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Nigeria to fight deforestation

A programme aimed at tackling deforestation in Nigeria, REDD+, has received $4 million in funds from the UN

Nigeria's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programme, which is aimed at tackling deforestation and activities that lead to dangerous emissions has received support from the United Nations (UN).

The Minister of Environment, Hajiya Mailafiya, while addressing journalists on Saturday in Abuja, said that the UN supported the programme with funds worth $4 million.

Mailafiya who explained the concept of REDD+ programme, said that it is not just to create awareness on the dangers of deforestation, but also to provide solutions.

“The Nigerian REDD+ readiness programme adopted a two-track approach consisting of one at the federal level, which involves capacity building and development of strategic framework for REDD+, while the other is at the state level, which involves intense REDD readiness activities and serve as demonstration model for the country,” she said.

The programme is expected to kick off in January 2012, and will enjoy collaborative partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), and Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).