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RCE Zaria - 2019

Establishment of 3000 Seedling Orange Plantation
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Establishment of 3000 Seedling Orange Plantation
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Zaria
Contributing organization(s) : 
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
Professor Adamu Ahmed
Organizational Affiliation: 
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria
Format of project: 
Powerpoint
Language of project: 
English
Date of submission:
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Kaduna State Environmental Protection Policy
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Subnational
National Forest Policy, 2006
At what level is the policy operating?: 
National
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Africa and Middle East
Country: 
Nigeria
Location(s): 
Zaria, Kaduna State - Nigeria
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Professor Adamu Ahmed
Centre for Spatial Information Science,
Department of Urban and Regional Planning,
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria.
Ecosystem(s):
Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Zaria is a major city in Kaduna State in Northern Nigeria, sitting on approximately 563km2 land area. However, settlement predates the rise of Zazzau as the region, had a history of sedentary Hausa settlement, with institutional but pre-capitalist market exchange and farming. With a population of over 1 million, most of the inhabitants engage in informal economic activities. Also, literacy level is also very low despite the fact that the area plays a host to over 13 major tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
During the lifetime of students on Campus, Carbon are generated from their activities like travels during semester break, energy for cooking and electricity generators especially in developing countries and Ahmadu Bello University inclusive. Thousands of Students are graduated annually with no jobs to offer them. The Orange Plantation projects is geared towards addressing this challenges. The project will offset carbon footprints that have being generated by students during their stay at University by donating one seedling of orange. When the plantation is fully established it will create job opportunities and income to the University.
Contents
Status: 
Ongoing
Period: 
September, 2017
Rationale: 
Students generate carbon on daily basis from their activities that are indirectly affecting the environment such as travels during semester break, use of fossils fuel to power electricity generators and source of power for cooking especially in developing countries like Nigeria and Ahmadu Bello University inclusive. At the end, thousands of Students are graduated annually with no jobs to offer them. The goals of the project is to offset carbon footprints that have being generated by students during their stay at University by donating one seedling of orange. When the plantation is fully established it will create job opportunities for skilled and unskilled labour, provide annual income to the university of up to two hundred million annually and the improvement of food supply chain in the region. Each student is required to contribute N500 annually to plant and nurture one orange tree over a period of three years until the tree starts fruiting. The plantation is to provide the basis for establishment of industries in Juice making industry and for sourcing of bi-products. The project provides a transition between ESD learning programmes in the university with lifelong actionable project that students are likely to engage in later part of life.
Objectives: 
1) to establish an orange plantation
2) to establish orange processing industry
Activities and/or practices employed: 
1) Mobile graduating students to donate N500 each for purchase of orange seedling
2) Clear site for planting of orange seedlings
3) Planting of Orange seedlings
4) Maintaining the orange plantation
Size of academic audience: 
Atleast 10,000
Results: 
The Third batch of 3,000 orange seedlings have been planted.
Lessons learned: 
The project has potential of actualizing SDG's, however most of the students could not afford to pay for an orange seedling. Also, the cost of maintaining the orange plantation is huge.
Key messages: 
Nil
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
Nil
Funding: 
Students Contribution of N500 per Orange Seedling & RCE Zaria and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria are responsible for maintaining the Orange Plantation

Pictures:

File Name Caption for picture Photo Credit
Image icon IMG-20191025-WA0002.jpg (112.74 KB) Group picture of students at 2019 Orange plantation tree planting Kamal Tajudeen
Image icon IMG-20191025-WA0004.jpg (92.47 KB) Students Planting Orange Seedling Kamal TAjudeen
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
Direct
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
Direct
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
Direct
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Indirect
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Direct
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
Direct
Theme
Agriculture 
Direct
Forests/Trees 
Indirect
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
Indirect