Nigeria: Federal government tackles environmental issues with new forest policy

The Minister of State for the Environment, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, said the revised National Forest Policy (NFP) 2020 will address emerging environmental issues like climate change.

The Minister, who said so during the launch of the NFP on the commemoration of the International Day of Forests, in Abuja, said the policy is guided by a vision of sustainable management of forest ecosystems, socio-economic growth and environmental sustainability.

The International Day of Forests (IDF) is a day set aside to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

The occasion aimed to raise awareness on the advancement of the forest in the management of renewable natural resources through the current national forest policy.

Ikeazor said the country’s forest area was in continuous decline, from 10% in 1970 to less than 8% today.

She said that in light of the many emerging concerns and imperatives and the importance of the forest sector to the people and the nation, the 2006 National Forest Policy Review process was initiated in 2017 and completed with the adoption and endorsement by the Council on Environment (NCE) in November 2019. “The policy was finally endorsed by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in July 2020,” she added.

In his words: “The revised National Forest Policy 2020 sets out strategies to further develop the sector and address emerging environmental issues such as climate change resulting from population growth and the resulting pressure on forests and their resources.

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