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UNGA76: Buhari assures world leaders of Nigeria’s efforts to preserve biodiversity



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By Cecilia Ologunagba

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President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday in New York, assured world leaders that Nigeria has launched specific actions to combat and reverse the severe loss of biodiversity affecting the world.

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Buhari spoke in a video message to the high-level hybrid event titled “Transformative Actions for Nature and People” on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA 76.

Besides promoting regional and interregional cooperation to fight the scourge, the Nigerian leader described other measures, including the creation of more parks in the country.

“Extension of protected areas, including the creation of ten new national parks across the country as well as the creation of marine protected areas in accordance with the 30X30 agenda of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD).

“In addition, the Nigerian government will integrate international agreements, conventions, as well as laws and policies for the protection and conservation of biodiversity,” he said.

According to him, the country will rely on the cooperation and partnerships of development partners as well as international organizations and coalitions for concrete action against deforestation and biodiversity loss.

He said Nigeria will implement more projects on deforestation, increased investments in climate and nature positive economy for environment sustainable and land use practices.

He expressed his gratitude to the President of Costa Rica, His Excellency Carlos Alvarado Quesada, whose country currently chairs the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC) of which Nigeria is also a member and co-chair for the opportunity to be part of “ this great event.

The UN correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency reports that Buhari arrived in New York on Sunday to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

He is due to present Nigeria’s statement to the General Assembly on Friday.

Source: NAN

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