What we do

The ACReSAL project is a multi-sectoral and multi-institutional scheme, covering Environment, Agriculture and Water. It was designed by the Federal Government to combat desertification, restore degraded lands, and special ecosystems for agriculture and biodiversity conservation. We are a World Bank sponsored project that aims to increase the implementation of sustainable landscape management practices in northern Nigeria and strengthen the country’s long-term enabling environment for integrated climate-resilient landscape management.

Specific Environmental challenges in Benue Sate

Specific environmental challenges in Benue state cut across deforestation, erosion, flooding, land degradation, effects of climate change including drying up of some streams among others.

Dry land Management

Support Strategic Watershed Planning Processes, Prioritize major investments to address land degradation in the state and complement investments at the community levels. The State is working with World Bank and FPMU to conduct delineation and characterization of watersheds.

Community Strengthening

At this initial stage of implementation, the project is carrying out community strengthening by formation or strengthening inclusive community groups, community sensitization, agro-climatic resilience training and participatory information dissemination.

This is supported by the Focal Non-Governmental Organization (FoNGO) whose responsibilities include Support State Project Management Unit (SPMU) Advocacy, Sensitization Activities and Conflict Resolution across the Intervention Sites.

Institutional Strengthening

The Benue SPMU has been involved with various World Bank Trainings and Missions including;

  1. 11-Days Technical/Work and Procurement Plan Workshop, Oriental Hotel, Lagos State – 3rd-14th August, 2022.
  2. 10-Days Hybrid Implementation Support Mission/Workshop, Bristol Palace Hotel, Kano State – 10th-20th October, 2022.
  3. 7-Days Hybrid Workshop/Clinic on M&E/GIS/MIS, Hayatt Regency Suites, Kastina State – 7th -14th December, 2022.
  4. Another Mission was hosted by the World Bank for the 2023 Calendar Year Result-Based Procurement Planning and Capacity Building Clinic, Reitz Continental, Central Business District, Abuja: 23rd-26th January, 2023.
  5. Recently Benue ACReSAL team participated in missions/workshops on Safe Guard instruments, Financial management, Leadership Skills  and Remote Sensing/GIS use in project management organized by the World Bank.