The UN Academic, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has accredited three extra biosphere reserves in Nigeria.
Dr Moma Enang, Nationwide Skilled Officer, Pure Science Sector, UNESCO Regional Workplace, Abuja mentioned this whereas talking with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday.
Enang named the reserves as Oban Biosphere Reserve and Okwango Biosphere Reserves, each in Cross River and the Hadejia-Nguru-Bade Biosphere Reserve chopping throughout Yobe and Jigawa.
She mentioned that the approval was granted by means of the Man and the Biosphere Programme Worldwide Coordinating Council (MAB-ICC) of the organisation.
Enang expressed delight over the event, saying that the extra reserves will foster efforts to make sure biodiversity within the nation.
She mentioned that MAB-ICC was saddled with the duty of deciding and approving new biosphere reserves in addition to making suggestions on periodic evaluate reviews of biosphere reserves in UNESCO member states.
“The UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Workplace in Abuja, inside its common science workplan, facilitated the nomination and proposed two biosphere reserves, particularly Oban Biosphere Reserve and Okwango Biosphere Reserve, each in Cross River.
“In one other vein and throughout the framework of Biosphere and Heritage of Lake Chad (BIOPALT)venture applied in 5 international locations of Lake Chad Basin,UNESCO once more facilitated the nomination of Hadejia-Nguru-Bade Biosphere Reserve in Yobe and Jigawa.
“The nomination for the three proposed Biosphere Reserves had been submitted by the Nigerian Man and Biosphere (MAB) Committee domicile within the Forestry Institute of Nigeria.
“Throughout the thirty second session of MAB-ICC from Oct. 27 to Oct.28, the three Biosphere Reserves had been accredited for Nigeria,” she mentioned.
Enang added that the organisation was dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity for sustainable use in addition to battle prevention.
MAB-ICC is the governing physique of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme which comprised of 34 member states elected by the organisation’s biennial Basic Convention.
MAB Programme is an intergovernmental scientific programme, launched in 1971 to ascertain a scientific foundation for the development of relationships between folks and their environments.
NAN reviews that Nigeria initially had just one biosphere reserve, the Omo Biosphere Reserve in Ogun which was established in 1977.