Equitable and Sustainable Management of Land and Water Resources of the KYB
'The most water-stressed basin in Nigeria'
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The KYB Project's goal, objectives and expected results

The KYB Project started with the goal: the equitable and sustainable use of land and water resources of the Komadugu Yobe Basin (KYB) through improved management. The long-term goal of the Project is now changed to ensure the security of poor people and their livelihoods enhanced through demonstrating, replicating and scaling-up of restoration and sustainable management of water resources and ecosystem services in the Second Phase of the Project.

The First Phase of the Project started with a purpose of helping to establish a framework for broad-based and informed decision-making process based on agreed principles for equitable use and sustainable management of the KYB. This was done using the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approaches that incorporate ecosystem concepts to develop and coordinate solutions in the basin.

Under the Second Phase, the Water and Nature Initiative (WANI) will work closely with the Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission (NIWRMC) to support application of lessons and approaches from KYB to roll-out of the Commission's strategic plan at national level. This is focused on effective coordination, planning and management for the equitable, economically efficient, and environmentally sustainable use of water, land, and other environmental resources of the shared national and international water resources.

To help catalyse change in water resources management in Nigeria under the leadership of the Commission, the purpose of the Second Phase is integrated river basin management approaches demonstrated through field projects and scaled up to Nigeria-wide and transboundary initiatives focused on sustainable resource management that delivers pro-poor livelihood benefits.

The specific objectives set for the Second Phase are follows:

  • To provide guidance and facilitate learning that supports stakeholders in implementing the KYB Catchment Management Plan and leads to improved decision-making concerning the normalization of flows, reversal of degradation of land and water, loss of biodiversity and linking of livelihood benefits to sustainable use of ecosystem services

  • To replicate demonstrated IWRM approaches through field projects in new river basins use demonstration results as the basis for scaling-up to country-wide initiatives that deliver sustainable resource management and pro-poor livelihood benefits

  • National consenses building and dialogue supporting social mobilization, capacity-building, and best practice river basin governance

  • Improved tranboundary cooperation in the Lake Chad Basin through exchange of ideas and learning on best practice water governance, with scaling-out to other regional tranboundary basins

  • To ensure that the Project is effectively managed, monitored and evaluated, so that lessons on managing river basins are learned and disseminated to benefit similar initiatives

The Project has been re-designed and expected to deliver the following key results in the Second Phase:

  • Guidance and learning in KYB implemented;

  • Replication in new river basins;

  • Catalyzing country-wide familiarization and applications from KYB results;

  • Transboundary management in the Lake Chad Basin initiated; and

  • Project effectively managed, monitored and evaluated and lessons learned and disseminated.

A complementary activity being considered by the Project with other partners is:

    Re-optimization of the Tiga and Challawa Gorge dams, irrigation systems and rehabilitating channels to restore human livelihoods and ecological functions in the Hadejia-Jama'are-Komadugu-Yobe Basin.

Donors to the Project as at January 2010 are as follows:

  • The Directorate General for International Development Cooperation (DGIS) of The Netherlands through IUCN-WANI Programme; and

  • The Federal Government of Nigeria through Federal Ministry responsible for Water Resources by way of NIWRMC.
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