The Ekuri Forest where the Cross River state government will build its Super Highway

The Ekuri Forest where the Cross River state government will build its Super Highway

Research Institute Maps Out 5 Forest Reserves Going Extinct In South West


The Department of Environmental Management and Biometrics, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Ibadan, said it had mapped out five forest reserves in the South-West in the last one year using decadal satellite.

The Head of the Department, Dr Adekunle Meduna, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Thursday, in Ibadan.

Meduna said that the department started the research in 2014 and concluded it in the first week of March 2016.

According to him, the five forest reserves mapped are the Onigambari forest in Oyo State, the Oluwa forest in Ondo, the Ife forest in Osun, the Omo forest in Ogun and the Shasha forest in Osun State.

He said that the validated maps would be used as baseline study for the UN programmme on Reducing Emission in the Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) of forests status.

He added that the results of the study showed that the forest lands in the selected areas were fragmented, which led to a decrease in the forest land.

He explained that “by the time the forest reserve map is in place, Nigeria will be stable in climate change and carbon emission will be reduced.

“However, the forest lands in the selected areas are fragmented, leading to decrease in the forest land.

“This means that all life forms that depend on these forests will also become threatened as the available space they have for their daily activities is gradually reducing.

“If action is not taken quickly to curb the menace and convert forest lands to other uses, our source of biodiversity may be lost to extinction.’’

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