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Restoring The Mangrove Ecosystems From Collapse: Stop The Wanton Deforestation

by Anita Ogona

On July 26th, 2016 the International Day of Mangroves was celebrated for the very first time following the proclamation of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2015. The proclamation stated that mangrove ecosystems are “a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem, providing by their existence, biomass and productivity substantial benefits to human beings, providing forestry, fishery goods, and services as well as contributing to the protection of the coastline and being particularly relevant in terms of mitigation of the effects of climate change and food security for local communities.”No description available.
Captured in this proclamation are the key reasons for protecting, conserving, and restoring mangrove ecosystems. As you are aware, Nigerian hosts the fourth largest mangrove forest in the world and of course the largest in Africa. However, this gift of nature bestowed on us stands on the brink of ecological collapse as a result of wanton deforestation, overexploitation, invasive species, and worst of all; crude oil pollution. Oil spills and leaks plague communities in the Niger Delta, a situation now worsened by the proliferation of kpo-fire (artisanal refining) across the region. Niger Delta Ecocide has been the coinage now used in describing the environmental devastation currently being perpetuated in the region.
In the face of this monumental challenge, what solution pathways could we pursue to save the Mangroves? One is that of restoration driven by stakeholders; PLANT A MANGROVE PROJECT. Consolidating this project, the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Eco, Garden City and Phoenix in collaboration with Niger Delta Snapshots and other partners officially inaugurate this Mangrove Restoration program on Monday, 26 July 2021 at Swiss Spirit Hotel, Port Harcourt.

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