Sustainable Solutions to Degraded Landscape in Northern Nigeria by Green Sustainability
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The project objectives - developing a land degradation model for diagnostic, reforesting two 250 km2 zones and engaging local communities in actions for their resilience – are clear and respond to a real challenge in these regions. They are also very ambitious because they pretend to integrate very different approaches. However, the feasibility of the project is very difficult to judge because of some major missing elements: why the villagers of this zone would be interested in planting forest? What would be their interest? How to find this huge piece of land for reforestation in a region known for competing claims? A plausible theory of change has to be developed because planting tree does not depend only on the availability of seedlings of tree, it is much more complex, and the return for the zone is a very long term return. To go forward, it seems to me that this project would need to establish strong partnerships with organizations, with proven success in development projects in the zone and experience in participatory approaches.
Issues that question the feasibility, sustainability and scalability of the project are the following: the need of procurement of the land (who will procure it ? who will own it?) why need procurement of the land? Does this mean then to restore the degraded lands in Northern Nigeria, there will be a need to procure all the degraded land to be restored? This is not feasible. Why not thinking of working with the current landowners (communities? municipalities? private owners ) to develop such a project. - the technical and social issues to be also taken into consideration : the identification and selection of species to be used need to be done in consultation with local communities.
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