Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, the Director-General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has called on the private sector to invest in nature conservation business to reduce “global loss of biodiversity”.
Aminu-Kano made the call at a two-day Stakeholders Forum titled “naijabiz4nature” organised by NCF, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Birdlife International and the Federal Ministry of Environment recently in Lagos.
“The global loss of biodiversity is on the increase with devastating consequences and not enough is being done to stem the tide,” Aminu-Kano said in a statement issued by the Spokesman for NCF, Mr. Dapo Soneye.
He said that the private sector played a critical role in determining how biodiversity was used and conserved.
He said that the forum would advise governments on what should be done to foster rapid protection and conservation of the environment.
According to the director-general, the private economic sectors of the country Mining, Agriculture, Fishing, Finance and Banking, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, all depend either directly or indirectly on nature.
The President, Board of Trustees of NCF, Chief Philip Asiodu, said that business products, practices, supply chains and business models; all had great impact on biodiversity conservation.