By Osaigbovo Iguobaro
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), has called for the establishment of resource Centres community based forests management systems towards environmental sustainability.
It said the Centre would help to train Communities in managing ecosystem resources and share local best practices on living in harmony with nature.
The recommendation is contained in a statement jointly signed by the Executive Director of ERA/FoEN, Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo and Mike Karikpo, Programmes Director and Administration, Port Harcourt to mark this year’s World Environment day for global reflection and action towards protecting the Environment.
Set up Community Resource Centers that would train Communities to manage ecosystem resources and share local best practices on living in harmony with nature and Community based forests management systems that ensures environmental sustainability.
“Put in place proper land governance legislation that would enhance proper land use and planning. This will require radical reform or wholesale abrogation of the current Land Use Act which has led to dispossession and caused untold hardship to our Communities.
ERA.FoEN also urge concerned authorities to “put in place rules that addresses land grabbing, solid waste management and grant easy access to justice for people and communities impacted by the deleterious actions of corporations”.
Citing a United Nations report, the duo said Nigerian government can generate up to $9 trillion if it secures 350 million hectares of its degraded terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems between 2021-2030.
“According to the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem restoration 2021 -2030, “the restoration of 350 million hectares of degraded terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems could generate $9 trillion in ecosystem services”.
The human right watch also called for the urgent restoration of the polluted Ogoniland ecosystems and the entire Niger Delta region ecosystem within the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.
It stressed that “the crucial challenge requires a post petroleum economy through deep transformation in global production and consumption patterns. Therefore, ecosystem restoration requires concerted actions at local, national and international levels focusing on a pragmatic shift towards a sustainable decarbonized development pathway before it is too late.”
The theme for this year’s Celebration is ‘Ecosystem Restoration’.