From: Laide Akinboade, Vangaurd
Published June 9, 2009 10:03 AM

Nigeria: Country Loses 350,000 Hectares Annually to Deforestation

Abuja — Minister of Environment, Mr. John Odey, has said the country loses over 350,000 hectares of land every year to deforestation and other impacts of climate change.

According to him, the impact of climate change in the country could result into great danger for both the social development and the health of Nigerians.

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Odey who stated this on Friday at 2009 World Environment day, said that climate change can pose lot of danger which include security challenges, damage to infrastructures .

He noted that the nation's natural forests had decreased from 25.7% to 16%, and that 10,000 farming families have moved out of their degraded land as a result of climate change.

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