According to the World Bank, sustainable management of the environment and natural resources is vital for economic growth and human wellbeing. When managed well, renewable natural resources, watersheds, productive landscapes and seascapes can provide the foundation for sustained inclusive growth, food security and poverty reduction. The world’s ecosystems regulate the air, water and soil on which we all depend, and form a unique and cost-effective buffer against extreme weather events and climate change.
3Es Experience undertook a baseline survey and identified some challenges affecting the environment especially communities living around National Parks, Reserves and its environs. For example;
i. There is environmental degradation due to so much consumption of firewood and decreasing tree coverage. Over the years, tree cover has reduced and firewood availability has reduced. An average household uses 63kg of firewood per week and spends 3 hrs. per day fetching firewood. Therefore, lots of trees are being cut but none is being planted as replacement. The area is now dry and hot with drought like conditions during dry months and flooding during the rainy season. This has also led to soil erosion and degeneration of existing resources.
ii. Increase in poor disposal of solid waste- There are extremely poor solid waste disposal practices in rural trading centers and towns. Piled garbage exposes the communities to diseases. Poor solid waste disposal is also experienced in National Game Reserves and National Forests. Littering within these areas poses a great danger to the wildlife, especially herbivores as they face a risk of death from ingesting the plastics. The aesthetic value and beauty of the parks and forests is negatively affected.
The organization will seek to conserve the environment by;
1. Developing environmental materials/ manuals for schools.
2. Conducting environmental awareness campaigns
3. Conducting tree planting activities and setting up tree nurseries.
4. Conducting environmental clean-up exercises.
5. Helping in the formation of environmental and agricultural clubs in schools and supporting the existing ones.
6. Supporting interaction of more students/pupils with nature such as visiting national parks, museums, forests etc.