Climate Change: Green Sahara Farms plants 386,000 trees – MD

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By Tosin Kolade

The Green Sahara Farms (GSF) on Wednesday announced that it had planted 386,000 trees in some communities to manage the impact of climate change in the country.

The Managing Director of the farm, Mr Suleiman Dikwa, who said this while unveiling the Environment Social Governance (ESG) Principles report in Abuja said 10,000 trees were also planted in 24 unity schools across the country.

The ESG is a framework that helps stakeholders understand how an organisation is managing risks and opportunities related to environmental, social and governance issues.

According to him, the activities are part of efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goal 13, which is targeted at taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

He said through its activities, young foresters’ clubs have been formed to promote afforestation in schools in targeted states.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the organisation is working in five states of Gombe, Yobe, Adamawa, Plateau and Nasarawa.

He said that within the last 10 years, the organisation had been addressing the obstacles that inhibit the realisation of agro-development goals using landscape restoration and boosting agricultural productivity.

This, he added was to consolidate value chains, synergise resources and ensure food sufficiency in the world with Sub-Saharan Africa as a reliable base.

The managing director said the organisation is focused on achieving SDGs which bother on no poverty, no hunger,  partnerships, climate change,  education among others.

Dikwa said the organisation had reviewed its current operation to identify emission activities and understand their carbon footprint, saying this provided an insight on the data to be collected and metrics to be tracked.

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He stated that no fewer than 85 households had been impacted in the use of bio-gas to achieve the net- zero emission target.

On gender equality and inclusion, Dikwa said 40 per cent of farmers so far reached are females, adding that this had sustained participation.

The organisation, being the first to commit to ESG principles, got recognition from Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA), a program targeted at developing global network of living labs for nature, people and the planet.

CBA was established by His Royal Majesty King Charles III, aimed at demonstrating how harmony can be achieved by empowering people and nature while restoring biodiversity globally. (NAN)

Edited Julius Toba-Jegede

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