Nigeria: Model Community Climate Mitigation Programs

The Bumaji Clan

The Bumaji Clan, nestled within the expansive Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria, emerges as a beacon of exemplary climate change mitigation practices. In the broader context, the Boki Local Government Area is home to approximately 300,000 residents, making it a significant demographic entity in the region.

The Bumaji Clan’s initiatives stand out for their local impact and broader implications within the extensive Boki Local Government Area. Their endeavors, focused on sustainable practices, gender inclusivity, and community-driven solutions, reflect a holistic approach to climate change mitigation that resonates across the entire region.

A commitment to comprehensive Training and Capacity Building is at the heart of the Bumaji Clan’s strategy. Government-led training sessions illuminate the socio-economic benefits of climate change mitigation and sustainable agricultural practices. The Forestry Commission, with a particular emphasis on empowering women, plays a pivotal role in educating local communities about efficient forest management practices.

The clan’s dedication to Livelihood Support is evident in its encouragement of cultivating economically viable crops, such as cocoa and tropical trees. This not only fosters economic development but also plays a crucial role in reforestation efforts and sustainable farming practices, contributing to the overall ecological health of the Boki Local Government Area.

Education and Awareness Initiatives form another critical pillar of the Bumaji Clan’s strategy, championed by Cross River State’s Forestry Commission. The government agency educates its residents on climate change’s profound impacts and causes. Initiatives like tree planting, advocacy for reduced vehicular emissions, and fostering a collective understanding of the influences of climate change underscore their commitment to holistic awareness campaigns.

Of particular note is the Bumaji Clan’s emphasis on Gender Equity and Participation. Recognizing the indispensable role women play within the community and their vulnerability to climate change, the plan strongly emphasises empowering women. Inclusion in decision-making processes, providing tailored training sessions, and integrating their perspectives into climate actions significantly bolster the effectiveness and sustainability of these mitigation efforts.

The tangible outcomes of these initiatives are noteworthy and reverberate throughout the Boki Local Government Area. Increased food security, improved livelihoods, and heightened resilience against the adverse effects of climate change stand as a testament to the effectiveness of the Bumaji Clan’s approach. Nevertheless, challenges persist, including enhanced access to quality data, better monitoring tools, and securing additional funding to expand their climate action projects.

Given the success and comprehensive nature of the Bumaji Clan’s approach, it holds significant promise for replication in other communities facing similar challenges within the broader Boki Local Government Area. Their emphasis on sustainable practices, community engagement, and gender inclusivity is an exemplary blueprint for crafting and implementing effective climate change mitigation strategies that resonate across the entire region.

Edu Effiom, Head of Unit, Climate Change & REDD – State Coordinator, UN-REDD Programme, Cross River State Forestry Commission, Nigeria


This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Nigeria Country Manager Michael Johnson.


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