…assures huge investment in plantation agriculture
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, joined participants drawn from across the globe at Africaâ€™s maiden top-level global forest conference held in Accra to call on African governments to reverse the worrying trend of deforestation on the continent.
The governor said this at the Tropical Forests Alliance (TFA) 2020 General Assembly in Ghana, where it was revealed that between 2010 and 2015, Africa recorded the highest net annual loss of forests.
This is against the backdrop of the constitution of the 16-member forestry advisory committee to streamline the management of its forestry assets and structure the stateâ€™s forestry commission.
Obaseki said that the state was developing robust forestry management structures to ensure that the stateâ€™s biodiversity is conserved even as oil palm plantations expand their operations.
According to him, â€œWe have provided the enabling environment for the expansion of oil palm plantations in the state. This was done in line with extant international regulations on plantation agriculture. This is for the benefit of the people of Edo State.â€
Director, Tropical Forest Alliance for 2020, Marco Albani, called on government to invest in agro-forestry, which involves the incorporation of tree cultivation in the agricultural process.
Proforest is in collaboration with the TFA and a number of national and sub-national governments to rally support for the â€œreduction of rampant destruction of forests and find ways to generate better revenue from it.â€
Dr Moses Ama, of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+), Nigeria, stressed â€œthat even though a variety of landscape and jurisdictional initiatives were being developed towards protecting forests, they overlap considerably in their aims and objectives.â€
He noted that the REDD+ was â€œdeveloped within the UNFCCC negotiations to mitigate climate change and provide performance-based payments for the protection of forests that would otherwise be cleared.â€