Introducing NEWMAP

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) is designed to support the country’s agenda to achieve a greater environmental and economic security. It primarily supports state-led investments to enhance resilience to soil erosion and associated climate variability and change in specific sub-watersheds…
beginning in the first years with replicable models for priority southern gully sites effective in September Intervention activities commenced initially with seven States (referred to asfirst-mover States), Abia, Anambra, Cross River, joined the Project.

lnJune 2016, a third phase of participating States; Akwa lbom, Borno, Kastina, Nasarawa and Niger joined the Project while the late entry of Ondo State in 2018 makes a total of twenty participating States in the Project.

Overview of Anambra NEWMAP

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), initiated by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and funded by the World Bank (WB) and its partner agencies, is also being implemented in Anambra State, Nigeria and other 18 participating states to help reduce soil erosion vulnerability and to develop the States’ watersheds.

Anambra State because of its friable soil and heavy torrential rainfall is acutely being degraded and destroyed by active gully erosion and perennially suffers huge losses resulting from the impacts of the gully erosion. With each passing year, uncontrolled storm water flow threatens lives and properties as the existing gullies become widened and more menacing. Hence the call by the Anambra State government on the Federal Government to declare the State an ecologically devastated state. With the state’s small land mass of 4,844 sq km, it has lost and still losing so much land to erosion.


The Anambra State NEWMAP Launched in the state on the 26th of June 2014, with a counterpart fund of five hundred million naira fully paid by the state government (despite the fiscal regime of the country) is targeting to remedy and rehabilitate the existing gully and reduce the impacts through the NEWMAP opportunity. Its intervention involves a combination of a hard and flexible structures that include civil works and vegetative development along the gully corridors as well as the human factor. The civil work deployments put a stop to the deteriorating situation in the targeted gully sites which is complemented by the livelihood options to free the people from putting additional pressure on the land.

  • Integrated Investments

    Investments include a strategic combination of civil engineering, vegetative land management and other catchment protection measures, and community-led adaptive livelihood initiatives. The sustainability of these investments will be reinforced by strengthening institutions and information services across sectors and States, including support to improve governance, regulatory compliance, environmental monitoring, impact evaluation, catchment and land use planning, and to strengthen Nigeria’s capacity to promote and implement climate-resilient, low-carbon development

  • Multi-Sectoral Agencies

    NEWMAP involves many Federal and State Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), local governments, communities, and civil society. Effective implementation requires inter-ministerial and inter-state coordination, collaboration, and information sharing. Each component, sub-component and activity will be implemented through relevant Federal and State MDAs. The various MDAs include those responsible for planning, economy and finance, works, agriculture, water resources, forests, transport, power, emergency response, as well as those focused on climate and hydrological information or catchment/ basin regulation. Most of NEWMAP’s investments will be made at the State level, as States have primary responsibility for land management and land allocations.

    The Federal Ministry of Environment (FME) is the lead implementing agency for NEWMAP. A Federal Project Management Unit (FPMU) headed by a Federal Coordinator hosted by FME is responsible for overall coordination. There is a State Project Management Unit (e.g. Anambra SPMU) in each participating State, headed by a State Coordinator and hosted by each State’s Ministry of Environment. The participating states must qualify to benefit from NEWMAP investment activities. All participating states will be eligible to participate in institutional capacity building and technical assistance activities, as these will contribute to meeting qualification criteria to participate in investment activities.

Learn how we are structured

When we were designing this Project, we were very conscious of the fact that this is a problem that seems to have detailed all solutions, so we knew that the journey was not going to be an easy one, it was very clear to us, we did not underestimate the seriousness of the challenge....

As quoted by Dr. Amos Abu

The World Bank Senior Environmental Specialist & Team Task Leader

Secrets behind our Successes

In addition to the Project’s features and programs, it is the people who make NEWMAP what it is and we are extremely proud of the archievements of our staff. We all work together to make valuable contributions to the successful implementation of NEWMAP activities.

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