18 Nov ’15: Publication of Report of Outcomes of Stakeholder Consultation Workshop, Phase II, Niger Delta Low Carbon Growth Initiative, 04-05 Nov ’15, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Today, Stakeholder Democracy Network and Carbon-Plus Capital, on behalf of the Partners and Sponsors of the Niger Delta Low Carbon Growth Initiative, released the results and outcomes of a one-and-a-half day Workshop, designed to engage stakeholders in a process of reviewing and strengthening plans for a pilot initiative designed to help Niger Delta’s transition to a low carbon economic future.  The Report sets out the objectives of the workshop, and the feedback of the stakeholders on its different aspect. These were presented through a Programme of briefing Sessions by the project development team each followed by a period of interrogation and feedback in the form of Breakout Groups.  These included SWOT Analysis of each key element of the proposed pilot and a Risk and Impact Assessment of the overall approach:

  •  Session 1: The Problem, Mr. Inemo Samiama, Stakeholder Democracy Network
  • Session 2: The Idea, Mr. Niall Marriott, Carbon-Plus Capital
  • Session 3: The Model, Pillar 1 – Sustainable Ecosystem Services Management, plus SWOT Analysis, Mr. Ochuko Odibo, Project Adviser
  • Session 4: The Model, Pillar 2 – Sustainable Natural Resource Management, plus SWOT Analysis, Mr. Ebenezar Asaah, Project Adviser
  • Session 5: The Model, Pillar 3 – Sustainable Public Services and Infrastructure Management, plus SWOT Analysis, Mr. Niall Marriott, Carbon-Plus Capital
  • Session 6: The Plan, plus Risk and Impact Analysis, Mr. Niall Marriott, Carbon-Plus Capital
Interspersed between these by presentations by a range of external speakers on different aspects of the enabling environment for low carbon economic development in Nigeria: 
  • Presentation 1: The Enabling Environment – The National Climate Change Strategy, Dr Samuel Adejuwon, Federal Department of Climate Change
  • Presentation 2: The Enabling Environment – Lessons from the Field, Cross River State REDD-plus Project, Mr. Odigha Odigha, Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment
  • Presentation 3: The Enabling Environment – Engaging the Skills, Knowledge and Expertise of Local Communities, Mr. Nnimmo Bassey, Health of Mother Earth Foundation

The Workshop is a key part of the project design process underpinning the Initiative and securing licence-to-operate from key actors and stakeholder including the Free Prior and Informed Consent of local communities.  The results will be used to refine the Work Plan for developing a fully researched and developed pilot project.

04 November, 2015: Commissioner Wills, Government of Bayesla State Nigeria, opens Stakeholder Consultation Workshop

Over the next two-days, Yenagoa is providing the location for a one-and-a half-day workshop hosted by the Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment to present a plan to stakeholder which will help transform natural resource management in the Niger Delta and place economic development in the region on a lower carbon more sustainable footing. Opened by Honorable Iniruo Wills, the Bayelsa State Environment Commissioner, the workshop builds on the recommendations of a Scoping Project which was completed in 2014 and is an important step in the process of securing a licence-to-operate from both government and from local communities to carry out a pilot project. Generously supported jointly by the Nigeria embassies of the governments of the Netherlands and Norway respectively, the workshop will interrogate the proposed design and structure of the pilot through a programme of presentations and breakout groups. These will focus on assessing the potential Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Strengths of each of the methodologies the pilot will test and also the potential economic, social and environmental Risks and Impacts that will need to be managed.  A report of the results and outcomes of the workshop will be published in due course.

31 Jan ’15: Carbon-Plus Capital and Stakeholder Democracy Network release findings and recommendations of Phase I of Niger Delta Climate Resilience Initiative.

31st January, 2015

Carbon-Plus Capital and Stakeholder Democracy Network today released the findings and recommendations of Phase I of the Niger Delta Climate Resilience Initiative, a 6-month scoping project to determine the potential of carbon market-based finance to support a transition to sustainable, low-carbon development in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

A key recommendation of the report is the establishment of a public:private partnership with the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Environment of Bayelsa State Government to test the Initiative’s underlying concepts in the form of a pilot.

Phase II will take approximately 12 months to complete and will focus initially on securing a Letter of No Objection from the Federal Department of Climate Change, the Designated National Authority for approving carbon market finance-based activities in Nigeria, a process which the Nigerian Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has generously agreed to support.

18 Sep ’14: Carbon-Plus Capital and Stakeholder Democracy Network signed a Letter of Intent with Bayelsa State Government of Nigeria’s Ministry of Environment to develop Niger Delta Climate Resilience.

18th September, 2014

Today Carbon-Plus Capital and Stakeholder Democracy Network signed a Letter of Intent with Bayelsa State Government of Nigeria’s Ministry of Environment.

The purpose of the Letter of Intent is to test and develop the various forms of market-based finance that underpin the concept of the Niger Delta Climate Resilience Initiative in line with the State’s strategic development objectives.

An important focus of the collaboration will be the future management of the Bayelsa State’s protected area management system which supports globally-significant and highly-threatened mangrove forest alongside other forest types including swamp forest and tropical rainforest.

16 Jul ’14: Carbon-Plus Capital and its partner Stakeholder Democracy Network sign funding agreement with Dutch international development agency Cordaid to scope the potential of joint Niger Delta Climate Resilience Initiative.

16th July, 2014

Carbon-Plus Capital and its partner Stakeholder Democracy Network signed an agreement today with Cordaid, the Dutch international development agency, to collaborate on the development of the partners’ joint Niger Delta Climate Resilience Initiative.

The funding enables the partners to carry out the Phase I scoping project, which will determine the likely support of the federal and state governments for general and specific proposals relating to the potential of carbon-market-based finance to assist the Niger Delta’s transition to sustainable, low-carbon development.

The partners expect to complete the scoping work by the end of the year, when they will publish a report of findings and recommendations.  Assuming the results are positive, Phase II will focus on the design and establishment of a pilot for launch in 2016.

08 Nov ’13: Carbon-Plus Capital and Stakeholder Democracy Network sign Memorandum of Understanding to develop Niger Delta Climate Resilience Initiative

8th November, 2013

Carbon-Plus Capital and Stakeholder Democracy Network, an international non-governmental organisation that works to empower communities in Nigeria’s Niger Delta on their engagement with government agencies, both federal-level and state-level, and international oil companies, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the Niger Delta Climate Resilience Initiative.

The Initiative will focus on scoping the potential of carbon market-based finance to play a role in placing the management of the Niger Delta’s unique ecosystem and underlying biodiversity on a sustainable footing.

The  scoping project will build on a three-year research and development project and will start in 2014.  Assuming the results are positive, including government support at both federal and state level, the project will lead to the establishment of a  pilot to test various carbon market-based finance methodologies in 2016.

08 Jan ’13: Niassa REDD+ & Climate Resilience Initiative receives approval from Code REDD

08 January, 2013

Carbon-Plus Capital’s partnership with Fauna & Flora International received a boost this week when its joint initiative, the Niassa REDD-plus & Climate Resilience Initiative, was approved by Code REDD.

Code REDD is a global non-profit that uses market-based solutions to save the endangered forests of the world. All Code REDD approved projects protect wildlife and plant biodiversity, foster community development, and create sustainable jobs. Code REDD developers have all committed to an industry-leading set of best practices designed to maximize impact and minimize risk (Verified Carbon Standard, CCB, FPIC).  Code REDD connects these developers with socially responsible companies, and works with them to leverage the achievement of their CSR, Sustainability, and GHG reductions goals.

29 Nov ’12: Webcast: Niassa REDD-plus & Climate Resilience Initiative – A Corporate Update

29 November, 2012

On 29 November, 2012, Fauna & Flora International and Carbon-Plus Capital LLP staged a live webcast entitled, “The Niassa REDD+ and Climate Resilience Initiative – A Corporate Update”.

This webcast provided our partners and other interested parties with an update on recent progress towards establishing a financially sustainable and long-term vision for this important REDD+ initiative in Mozambique.

During the webcast, members of the Project Team, provided information on key aspects of the project:

  • The Project Rationale
  • The Carbon Model
  • The Community Model
  • The Financial Model
  • The REDD+ Market

To view the webcast recording, click here.