Nigeria has expressed its commitment to protecting forests and natural habitats from destruction and promoting sustainable trade and supply chains of agricultural commodities.
The country recently joined a total of 23 other nations across various continents to endorse a statement committing to working together towards achieving the targets.
The development was part of the outcome of the first ministerial meeting of the Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) Dialogue.
The dialogue, which, according to a statement issued by the British Deputy High Commission in Nigeria, and signed by a press and public affairs officer, Ndidiamaka Eze, was launched in February as part of the United Kingdom’s efforts to achieve a united front in the fight against the destruction of the forests globally.
Other countries on the list include; Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Côte D’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, France, Gabon, Ghana, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Liberia, and Malaysia.
Others are the Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, the Republic of Congo, the Republic of Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay.
“The landmark statement is the result of collaborative action on an issue that is complex but also critical to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and limiting a global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius,” the statement states in part.
According to the statement, international trade in agricultural commodities such as palm oil, soy and beef, is worth more than $80 billion per year.
“Globally, 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods, many of them in developing countries,” the statement said, adding that; “Nigeria is a producer and consumer of forest risk agricultural commodities.”