350 benefit from forest conservation training
In view of issues surrounding the world climate change, 350 men, women and youths from Okuromotet Community in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State, have been trained on forest conservation.
The four-day training programme was handled by Wanel-aedon Development Association, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), and funded by the United Nations Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD), Small Grants Programme (SGP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The programme is meant to develop and educate urban communities and the people on the dangers of deforestation and benefits of the forest to humanity.
Secretary to the association, Mrs Joy Ogar, who said this on Friday at Okumorotet community, noted that humanity has neglected its duty in protecting the forest as the “global trend of climate change has called for greater concern for our environment to be protected.
“We needed to do this because, in the world today, everybody is concerned about the environment because of global warming and that is the greatest concern, so for the global community to reach out to the villages they have to work with us, as a community based organisation.
“What we are doing here is a training workshop on the value of the forest, climate change and mitigation, to create awareness to the people and educate them on the value of our forest and important of the forest and also the effects of the forest to us on deforestation and profile solution.
“The forest gives life and it is important to our livelihood so if we don’t have the forest again, that means we will have no life so we are educating the people on how to use the forest and preserve it for future generations.”