President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed on Wednesday that ten new national parks will be established as part of efforts to tackle biodiversity loss in the country.
He said this in a video message to a hybrid High-Level conference of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the theme, tagged ‘Transformative Actions for Nature and People’.
According to a statement by the presidential aide, Femi Adesina, Buhari explained that apart from regional and inter-regional cooperation to tackle the menace, other measures include: “Expansion of protected areas including the establishment of ten (10) new National Parks across the country as well as the creation of Marine Protected Areas pursuant to the 30X30 Agenda of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD); and domestication of relevant International Agreements, Conventions as well as Laws and Policies for the protection and conservation of biodiversity.”
President also listed the domestication of relevant international agreements, and laws/policies for the protection and conservation of biodiversity.
Femi Adesina who quoted the president stated that, “leveraging the cooperation and partnerships of the Development Partners as well as International Organisations and Coalitions for concrete action against deforestation and Coalitions for concrete action against deforestation and biodiversity loss; and promotion and increased investments in climate-positive and nature-positive economy for sustainable environment and land use practices were other areas being worked on to confront the challenge.”
President Buhari also said collaborating with development organisations will be paramount to reversing biodiversity loss and promote more investments in climate-positive economy.
He further thanked the Costa Rican President, Carlos Alvarado Quesada “whose country chairs the High Ambition Coalition for Nature & People (HAC) of which Nigeria is also a member and co-chair for the opportunity to be part of this great event.”