African environmental leaders call for ecosystem restoration

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African conservation leaders, working with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, called for ecosystem restoration, challenging young Nigerians to help save the planet.

According to a statement released by the foundation, the call was made during a hybrid event to mark the 19th edition of the Chief SL Edu Memorial Lecture on the theme: Youth and Ecosystem Restoration, held on Thursday, in as part of the Nigerian youth mobilization effort. to stand up and defend courses that could promote ecosystem restoration.

Guest speaker, senior director of the African Wildlife Foundation’s youth leadership program, Ms. Simangele Msweli, said the world urgently needs restoration of ecosystems that have been degraded for so long.

Msweli said, “Youth engagement, coupled with effective youth engagement from government organizations, will bring us closer to a world where ecosystems are reserved and therefore providing livelihoods, climate resilience and a sustainable economy. ”

NCF Board Chairman Chief Philip Asiodu said: “Our forest reserves have been significantly depleted from 35% to 3%, depriving animals of their natural habitat, which could affect the human environment.

NCF National Executive Board Chairman Chief Ede Dafinone said, “This year’s topic is very important to us because we seem to have severed our relationship with the ecosystem, with the earth and with the planet.

“We plunder and pollute nature’s resources, treating our planet as a dumping ground for plastic and other waste.

“It was predicted that we could lose a million species over the next few decades if we don’t act now. Unfortunately, there is no planet B we can travel to in the future.

“There are actions we can take, starting today, individually and collectively, to recreate our relationship with the planet and restore our ecosystem.”

The statement added that the event was a platform to award scholarships to two doctoral students, Ms. Ibironke Olubamise and Mr. Samuel Jatto, whose research work was in the field of environmental sciences.

The grant sponsored by Chevron Nigeria Limited aims to promote research on nature conservation, biodiversity preservation, environmental management and sustainable livelihoods.

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