In response to the challenges of gully erosion and the emerging Land degradation and environmental insecurity, a request for assistance was made in 2010 by Mr. President to the World Bank Nigeria office, to support the country in addressing severe erosion and its impacts in south-eastern Nigeria. The Federal Ministry of Environment in concert with the World Bank and its partner agencies thereafter designed the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to address on a multi-dimensional scale the menace of gully erosion in the south east as well as land degradation in the North. The project (NEWMAP) is in line with the growth and resilience goals of Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020.
The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) development objective, aims to reduce vulnerability to soil erosion in targeted sub-catchments. This eight-(8) year innovative, multi-sectoral project is currently financing State-led interventions to prevent and reverse land degradation, initially focusing on gully erosion sites that threatened infrastructure and livelihoods in seven States: Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu and Imo. The Project became effective in September 2013 initially with seven states of Abia, Anambra, Cross Rivers, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, and Imo. In December 2014, seven additional states: Delta, Gombe, Kano, Kogi, Oyo, Plateau and Sokoto joined the Project. In June 2016 five additional states of Akwa Ibom, Borno, Katsina, Nasarawa and Niger also joined the project thus, making the total number of NEWMAP states to nineteen (19).
Integrated Investments : The project Investments include a strategic combination of civil engineering, vegetative land management and other catchment protection measures, and community-led adaptive livelihood initiatives. The sustainability of these investments will be reinforced by strengthening institutions and information services across sectors and States, including support to improve governance, regulatory compliance, environmental monitoring, impact evaluation, catchment and land use planning, and to strengthen Nigeria’s capacity to promote and implement climate-resilient, low-carbon development.