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Nigeria’s Deforestation problem

Nigeria’s Deforestation problem
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Nigeria is 7th on the list for global deforestation, and 3rd in all of Africa.

Deforestation can refer to the natural loss of trees, as well as the potential destruction of forests due to the practices of people. The most common cause of deforestation is the conversion of forested land to land that is used for agriculture, such as pasture or cropland. There are different causes for deforestation, some caused by humans and others are related to nature.

Other causes of deforestation include urbanization, logging, and mining. Deforestation has a number of negative consequences. One of the most significant is the loss of habitat for many species of animals, as well as the loss of the various ecological services that forests provide. Deforestation also contributes to climate change, as the trees that are removed are no longer able to sequester carbon from the air.

Deforestation causes flooding, an increased risk of mudslides.

A forest fire is a naturally occurring event, they can be caused by lightning, volcanoes, and human activity. Forest fires are a natural part of the forest ecosystem and have many benefits. They help to clear out old and dead vegetation, which helps to promote new growth. They also help to control insect and disease populations. Forest fires can also release minerals and nutrients that are essential for plant growth.

Deforestation is one of the leading causes of flooding. When trees are removed from an area, the ground becomes less absorbent and more prone to runoff. This can lead to disastrous flooding and an increased risk of mudslides, as there is nothing to anchor the soil in place. Trees play a vital role in the water cycle, helping to regulate the flow of water in the environment. They also help to keep the soil moist by releasing water vapor into the air. Without trees, the water cycle is disrupted, leading to drought and further complications.

Take action to protect our forests and ensure its management.

The Director-General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has called on all Nigerians and various stakeholders to join in the reforestation efforts being undertaken by the Foundation in the environment sector. The NCF is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure that the country’s environment is healthy and sustainable. The Foundation has been working hard to restore degraded forests and to promote tree planting in Nigeria. The Director-General urged all Nigerians to take part in this important effort to protect and improve the environment.

Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest rates of forest destruction and deforestation. This is a cause for concern, as it indicates that there is a need for a change of attitude in how we approach the issue of conservation. In order to combat environmental issues, it is essential that we take action to protect our forests and ensure that they are sustainably managed. This means working to improve the way we use and conserve forests, as well as planting new trees to replace those that have been lost.

We can restore degraded land and combat desertification.

The Great Green Wall in Nigeria is an ambitious project to restore degraded land and combat desertification. The project has made significant progress, restoring over 3,892 hectares of land. The project’s Director General emphasized the need to plant more trees in Nigeria, as their relevance to the economy and environment cannot be overemphasized. Trees are an essential part of the landscape, providing numerous ecosystem services such as providing windbreaks and shade, stabilizing soils, and providing habitat for wildlife.


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Ask Nigeria
25 days ago

Nigeria’s Deforestation problemNigeria 7th on the list for global deforestation, and 3rd in all of Africa.Express your point of view.

Khalifa001
Member
21 days ago

Deforestation is really a bad thing that leads to climate change among others most of this trees being cut down are used for chairs and books coal but no plans on planting new ones

Okunloye123
Member
23 days ago

Forest reservation is not what most Nigerian sees as a necessity, maybe there are not enough bodies to propel the movement.

Even aside from forest fire, the rate at which deforestation is going on locally is beyond control.

The Great Green Wall project will stand only through more awareness.

Together We Can Build This.

Tonerol10
Member
23 days ago

Deforestation has it advantage and disadvantage. After cutting the trees it can be useful, Like building(Marine wood, roofing, doors,chairs, tables etc. they should all be control

Dimeji0711
Member
23 days ago

Although these trees are really useful to human being but the disadvantages of cutting down these trees cannot be overlooked. Various stakeholders who cut down trees for there production should join in the reforestation efforts being undertaken by the Foundation in the environment sector

Adeolastan
Member
23 days ago

Deforestation is a very big problem in Nigeria and it’s affect every part of the country but it’s very common in the northern part because they don’t normally have much rainfall throughout the year.Ingnorance and illiteracy are the major cause because of the incessant burning of bush which open the soil to different natural degradation process.

theApr
Member
23 days ago

Deforestation has it’s demerits. However, there seem to be valid reasons for deforestation in most cases. In my opinion I feel there should be regulations that see to moderation in deforestation.

Ultra0711
Member
23 days ago

Deforestation is really a bad thing that leads to climate change among others most of this trees being cut down are used for coal in Nigeria without planting new ones. The government should set out rules and penalize who ever cut or burn down trees without following the right procedure

Abusi
Member
24 days ago

Deforestation is really a serious problem I’m Nigeria. It has caused loss of habitat for animals and flooding. Even influx of estate in our country is one of the factors that have degraded our forestation.

Fisayomi
Member
24 days ago

This deforestation is probably caused by overpopulation

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
24 days ago

As we all know the merits and demerits of deforest, measure taken by the Director-General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) by working hard to restore degraded forests and to promote tree planting in Nigeria…And insisting Nigerians to take part in this effort to protect and improve the environment is highly commendable…
I think imposing a law to back it up is highly recommended!

Last edited 24 days ago by Iyanu12345ogg
jdpumping
Member
24 days ago

The issue of deforestation is a thing of concern because the more these trees are fell and used our animals that use these places for habitats ends of going into Extinction and all life cycle are interwoven we live for one another.. Deforestation needs to be backed by serious law to save our environment

Haykaylyon26
Member
24 days ago

Cutting of the trees also have advantage for us because we used it to produce many things likewise is a disadvantages for us which use flood and so on I think there should be limitation where some trees should not be cut because they protect flood, food for other animal

Adesanyaj72
Member
24 days ago

Hmmm cutting down of trees has also done plenty good o because we use them in making so many things like paper chairs etc. The wood it provides is helpful to us too

Bola12
Member
24 days ago

Flooding is caused by a variety of factors, including deforestation. The earth will become less permeable and much more vulnerable to outflow when trees are removed from an area. Because there is nothing to hold the dirt in place, this can result in catastrophic flooding

Chibuzor
Member
24 days ago

It is critical that we take action to conserve our woods and guarantee that they are managed responsibly in order to tackle environmental challenges. One tree saved means a life is saved!!

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
24 days ago

No wonder villages are always suffering from flood and all that disasters because that is where deforestation takes place the most

Tolaniiii
Member
24 days ago

I remember the Fashola’s “operation save a tree” that year the man had vision for him to organize something like that yet after all that people are still killing the trees. Sad

Taiwoo
Member
24 days ago

Ignorance is really a disease. The people cutting down trees don’t know the dangers they are posing to our society by doing so I feel government should start an enlightenment program or something that resonates the importance of afforestation

Remi1
Member
24 days ago

So many animals live in these trees and it serve as something that provide food to other animals, government must protect the trees please

Kazeem1
Member
24 days ago

The trees are a very important part of our environment here in Naija. They are very essential because of their numerous advantageous benefits we stand to gain from having them

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
24 days ago

The government should provide a suitable means for protecting these trees and they should do a “plant trees” program

Hassan Isa
Member
24 days ago

It’s ignorance that enables people to participate in this useless act, if they were informed of the advantages I’m sure they’ll stop

Yomii
Member
24 days ago

Apart from the flood and mudslides deforestation can cause, these trees also provide oxygen and beautify the environment people should desist from deforestation

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