ABC vice-President shares some good news from his travels.
ABC vice-President recently visited Nigeria and discovered local people protecting their native forests. This is his account of what he found:
As I travel in tropical countries I get a bit disillusioned seeing wonderful old trees being felled and local communities hassled by those wanting to fell their local forests - mostly to meet rising demand from China. So good news at last!
Illegal rosewood traders were targeting people in Nigeria, encouraging them to earn a living from logging. To combat this, Nigeria Conservation Foundation helped local people to set up five community forests where they can earn a sustainable income without destroying vital habitats - making honey and other products.
Some communities went as far as using judiciary means to ensure that their communal forest reserve remained intact (see photo). Site Support Groups and Local Forest Scouts were also established to continuously monitor the forest. A Forest Management Committee ensures that responsible communal decisions are made in consideration of present and future generations.
How great to hear that good can outweigh bad in a world where most people are having to work harder to make ends meet. Inspiring!
Keith Betton, ABC vice-President, October 2018