“Wildlife animals and plants are the basis on which human lives depends in terms of food, oxygen, shelter, and medicine hence, there must be good management of these natural resources for posterity” – Muhtari Aminu-Kano.

 

“We all know that trees are of indispensable importance to human wellbeing & our environment. Nigeria Government has no higher duty than to protect the Nigeria people and the environment” – Dr. Muhammad Mahmood. 

 

The Federal Ministry of the Environment in collaboration with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is set to commemorate the World Environment Day (WED) with the theme “Biodiversity” on Friday, 5th June, 2020. 

 

The collaboration will deliver a webinar to commemorate the most important annual global event for positive environmental action and use the occasion to call for serious attention to nature while admonishing people to imbibe conservation practices.

 

Leading the discussion is Dr Muhammad Mahmood, the Honourable Minister of the Environment, together with Chief (Mrs.) Sharon Ikeazor, Honourable Minister of State for the Environment. Other speakers are Chief Ede Dafinone, Chairman, National Executive Council, NCF; Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General, NCF and Ms. Katherine Kaetzer-Hodson, Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer, US Embassy in Nigeria. The webinar will be moderated by Mr. Demola Ajagbe, Regional Director, BirdLife Africa. 

 

World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th June every year, and it is the biggest United Nation annual event for positive environmental actions. The event focuses on environmental concerns ranging from pollution, global warming, sustainable food production and protection of wildlife.

 

Every year, the event is used to shore up public engagement and advocacy about the state of the environment and deliberate necessary local actions that will ensure global environmental sustainability.

 

Recently, the International Day for Biodiversity was hosted through a webinar by the two organisations and was widely participated by local and international audience.

 

 

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Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources commemorated the International Day of Biodiversity (IDB) with the theme “Our Solutions are in Nature” through a webinar on Thursday, 28th May, 2020.

 

The International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated each year to raise global awareness about the importance of protecting biological resources and the global biodiversity that shapes our environment, not only the various species of plants, animals and microorganisms around us, but also the genetic diversity of each of them, as well as the great variety of ecosystems that make up our planet.

 

Speaking at the conference on “Conserving Wetlands For Sustainable Urban Livelihood”, Mr. Adedamola Ogunsesan, Project Manager, Lekki Conservation Centre said that wetlands provide a diversity of ecosystem services; provisioning, regulatory, supporting and cultural services which are essential for the human society. This is particularly necessary in cases where large urban agglomerations exist.

 

He revealed further that wetlands are areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt-water, including areas of marine within the depth no more than six(6) meters at low tide.

 

He portrayed wetlands as a source with the capability of providing humans with freshwater, ensure food supply, sustain biodiversity, protect against flooding, and store carbondioxide. Wetlands remain a major source of employment globally, they are also ideally placed to showcase truly sustainable livelihoods.

 

He said “Wetlands provide many ecosystem services. However, many of the services are not traded in regular economic markets, and thus have no observable prices. This fact contributes to the continued degradation of many wetlands and natural sites around the state. Moreover, competition for land uses and the societal demands for urbanization and development have exacerbated the pressures on wetlands”

 

In her presentation on “The Role Of Nature In Ecosystem Sustainability”, Dr. Fisayo Jerome, Fisheries Resources Department, Marine Biology Section, Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) defined nature as a phenomenon of the natural world, things that are not made by human, examples include air, water, animal, and weather and so on. While Ecosystem is defined as a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment. Examples of the ecosystem are; Aquatic (Marine and Fresh), Terrestrial (Desert, Savanna and Forest) and Human etc. She sees Sustainability as the study of how natural systems function, remain diverse and produce everything it needs for the ecology to remain in balance.

 

She highlighted the importance of nature and ecosystem as the provision of habitat to wild plants and animals; supporting different food chains and food webs; regulating essential ecological processes and support lives; and involving in the recycling of nutrients between biotic and abiotic components.

 

She said further that “Nature sustain the integrity of the ecosystem by maintaining ecological processes and a diverse community of organisms. For example, protect the water, reduce logging and reduce chlorofluorocarbon”.

 

She, however, identified some factors affecting the integrity of the ecosystems as loss of biodiversity, climate change, deforestation and habitat loss, overexploitation, invasive species and pollution.

 

Mr. Ogunsesan invited stakeholders to collaborate with the Lagos State Government to provide the following solutions: inventory and documentation of wetlands resources; wetlands valuation; participatory management of wetlands; urban plans inclined towards sustainable wetlands; wetlands restoration; develop RAMSAR designation roadmap and develop wetlands conservation masterplan.

 

Dr. Jerome proposed that for the ecosystem to be fully restored, the following must be done: repairing and replanting wetlands, creek beds, forestland, and other habitats; eradicating invasive species; replacing invasive species with native species; enforcing environmental laws; monitoring lagoons and wetlands habitats and preparing reports on findings to government authorities; and also the protection of vulnerable and endangered species in the marine environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 The Nigerian Environmental Society, Lagos State Chapter joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World Environment Day 2020 by gathering environmentalists, conservationists and other stakeholders in a webinar held on Thursday, 4th June 2020 to discuss nature and people.

 

In his presentation, Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) who spoke on “We need nature, not the other way round” revealed that nature provides certain crucial services to man. Among them are food, feeding, clothes and shelter, environmental education, culture and identity, soil fertility, climate regulation, pollination, habitats, air quality and energy etc.

 

He said “Nature provides herbal medicines, which is considered as the best solution to treat diseases. It shows clearly how much of nature we need. This we should focus on and promote as it is easy to access and so affordable”.

 

He urged the government and other stakeholders to engage in the preservation and restoration of wetlands and floodplains as flood management solution; protection of coastal wetlands/ecosystem is a natural risk management tool against coastal erosion; and reduce the impact of drought.  

 

He said further that “Ecosystems like forests and wetlands are critical to human wellbeing and provide enormous biodiversity conservation benefits. Degraded forests can be restored by planting efforts.”

 

While making his speech on “To care for ourselves, we must care for nature”, Mr. Olusola Adekoya, CEO of Shodex Garden stated that nature provides us with services that make our existence on earth possible and enjoyable. These services are called ecosystem services. Our earth is undergoing unprecedented degradation and as a result, Mother Earth is dying so we need to heal her for our common good.

 

He said “Ecosystem services are our live line on this Earth without which we cannot survive as humans. All human needs and wants are centred around these services and the healthier the natural environment is the better we get these services.”

 

He is of the opinion that the way we care for ourselves and our families, and the way to sustain these future generations of human beings is to care for life as a whole. He believes that our future depends on ecosystem everywhere.

 

“Let us explore more, a systematic perspective, holistic thinking and integrative consciousness that acknowledge our participatory intimacy with the universe as fundamentally interconnected and continuously transforming whole manifesting as patterns of every matter and mind, matter and spirit are not separate but intertwined” he added.

 

Prof. Babajide Alo, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, who spoke on “Biodiversity degradation: Time to re-build for People and Planet” has called on Lagos State Government, corporate bodies and individuals to embrace greening as a way of improving the health and wellbeing of the citizenry. He also urged the state government to return and improve on the parks and garden beautification era to provide and make the state more natural and green.

 

The Nigerian Environmental Society (NES) is a professional, non-governmental body which is committed to advocacy and actions towards environmental protection, sustainable environmental development and promotion of environmental professionalism within Nigeria.