Since my childhood, I have loved Green. I have developed passion for Sustainable forest Development and Biodiversity conservation in my Nigeria and the world at large, and my background in Forest Economic and management have augmented my capacity as a Forestry professional.
I have just concluded a project on assessment of Biodiversity and threats to sustainable management of woody species in the agroecosystem of Dutsin-Ma local government area, Katsina State Nigeria which is a semi-arid zone of Nigeria. Globally, forest management objectives priorities trees which are “timber viable” and situated in the “forest” without taking trees in agroecosystems in cognizance.
However, these woody species play a life sustaining role in the livelihood of most rural people especially in the agroecosytems of Semi- Arid West Africa. The main aim of carrying out the project was due to perceived reduction in woody species constituent in Dutsin-Ma and the diminishing environmental benefits which were attached.
Although it wasn’t easy to carry out such project as the team leader being a “lady” considering the socioeconomic and religious peculiarities of Northern Nigeria, but with the leadership skills I have acquired overtime and enthusiastic youth of Dutsin-Ma, the project became a success.
The community dwellers of Dutsin-Ma local government are very poor, an average person lives on less than $1 per day. Hence, woody species constitute a major supplement to food, energy and livelihood of these community dwellers.
The project therefore was directed at determining the population status of the remaining woody species, assessing the major source of threat to the sustainable management of these woody species, thereby using this information to proscribe sustainable management option that best suits this agroecosystem, bearing in mind that most woody species exists in agroforestry settings in the area.
We were able to determine the status of woody species in Dutsin-Ma and we did have some idea of socio-economically viable species which were fast diminishing and at such are, of conservation importance. With our findings, we were able to alert the State Forest Department and with my affiliation in the Federal University situated in Dutsin-Ma we were able to carry out some enrichment planting project and distribution of seedlings to community dwellers in the agroecosystem.
In the future, we intend coordinating project that would attract stakeholders involvement especially women, into sustainable forest development in the State. We also intend to replicate such effort in some other parts of the Nigeria.
Text, photo and video are submitted by Dauda Temitope Hauwa (Nigeria) – tdauda(at)fudutsinma.edu.ng
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