Ministry of Forestry commits to reforesting more degraded lands in southwestern Nigeria
Following IITA Forest Center’s impactful contributions to forest restoration in Africa, the Ogun State Ministry of Forestry has committed to further community-based reforestation programs and activities. On 1 February, IITA Forest Center signed another Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reforest additional 300 hectares of the Olokemeji Forest Reserve to implement the AFR100 reforestation project. This followed the successful implementation of an ongoing reforestation project in the area—a tripartite public-private partnership between Nigerian Breweries, Ogun State Ministry of Forestry, and IITA Forest Center, to reforest over 600 hectares of the Olokemeji Forest Reserve.
The new project is funded by the TerraFund for AFR100—a conglomerate effort of World Resource Institute (WRI), One Tree Planted, and Realize Impact. IITA Forest Center made the top 100 African (AFR100) enterprises and projects who won the grant to contribute to the donor’s goal of restoring 20 million hectares of forest lands in Africa, by 2026. The Forest Center approached the Ogun State Ministry of Forestry to request for more land to reforest, and in less than two years from an initial MoU signed with the Nigerian Breweries to reforest 600 hectares of Olokemeji Forest Reserve, another agreement was signed.