….As Nature Conservationists Reiterate Role Of Public Awareness In Tackling Wildlife Crimes
The war against wildlife crimes in Nigeria is being executed on different fronts, but experts believe that success will be achieved speedily with increased public awareness and sensitization on the enormous benefits of wild species to humans.
The experts including nature Conservationists, environmentalists and others reiterated this at an event put together by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) to commemorate the 2022 World Wildlife Day, WWD.
The World Wildlife Day 2022 was observed globally on the 3rd of March.
In a statement signed by its Head of Communications,Mr. Oladapo Soneye NCF said, ” This year’s World Wildlife Day was celebrated to draw attention to the conservation status of some of the critically endangered species of wild fauna and flora, and to drive discussions towards imagining and implementing solutions to conserve them, which is in line with Sustainable Development Goal 15.
“Some of the planned activities targeted primarily at Primary and Secondary school pupils and tourists include an educational tour of LCC; deliberation session on how individuals can be involved in the conservation of this key species; sharing of educational materials.
“The activities attracted over 500 participants drawn from students and tourists. Some of the schools were Mater Dei School, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos; Life Spring School, Shasha, Lagos; God First International School, Ketu Lagos; Acadia Hilton Secondary School, Magboro, Ogun State; Unique Elite Montessori School, Mapland International School, Agungi Lekki, Lagos; Divine Purpose School, Surulere, Lagos; Marigold College, Oworonshoki, Lagos among others” it said.
According to statement, the foundation drums support for wildlife conservation in Africa.
“The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), the leading environmental NGO in Africa is championing the cause of wildlife preservation in Africa while commemorating World Wildlife Day (WWD) 2022 on Tuesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 3, 2022, with the theme “Recovering Key Species for Ecosystem Restoration,” at Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC)”.
“Animals and plants that live in the wild have fundamental value and contribute to the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational, and aesthetic aspects of human well-being and sustainable development”, remarked NCF.
Reacting, Dr. Stella Egbe, Senior Conservation Manager, the Lead Species Programme of NCF said “WWD is a wakeup call that brings wildlife challenges to the fore. It is always an opportunity to measure our impacts and renew measures to protect and preserve our wildlife”.
“First of all, the public must be more aware of the role wildlife plays in balancing nature.
“Once the public has a clarity on this, nobody will ignore the business of protecting this important part of our environment.
” Gladly, days like the WWD helps to increase awareness and hopefully, we will get the desirable levels of awareness soon.”
The statement continued saying, “We must continue to ensure we reduce extinction rates and leave a better ecosystem today and for the future.
“The conservationists believe that failure to protect the wildlife jealousy would lead to great loss of the nature’s gift to humans.
” Some of whom are endemic to Nigeria. Such as Ibadan Malimbe, Jos Plateau Indigo bird, Anambra waxbill, Niger-Delta Red Colobus, Sclater’s Monkey, Nigerian Klipspringer and many others.
“Continued loss of species, habitats and ecosystems also threatens all life on Earth, including humans, because as humans, we also rely on wildlife and biodiversity-based resources to meet all our needs, from food, to fuel, medicines, housing, and clothing.
“In Nigeria, we need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and human-induced reduction of species, which have wide-ranging environmental and social impacts. Restoring wild species is important for sustainable development and to build a healthier world”, It concluded.