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Illegal killing, smuggling and other forms of illicit trade in wildlife do not only hurt the economy and the ecosystem, they also fuel organised crime as well as feed corruption and insecurity, undermining the sustainable development of the country. The Director, Technical Programmes, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Dr. Joseph Onoja, expressed this concern during an event aimed at educating students from various schools in Nigeria about environmental and conservation issues, while marking the 2016 World Environment Day at the Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC), Lagos, on Thursday. According to him, the illegal trade in wildlife has caused the decline of many species in Nigeria and the world. He said animals such as Pangolins, Elephants, Sea Turtles and Vultures are usually poached and their body parts are sold for sundry uses and traditional medicine, which he said has pushed such animal species at the risk of extinction without taking into account their health and economic benefits to the society. Dr. Onoja said it would take dedicated and sustained effort by everyone in the society to turn the tides, saying “people need to understand the damage this illicit business is doing to our environment, livelihoods, communities and security,” and that awareness creation needs…
Because they play vital roles in the ecosystem by forestalling exposure to anthrax, rabies, tuberculosis and other deadly diseases in the society and also render free sanitation services valued at several millions of naira, Nigerians should make efforts to protect birds. Birds such as vultures, which may be considered non useful to many, should also be accorded such protection as they are “natural environmental sanitation officers.” These assertions were made by the Director General of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Mr Adeniyi Karunwi, in Lagos, through a press statement during the event marking this year’s World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) with the theme: “…and when the skies fall silent? Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade.” According to Karunwi, a single vulture provides a scavenging benefit valued at around N2, 308,200 (US$ 11,600) over its lifetime, but sadly, birds are sometimes illegally hunted, targeted for sport shooting and trapped in their numbers for pets and meat, leading to a marked decline in all species of migratory birds. He lamented the fact that the skies “are almost silent in Nigeria because of the over 90 per cent decline in our vulture population,” adding, “vultures clean up carcasses and waste from our urban…
Exploitation of earth’s resources has brought about a shift from moderate to extreme climate conditions and people need to seek opportunities to engage in activities that will enhance the quality and longevity of the environment to avert an imminent danger. The Director General of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi, who said this during the commemoration of Earth Day 2016, also added that mankind will face serious consequences if unsustainable extraction activities should continue on the planet, even as he said “already, the consequences of a depraved planet are with us.” Speaking through a press statement in Lagos, Karunwi said the theme of this year’s Earth Day, "Trees for the Earth," could not have come at a better time than now as people globally now know the role trees play in remediating the microclimate and mitigating climate change as well as value addition to property and other health benefits. To this end, he affirmed the NCF’s commitment to creating a healthier and sustainable planet as the Foundation supports activities geared toward restoring and rehabilitating degraded forestlands such as one the Earth Day’s goal of planting at least 12 million trees on or before the 50th anniversary of the event…
Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has said her ministry would convene an emergency forest and biodiversity dialogue with relevant stakeholders to show its zero tolerance for the level of damage done to forest in Nigeria. Mohammed, who said this during the celebration of International Day of Forest in Abuja, yesterday, added that all commissioners of environment, directors of forestry, Ministry of Finance and relevant NGOs would be involved in the dialogue aimed at putting a stop to activities causing deforestation and forest degradation. According to her, forest in wetlands depends on water sources and at the same time, forest ecosystem sustains water quality and helps mitigate the risks of water related disasters. But she said, “Many see forest as source of revenue generation with little or nothing ploughed back for forest development. Activities of timber merchants, especially illegal loggers, continue to worsen the situation and the Ministry has zero tolerance for the damage done to the forest in Nigeria.” She described the rate of deforestation and forest degradation arising from intensive logging of timber and fuel wood extraction as unacceptable. In his own submission, Director General of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Adeniyi karunwi said if about two-third of the estimated…
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To mitigate the effects of climate change on the environment as already being felt in Nigeria, public advocacy about the environment should be intensified among the populace so as to be more aware of the need to adjust their lifestyle to reduce carbon emission which poses a threat to human existence. This assertion was made by the Director General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi, at the Foundation’s headquarters in Lekki, Lagos, during the event to commemorate the Earth Hour 2016, organized in partnership with a nongovernmental organisation, Connected Development (CODE). During the event that was marked with the symbolic one-hour of darkness, between 8:30pm and 9:30 pm, so as to encourage the reduction of carbon emission, observed across over 170 countries according to time zones and broadcast worldwide via the social media, Karunwi said there was need for social and political will to intensify campaign against the rise in global temperatures and its ripple effect on the environment because many Nigerians are still unaware of the benefits of building a clean energy economy and the risks of not doing it. According to him, this accounts for the reason the NCF is willing to support every effort of the…
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