By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Calabar
The Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke has said that the recent ban on all logging within the state is to reduce deforestation and at the same time help in solving the climate change crisis.
Governor Imoke who stated this in Calabar said the state is participating actively in the global REDD and other climate change campaigns and is expecting to access substantial financial and technical resources from the United Nations REDD to support the state’s REDD+ readiness efforts in 2011.
“We will extend REDD+ activities to other forest communities in the state so that we can confidently participate in the emerging low carbon economy through the carbon credit mechanism”, he stated.
He said government will continue in its policy of sustaining the gains already recorded in the forestry and environment sector by ensuring that the state remains the cleanest and greenest through the expansion of its beautification scheme to semi urban areas, waste management framework, forest and biodiversity conservation efforts and urban environment management.
Imoke said that “In order to achieve and attain an efficient and effective waste management system in the state in line with global environmental best practices, government will commence the implementation of its public private sector partnership for waste management evacuation to ensure efficiency and sustainability”.
His government he explained has worked tirelessly to preserve the environment and has organized an environmental summit which resulted in the development of a state policy backed by legislation that stipulates the conservation of its rainforest.
“We banned logging activities and designated the state’s mangrove swamp a reserve area. These have all scaled up the value of our carbon stock which we shall be earning revenue from in the not too distant future”, he said.