President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday described some of his administration’s efforts to tackle threats to the ecosystem and preserve biodiversity resources across the country.
Speaking at the 33rd session of the International Coordinating Council for Man and the Biosphere (MAB-ICC) program at the State House in Abuja, Buhari said Nigeria is renowned for its environmental resources such as forestry, wildlife and wetlands distributed across all geographic regions. -political areas of the country.
Represented by Federal Government Secretary (SGF) Boss Mustapha, the President said that in terms of biodiversity Nigeria has over 5,000 documented plant species and 22,090 animal and other species.
He noted, however, that “a good number of the problems we face today can be attributed to our destructive use of the environment, especially its biodiverse resources and we unfortunately live with the consequences of our actions”.
He said: “Nigeria has taken certain steps to ensure that it manages its environment and this includes environmental policy development, solid waste management, plastic waste management, biosafety policy. , gender and climate change.
“Through the aforementioned policies and programs, the following mitigation efforts are carefully implemented, such as the accelerated implementation of Ogoni clean-up for the restoration of polluted and degraded lands, the effective implementation of the Great Green Wall (GGW) and the promotion of the objectives set. for planting trees among others.
In her remarks, Minister of State for the Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, said the world is facing a global crisis of climate change and biodiversity loss.
However, she said it was not late to reverse current trends if conservation efforts were stepped up and protected areas expanded.
She reiterated the federal government’s commitment to take bold action to reverse biodiversity loss and mitigate climate change.