IITA Forest Center expands its species conservation bank
On 25 August, IITA Forest Center contributed to ecosystem restoration in a tree planting exercise sponsored by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), with forest rangers from Okomu National Park, Edo State. Other participants included nature lovers from the Center for Sustainable Development, CESDEV-Ibadan, the Ibadan Bird Club, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
The planting ceremony commenced with a brief indoor session, highlighting the conservation efforts of the Forest Center. Forest Center Field Supervisor Ademola Ajayi, who anchored the meeting, explained the vital link between the IITA and Forest Center mandates. He said, “IITA is known to promote agricultural development through research and delivery. However, agriculture cannot thrive without a sustainable environment. This is where the Forest Center comes in.”