Climate Change: Stakeholders collaborate to restore Nigerian mangroves

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By Abigael Joshua

Stakeholders in the environment sector on Tuesday, in Abuja collaborated on mitigating climate change through the restoration of mangroves in the country.

They said this at the inauguration of the UK PACT project on the integrated management of mangrove ecosystem and the expansion of social protection for fisheries and forest dependents in the coastal communities of Cross Rivers.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Representative in Nigeria, Mr Koffy Kouacou, said that it was expedient to save mangrove ecosystem in Nigeria and in the coastal area of Cross River, most especially to impact livelihoods.

Kouacou stated that considering the negative impact of deforestation on the climate everyday, especially through fire wood and timber collection, which causes air pollution, the mangrove ecosystem needed restoration.

He expressed appreciation to the UK PACT, Federal Ministry of Environment Cross River Government for its support in the project.

He assured support for environmental projects and commended stakeholders for their collaboration on efforts to restore mangroves ecosystem.

Earlier, Dr Salisu Dahiru, Director-General of National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), in an address of welcome, said that Mangoves played important role in carbon sequestration, provides livelihoods and maintain emissions reduction target.

“The project aligns with one of the mitigation options it also helps in climate adaptation this also enhanced institutional strengthening in deepening research adaptive management practices and collaboration amongst stakeholders.”

Dahiru noted that both FAO and the UK PACT were joint project to harness the less harnessed resources critical to Nigeria’s determined contribution and commended their efforts to climate mitigation in Nigeria.

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Martine Sobey, Climate Change and Nature Team Leader British High Commission, a representative of the UK PACT in Nigeria, said that it was pertinent to provide forest protection for communities against erosion, desert encroachment and deforestation.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Irrigation Development Cross River, Mr Johnson Ebokpo, expressed willingness to restore mangroves in the state and assured continued support of the government. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

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