CT0020 – Restoring biodiversity in Nigeria’s Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve.
My guest on this episode of the Climate Talk Podcast is Hazel Chapman – born in Malawi, lived her childhood years in Nigeria and is now an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Hazel shares the idea behind her decision to establish the Nigerian Montane Forest Project (NMFP) in Taraba State, Nigeria. She further explains how her work is gradually restoring biodiversity at the Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve – an impressive stand of montane/sub-montane forest and Nigeria’s most plant species-rich montane forest with over 24 endangered plant species.
In this episode, you will learn about:
· Efforts towards facilitating the involvement of national and international researchers in protecting Biodiversity.
· Practical ways of involving a community in the management of biodiversity around them.
· Ideas around working with community members to develop sustainable small businesses