By Oluwatoyin Adegoke
There is need to ensure digital documentation of indigenous African knowledge to further preserve the values and explore the potential to enrich the society.
The Head, Department of Pure and Applied Botany, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Dr Abiodun Oyelakin made the submission while presenting a paper on “African Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge, the Past, Present and the Future”.
Dr Oyelakin identified rural – urban development, human nature, religious beliefs and over -dependence on importation of herbs as some of the factors hindering new discoveries on African Biodiversity, especially in relation to the human health.
He maintained that focusing more attention on the preservation of great ideas on Medicine, Traditional Knowledge and animal species would help to strengthen African Biodiversity.
Also, the Director, Biomedicinal Research Centre of the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan, Oyo State, Dr Ibraheem Lawal said there was the need for sustainable ecosystem management, to balance the ecological, economic and social-cultural components.
Speaking on “Utilizing Biodiversity Conservation for Massive Self – Sustainable Employment Opportunities and National Economic Development”,
Dr Lawal noted that maintenance of safe environment depended largely on the availability of green plants.
Other participants who applauded the workshop urged the Government to earmark fund for the promoting and ensuring the sustenance of natural knowledge and biodiversity.
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