An ecologist, Mr Abdullahi Aremu, has called for more research on forest development to assist policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in understanding the importance of forests to the ecosystem.
Aremu, who is the Director-General, Advocacy for Environmental and Sanitation Integrity, an NGO, made the call in Abuja
He said that the research findings would assist forest managers and those developing forest policies to know how to address the increasing consequences of climate change.
According to him, the findings will also assist them to know the complexity of the ecological, economic, social, cultural and political factors involved.
Aremu noted that information on the global distribution of biodiversity and forest development was inadequate.
“Knowledge of the quantity of forest, where it is located and what it is composed of appears straightforward but surprisingly, this basic information is not always available. It is not possible to properly manage a forest ecosystem without first understanding it. There is also the need for stakeholders to know why forests are being destroyed in order to know how to save the forests,’’ he said.
Aremu, who urged the citizens to embark on massive tree planting, said that forests usually reduced the maximum soil temperature and increased the minimum soil temperature with the depth of the soil.
“The influence of the forests in reducing the maximum soil temperature results partly from the shade of the crowns and partly from the insulation of the forest floor. The influences of forest vegetation on freezing of soil are also of great importance. Soil under a forest usually remains soft when that in the open is frozen to considerable depth,’’ he said.