Dr. Dahir Muhammad Hashim, the Project Coordinator of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) initiative, has revealed plans to plant over 10 million trees across Kano State over the next four years.
The initiative seeks to combat desertification, address climate change impacts, and enhance agro-climatic resilience in the region. Dr. Hashim, in a recent interview with a local radio station, detailed a meticulous strategy to plant 2.5 million trees annually, starting this year.
The collaborative effort with Civil Society Organizations and other agencies aims for a comprehensive and inclusive afforestation approach, covering various geographical areas, including major metropolitan roads.
The project sees these trees as more than just a tool against climate change; they are anticipated to enhance air quality, boost soil fertility, and lower evapotranspiration rates.
Dr. Hashim emphasized the dedication of all stakeholders to surpass previous obstacles and attain the established goals.
ACReSAL, a collaborative initiative involving the World Bank, the Federal Government of Nigeria, and the governments of nineteen Northern states, aims to combat deforestation by distributing fuel-efficient cooking stoves. Additionally, there are initiatives in progress to allocate specific woodlots, restricting logging activities and averting further environmental degradation.