Community based Environmental Conservation for Mitigation of Land degradation and Sustainable Development in Ajowa, Ikaram/Ibaram, and Okeagbe communities of Akoko North West LGA, Ondo State
Community based Environmental Conservation for Mitigation of Land degradation and Sustainable Development in Ajowa, Ikaram/Ibaram, and Okeagbe communities of Akoko North West LGA, Ondo State
Akoko North West fell 2374 trees per month out of the total of 87370 trees fell in the entire State (MIN. OF NATURAL RESOURCES, AKURE 2008). With the number of trees being fell increasing by the year with no replacement, erosion has eaten away farmlands and has rendered the road less motorable, especially the routes leading to farmlands. Indiscriminate disposal of waste which blocks water canals also aid erosion in these communities leading to land degradation. Oke-agbe, Ajowa and Ikaram/Ibaram are given to subsistent farming in cassava, maize and plantains. The people are mostly petty traders based on their produce from the farms. With land degradation, they have been experiencing abject poverty with little or no farm produce for feeding let alone for sales. Youth are now engaged in carpentry and timber cutting for sales, causing more harm to the land textures. This proect is therefore expedient in these areas for reforestation with Jethrohpa and ogbono trees as income generating activities for the communities. Project Activities include include 10 advocacy visits, 3 social mobilizations for acceptance and ownership of project, 3 days baseline survey, 5 days training for 18 CV, 3 days step-down training for 36 vanguards, tree planting, 4 sessions of Green Ribbon Campaign to involve a total of 200 stakeholders, 4 quarterly town hall meetings of 36 environmental vanguards, 4 sessions of meetings of CV, 4 review meetings of PMT, End Project Survey and production of Impact Assessment Newsletter and Documentary.

Environmental Impact
• What measurable impact has the project had in terms of environmental protection since the beginning of the project? Where possible, please provide statistics and numbers that document the change or impact of the project over time.
7000 seedlings of mahogany and ogbono were planted for afforestation on 4 hectares of erosion-invested farmland. This has helped to curb erosion, replenish soil nutrients and eventually will become mini forestry.
• What have been the secondary benefits?
Income Generating Activity via Cassava farm and Processing Unit and food security for the 50 direct beneficiaries and the community members at large.
• (Biodiversity) Have species, habitat or ecosystem s been protected through your work? If so, please describe
Yes, an area of 4 hectares have been designated for forest conservation.
• How does your group measure the environmental impacts?
The conservation of the designated area, maintenance of the planted seedlings, the number of trained participants on Climate Change Effects and Adaptation; and attitudinal change in the adoption of Energy Saving Bulbs.
• Discuss the impact of project in the GEF focal area
The project has met GEF focal area as a Capacity Development Project in Climate Change via the training of 350 community members on the knowledge and impacts of Climate Change on our environment and farm yields. The community had believed that the gods of the land had been responsible for the shortage in farm produce and flooding due to extreme weather variations. Again, the project also has fulfilled GEF focal area as a Demonstration Project in its 7000 tree seedlings to salvage 4 hectares of affected farmland.
• State the size of land/forest restored and or protected during this project
Four hectares of land conserved for tree planting
• Describe (give facts and figures) the outputs on climate change achieved by the project350
? community members gained right knowledge on impacts of Climate Change and the mitigation strategies
? Energy efficiency campaigns conducted with 75% adherence to the use of energy saving bulbs. 500 packs (amounted to 12000 pieces) were distributed to participants, schools and households respectively.
? Four hectares of land restored with natural vegetation (tree planting) to curb erosion and increase soil nutrients
? 36 community members trained on plastic waste recycling. They are to enlighten their peers in the community against indiscriminate waste disposal habit by gathering the plastic waste together for recycling.
• Please indicate the number and hectares of Protected Areas that were positively influenced through this project – four hectares of land area.
• Please indicate the number and hectares of Indigenous Community Conserved Areas that were positively influenced through – four hectares
• Please indicate the number and name of sustainably produced biodiversity and agro biodiversity products supported through SGP - 7000 Ogbono and 1000 Mahogany seedlings
• Please indicate the number and name of significant species with maintained or improved conservation status through projects
Socio-economic impacts
• What measurable change has there been in local incomes and job opportunities? (change in average household income, job creation, revenues, livelihood diversification, livelihood/income diversification, market access etc). The project created job for the local bricklayers and electrician in the community who worked on the local cassava-processing factory while the youth were being engage by the direct beneficiaries to help in loading the cassava out of the farm with payment. Women now have more bags of garri to sell at the local market and that means more income. They have a stable factory where they processed their garri without having to go out and pay elsewhere, which, formally had slowed down work for most of them for lack of processing fees.
• Where possible, please provide statistics and numbers that document the change or impact of the
project over time. 50 household headed women now have increased income. More than 350 households had been using the energy efficiency bulbs distributed
• Have there been secondary benefits? (Investments in infrastructure, poverty reduction, higher awareness, etc.)
Every year, the Ajowa people celebrate their festival/anniversary. In the current year, the women were able to contribute funds towards the festival. Drop out from school had reduced as mothers who had been direct beneficiaries could pay their children/wards school fees in the community.
Have revenues from the project been reinvested into school fees, hospitals, local infrastructure, etc? Yes! The children of the 50 direct beneficiaries could now attend school regularly due to prompt payment of school fees and other educational fees & materials provided for. Household feeding had increased thereby promoting good health which prevents frequent visits to clinic on account of ill health.

Policy Impacts
• In what ways has your initiative advocated for policy change?
It has helped to advocate for the inclusion of more women in the Ajowa Community Development Council at the community level.
• Has there been success in influencing policy at what level (community, institution, municipal, regional) and what were the critical factors that made that success possible?
There had been positive influence at the community level vis-à-vis the women contribution in the community through the dividend gotten from the project.
• What have been the barriers and the successes removing these barriers?
• Have there been any regional (subnational) or national policies or laws that were enacted or changed as a result of your project?
• (Biodiversity specific) Has your community engaged in the planning, implementation or review of National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plans? The community is yet to attain NBSAP, nevertheless, BLF engaged in NBSAP in 2013 organized for the State Ministries of Natural Resources and Agriculture by the Federal Government at the State level.
• (Climate Change specific) Has your community engaged in the planning, implementation or review of the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs)?
BLF has engaged in NAPAs through the State Ministry of Environment.

• Was there any special participation by women (e.g. as project proponents, implementers, beneficiaries). If yes, how vital was their participation in the project’s success?
Yes, 50 household headed women were the direct beneficiaries of the project. Their contribution had been very vital as they helped in planting and post-planting maintenance, weeding and production process. They guided the farmland from the Fulani Cattle herders by having a meeting with their head (Baba Seriki) to inform them that the farmland was a special one, as the entire community owned it. This made them keep their cattle off the farmland. They safeguarded the four hectares of conserved with tree seedlings.
• Please provide any statistics on the number of women involved in the project, or the number of women benefitted by the project?
The direct beneficiaries of the project were 50 household women. Furthermore, more than 250 women were reached with training workshops and project end-result.
• Did SGP assist grantees to acquire gender training?
Yes, during the review trainings in Abuja, 2014 through GEF.
• What action did SGP take to overcome gender barriers in achieving SGP project goals? In case any project created a gender issue (e.g. gender imbalance), what were those issues and what action did SGP take?
Nil. The project did not experience any gender issue
• Does SGP have a strategic partner to strengthen gender equality and gender empowerment in your projects? Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the Gender Desk Officer of the Climate Change Department in the Ondo State Ministry of Environment.

Indigenous Peoples
• Was there any special participation by IP (e.g. as project proponents, implementers, beneficiaries). If yes, how vital was their participation in the project’s success?
There was IP at the beginning, during and at the end of the project implementation. They actually implemented the project planting phases by themselves and would continue long after BLF has left the community. Their participation was vital to the success of the project because most of the raw materials that were inadequate were source locally to augment and project supervision and dispute settling were also done by the community members. If they were not being carried along, a lot of things would have gone wrong and the project implementation grounded.

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Project Snapshot

Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 35,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 15,000.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
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