Twelve additional states have recently become partners with the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in combating environmental and land degradation. The states include: Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Borno Delta, Gombe, Kano, Katsina, and Kogi. Others are Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau and Sokoto.
The multisector and multi-scale project, which adopts innovative approaches to preventing and reversing land degradation, initially commenced with gully erosion sites that threaten infrastructure and livelihoods in the states of Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu and Imo, referred to as first mover states.
NEWMAP’s activities has however scaled out from the initial seven states to 12 states, now making a total of 19.
Dr. Amos Abu, World Bank’s Task Team Leader (TTL) 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.
NEWMAP, it was gathered, was informed by the need to respond to the challenges and the emerging land degradation and environmental insecurity facing the first mover states.Read more