Following the Regional Trialogue for Anglophone Africa on “Bright Spots for Land Degradation Neutrality, Pollinators and Food Security” held on 28-20 May, 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya, Nigeria has demonstrated exemplary proactive voluntary set of actions for the implementation of the Action Document. These include among others the joining the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators, a global alliance of like-minded countries for promoting pollinator protection and the organization of a series of communities/school awareness-raising and sensitization sessions on the protection of pollinators and their habitats.
Along the same line, the first quarter review meeting of the national trialogue on pollinator-friendly Land Degradation Neutrality country action plan was held on 11 March 2020, in Calabar, Cross River State. The meeting brought together key stakeholders from the forestry, agriculture, researchers, academia, government ministries, departments and agencies, non-governmental organisations and others to come up with a national implementation and work plans that will guide the action plan that was developed during the Trialogue in Kenya.
In recognition of its leadership role, Nigeria is selected to participate in the Phase II of BES-Net (BES-Net II), which seeks to formalize the scientists-policymakers-practitioners partnership and strengthen synergy and complementarity in decisions and actions for sustainable biodiversity and ecosystems conservation in target countries. To this end, Nigeria will benefit from BES-Net II catalytic funding for a pilot project with strong focus on the implementation of the action plan for real impacts on the ground.