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Implementing Ecosystem Based Adaptation approaches to both mangrove and the Atlantic Ocean coast line in Cross River State, Nigeria with a focus on institutional and capacity strengthening, combating coastal degradation and sustainable livelihoods
by Nigeria (Forestry Commission, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria) (Government)
1. To strengthen institutional capacity on marine management and advance scientific understanding of ocean acidification.
2. To reduce causes of acidification
3. To reduce mangrove degradation and Nipa palm invasion .
4. To protect coastal communities from changing ocean
5 To expand public awareness and understanding of marine degradation and acidification.
6. to build sustained support for addressing marine degradation.


1. Seek additional support from relevant national governments and to strengthen capacity of key government Institutions through training, workshops etc to achieve Objective 1-6
2. intensify needed process to gazette the mangrove as one of the forest Reserve in the State
3. implement the UN-REDD safeguards and other state and National policies on social and environmental protection to achieve objectives 1-3
4. Seek national, relevant international government collaboration and international non governmental organizations to achieve objective 1-6
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Fertilizer use efficiency
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Manure management
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Reduce invasive aquatic species introduction
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
finalized action plan on climate adaptation including marine protection
50% regeneration (tree planting) in degraded coastalines
increase awareness on ocean, sea and mangrove health throughout the state especially to all mangrove communities in the state
achieve needed capacity building by over 60% in Forestry Commission and other relevant government and non -governmental agencies
Staff / Technical expertise
Forestry Commission staff expertise in forestry and mangrove management, GIS, MRV, Safeguard and Policy formulation
Other, please specify
Fully functional GIS lab
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - June 2019
Cross River State Ministry of Climate Change (government), UN-REDD+ UNEP, FAO (UN entities), University of Calabar, Nigeria (academic Institution), Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria (Government), Cross River State Planning Commission (government) and Cross River Mangrove association(NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Cross River State
Contact information
Edu Effiom, Dr (Mrs), edu.efiom@biol.lu.se, +2348023815032
Forestry Commission (Calabar. Nigeria)
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