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World Biodiversity Day: Experts urge FG to leverage partnerships to promote biodiversity



Some environmental experts have called on the Federal Government to leverage on all the available partners to promote the biodiversity.

The experts spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja as Nigeria joins the world to make the 2019 World Biodiversity Day.

Prof. Nasiru Idris, the Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, said that the celebration with the theme: “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health’’ should be pursued by all.

This year’s celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity focuses on biodiversity as the foundation for food and health and a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human health.

“To preserve our biodiversity requires unprecedented global cooperation to strengthen and build climate change partnership with governments, NGOs, schools, religious organisations among others.

“Government policies alone cannot do it, the bottleneck in the ministries and agencies slow down the protection of our diversity, hence the need for government’s corporation with all and sundry, especially the private sectors.

“The theme of this year is very vital because it deals with our food because we can’t survive without food, so it aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness on the dependency of our food systems, nutrition, and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.

According to Idris, “biological diversity boost ecosystem productivity no matter how small species are, therefore, the more you have plant species, the more you get greater variety of crops.

“We need to provide and increase understanding and awareness of biological issues within and beyond our territory for sustainable growth and development as well as betterment of our future.

“Do you know that 40 per cent of the world’s economy and more than 80 per cent need of the rural population are derived from the biological resources?

“These resources are very important to human existence as our medical discoveries, economic development and adaptive responses are dependent on biological diversity as the richer the diversity of life, the greater the opportunity for resource utilisation.’’

“Therefore joining other nations in reversing the negative effects of the climate change will put more food on our table and provide quality of the life of the people of the nation.

“It is important that we get to know what climate change effects have on everyone us and how it affects developing countries like Nigeria and the potential effects on temperatures.

“If we don’t fight it and also farm right, the nation will be better off by focusing on social interface to address the menace of climate change.’’

Owoh advised that projects, which would protect the environment and reverse the harmful effect of climate change on the people and the nation should be encouraged.

“The projects should give concrete commitment to protect our environment and reawaken citizenship in addressing the issue of climate change.

“In addition to arrange for reduction of carbon emission projects such as renewal energy and energy efficiency nationwide,’’ Owoh added.

Edited by Grace Yussuf