Anambra Afforestation project

Aimed at the conservation of natural forests in different areas of anambra state

Introduction

The Anambra Afforestation Project is a tree planting program funded by NCF (Nigerian Conservation Foundation) aimed at the development and conservation of natural forests in different areas of Anambra State to aid erosion control, carbon sink, research purposes, ecotourism services, economic crops marketing and most importantly job creation.

Project objective

  • To restore Forest richness and sustainable utilization within Anambra State and Southeast at large.
  • To provide carbon sink and contribute to climate change mitigation.
  • To provide an environment for natural resource conservation and ecotourism services.
  • To conserve natural forest in the University campus for research and environmental educational activities. 

Project benefit

In addition to the environmental benefits, the project will create jobs for locals as tree planters, forest guards, specialists and even more. This will lead to improved livelihoods and strengthened households 

Unizik-NCF

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Amachala, and Agulu communities are the 3 chosen locations in Anambra for the project. UNIZIK campus is the first location where tree planting has already commenced. Representatives of SSDO and NCF have met with the school authorities and a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. C. Esimone.

Pro. Charlse Esimone, Vice Chancellor of UNIZIK expressed a huge interest in the project and is willing to give us maximum support. About 70 hectares of land has been allocated to the project. This location has also been included in the university’s master plan.

Unizik Project Specifications

GIS Mapping of the estimated conservation area in unizik (70hects)

Training of Bio-Resources Conservation Monitors

There was a 6 days Training of Bio-Resources Conservation Monitors that started on Monday 30th Nov – Saturday 5th Dec 2020. This training took place at Chike Okoli Hall in UNIZIK. This planned training covered Biological Monitoring and Assessment, Anti-Poaching and Paramilitary Forest Surveillance, Proposal Writing, Bird Watching, Tourism and Principles of Tour Guiding. The Vice Chancellor of UNIZIK was also present all through the process and handed over certificates to all the participants at the end of the 6 days training. These monitors will be responsible for the Afforestation sites and the entire conservation area from now onwards. This will control poaching and other forms of trespasses   

Key Areas

Empowerment

Creating jobs for locals hence improving livelihood.

Environment

Boosting forest conservation, erosion control and ecotourism services.

Education

Conserve natural forest for research and educational activities.

activity Photos

Some of the Moments

The Youths and Women of the University community were engaged in the Tree Planting.