Gombe State would take full advantage of the proposed Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL), which is a World Bank project aimed at increasing the adaptation of climate resilient landscape management practices and enhancing livelihoods in targeted arid watershed in northern Nigeria.

The Gombe state Commissioner for Environment and Forest Resources, Dr. Hussaina Danjuma Goje gave this indication during a stakeholders’ consultation on the development of Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for ACReSAL, held in Maidugu Guests Palace, Gombe.

The Commissioner said the objective of the project was in tandem with the policy thrust of the Governor Inuwa Yahaya led administration to revamp reverse land degradation, adding that already the government has made huge investment over the years in terms of environmental protection and sustainability.

She assured that government is ready to provide the needed framework and support that would facilitate the establishment of ACReSAL project in Gombe state because the project has the potential to turn the Agricultural sector into huge development hub through modern technique and innovations.

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She commended the federal government and the World Bank for initiating the ACReSAL project.Earlier in an opening remark, the lead consultant on the ACReSAL project ESMF, Dr. Odili Ojukwu said the project is focused on addressing issues related to afforestation and land degradation in the 19 northern states with the aim of making the land more productive for agricultural activities and livelihoods enhancement.

He said the stakeholders’ consultation was concerned with 5 thematic areas that consist of Safeguard, labour policy, community and livelihoods, institutional structure, and emergency issues.

In a remark, the Gombe State NEWMAP’s Project Coordinator, Engr. Mohmmed Garba tasked the consultants to look into the institutional arrangement.

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