LAGOS, Nigeria –News Direct– Global Citizen
Ekiti State Set To Plant 500,000 Trees By December 2022
Climate Pledge To Include Planting At Least 5 Indigenous Trees In
LAGOS, Nigeria. February 2, 2022 /3BL media/ – Today international advocacy organization. Global Citizen, Governor Dr. FayemiThis is Ekiti StateAs part of the recent Klimawandel-Greedy Summit,, announced that the State has made climate action commitments. Global Citizen Livecampaign to address and prioritize climate issues currently facing the region.
Recent years have seen an increase in deforestation and erosion, mining, wildfire, delayed rainfalls, heat spikes, and intense weather patterns in Ekiti. The State is now at the forefront of the climate crisis.
Climate change has altered rainfall patterns and made unpredictable the planting & harvesting seasons that farmers rely on for staple crops such as yams or fruits, while deforestation has led to erosion, impacting local farming communities, as well as increasing the risk of flooding to urban areas further downstream. This degradation of ecosystems, particularly the loss of tree cover and forests, has contributed significantly on the global level – to greenhouse gas emissions and nature’s capacity to store carbon.
On the local level, over the last century, Nigeria has had the highest average temperature rise of any country in Africa, and that is largely because Nigeria also has one of the world’s fastest rates of deforestation – having lost over 90% of its original forest resources in the same period. Many tree species once found in Ekiti are now threatened with extinction.
Changes to the local weather patterns are also affecting local health. More people are being forced into poverty, more families are in conflict over whether or not they can afford to keep their last patches of forest, and more families are facing economic insecurity.
As part of the Global Citizen Live campaign, Ekiti State’s Governor Dr. J. Kayode Fayemi, has pledged the following to combat the climate challenges now facing the region:
Plant 500,000 trees at Ekiti by December 2022Importantly, two-thirds will be rare and native trees that are natural to Nigeria’s environment. These trees have been almost extinct over the past 50 years.
By December 2022, at least 5 rare and/or indigenous trees must be planted in every public school in Ekiti. to focus young minds on Ekiti’s natural heritage, foster education and awareness of deforestation and the effects of environmental degradation, and contribute to education in the natural sciences
Ekiti Forestry Commission will complete a comprehensive biodiversity study by December 2022 that will determine wildlife & conservation hotspots, survey animal, tree and other biodiversity sources, and enumerates local natural heritage with specific focus on rare and endangered species – this will allow the key sites to be scheduled as community protected assets
The State of Ekiti will complete a satellite imaging assessment of the forest coverage and growth in Ekiti State by February 2023 This will allow us to plan how private sector investors and we can best protect existing forests and create new afforestation opportunities and agroforestry opportunities
Ekiti State Government will prepare a roadmap to forest conservation by February 2023We have a long-term sustainable plan in place, which includes a comprehensive management plan for all Ekiti forest reserves.
Governor Dr. Fayemi from Ekiti State stated:
“Climate change can have such a life-altering effect on the socio-economic wellbeing of our people. It is crucial that we rise to this challenge and create a home for all where nature and people can thrive together. There is undeniable proof that the wellbeing of our population is linked to better climate outcomes.”
Maimuna Maibe, Nigeria Country Director, at Global Citizen said:
“The fight for our planet is one of the most important missions of our lifetime and this commitment by the Ekiti State government is another demonstration of how much we can achieve together. Global Citizen is proud to support the Ekiti State government in delivering the various elements of its commitment to deliver impact and value to the people of Ekiti State.”
Last September’s Global Citizen Live campaign was a month-long countdown ahead of the G20 and COP26 summits to address the pandemic, hunger and climate challenges. Many dedicated partners worked hard to make the campaign a success. The global broadcast and streaming event was live for 24 hours across seven continents. It featured Femi Kuti and Davido as well as Tiwa Savage and Made Kuti. There were announcements that aimed to increase equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations, urgent action on climate changes, and address the growing hunger crisis.
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