Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes moves to reclaim, restore lost landscapes in Kano

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Dr Dahiru Hashim, the Kano State coordinator of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL), Dr Dahiru Hashim, said that the project is to recover and restore lost landscapes arising from natural causes and human activities.

Hashim made this known while addressing newsmen on Thursday in Kano

”We are committed to addressing the environmental challenges that affect the state such as climate change, drylands, erosion and flooding, land degradation and issues that affect the livelihood of communities which is mainly agriculture.

”The ACReSAL project is anchored on four broad components that speak essentially to the demand of the poor whose livelihoods have been distressed,” he said.

Hashim also said that the ACReSAL project has drilled solar powered boreholes and establish tree nurseries in some local government areas of the state.

He said that the intervention would boost agriculture and improve the standard of living of the people while the tree nurseries would help to combat desertification and soil erosion.

He expressed the commitment of the state in improving and protecting the Kano environment with priority and attention to the sector on issues of biodiversity conservation and restoration of degraded lands.

“ACReSAL plans to undertake Erosion control work in Rarin, Dawakin Tofa and Bulbula/Gayawa, Nassarawa and

Ungogo Local government areas.

“Construction of water conservation structure and provision of minor irrigation facilities in ‘Yartiti, Shanono and construction of water conservation structure and provision of minor irrigation facilities in Fajewa, Takai Local government area.

“Establishment of 100ha individual farmer orchards and Woodlot plantations, 200ha of woodlot in communal forests and institutional plantings.

“440ha farmer managed natural regeneration of indigenous tree species on individual farm lands and communal forests and promotion of climate smart agriculture through FLID and CRF among others,” he said

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the  World Bank’s 700 million dollars ACReSAL project being implemented in collaboration with the federal government and the 19 northern states and the FCT was recently officially launched in Bauchi by Gov. Bala Mohammed, thus becoming the first among the participating states to unveil the project implementation.

The ACreSAL project is embarked on by the Federal Government to build community resilience as well as improve the sustainable productivity of its natural resources in Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba, Niger, Kwara and Kaduna.

These northern states including the FCT , the federal government said are faced by rapid desert encroachment ranging from severe to moderate and marginal.

Other incentives of the project are the strengthening of the environment for integrated climate-resilient landscape management, fighting issues surrounding desertification, drought, landscapes degradation and deprivation at community levels as well as resuscitating the sectors of agriculture, environment and water resources. 

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