International Day of Forests: IITA Forest Center contributes to forest conservation in Nigeria

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Every 21 March, we celebrate World Forest Day, a global reminder of the importance of protecting vital forest ecosystems. This year, to celebrate the International Day of Forests 2024, Field Supervisor and award-winning plant conservationist, Olukunle Olasupo, was on RadioIITA to lend his voice to the many voices calling for increased engagement and innovative participation in forest conservation. He highlighted the various importance of trees for medicine, food, and environmental health.

The conversation specifically addressed the challenges of deforestation in Nigeria. Nigeria has lost 80% of its original forest cover, far below the recommended minimum. There is a lack of proper enforcement to stop illegal logging in protected areas. Farmers clearing land for agriculture or charcoal production significantly threatens protected areas.

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