Cross River Assembly Speaker Advocates Customary Practices To Check Deforestation

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Speaker, John Gaul Lebo (4th right) and the UN REDD delegation
Speaker, John Gaul Lebo (4th right) and the UN REDD delegation

Cross River State House of Assembly Speaker, Hon John Gaul Lebo has advocated the use of customary practices to check deforestation in the country.

Hon Lebo made the remark recently when the Cross River State Commissioner for Climate Change and Forestry with a team from the United Nations Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (UN-REDD+) paid a courtesy call at his office in Calabar.

The Speaker who lamented the increasing rate of deforestation in the state due to excessive mining activities charged the Commissioner and the UN-REDD+ team to adopt forest preservation cum restoration as a primary strategy to curb the excesses of climate change.

He praised the UN-REDD+ program for its effort at preserving the environment while assuring that the Assembly would come up with legislation that would allow the use of customary practices to check deforestation.

Speaking earlier, the leader of the team and Cross River Commissioner for Climate Change and Forestry, Alice Enwu, implored the House of Assembly to enact a legislation that would further help save and restore the forest, observing that that Cross River being the pilot state for the UN-REDD+ program due to its enormous virgin rain forest must preserve its vast forest resources.

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