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Youth Engagement in Conservation of Endangered Tree Species – Lessons from the Conservation of Kopak Tree within Zaria Region

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YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN
CONSERVATION OF
ENDANGERED TREE SPECIE
– LESSONS FROM THE
CONSERVATION OF KOPAK
TREE WITHIN ZARIA
REGI...

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"The youth hold the keys to unlocking a
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Youth Engagement in Conservation of Endangered Tree Species – Lessons from the Conservation of Kopak Tree within Zaria Region
Mr. Muktar Ahmad (RCE Zaria, Nigeria)
RCE Youth Webinar: Art, Actions, and Perspectives for Biodiversity Conservation
12 August, 2022

Youth Engagement in Conservation of Endangered Tree Species – Lessons from the Conservation of Kopak Tree within Zaria Region
Mr. Muktar Ahmad (RCE Zaria, Nigeria)
RCE Youth Webinar: Art, Actions, and Perspectives for Biodiversity Conservation
12 August, 2022

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Youth Engagement in Conservation of Endangered Tree Species – Lessons from the Conservation of Kopak Tree within Zaria Region

  1. 1. YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN CONSERVATION OF ENDANGERED TREE SPECIE – LESSONS FROM THE CONSERVATION OF KOPAK TREE WITHIN ZARIA REGION Presented at the RCE Youth Webinar 'Art, Actions, and Perspectives for Biodiversity Conservation’ 12th August, 2022 Presented by: Ahmad Muktar Youth Coordinator, RCE Zaria - Nigeria
  2. 2. "The youth hold the keys to unlocking a sustainable environment"
  3. 3. • According to the United Nations Population Division, there are 1.2 billion youths aged 15-24 in the world in 2015, with that number expected to rise by 2030. • Africa's youth population was estimated to be 226 million in 2015, and this figure is expected to rise by 2030. • Approximately 70% of Nigeria's population is under 30, and 42% is under the age of 15. • More than one-third of SDG targets explicitly or implicitly mention young people, with a focus on engagement. • Youth Engagement is essential in achieving the sustainable development targets. QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE YOUTHS
  4. 4. • Youth are an important constituency in biodiversity conservation and have a significant impact on it. • Youth connection biodiversity conservation and improvement of quality of life across sectors is critical for the future. • They are creative, problem-solving-oriented, and frequently promote active consumerism. • The importance of protecting biodiversity has been connected to everyday life. • Youth are future policy makers and decision-makers, and they must understand the importance of biodiversity conservation. YOUTHS AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
  5. 5. ZARIA URBAN AREA IN CONTEXT • Zaria region has an approximately 1million population, over 70% of the population are youth. • The area lies within the tropical savannah region and an estimated 3.8% of the vegetation cover is annually lost to economic activities. • Rapid spatio-temporal changes has brought about loss of important specie in the region that have economic, cultural, environmental, and social significance. • 10 species out of the International Union for Conservation (IUCN) that are peculiar to the Zaria region
  6. 6. THE RIMI (KOPAK) TREE • Rimi trees is amongst endangered tree specie in Zaria and have historical and cultural significance. • Rimi tree can have a lifespan of up to 500 years. • Produce fibres that are used for making, pillows while the stem are used to produce plank wood. • Early warning for raining season.
  7. 7. PROJECT GOALS AND STRATEGIES • Create a geospatial database of vegetation change, endangered tree species, monitoring and evaluation framework; • Reverse, Restore and Protect specific species considered engendered in the region; • Balance the exploitation of endangered tree species through ESD policy framework. • The first approach was to development of the community participatory training model. • Youth were mobilized to identify and geotag the location of these trees. • Traditional Mai shayi Joint (tea shop) was utilized for information dissemination. • Community Nursery farm were established. PROJECT GOALS STRATEGIES ADOPTED
  8. 8. CHALLENGES AND LESSONS • Lack of access to information • Lack of public awareness about the importance of plant cover protection • Over dependance on trees for energy and economic activities • The inclusion of youth in ESD projects is critical to the project's success. • Geographic Information System is an attractive tool for tracking endangered tree species • When youths understand the values of endangered species, they are more receptive to conservation. • ESD rely heavily on information dissemination, social media handles and traditional communication tools are important. CHALLENGES LESSONS
  9. 9. FUTURE STRATEGY LOCAL EFFORT • Establish community nursery farms • Work with the Kaduna State Government to enact a law prohibiting the cutting down of the identified 10 species and to be managed by the Ministry of Forestry and Kaduna State Urban Development Board. GLOBAL EFFORT • Mobilize youths within the RCE Network to expand the scope. • Establish endangered species within the territory of host RCE. • Geotag the tree specie. • Create an online platform where each data would be uploaded and visualize.
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