CONSERVING BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY FOR SUSTAINABLE USES IN TROPICAL RAINFOREST OF NIGERIA
Ekpo, F. F; Asuquo, M. F and Akpabio Jeremiah
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
The most serious loss of biological diversity occur in the tropics due to explosive growth of human populations, widespread poverty, growing demand for fuel wood and failure to use sustainable methods in agriculture and forestry. A considerable part of tropical rainforests of Nigeria are also being destroyed through indiscriminate and reckless logging of timber, extraction of non-timber forest products and exploitation and exploration of crude oil in the region. This study was primarily designed to assess the conserving biological diversity for sustainable uses in tropical rainforest of Nigeria. It carefully reviewed the contributions of other related works. It was revealed that the weakness of conservation and sustainable management effort is due to poor governance and lack of knowledge and scarcity of research programs on species conservation. Hence, the Earth's basic life-support systems, including climate, the water cycle, and soils, must be conserved intact if life is to continue and the genetic diversity, a major key to the future, must be maintained.