Monday, June 17, 2024

Environmental Body Expresses Concern Over Biodiversity Loss

The acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Designate, BirdLife International, Mr Martin Harper, has expressed concerns over biodiversity loss in the country, especially animal species.

Harper made the disclosure while giving his lecture at the 21st Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture organised by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos, Nigeria’s south-west.

He said that one in eight species was at the risk of extinction.

The lecture, held in collaboration with Chevron, had “Humanity and the Twin Crises of Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss” as its theme.

Harper said that there were 1,409 globally threatened species with 231 critically endangered.

He added that extinction risk was escalating, stressing that 436 species moved to higher threat category due to deterioration in status.

The NCF Director-General, Dr Joseph Onoja, said that the foundation would continue to create awareness on issues of environment.

“We need to carry everyone along on the issue of conservation of our environment because we need to protect our environment for our environment to protect us.

“We are faced with dual crises which is climate change and biodiversity and by talking about one, it is going to affect the other.

“For instance, if you are preventing deforestation, you are helping biodiversity and on the other hand, you are also helping to fight against climate change,” he said.

He said it was fine for everyone to be aware of the environment, hence the need for the lecture.

The Chairman, NEC, NCF, Chief Ede Dafinone, said that the annual lecture was a forum to look at environmental issues and how to tackle them.

“The emphasis today is on how urgent it is to look into the problems and find solutions which is why the annual lecture was a forum to do this.

“We are ready but we can be readier to tackle this challenges. The problems are getting worse and yet more crimes against the environment are being committed.

“If we don’t all sit down and find a solution and balance, this debate will go on for 10 years and sea levels are rising. Something needs to be done quickly,” he said.

Two doctoral candidates were awarded grants by Chevron Nigeria.

Present at the lecture were captains of industries, secondary schools across Lagos State and other distinguished guests.

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