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    Nigerian Conservation Foundation partners agency to mainstream biodiversity monitoring

    The Nigerian Conservation Foundation has partnered the National Agency for Great Green Wall (NAGGW) to mainstream biodiversity monitoring towards ecosystem restoration to save environment and mitigate effects of climate change in Nigeria.

    Director General of the Foundation, Dr. Josep Onoja disclosed this at a one day workshop on Mainstreaming Biodiversity Monitoring in the Activities of National Agency for Great Green Wall, with stakeholders from Northwest, in Kano.

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    The Director General said the essence of the workshop is to sensitize the participants from the environmental sector on ways of restoring conservation policy through establishing a group that will monitor biodiversity.

    He said over the years, Nigeria has been loosing significant number of trees and animal species that plays pivotal role in the restoration of land, which further lead to degradation, erosion, climate change and other related environmental challenges.

    “But through this monitoring and workshop for the stakeholders in the sector, we can be able to achieve the goal of ecosystem restoration. This can be done by mainstreaming biodiversity to plant the right tree at a right place and the right time in order to plah the ecological role they are maint to play.

    “It is not matter of planting tree anywhere or anyhow, no but to plant the trees and ensure that they are the natural vegetation needed to bring back the biodiversity. Those natural trees serves as food to some species that are very important to human and environment,” he said.

    On his part, the representative of the Director General of the NAGGW, Dr. Yusuf Maina Bukar described the workshop as timely and assured of all the support from his agency for the success of the project.

    He urged residents to complement their efforts of restoring ecosystem through planting of trees and avoiding indiscriminate felling of the existing trees.

    Dr. Bukar blamed the current challenges facing farmers such as draught and change in yields and rain as a result of human activities that tempered with the environment.

    One of the participants, from the Kano Zoological Garden, Hafsat Bello Adamu said with the workshop, people will understand the role that biodiversity monitoring plays in the restoration of trees and animals that plays role in the environment, adding that they relay the same message to the grass roots.

    “The zoo is a conservation area, so we have visitors, researchers, and students coming every day. So we will use the opportunity to sensitize them on taking care of animal species and trees so that we can all work together to save the environment,” she said.



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