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By Abraham Adekunle

The program will promote food security and control of natural disasters.

The African Regional Institute for Geospatial Information Science and Technology (AFRIGIST) in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State plans to tackle environmental management and sustainable socioeconomic development in Nigeria. At the occasion, Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, drew the attention of the management to disciplines that will promote food security, regional integration, population matters, and control of natural disasters such as desertification, drought, floods and erosion. The minister explained that these are the specialized fields of geospatial information science and technology integrating photogrammetry and remote sensing, geographic information science (GIS) and cartography.

In other words, the institute is concerned with the management of the interaction and impact of human societies on the environment. It is not the management of the environment itself as the phrase, “environmental management,” may suggest. Environmental resource management aims to ensure that ecosystem services are protected and maintained for the future generations. The institute is also concerned with the process of social and economic development in Nigeria. This is measured with indicators, such as gross domestic product (GDP), life expectancy, literacy and levels of employment.

AFRIGIST’s activities have impacted Nigeria’s agricultural production.

Fashola revealed at the event that the activities of AFRIGIST have positively impacted on member states. They have particularly helped in Nigeria’s efforts towards addressing problems of agricultural production, monitoring and protection of the environment, as well as exploration and exploitation of oil and solid minerals. To achieve this, the minister said that the institute has trained manpower for 27 member states. This includes Nigeria’s establishments, such as the Survey Department of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, the National Population Commission, and the National Planning Commission.

Other Nigerian establishments include the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), the Nigerian Armed Forces, the universities and the polytechnics. The minister stated that the institute has offered training in short-term courses for technicians, technologists and postgraduates in geospatial fields, as well as its portfolio of innovative geospatial information science and technology for the past 50 years. The Nigerian government has offered unalloyed commitment to the development of various infrastructures, having realized its essential role in critical manpower development and capacity building in Africa.

Environmental management helps with future prediction.

Environmental resource management helps us to identify the factors that may lead to environmental degradation. It also helps in predictions that might affect the lives of the present and future generations. Its main aim is to maintain and improve environmental resources, such as air, soil, forests, water, fuels, etc. Its main aim is to minimize waste. Regarding this, sustainability is an inevitable issue. It involves managing economic, social, and ecological systems within and outside an organization so that it can sustain itself.

Sustainability implies that rather than competing for endless growth on a finite planet, development improves quality of life without necessarily consuming more resources. It requires organizational change that instills sustainability values that portrays these values outwardly from all levels and reinforces them, to surround stakeholders. To achieve sustainability development with environmental resource management, an organization should work within sustainability principles, including social and environmental accountability, long-term planning, strong and shared vision, and more.

Management tools are required to reduce environmental impact.

Just as with all management functions, effective management tools, standards and systems are required. An environmental management standard or system attempts to reduce environmental impact as measured by some objective criteria. The most widely used standard for environment risk management is the ISO 14001. It is closely aligned to the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). As a common standard, the ISO 19011 standard explains how to combine this with quality management. Other environmental management systems (EMS) tend to be based on the ISO 14001 standard.


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Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

Lots need to be done concerning environmental management in the country,like sensitising the public about bad effect unhealthy environment and awareness of the public to make use all information given out on how protect the environment.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Environmental management in nigeria needs alot of attention and measures to limit the consequences of the issue. Public awareness should also be focused on as people will try to deviate from polluting the environment when they are fully circumspect of the aftereffect.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

This is a good initiative anything that would promote good, security and natural disasters because it will help reduce impact of the devastation of the effects .

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

The needs to manage the country and to promote food security, regional integration, population matters, and control of natural disasters such as desertification, drought, floods and erosion is a welcome development and acceptable

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

We should not leave the job to Regional Institute for Geospatial Information Science and Technology (AFRIGIST) in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State alone, every well meaning Nigerian who care for the future of their children should also be involve in tackling environmental management and sustainable issues in Nigeria. Government should focus more on our institutions if they wants to have headways with environmental issues by investing in science and technology in each institutions to achieve meaningful results.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

We need enough institutes to tackle our degrading environmental challenges. Individuals should also know taking care of their environment is their responsibility.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

We need to take good care of our environment, sensitizing and create awareness how to take good care of their environment because environment is where they take their food and water so it as to be properly taken care of and let them know what might happen if they have bad enivronment

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

Combining photogrammetry and remote sensing, geographic information science (GIS), and mapping are the specialist topics that fall under the umbrella of geospatial information science and technology.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

It is encouraging that the institute is concerned with the management of the interaction and impact of human societies on the environment. The government ought to likewise lend its support to the institute in this regard.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

It is admirable that environmental resource management seeks to ensure that ecosystem services be preserved for future generations by preventing their destruction and minimizing their degradation.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

In addition to this, the institute is concerned with other aspects of Nigeria’s ongoing social and economic development. This can be determined by looking at certain metrics, such as the gross domestic product (GDP), life expectancy, literacy rates, and employment percentages.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

Environmental management will involve the management of economic, social, and ecological processes both within an organization and outside of it in order for the company to be able to sustain itself.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

Having come to terms with the indispensable part it plays in Africa’s overall capacity building and important manpower development, the government of Nigeria has expressed its unwavering dedication to the expansion of a variety of infrastructures.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

An organization need to operate in accordance with the principles of sustainability, which include accountability on the social and environmental fronts, preparing for the long term, having a clear and unified vision, and other elements.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

The member states of AFRIGIST have benefited well from the operations of the organization.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

Environmental resource management helps in predictions that might affect the lives of the present and future generations with main aim of minimizing waste and improving environmental resources, such as air, soil, forests, water, fuels, etc.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

It’s a good thing that we have a center for managing how human societies interact with the environment and have an impact on it. The preservation of our ecosystem is crucial.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

We can detect the elements that might cause environmental degradation with the use of environmental resource management. Predictions that could have an impact on both current and future generations are also aided by it. The biosphere needs to be safeguarded.