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The natural environment provides resources that are essential to our survival. Lagos is a low-lying coastal city endowed with a number of lagoons and wetland ecological assets. Two types of wetlands are prevalent in the Lagos area namely: the swamps and mangroves and they have undergone severe spatial changes from rapid urbanization. Researchers say that at the current rate of conversion, the swamps of Lagos will be totally consumed within the next 40 years. This has and continues to lead to a biodiversity loss of coastal vegetation and the fish population, soil degradation, an increased risk of infectious human diseases and more severe flooding.
In November 2019, 30 people had died that year as a result of the flood in Lagos State. News reported that the casualties in 2018 were 50 and the year before, it was 30.
‘Lagos is sinking with this water. If we don’t take care of this water, we are already living on it, tomorrow, everybody would sink.’
Mr. Mofid Karameh, Chairman of Karamey Industrial City & Mikano International Ltd
‘There are places also known as the wetlands. They are like sisters to flood plains… Nobody must go there; nobody must build on them; nobody must do anything to them because they are provided by nature to take care of excess water; excess rain.’
Dr. Newton Jibunoh, FADE Africa
With this project, we aim to develop a wetlands protection campaign and produce appeals documents for the protection of the wetlands along the Anthony, Ojota corridor.