Azoulay, who spoke at the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Program in Abuja, said the erosion of biodiversity is no longer a hypothesis, but a fact that the world can already see and feel every day.
“From the treetops to the depths of the ocean and from vertebrates to invertebrates, no species is spared. And we know very well why: because of a lifestyle that puts pressure on nature,” she said.
Azoulay argued: “Indeed, climate and biodiversity are inextricably linked. When one suffers, the other suffers too, and the Nigerian government knows it all too well, especially on the shores of Lake Chad.
“With this impending collapse, not only is human survival at risk, but also the beauty, poetry and diversity of the world. The impatient idealist says: ‘Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.’ But such a place There is no place icht. ”
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon noted that the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it an unprecedented human crisis affecting the most vulnerable and the poorest, especially young people , Women and children. He said the pandemic had exacerbated pre-existing problems such as violent extremism, out of school children, poverty and food insecurity.
“We need to restore this protected space between humans and nature by taking responsible steps to conserve biodiversity resources. Our combined attitudes and lifestyles have transformed the land around us, clearing forests and other natural areas to create spaces for urban areas, settlements, agriculture, and industry. As a result, we have reduced the overall space available for wildlife. “
Environment Minister Sharon Ikeazor noted that the program was a unique platform for collaboration in the areas of research and development, ecological restoration, capacity and building and networking to share information, knowledge and experience on biodiversity loss, climate change and sustainable development.
She said the world is facing a planetary crisis of climate change and biodiversity loss that will affect the world World security threatens the food supplies and livelihoods of millions, including indigenous peoples and local communities, especially in the African region.