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HOMEF seeks environmental laws’ implementation

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The Home of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has called for implementations of environmental laws in the country.

The advocacy group blamed increased flooding and challenges of global warming to lack of enforcements on existing environmental laws.

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Director of HOMEF, Nnimmo Bassey, said, it was wrong to allow land reclamation at a time when cities are easily flooded, global warming threatening, yet nothing is being done to check such activities.

Bassey spoke at the HOMEF’s School of Ecology Session in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He said: “There is higher concern about existing environmental laws, we have a lot of laws that can stop damage to our environment but the problem is implementation.

“In a cities like Port Harcourt and Lagos, there are lots of sand filling. When you sand fill the wetlands instead of building somewhere else, you are causing a problem, compounding the issue of global warming.

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“People should hold our legislators, politicians accountable concerning the sustainability of our environment, the communities also have roles to play but in all these, as adequate enforcement of our environmental laws will help to address the anomalies,” Bassey added.

Bassey, however, cautioned against the blue economy, saying that, like the challenges of the green economy, the blue economy would amount to sea grabbing, thereby leading to maritime insecurity, and putting the local fishers at risk.

He said, “We must understand that the blue economy is about the exploitation of water bodies. Just like land grabbing is raging across Africa, it will unleash an exacerbated sea grabbing on the continent. 
 
“It is speculated that marine biotechnology can bring Africa up to $5.9 billion by 2022, but in a continent, with very lax biosafety regulations this will mean reckless exploitation, contamination of local species and exposure to more risks and harms. He added.

He, however, stressed the need for a total overhaul in an economic system that would be socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable, and economically just.

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