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The role of afforestation programme in combating desertification in Nigeria

Medugu, Nasiru Idris and Majid, Mohammad Rafee and Johar, Foziah and Choji, I. D. (2010) The role of afforestation programme in combating desertification in Nigeria. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 2 (1). pp. 35-47. ISSN 1756-8692

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17568691011020247


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to determine the extent to which an afforestation programme as spelt out in the Forestry II programme has checked the encroachment of desert in the arid and semi-arid zone of northern Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach – The study is carried out in the afforestation project states aimed at evaluating the success/failure of the program. Field observation and a site visit are conducted on some communities as well as policies relevant to forestry sector are reviewed. Findings – The preliminary findings of this paper indicate that the afforestation projects had a positive impact on both biophysical and socioeconomic environment and contributed to the sustainability of the afforestation programme. Research limitations/implications – This paper is primarily focused on the various components of the Forestry II programme and the extent they have helped in combating desertification. Originality/value – The paper addresses the need for sustainable afforestation projects and discusses on how the community effort and participation of women plays an important role during the afforestation programs.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Forestry, Deserts
Subjects:S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:39152
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:25 Jun 2014 12:08
Last Modified:27 Sep 2018 14:01

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