Nigerian Wildlife, FG Submitted to Wildlife Conservation Society on Planned Highway, Diverted Route for Animals’ Sake.
It’s jubilation galore for animals in the wild as Federal Government of Nigeria submitted to the pressure by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) over proposed super highway and reroutes the road for the benefits of Nigerian wildlife.
The proposed highway, if allowed to be constructed the way it was planned, will take away the home of already endangered Cross River gorilla, forest elephants, chimpanzees, thereby exposing them to risk of going into extinction.. The local communities that depend on the irreplaceable rain forest in Niger Delta will also be adversely affected.
Wildlife Cinservation Society says;
We did it! Together, we generated over 135,000 signatures, received dozens of international press hits, and had scores of public and private meetings with Nigeria’s state and federal governments as well as the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC. And it worked.
After so much pressure from WCS, Nigerian Federal Government, in April 2017, announced a new route for the proposed highway. Not only that, the government also agreed to reduce the road buffer on either sides from 6 miles to 300 feets.
WCS also says:
This is an incredible win for wildlife and the local communities living in the Cross River forest. Now we need to make sure they follow through.
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