FG partner of the World Wildlife Fund for the management of national parks

Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for the Environment, said the federal government will work with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, to manage the 10 newly approved national parks.

According to a statement issued by Saghir Mohammed, the ministry’s press director, Ikeazor said so on Thursday during the just-concluded Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5).

TheCable had reported that Ikeazor on January 6 said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the creation of 10 new national parks due to the threat facing wildlife.

National parks are to be established in Niger, Bayelsa, Kano, Jigawa, Kwara, Katsina Osun and Plateau.

Speaking on the partnership, Ikeazor said Nigeria is committed to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, adding that the country’s national forest policy aims to promote sustainable forest management practices.

“The Honorable Minister also had bilateral engagements with Marco Lambertini, Chief Executive of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for Nature, on Nigeria’s commitment to the post 2020 global biodiversity framework and the need to collaborate with WWF on the management of the ten new national parks approved by Mr. President,” the statement read.

“She said that Nigeria has adopted various strategic approaches, including the development and implementation of a national forest policy aimed at promoting sustainable forest management practices; national plastic waste management and solid waste management policies that support and promote the circular economy; drought and desertification policy to actualize land degradation neutrality and increase community resilience, among others.

Ikeazor added that Nigeria’s energy transition plan serves as a pathway to achieve net zero by 2060.

According to the statement, the Minister also met with Sameh Shoukry, Egyptian Minister of Environment and President of COP27, “and discussed the activities of the next COP27 in Egypt in November 2022”, as well as “the strengthening of bilateral relations with the two countries on environmental issues”.

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