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Four Nigerian mangrove sites set for restoration

The Nigerian government says plans are afoot to restore four mangrove sites in the country.

Nigeria’s minister of state for environment, Sharon Ikeazor, stated this as part of the country’s efforts to commemorate World Mangrove day.

Four reserve sites identified and assessed include Taylor Creek Forest, Num Forest, Apoi Creek Forest and Edumanon Forest, all in Bayelsa State.

She disclosed that Nigeria has joined and committed to the 30By30 Global Ocean Alliance, a UK-led initiative, aimed at protecting 30 per cent of the global oceans within Marine Protected area by 2030.

The Minister said the government, through the Department of Forestry, is undertaking a Mangrove Restoration Project, known as ‘Mangrove for Life Project, aimed to restore degraded and manage existing mangrove forests in Nigeria.

“This project is being implemented through Wetlands International (Africa) and Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation. In addition, the Department of Forestry and the National Park Service have conducted a coastal study to identify potential marine protected areas.”

Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for Environment

Nigeria has the largest mangrove cover in Africa, and the fourth largest in the world, with over 60 per cent of these mangroves, equivalent to 6,000 square kilometres, are found in the Niger Delta region.