The National Park Service has established Indigenous Knowledge Desk in its seven national parks and headquarters to generate and document relevant indigenous knowledge useful for biodiversity conservation in their respective unit parks.
Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator-General (C-G), said this in a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Yakubu Zull, in Abuja.
Goni inaugurated the officers during a two-day forum held at the Akoto Base Camp, Sepeteri, Old Oyo National Park.
The Conservator-General stated that the desk officers were selected based on merit and their ability to work effectively on any task given to them.
“You are expected to generate and document relevant indigenous knowledge that will be useful for biodiversity conservation in your respective unit parks.
“We are taking measures to re-position the National Park to meet world standards, so we must capture the indigenous challenges to be able to apply indigenous solutions to them as well,” he said.
Goni enumerated the problems that necessitated the creation of indigenous desks in the parks to include population growth and unsustainable resource consumption.
Others are, climate change and global warming, invasive alien species, over exploitation of natural resources and environmental degradation.
“To curb the menace of these environmental challenges, the management must integrate indigenous knowledge as a means to complement conservation efforts already established,’’ he said.
Henry Ndoma, the Conservator of Old Oyo National Park, thanked the C-G for selecting his park for the hosting of the first meeting of indigenous knowledge desk officers.
Highlight of the event was the inspection of quarter guard mounted by officers of the Park by the Conservator-General.