Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in collaboration with the Cross River State Forestry Commission (CRSFC) has secured $65,000 from the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force’s Funds for the "Strengthening of Forest Carbon Assessment and Monitoring System for Cross River State, Nigeria".
The goal of the project is to improve Forest Carbon Enhancement (FCA) and other low carbon emission pathways and monitoring in Cross River State in compliant with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) decisions.
The Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) is a unique sub-national collaboration between 29 states and provinces from Brazil, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and the United States.
The GCF seeks to advance jurisdictional programs designed to promote low emissions rural development and reduced emissions from deforestation and land use (REDD+) and link these activities with emerging greenhouse gas (GHG) compliance regimes and other pay-for-performance opportunities.
The GCF focuses on all aspects of efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and establish lasting frameworks for low emissions development. It facilitates the exchange of experiences and lessons learned across leading states and provinces; synchronizes efforts across these jurisdictions to develop policies and programs that provide realistic pathways to forest-maintaining rural development; supports processes for multi-stakeholder participation and engagement; and seeks financing for jurisdictional programs from a range of sources, including pay-for-performance public finance, emerging carbon markets, and ongoing efforts to de-carbonize agro-food supply chains.
The project seeks to:
- Develop forest monitoring plan and establish sufficient number of sample plots to estimate carbon stocks to an uncertainty level of 10% of the mean at a 90% confidence interval.
- Install and assess supplementary Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) in Cross River State.
- Carry out research of wood density data and production of database for Nigerian species.
- Identify the most appropriate biomass equations, including validation of existing regional Allometric Equations (AEs) and/or conversion of existing volume of AEs to biomass functions.
- Produce standard operations manual, based on initial manual developed by Winrock International and Cross River State Forestry Commission.
- Train staff on carbon stock sampling, Permanent Sample Plots establishment and monitoring including data analysis.
A meeting was held at the Cross River State Forestry Commission (CRSFC) with the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) team of the UN-REDD+ Programme to kick start the implementation of the GCF-supported project.