Niger

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Multiple national initiatives, programs and action plans aimed at controlling desertification, reforestation, natural resources management (NRM), participatory forest management, community based land use planning and management (gestion de terroir), and sustainable land management (SLM or gestion durable des terres).

Rapid population growth (doubling in 18 years) and continued pressures on arable land and other natural resources, aggravated by climate change, political insecurity and conflict.

Confirmed evidence first identified in 2004-2005 of the progressive adoption of "farmer managed natural regeneration" (FMNR / ANR or régénération naturelle assistée) between 1980-2005 over 5 million hectares in the densely populated regions of Zinder and Maradi, accounting for an increase of 200 million trees, increase of 100 kg/ha/yr of cereal production, boosting annual cereal production by 500,000 tons, benefitting 2.5 million people.

Significant progress in reclaiming 100,000 ha of degraded land in the region of Tahoua and elsewhere through improved "zai", "demi-lunes" and other water harvesting and soil and water conservation techniques that improve cropland productivity and facilitate the spread of FMNR.

Economic benefits and contributions to increased resilience as a result of widespread adoption of FMNR and other restoration practices has been confirmed through household surveys and action research.

National government is committed to slow land degradation and to accelerate the scaling up of forest landscape restoration and sustainable land management to contribute to multiple sustainable development goals, including improved food security, reduction of rural poverty, sustainable production of woodfuels, expansion of irrigated agriculture and increased resilience to climate change.

Decentralization policies support the emergence of communal action plans that incorporate restoration and SLM.

Restoration Commitment

Restoration Commitment: 
3.2 million hectares
Year Committed: 
2015
Priority Interventions: 
  • Targeted interventions to extend land rehabilitation and protection of upstream watersheds through SLM and soil and water conservation in association with development of irrigated agriculture in lowlands
  • Major bilateral programs to restore resilience in rural communities in 400-600 mm rainfall zone in Niger and Burkina Faso and to "regreen" degraded landscapes by scaling up improved land and water management for food and water security
  • Multiple programs aim to scale up FMNR in association with agricultural development and food security initiatives, to boost current rate of restoration from 60,000 ha/yr to 200,000 ha/hr to help achieve ambitious new targets
  • New initiatives emerging to provide grants and business development services to scale up prviate sector led business models linked to restoration and improved NRM
  • TerrAfrica, Great Green Wall, GEF regional program to Build a Foundation for Scaling up Restoration and AFR100 partnership are assisting Niger to:
    • Review the current extent and compile the best available data on the economic benefits and other impacts of the widespread adoption of FMNR
    • Analyze need and opportunities to revise forestry legislation to remove barriers and to increase the incentives for further adoption of FMNR and FLR practices
    • Assess the role of Community based organizations and strengthened local environmental governance in faciitating the adoption of FMNR and restoration practices
    • Facilitate information sharing and coordination of interventions supported by restoration partners through regular meetings of a national restoration platform
    • Training in ROAM and support to map restored landscapes (in 2011-2016) and priority areas for scaling up restoration interventions
    • Training and assistance with the preparation of scaling strategies for FMNR
    • Production of a documentary film on the adoption of FMNR/ANR in Niger
    • Organization of cross visits and study tours
    • Preparation of new projects to leveraged increased financing for restoration from GCF and others
Alignment with domestic targets: 
  • National commitment to restoration targets (Bonn Challenge, NY Declaration, AFR100, other): committed to restore 3.2 million ha by 2029 as a contribution to the AU resolution to restore 100 million ha by 2030 and to the Bonn Challenge and New York Declaration. 
  • Restoration strategy and targets also support National SLM Strategy (SNGDT) within the framework of improving food security and promoting rural development (3N Initiative)
Requested assistance from AFR100: 
  • Access to scientific and technical data on FLR
  • Mobilization of carbon funds to compensate farmers investing in FMNR
  • National assessment of restoration opportunities