The President of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Philip Asiodu said, we are all aware of the critical value of national parks in protecting biodiversity, and for education and research.
We are becoming aware of the great potentials for eco-tourism of Gashaka Gumti, Kainji and Cross River National Parks.
The President of the Foundation, Chief Philip Asiodu in his speech said that effort should be made to exploit all available options to get financial resources to generate sustainable development practices aimed at empowering people to adopt climate friendly survival options.
added that everyone should support the need to implement programmes and projects that are environmental friendly while boosting environmental awareness and education, advocating positive lifestyles and influencing policy for an ethical management of what we regard as free gifts of nature.
In his welcome address, the President of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Chief Philip Asiodu, represented by Ambassador Hamzat Ahmadu said that In order to help to achieve the internationally agreed water-related goals contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, and in Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation of the World Summit of Sustainable Development (WSSD), the 'Water for Life' Decade (2005-2015) was declared to focus on water-related issues at all levels and on the implementation of programmes and projects, and the furtherance of cooperation at all levels.
" The primary goal of the 'Water for Life' Decade is to promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015, which is just round the corner.
The Water Decade therefore focuses on encouraging countries to build on the efforts made to date to protect, use and manage freshwater resources in a sustainable manner as the water challenge is a governance challenge".
added that the goals can be met only through knowledge and research, partnerships, and water conservation.