From: AgroNature Admin
Poverty and Climate Change has pushed Nigeria as nation with fastest depletion of natural resources, the Country Representative, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Suffyan Koroma has said.
Koroma warned that except Nigeria expedite action on effective management of its resources, winning the fight against poverty may be a far journey.
He disclosed this on Monday at a training on REDD+ capacity building workshop on the Remote Sensing Techniques/spatial data analysis and the use of Open Source GIS software (SEPAL tools).
It was organised in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Environment, in Abuja.
“As you do know, Nigeria has the fastest depletion of natural resources around the world and this really should guides us on what we need to do.
“We need to be as responsive to ensure that we reduce the level of natural resources degradation. As we know, poverty and climate change issues are closely related and if we are not careful to managing our natural resources, with this kind of information, our country and people will continue to live in poverty.” Said Koroma.
According to him, the training activity will ensure provision of quality and useful information required for the nation’s development.
“The challenge with this country is data generation, management and utilisation aside from the issue of data integrity.”
The project is expected to round up by December.
He expressed satisfaction on partnership with Federal Government on the REDD+ Programme.
Koroma, who was represented by the Assistant FAO representative Programme Ahmed Matane pointed out the country high population growth rate was one of the reason for the depleting natural resources as many communities depend on the natural resources as their source of livelihood.
He decried the weak enforcement of forest regulations as this make people see the forest as public goods and does not care on the impact of their unguided actions.
Applauding the government Great Green Wall programme wherein the sum of N10 billion was approved for the planting of trees to reduce desertification, Matane said their was need for attitudinal change in forest management as their is sustainability in any community that manage its forest properly.
He said the FAO is building on the gains of the forest inventory that as been completed in Cross River and expanded it Ondo and Nassarawa state adding that the World Bank project is expected to cover the entire programme.
He said the aim of the training was to ensure Nigeria take ownership of the programme
“Poverty and climate change issues are closely related and if we are not careful in managing our natural resources, the country will continue to deep in poverty no matter how we try,” Koroma added.