Economic growth vastly occurring in the urban space has shifted the odds of biodiversity distribution and relative abundance in favour of the rural areas. The rural dwellers are inherently conservative in their approaches to resource utilization and naturally supporting the preservation of landscape features through compliant practices. For decades, biodiversity conservation has thrived on the influence of the remote landscapes as physical lifelines for both the mobile and sessile biological resources of Nigeria.

However, resource commercialization is spreading like wildfire and influencing indigenous knowledge in the rural spaces towards practices hostile to the principle of sustainable development. The seeming adoption and incorporation of profiteering practices by distant local people as means of economic emancipation has adverse potential impact on the biodiversity of the region. Therefore stemming the current waves of resource racketeering and depletion requires that conservation education are designed to redirect and guide the focus, knowledge and capacity of government and traditional institutions as well as the local dwellers towards practices capable of supporting the long-term prosperity of rural communities in Nigeria.

Date(s) - 16/08/2019
4:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Hobby Lecture Theatre