In harmony with the international community, Nigeria observes World Biodiversity Day today, underscoring the vital importance of united efforts to safeguard the country’s diverse ecosystems.
The director-general of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Agnes Asagbra urged all stakeholders to come together and protect Nigeria’s abundant biodiversity.
Under the theme “From Agreement to Action: Bring Back Biodiversity,” this year’s celebration calls for concrete steps towards restoring and preserving the planet’s biodiversity.
In a statement released by the agency’s head of information and communications, Gloria Ogbaki, Asagbra stressed the vital role biodiversity plays in supporting ecosystems, providing resources and ensuring the well-being of all living beings.
However, numerous human activities such as deforestation, habitat destruction, pollution and climate change pose significant threats to global biodiversity. As a party to the Convention on Biodiversity, Nigeria is committed to upholding its principles. As the world observes World Biodiversity Day, Asagbra emphasised the importance of moving beyond agreements and translating commitments into tangible actions.
The NBMA director-general highlighted key areas of focus during this observance, including implementing the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. These areas encompass protecting land, restoring ecosystems, promoting sustainable production and consumption, engaging indigenous knowledge and communities, as well as fostering education and awareness.
As the regulatory body overseeing modern biotechnology activities, NBMA remains steadfast in its commitment to conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable development. The agency recognizes its role in ensuring the safe application of modern biotechnology to preserve the nation’s biodiversity, benefiting human health, animals, plants and the environment.
Moreover, NBMA reiterates its dedication to transforming agreements into impactful actions. Understanding the urgency and interconnectedness of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, the agency stands ready to collaborate with stakeholders in rebuilding biodiversity and securing a resilient future for all life on Earth.
As Nigeria marks World Biodiversity Day 2023, the call for collective action resonated loudly. It is a reminder that every individual and organisation has a role to play in preserving the invaluable natural heritage that sustains our planet. By working together, Nigeria can make a significant contribution to global efforts in protecting and restoring biodiversity for the benefit of present and future generations.