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Deforestation: A menace to Nigeria’s forest

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By Okunloye Abiodun

The country's green economy is at the peak of damage with high deforestation.

Nigeria has been deemed the country with the largest deforestation rate in the world, with an annual loss of 3.7% forest, according to a recent report by the United Nations. This is expected to be of concern to all the parties involved. Forest wildlife serve a variety of climate importance and environmental roles, including preventing desertification, keeping air quality high, and keeping water supplies stable. Forests are home to a wide variety of creatures and hold immense value for humans in various monetary, aesthetic, industrial, and religious contexts. It is anticipated that the incoming administration should give environmental protection a higher priority.

The biggest environmental hazard in Nigeria is deforestation, even though air pollution, population growth, the effects of climate change and global warming are all major problems globally. Not to mention the problems with waste management and disposal, floods, desertification, gully soil, and coastline erosion that plague some areas. Given the current state of affairs, in which criminal gangs and other bandits have taken over the country’s forests, it is clear that environmentally and socially legitimate means of forest management are urgently required.

Insecurity and illicit forest harvesting are a menace to the country.

Many of the nation’s forests were already in danger from bush burning and illicit logging before the problem of criminal encroachment arose, and the lack of actions aimed at their regeneration only made things worse. As things stand right now, there is less than 4% of the country’s natural forest left untouched. It is estimated that 1.5 million trees are cut down every day as a result of illegal forest extraction with even more terrible statistic. There are around 484 different plant species in Nigeria that are in danger of going extinct.

Also, it is estimated that the desert continues to advance at a rate of more than 1.6 kilometers each year. Nearly 3,000 erosion sites have been identified in the Southeast. The flooding in Lagos is also unusual. The rising heat is becoming intolerable, and farmers have a hard time adjusting to the resulting climate variability, both of which have significant societal and economic consequences. The National Park Service, which is tasked with safeguarding extensive areas of forests and the species they contain, is understaffed and underfunded.

Efforts to curb environmental irregularities are necessary.

Several crucial steps need to be performed in the coming years if the country is going to reclaim its land from natural disasters. It’s time to start again with the country’s environmental policy. The destruction and degradation of the natural environment across the nation should be restrained by increasing the fight against insurgency and banditry. Greater attention and resources need to be given to environmental restoration efforts like the Great Green Wall Project. Strict legal regulations should protect the varied ecosystems and their biodiversity.

Additionally, Ecological Funds should be used more openly and be held more accountable to ensure that all of the money is used for its intended purpose. Gas flaring and the usage of antiquated machinery contribute significantly to the emission of harmful gases. Hence more restrictions are needed to stop this practice. The country’s electricity problems need to be fixed so that generators are used as little as possible. There has to be more support and collaboration for the Green Recovery Project at the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF).

Nigeria habits varieties of unique plant and animal species.

Lastly, the remaining forests in Nigeria are home to some 4,000 unique plant species, including several that have proven useful in the study and creation of alternative medicine. The country is home to a number of unique animal species, some of which can only be found here in Nigeria and nowhere else. The Niger Delta is a habitat to a variety of distinctive wildlife, such as the Ibadan Malimbe, Jos Indigo Bird, Anambra Waxbill, white-throated monkey (Cercopithecus erythrogaster pococki), Niger Delta Red Colobus Monkey, and the Niger Delta Pigmy Hippo. However, loss of habitat is a major human caused hazard to all of these vital species.


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AN-Toni
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10 months ago

Deforestation: A menace to Nigeria’s forest.The country’s green economy is at the peak of damage with high deforestation.Express your point of view. 

Abusi
Abusi
Member
10 months ago

Deforestation does a lot of damage to our forestry management. There is need for us to continue to plant trees as soon as possible, it will aid our environment conservation.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
10 months ago

Deforestation is a menace to Nigeria’s forest and has far-reaching implications for the environment, economy, and society. It is important that the government takes appropriate measures to address this issue by enforcing regulations to conserve forests, promoting sustainable land use practices, and providing alternative livelihoods to communities dependent on the forest. Education and awareness-raising campaigns about the importance of forests and the need for conservation are also important in ensuring the protection of Nigeria’s forests for future generations.

Haykaylyon26
Member
10 months ago

Deforestation is causing damage to the environment cutting down of trees without planting another to replace it, this issue need to be solve to safeguard the environment

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
10 months ago

The country’s green economy is at the peak of damage with high deforestation. I don’t know why is that every sector in Nigeria is not working well. We still have so many Forest in Nigeria, all we need is a good management

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
10 months ago

The deforestation problem has really become a big problem in the country and the law binding the act does not strong enough to curb it.The government should put the right law in place to reduce the menace.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
10 months ago

Deforestation causes a significant amount of problems for the management of our forests. It is essential for us to keep planting trees as quickly as we can, as this will assist in the preservation of our natural resources and environment.

Last edited 10 months ago by Ultra0711
Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
10 months ago

It is abundantly obvious that environmentally responsible and socially acceptable methods of handling forests are critically needed in order for ecological health to be improved.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
10 months ago

When it comes to protecting vast forest tracts and the species they house and the agencies responsible for controlling the forest and it is sad that they are woefully understaffed and underfunded.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
10 months ago

To protect the ecosystem and promote animal growth, we must find a solution to the problem of deforestation, which involves the removal of trees without their replacement.

SarahDiv
Member
10 months ago

To be honest with you this current administration is completely docile towards anything that has to do with Forestry protection, Health sector development, Education improvement and development. One of the major part of our ecosystem that should be highly protected is the Forest because with uncontrolled logging of woods exposes us to desert encroachment and upset the delicate ecosystem. I strongly hope that the incoming administration will look into this as a matter of urgency and address it before it goes out of hand.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
10 months ago

Deforestation in Nigeria calls for a major concern. No forest management or regulations in the country. The forest is a home to some many flora and fauna which could be an endangered species. Some of the plant located in these forest are of medicinal value which can potentially generate revenue for the country. Constant exposure to deforestation of these areas may result in desert encroachment and harsh weather condition because the forest play significant role in climate formation. The incoming administration should take up the task of regulating the use of the forest.

SarahDiv
Member
10 months ago

If the rate of deforestation continue like this we should be ready for the worst. This Buhari led administration is too weak to uphold the law nor run the affairs of this nation. The continuous cutting down of trees will lead to desert encroachment, lot of plants and animals will be in danger especially endangered species might be extinct . I hope the incoming administration will act fast to ameliorate the decadence in our society.