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Title:Drought and desertification: challenges for afforestation in Nigerian arid and semi-arid region
Author:Otegbeye, G.O.
Year:2004
Periodical:Savanna: A Journal of the Environmental and Social Sciences
Volume:19
Issue:1
Pages:1-11
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:savannas
droughts
forestry
Abstract:Forests play an important role in environmental protection and sustainable agricultural production. However, a number of challenges are faced in the afforestation of Nigeria's savanna region. These challenges include climate, species growth rate, edaphic factors and public apathy towards tree planting. Most challenges have been addressed by the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria using strategies such as species introduction trials and species productivity improvement through silvicultural and genetic improvement methods. A review of the strategies used so far reveals some good results as forest productivity in the Nigerian savanna region has been enhanced. However, the quest for massive tree planting in the region has not been met, due to the fact that the indigenous multipurpose tree species, which are favoured by farmers because these meet their socieoeconomic needs, are slow growers and have remained largely unimproved in this respect. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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