Archive | October, 2011

UN-REDD Programme Approves US$4 million in Critical Funding for REDD+ in Nigeria

22 Oct

At the Programme’s recent Policy Board meeting, UN-REDD partner countries share valuable lessons learned in implementing their National REDD+ Programmes.


[BERLIN, GERMANY, 17 October, 2011] During its seventh Policy Board meeting 13-14 October 2011, the UN-REDD Programme approved US$4 million in funding for Nigeria‘s National Programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+), bringing the total amount of approved funding for UN-REDD National Programmes to US$59.3 million.

These critical funds support the capacity of national governments to prepare and implement REDD+ strategies with the active involvement of local stakeholders, including Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities. The ultimate goal of these country-led REDD+ efforts is to contribute to the global fight against climate change. With this most recent funding allocation to Nigeria, the UN-REDD Programme is now providing direct support to 14 countries while also working with 21 other partner countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean (see full list of all 35 partner countries and more details  by clicking below).

Deal's sealed. Nigeria's National Coordinator for REDD+, Salisu Dahiru (left) and Policy Board co-chair Alexander Müller shake hands.


REDD involves some kind of incentive for changing the way forest resources are used. As such, it offers a new way of curbing CO2 emissions through paying for actions that prevent forest loss or degradation. These transfer mechanisms can include carbon trading, or paying for forest management.

There are so many questions concerning REDD. Like how the REDD mechanism  will link to existing national development strategies, how  forest communities and indigenous peoples can participate in the design, monitoring and evaluation of national REDD programmes, how  REDD will be funded, how countries will ensure that benefits are distributed equitably among all those who manage the forests and finally, how  the amount of carbon stored and sequestrated as a result of REDD be monitored.

Questions that might  be answered at United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, COP17/CMP7 in Nov/Dec 2011.

LAWMA: Making Climate Change Mitigation Gender-Friendly

21 Oct


I was in Lagos state recently, and visited the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA). LAWMA provides professional, efficient and sustainable waste management and disposal service to the generality of Lagosians, corporate bodies as well as local and state governments. In  a few days, I would be sharing with you a lot more about what LAWMA is doing to save the Lagos environment and ultimately the planet.

But here is a bit of it.

  • By Dec 2011, green energy(electricity) generated by methane gas captured  from refuse is expected to be provided to pilot spots by LAWMA.
  • LAWMA recycles pure water sachets to new products.

    Pure Water Sachets

LAWMA’s  efforts to reduce waste and helping a warming climate has not left the women folk behind the scenes.I noticed that a considerable number of the staff are women. Not just as staff, but participating staff. Women from different class, age and qualification.

Here are pictures of some women making a living from the opportunity created by LAWMA’s vision of managing waste and reducing emission.


A female staff washing Pure Water Plastic Bags for Recycling

Female Refuse Truck Driver

Another Female Truck Driver


Female Hands

Mrs Titi Dada is a Truck Driver.

Ms Faith Owosho also drives a truck.

Engr Abiola Kosegbe designed the LAWMA Transfer Loading Station.

Mrs Moji Adeleye is the Healthcare Facility Manager.

Mrs Tolu Adegbiti manages the Plastic bag recycling plant

Mrs Folashade Kadiri heads the Press and Public Relations Unit

Here is a link to the profile of LAWMA management team.

LAWMA is seriously wearing it’s gender lenses .

Women rule the environment.

‘Extreme’ erosion events require practical solutions

18 Oct


Grassed waterways and mulches in combination with shallow cultivations could help mitigate the increased risk of gulley erosion in some cropped fields, according to a three-year on-farm investigation.

PHCN…… Stop the noise and the carbon.

13 Oct

Nawa o.

I couldn’t sleep well last night, therefore I put finger on keyboard to write this piece.

Power supply  in Abuja has been such bad news. It started with electricity going off  for a few hours on Monday, Oct 10 2011 then gradually going  for a whole day and more. I thought it could just be peculiar to my area which was very unusual (I am favoured to have found an APARTMENT  in an area specially loved by PHCN. Guess they realized that Ugochi has moved in. No vex, no beef me. Receive this same miracle …….AMENNNNNN). Anyway  we soon got to realize that it  was not just us, it was a total ‘’BLACK-OUT’’  in the entire nation. The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN)  shut down five power stations in the country because  Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) shut down five gas stations for maintenance to help improve gas supply to the power plants. With the shutdown, Nigeria will be losing about 1,400 megawatts of electricity. And so since monday, tons of carbon have been realized into the Nigerian atmosphere. To worsen the situation, RIM seized the Blackberry network , right after Airtel users recovered from a network shutdown caused by a protest over the undue sacking of about 3000 of Airtel staff. With all these many issues, ICT had a down time, thereby adding fuel to fire.

I usually sleep and sleep well, and not even a sucker mosquito with metal “piercing and sucking” equipment is able to stop my sleep till I am ready to wake up. This night, was different. The noise generated by the ‘’very many’’ generators in and around my vicinity is able to alter ones sense of hearing. OMG!!!!!!!

Half of my neighbours have been running their generators the past 24hours, not even the darkness of night nor the sweetness of sleep would stop them talk less of ‘’eco-friendliness’’. A large amount of the air we are going to inhale this night and in the days to come would contain some amount of carbon monoxide. Carbon inhalation for the generator user and a non-user like me. Yes I do not use one. Not because my salary no reach, I just don’t like the noise and I ‘’HATE’’ the fume. The last one I had was just powered for a few hours, stayed out redundant for months till I gave it out  and remember I stated earlier that my area has generous supply of power so you would not quite miss not having a power generating set.

The power sector of Nigeria has been a huge failure and over the years, the people are beginning  to give up on ever having constant power supply. We have heard different sweet promises by politicians. We have also seen probes of individuals involved in looting of funds, billions of dollars  meant to bring Nigeria power. Nothing is ever heard after the initial ‘’gragra’’ (so much noise about the issue). We are still believing and hoping that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan delivers on his promise in the area of power provision.

So for millions of Nigerians, especially those who never see electricity beyond 2hrs or less daily, monthly or yearly, this ‘’BLACK-OUT’’ season, the inhalation of toxin has increased. Businesses will be halted, running cost would increase, children would breathe in the fumes emitted, and globally, extra pressure (no matter how small) would be added to earth’s climate. It’s a cycle. This extra pressure will further alter the climate and a rural farmer would cry when the extreme sun dries up her crop, when his cattle finds no grazing area or the excess rain washes her crop and investment away. For we, city dwellers, we would pay some extra naira to put food on our table, And for the super rich who doesn’t mind an extra bucks, you and your entire household would pay by joining the poor/everyone to inhale this air that we are polluting.

For the Politian and contractor who stole the funds for solving this energy crises, u-follow-join. Whether you live in Nigeria or not, the climate we are changing is the same. And the companies manufacturing and shipping to Nigeria, you would experience earth’s anger as well.

I would try and go back to sleep. I do not have the power to stop the deafening  sound from these generators, nor the power to stop  the carbon from finding its way into my room once in a while (because I need air, the windows have to stay open) but I have realized that I have the power to ensure my children have a better environment. The power to secure their future, their health, their share of earth’s resources (until Christ comes for the saints. Yes I am a Christian) and save their own children too. I can do this by sticking to living an eco-friendly life style. It’s not always as easily done as preached, but step by step, day by day, I would ensure that every one of my action is fair to the environment. I would strive to reduce my carbon footprint by ECO-ly thinking through my every action. But for my power to work, I need to work with you. I need you to do your part. Please consider our dear mother nature.Local individual actions would bring about a global result.

By Franke James

I will try to get back to sleep………Awwwwwww!!!!!!! Low batteryyyyyyyyyyyy……….


I have asked about 5 colleagues what they thought about the blackout and guess what, they asked me “When”? They amazingly did not notice. They have gotten so used to NEPA  Never Expect Power Always(old name). PHCN Power Holding Company of Nigeria (new name). We hope this maintenance really improves our electricity. Stop holding the  power. The name change did not work biko !!!!!!

Recycling made “cooler”

12 Oct

Via The Haystack Needle

Recycling isn’t such a rocket science. It’s a simple way of making use of an item you were about to trash. In Nigeria, we have a recycling culture which dates back to our ancestors. Majorly because we needed to make good use of the little we had. These days that culture is gradually vanishing for a lifestyle of  ” all things disposable ”.

I found some great photos of items that have been recycled or UP-CYCLED,(But sincerely, for me, some of these methods are rocket science biko)

See how this old type-writer has been UP-CYCLED.

I may not be able to up-cycle electronics, but if you can, please do. Remember to be careful while handling these electronic materials. Could be toxic.

Here are simpler ones. These I can handle pretty easily. Recycling could be fun if you love to create things.

Via One Woman's Haven

Via Work it Mom

Via Two Shades of Pink

via Crafting a Green World