What impact have you had on your clients and the tourism sector?
GOAL: Capture elements of biological diversity that can be missing from harvested sites
◦Retain wood fiber that is typically extracted from the forest ecosystem.
◦To the greatest degree possible, allow natural disturbance processes to determine the structure and composition of the forest ecosystem.
◦Facilitate biological monitoring to establish baseline data on the species, natural communities, and ecological processes that occur in forest ecosystems reserved from commercial timber harvesting.
◦Allow comparison of species, natural communities, and ecological processes on harvested sites with sites reserved from harvest of wood products.
◦Provide late-successional forest habitats for wildlife that represent the diversity of forest ecosystems in Massachusetts.
◦Inform management of harvested sites with knowledge of structural attributes that develop on reserve sites.
◦Provide unique recreational and aesthetic opportunities in biologically mature forest habitats that will develop over time in reserves.
.Provide raw materials for all industries that depends either directly or indirectly on forest products like the timber industry, the plastic industry, the paper industry, and other agro-allied industiries just to mention but a feiw
First and foremost, my organization is creating awareness in the people of the Niger delta, by getting them acquainted with the need to resolve their conflict with the Nigerian government through protection of their immediate environment whose destruction is their major complaint.
Second, my organization is collaborating with the institute of Agriculture nearby the Teaching Hospital to ensure provision of expertise and manpower needed to engineer this project in River state so as to ensure perfect foundation, proper coordination and smooth running.
Third, my organization is researching on the most economically useful forest trees to embark upon in establishing forest reserve in the places on the edge. for that we have come to the realization of the fact that both hardwood trees and softwood trees are suitable for the purpose.
Finally, we are embarking on afforestation of the places on the edge having gathered sufficient and credible technical-know-how and resources.
The first action has lead to the public awareness of the virtues of afforestation and the fact that afforestation in the war-tun areas of Niger delta offer the best resolution for the conflict.
Meanwhile, the second step has achieve a continuous interplay between the community medicine department of the Ahmadu Bello University and the nearby institute of Agriculture which is itself an offshoot of the school of agriculture of the same university, ensuring that the knowledge of public health is harmonized with that of forestry for saving the places on the edge.
Moreover, the research into tree types and economic importance has reveal that the following named trees are suitable for the purpose. Hyperion, Iroko, Mahogany, Obeche, Western red cedar etc.
Finally, patent samples of the aforementioned trees have been made available
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
This is the year of awareness: indeed awareness is very essential in executing this project because the environment of the Niger delta people has ruin them to such an extent that no project can be executed in that area without facing a serious resistance from all levels, both their youth and the community. Kidnapping has become rampant in this area for the same reason. So it is imperative that the people of the Niger delta needs public enlightenment campaign to enable them understand the meaning and merits of this project, the short term and long term benefits to their youth and their community as well as Nigeria at large. Successful awareness will pave smooth way for the subsequent steps in the proper execution of this project.
This is the year of fund raising: Indeed, establishing a forest reserve of the type aforementioned is money intensive undoubtedly. Although, this innovation is founded upon basic starting capital right from inception, it is still evident that my organization need to raise fund specifically for this purpose so as to ensure the perfection of the noble project. It is a truism that the more we handle in cash, the wider we cover in saving the places on the edge.
This is the period of execution: Having gathered all the needed momentum in previous years, the third year is the proper time to execute this project as properly as documented. we need to plan as many trees as possible, both softwood and hardwood, the distribution of which is governed by the known land fertility profile. Following the afforestation, my organization will have to collaborate with major industries that depends on the forest products directly and indirectly to ensure good market for the harvest products.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
First, Civil unrest in the Niger delta: The people in this area have actually gone deep in all vices that are prone to hindering the development of this area. Combat upon combat may make life uneasy for the technical staffs that will be recruited to this area for executing the project.
Second, inconsistency in policy has been known long ago to top the list of all the banes confronting the economy in this country. The economic policy of the Nigerian government is enormously bizarre and it affects both foreign and local investors directly and indirectly. Moreover, the fact that the present administration has less than one year to go might result in abolishing all existing economic policies as we approach the new administration and we are highly subject to such inconsistency in policy.
Finally, capital is a limiting factor in the proper execution of this project. It is not yet guaranteed that all is well in term of finance until we lunch this project and solicit for fund from appropriate authorities.