Adaptation - Resilience
Biodiversity - Forest - Land uses
Economic transition (sustainable supply-chains,circular economy, employment)
Food - Agriculture
Ocean - Coastal areas

Niger Delta Forest for Life NAMA Support Project (NDFL NAMA SP)

The Centre for Ecological and Community Development (CECD), is a Civil Society Organization, protecting the environment in Nigeria with special emphasis on tropical rainforests biodiversity and climate change.

An initiative of Centre for Ecological and Community Development (CECD)

Overview of the project

Niger Delta Forest for Life NAMA Support Project (NDFL NAMA) aims at developing regional forest monitoring systems, strengthening policy, building community capacity for poverty reduction, and climate resilience development, in one of the 10 most important wetlands and marine ecosystems in the world. Reducing forest loss, coastal wetlands and mangroves degradation is critical to mitigating impacts of climate change, and meeting non-Annex 1 countries’ Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) due to their GHG sequestration capacities.

Niger Delta Forest for Life Projects 3 components are:

1. Community-Based Forest management Program (NDFL-CBFMP).  Promoting better practices among rainforest communities for the conservation of high biodiversity, and high carbon sink forests (Forest Carbon Investment program): preserve, and restore about 10,000 km² of rainforest working with governments, and targeting local rainforest communities to protect high carbon sinks and high value forests.

2. Coastal Area Management Program (NDFL-CAMP)NDFL NSP– CAMP is a Coastal Adaption Program with Shoreline wetland/mangrove management and restoration (Blue Carbon program.) The program focuses on the meteorological re-engineering of the Niger Delta coastline stabilization through mangrove forests restoration, and marine resources conservation. It is targeting to permanently protect, and restore over 15,000 km² of Niger Delta shoreline mangroves, which would help coastal communities to reduce coastal erosion, inundations, and other climate change disasters, as well as managing nesting ground of fishery resources.

3. Deforestation free supply chain (NDFL -ALP), which is an agro-eco forestry extension program to prevent commodity-driven deforestation and harm to valuable ecosystems. The Project would develop community-based forest management, with local and regional forest monitoring systems, strengthen local land use policies, and building community capacity for forest and wetland management for resilience development. There’s a need to accelerate mapping, legal recognition, and protection of community forests for tenure rights of forest-dependent communities in the Niger-Delta.


  • Protecting, and restoring 25,000 km² of the Niger Delta coastline and forests;
  • Supporting over 20,000 households of indigenous communities with land use planning, and alternative livelihoods to reduce poverty, reduce impact on biodiversity, and improve climate resilience; returning 15MtC by 2025 with result-based payments.

The range of forest carbon reduction activities included in Niger Delta Region – Forest for Life NAMA Support Project is in the scope of permanent protection of over 25000 SqKm of coastline, and forests and support over 20,000 rural household in 9 States of Niger Delta region.


Our goal is to adapt, and mitigate the impacts of climate change. We want to promote a significant conservation of the biodiversity with sustainable management of forests: maintain and restore the ecosystems to improve resilience to climate change, as well as support sustainable development for impoverished areas, especially among forest-dependent communities.

Level of progress

Pilote operation, experimentation

Project timeline

06/01/2021- 31/08/2025

Quantitative results
  • Developed a tool and carry out baseline survey to identify critical high Value biodiversity corridors and climate vulnerability gaps in 3 LGA in Ondo State
  • Identified important bio-resource enterprises in 10 pilot community projects
  • Identified appropriate, required climate actions that would significantly reduce specific resource pressures on agriculture, fishery, forestry and other land use in the ten communities

Application to NAMA FACILITY
In partnership with IFAD/FGN NDDC/ Livelihood Improvement and Family Enterprises Niger Delta (LIFE ND)
Federal Ministry of Environment Climate Change Department

About the

Centre for Ecological and Community Development (CECD)

John Akintumile Akinnuba
Executive Director/CEO

The Centre for Ecological and Community Development (CECD), is a Civil Society Organization, protecting the environment in Nigeria with special emphasis on tropical rainforests biodiversity and climate change.

  • The mission of CECD is to conserve, restore and protect ecosystems – the people and wildlife that depends on them, by promoting sustainable land use practices, with emphasis on tropical wetland, and rain-forests. Our central hypothesis is that food security, nutrition, and income of a millions of farmers and fishermen households in the Niger Delta can be significantly improved when forests and wetland resources are better managed
  • Our Goal is to promote the conservation of globally significant biodiversity, and sustainable management of wetland and forests and contribute to a meaningful reduction in carbon emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation. We want to increase the contribution that forests make to rural livelihoods by developing more productive land use planning, and forest management options. This would help small farmers and fishermen earn more from the sale of forest products, and ensuring more equitable management of wetland and forest resources
Find them on
A project
in collaboration
  • In partnership with IFAD/FGN NDDC/ Livelihood Improvement and Family Enterprises Niger Delta (LIFE ND)

    Multileteral Organisation

    Engr. Sanni Fatai Abiodun
  • Federal Ministry of Environment- Climate Change Department

    Federal Government of Nigeria Ministry of Environment

    Mrs Halima Bawa-Bwari (Director of Climate Change)
  • Openforests

    non profit organisation

    Alexander Watson