Group tasks FG on sustainable forest management

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By Rukayat Moisemhe

Mrs Ngozi Oyewole, Chairperson, Wood/Wood Products, a sectorial group in the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), has urged the Federal Government to support the wood industry by sustaining forest management.

Oyewole, also the Founder of Noxie Ltd., gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

She said that sustainable forest management involved responsible stewardship of forest resources to ensure their long-term environmental, social and economic viability.

She said that sustaining forest management was essential for preserving biodiversity, mitigating climate change effects, and supporting livelihoods of communities dependent on forests.

According to Oyewole, the government should take necessary actions to promote sustainable forest management.

She said that, to drive forest conservation, policies and regulations must be implemented to protect forests against illegal logging, deforestation and land degradation.

This, she said, should be done while promoting conservation practices to maintain ecosystem integrity.

The official added that the government must drive community engagement by involving local communities and other stakeholders in decision-making processes relating to forest management.

She also said that the government should respect the rights of the stakeholders.

“Nigeria must encourage adoption of sustainable forest management practices through certification schemes such as Forest Stewardship Council certification, which promotes responsible forestry practices and market access for certified wood products.

“The country must, henceforth, strengthen monitoring, compliance and enforcement mechanisms to ensure that forest operations adhere to sustainable practices, environmental regulations and social safeguards.

“Government should support research, innovation and technology transfer in sustainable forest management, including remote sensing, forest inventory systems and climate-smart forestry practices.

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“We must develop strategies to address the impacts of climate change on forests, such as increased deforestation, forest fires and biodiversity loss, and implement measures to enhance forest resilience and adaptation.

“By prioritising sustainable forest management in the wood sector, the government can safeguard the environment, support local communities and ensure long-term sustainability and competitiveness of the industry for future generations,” she said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Ijeoma Popoola

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