Aims & Objectives

Objectives and Beneficiaries
NEWMAP supports the country’s transformation agenda to achieve greater environmental and economic security. It will primarily support State investments to enhance resilience to soil erosion and climate change in specific sub-catchments, beginning with the development of replicable models for priority southern gully sites in the first years, and readying northern states for later interventions.

The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to reduce vulnerability to soil erosion in targeted sub-catchments.

NEWMAP will take an integrated catchment management approach to erosion that will be informed by lessons learned on the interlinked challenges of poverty, ecosystem services, climate change, disaster risk management, biodiversity, institutional performance and governance. In doing so, the project will raise awareness and capacity to promote long-term climate resilient, low carbon development. GEF and SCCF support will be fully blended with IDA resources to fund locally driven planning and replicable, innovative investment actions for protective tree cover and biodiversity, urban storm-water management, and water harvesting.

NEWMAP’s major benefits will occur in the form of:

1. Improved erosion management and gully rehabilitation which will provide for:
• Reduced loss of infrastructure including roads, houses, markets etc..
• Reduced loss of agricultural land and productivity from soil loss caused by surface erosion.
• Reduced siltation in rivers leading to less flooding particularly in urban areas and with will also lead to preservation of some of the water systems for improved access to domestic water supply.
• Reduced risks of floods (due to reduced siltation) in rural areas and reduced impacts on villages and agricultural areas.
• Reduced sedimentation in rivers and in water infrastructure such as canals and dam reservoirs improving their life and productivity.
• Reduced lowering of the water table from the ravines caused by gullies.
• Improved access to economic activities, social services, communication and road networks.
• Progressively restored vegetative cover and improved environmental conditions due to increased vegetation cover for wildlife, carbon sequestration, and make local microclimates more humid.