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CADI, communities, Hunters network organise biodiversity expedition

By Doyin Adeleye

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As part of efforts to preserve the rich biodiversity in Ondo State, the Conservation Alliance Development Initiative (CADI) has organised an expedition in collaboration with local communities, the Hunters Network, Johnvents Industries Limited, and the State Department of Forestry.

The rapid biodiversity expedition which was held on May 17 and 18 at Kajola, Aponmu Akure Forest Reserve was aimed to survey and document the diverse species of flora and fauna in Akure Forest Reserve.

It also focused on engaging local communities and hunters on traditional knowledge and expertise to enhance scientific data collection, promoting a holistic approach to conservation.

The Director of Technical Service, CADI, Mr Adedamola Adesida who stated that there are so many species, said the expedition exemplifies the power of collaborative efforts in conservation.

He noted that by bringing together various stakeholders, they can create a more comprehensive and effective approach to preserving the natural heritage.

Also speaking, the Sustainability Manager, Johnvents Industries Limited, Mr Alobi Nentui noted that their partnership with the local communities has been instrumental in understanding the region’s biodiversity.

Nentui said they are committed to supporting sustainable practices that benefit both the environment and the cocoa communities where they operate.   

He explained further that the data collected during the expedition will be analyzed and shared with relevant stakeholders, contributing to the development of conservation policies and practices that safeguard the region’s biodiversity.

On her part, Miss Olayemi Oluborode, the Operational Coordinator of CADI hinted that the assessment is an annual capacity-building training for Johnvents participants which was initiated to help Johnvents team build their spectrum on Biodiversity.

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One of the Rapid Biodiversity Assessment consultants, Professor Oladeji Oladipo, said the reason for the assessment was to look at the extent of the biodiversity in terms of ecosystem and biodiversity in terms of generic/species diversity.

Oladipo, an Associate Professor, Department of Ecotourism and Wildlife Management, Federal University of Technology Akure(FUTA), said they looked at the ecosystem variations and the practices across the three zones “the Transition, Bova, and Core zone”.

CADI’s Business Development Officer, Ololade Omotola stressed that the programme was necessary not only to safeguard other species but also the future of humanity, hence, the need to continuously protect the planet’s precious biodiversity.

Two participants, Mr Mayowa Arowoye and Mr Sunday Neme said they have learnt the different species of trees which are of economic value..

They said the expedition exposed the level of deforestation in Nigeria and what could be done to avert the situation for future generations.

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