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The role of international, national and sub-national policies in sustainable forest management and climate change in Nigeria : a case study of Cross River State Afolabi, Tolulope Esther

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Strategies that enhance the mitigation and adaptation of climate change have become a subject of global concern. Selecting Cross River State, Nigeria as a case study, I analyzed forest related climate change mitigation and adaptation policies using the 2016 ITTO criteria and indicators for Sustainable Forest Management. I considered the ITTO framework a relevant tool to achieve the objective of this study because it promotes the sustainable management, conservation, use and trade of tropical forest resources. The potential of ITTO to present a proper representation of Nigeria’s progress with climate change mitigation and adaptation using forest resources made it a suitable tool for this study. I performed a review and historical analysis of international, national and sub-national climate change policies, their roles, progress and limitation. This study reveals the progress that have been made through harnessing forest resources to mitigate and adapt to climate change in Cross River State (CRS), Nigeria. Our findings reveal that some progress have been made with addressing climate change using international, national and sub- national forest-related climate change policies within Nigeria. Internationally, Nigeria has produced three national communications under UNFCCC indicating its commitments and progress towards addressing global climate change. Nigeria’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) indicates the nation’s strategies towards addressing climate change within Nigeria. Moreover, the progress that have been made with CRS REDD+ strategies reveals the subnational progress that have been made towards addressing climate change in Nigeria. However, this study reveals the dire need for climate change and forest policies improvement to suit the unique context of addressing climate change within Nigeria.

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