Nigeria

(5 Sites)
Adiani Forest Reserve (information not yet available)

Nguru-Marma Channel
The Hadeija-Nguru wetlands lie in the north east of Nigeria and are among the largest and most important in the Sahel. Before the drought of the 1970s the area covered more than 4,000 km2, which has shrunk to 3,500 km2 today. The wetland is fed by the Hadeija and the Jama-are rivers, and is made up of ponds, flood plains, sand banks and water plants, but also includes dry areas with acacia forests and agricultural land. The area is of great importance to migratory birds. More than 140,000 garganeys and over 100,000 ruffs have been counted there. But the area isn’t just important to migratory birds; at least 1.5 million people, mainly farmers, fishermen and herders, are dependent on it. The region is deteriorating partly due to upstream dams making the system less dynamic, and causing dense reed growth. Tree felling and overgrazing are also degrading the region.

In ‘Living on the Edge’ the success of Daba Magini (see summary in chapter 1) is being used as a model to upscale in other parts of Hadeija Nguru. That means a substantial increase in the number of open canals and streams, leading to the restoration of pools and flood plains. Work is also being expanded to include the dryer vegetation surrounding the wetlands, through management plans and replanting. Daba Magini will also be used as a model project. The Nigeria project is being implemented in close cooperation with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (a BirdLife Partner) and BirdLife International.

Baturiya wetland (information not yet available)
Rima River Basin (information not yet available)
Machina oasis (information not yet available)