ABUJA: THE Cross River State Forestry Commission disclosed it had received about US$4 million from the United Nations to boost efforts to reduce carbon emissions and deforestation.
The funds have been released under the auspices of the UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) Programme has transformed Cross River State Forestry Commission.
Chairman of the Commission, Odigha Odigha, speaking in Calabar, said this had transformed the commission.
“The United Nations REDD+programme came to ensure that people stop the habit of cutting down trees both in the Forest and in the Environment,” he said.
He added that, working closely with the Federal Government, the United Nations REDD +Programme was initiated.
“The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and FAO are working behind the United Nations programme to see that the programme achieved its objectives. About $4 million has been release already and a lot has also been achieved”.
Odigha said programme had enabled the establishment of a well equipped laboratory to educate communities on the relevance of Forest trees, and cautioned them on the dangers of cutting down trees.
He encouraged communities to take interest in planting trees for their own interest.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY