By Rotimi Famakin

The need for harvesters of water and forest resources to be responsible while carrying out their socio-economic activities took centre stage at a day lecture and awareness programme marking this year’s wildlife day.

The lecture which drew hunters, students, agriculturists, fish sellers and environmentalists to the Faulty of Renewable Natural Resources was organized by the Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management of the University of Ibadan.

In his lecture, Professor Lamidi Bolagade said responsible harvesting of wildlife counts to guarantee the sustainable existence of some species of wildlife for the use of future generations.

On his part, Dr Oluwakayode Coker noted that wildlife is important to human survival as it contributes to reforestation which prevents flooding and mitigates climate change.

Dr Coker who said some species of wildlife such as Pangolin, Black Rhinoceros, and Elephants are fast going into extinction said it has become imperative for hunters to generate alternative means of livelihood to reduce their overdependence on wildlife for their economic survival.

In an interview, Professor Olufunmilola Ajani lamented the unhealthy manner in which fishermen harvest fish in the rivers saying the use of chemicals is inimical to human health.

Earlier, the head of the Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Management, Professor Abosede Omonona said this year’s Wildlife Day which focuses on connecting people and the planet by exploring digital innovation in wildlife conservation targets fish traders and hunters, saying their roles affect the survival of wildlife and water resources.

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