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Forest Policies & Governance in Cross River State (CRS), Nigeria Presented at Oslo Governance Forest Policies & Governance in Cross River State (CRS), Nigeria Presented at Oslo Governance Forum, Norway By Odigha odigha Chairman CRS Forestry Commission 3 -5 October. 2011

Nigeria: our forest , our biodiversity • Nigeria has unique forests with endemic species Nigeria: our forest , our biodiversity • Nigeria has unique forests with endemic species found nowhere else on earth • One of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world

Cross River State § The “Gulf of Guinea” forests which start east of CR Cross River State § The “Gulf of Guinea” forests which start east of CR are a global biodiversity hotspot § 50% of Nigeria’s remaining forest § over 1100 butterfly species in CR National Park § 75% of Nigeria’s endangered tree species

Community forestry in CRS • 34, 000 hectare of community forest conserved in Ekuri Community forestry in CRS • 34, 000 hectare of community forest conserved in Ekuri • ODA/DFID - the formation of Forest Management Committees

How we have responded Our political Will: CRS: - Bold Reforms & climate change How we have responded Our political Will: CRS: - Bold Reforms & climate change policy • Stakeholders Summit for the Environment in June 2008 • Two year logging moratorium in place • Established and supported the anti-logging task force § 2009 - Engagement in REDD+ §community engagement and enhancement of local livelihoods key REDD drivers.

Policy reform manage for carbon concession Polcy reform to to manage for carbon concession Policy reform manage for carbon concession Polcy reform to to manage for carbon concession FOREST NURSERY – OBAN Forest nursery, Ranch Resort sub-charge, Obanliku

COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMUNITIES COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FORESTRY COMMISSION COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMUNITIES COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FORESTRY COMMISSION

POLITICAL WILL POLITICAL WILL

COLLABORATION WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 2008 -katoomba: Follow-up • Made contact with UN-REDD, WB-FCPF and COLLABORATION WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 2008 -katoomba: Follow-up • Made contact with UN-REDD, WB-FCPF and Governor’s Climate and Forest Task Force (GCF) 2009 Governor of CRS Formal admission into GCF

Challenges • Low REDD/PES awareness at federal, state and site levels • Low institutional Challenges • Low REDD/PES awareness at federal, state and site levels • Low institutional capacity at all levels • No federal or state level REDD carbon framework/legislation • Uncertainty around land tenure and carbon rights • Low budgets to environment at federal and state levels • Significant gaps in sustainable NTFP harvesting and marketing plans • Combating major drivers of deforestation

Our strengths Aspirations • high degree of political support and leadership remain clean and Our strengths Aspirations • high degree of political support and leadership remain clean and green as a biodiversity hotspot • Significant high carbon habitat and rich biodiversity increased level of forest conservation and protection • Valuable community forestry examples address rural poverty and unemployment by promoting microenterprise • Significant NTFP potential and tree crop farming extend the state forest cover- 5 m seedling annually • Ecotourism potential convert timber dealers and other forest exploiters into forest growers • Large potential client base for purchase of future credits promote rural electrification based on renewable energy

CROSS RIVER STATE’S VISION LAC forest program: FCPF • Within 10 years, Cross River CROSS RIVER STATE’S VISION LAC forest program: FCPF • Within 10 years, Cross River State will have 1 million hectares of forest lands managed for climate change friendly activities • These will include carbon credits, non-timber forest products, sustainable tree crops and ecotourism • This could potentially generate new economic value into the state.

Thank you!!! • We would like to ask for partnership with you on this Thank you!!! • We would like to ask for partnership with you on this journey that we are committed to travelling. • You will have all the political support you require to help us achieve our vision for a carbon friendly future. 15