The focus of drought and desertification amelioration efforts is to ensure the promotion of practices and procedures for reclamation and restoration of dry lands in the country. Implicit in this is the need to formulate and coordinate policies and plans relating to desertification control and drought mitigation. A comprehensive assessment of the extent and intensity of drought and desertification nationwide is at the planning phase. A National Coordinating Committee on Desertification Control (NCCDC) provides overall guidance on the implementation of the UN Convention to combat Desertification (UNCCD).
The mandate of the Department include, among others:
There are 2 operational Divisions:
Two policy documents that will promote dryland management in Nigeria have been developed with assistance for UNDP and are awaiting Federal Executive Council approval. These are: