Nigeria takes stock of pollinator friendly land degradation action plan

The Guardian
By Chinedum Uwaegbulam and Anietie Akpan
16 March 2020  –

The Federal Government has taken stock of the pollinator land degradation neutrality action plan and jump-started a two-year strategy for the implementation of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) Phase II in the country.

Nigeria is one of the six countries that took part in the third BES-Net Phase I, Regional Trialogue meetings held last year in Nairobi along with Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.

The aim is to raise awareness on the synergies between IPBES Thematic Assessment Reports on pollinators, pollination and food production and land degradation and restoration, promote policy/science/practice uptake of the recommendations in the Anglophone Africa region in alignment with national Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) efforts. 

The Trialogue was an excellent opportunity for participating countries to discuss the status of pollinators and broader land ecosystems in their respective regions; analyze their importance to sustainable local food production, climate resilience and food security; and ways to address the challenges of invasive pests and pathogens, land-use change and pesticide use.

Consequently, Nigeria was selected to participate in the BES-Net Phase II – which seeks to formalize the scientists-policymakers-practitioners partnership and strengthen synergy and complementarity in decisions and actions for sustainable biodiversity and ecosystems conservation in target countries.

The selection is in recognition of Nigeria’s exemplary proactive voluntary set of actions embarked upon as a result of the Nairobi meeting. These include implementation of the Trialogue action plans, joining the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators, which is a global alliance of like-minded countries for promoting pollinator protection, organization of a series of communities/school awareness-raising and sensitization sessions on the protection of pollinators and their habitats.

The quarterly review meeting of the national trialogue on pollinator-friendly land degradation neutrality action plan was held in Calabar, Cross River state last week with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through the UNDP-managed BES-Net initiative.


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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