokoto NEWMAP has also successfully rehabilitated about three hundred hectares of lands in...
The Honourable Minister of State Environment, Mr. Ibrahim Usman Jibril has urged participants to leverage on the catchment planning and management training for successful project implementation. The Minister stated this on Monday, 1st August 2016 in Anambra state...