From an undergraduate major in Environmental Botany and Palynology,Wasiu has grown to embrace GIS and Geography as a graduate student. He aspires to become an environmental consultant and contribute knowledge,experience, and expertise to issues of environmental development and sustainability. "I believe as an individual that our wellbeing on Earth depends on the health and productivity of our landscape," says Wasiu. "It is our responsibility to make this environment better for the next generations."
Taking that responsibility seriously, he has been actively involved in environmental activities during his academic career, working with various organizations and NGOs while studying. His most recent engagement was with Nature Protection and Environmental Improvement Initiatives, Lagos State and as a volunteer for the National Youth Service Corp Millennium Development Goals engaging upper primary school and lower secondary school children in activities that ensure environmental sustainability. His multi-disciplinary attention to climate change work spans from boys and girls, to young women, to senior female community members.
Assessment of the Climatic and Socio-Economic Impacts of Illegal Logging in a Rainforest: The Role of Women
Climate change does not affect everyone in the same way. Men and women are affected and respond differently, especially when it comes to safeguarding their food security and livelihoods. The central goal of Wasiu's research project was to investigate women's participation in climate change and food security by providing relevant spatial information on logging activities in Onigambari Forest Reserve and its surrounding communities. The first objective was to investigate the climatic impact of illegal logging using four climatic variables: rainfall, vegetation, carbon dioxide, and temperature. Decadal analyses were carried out using Landsat imageries for four periodic years:1981, 1990, 2000, and 2011. Change detection mapping and zonal statistics methods helped Wasiu investigate relationships among these climatic variables and forest logging. Results show over-exploitation of trees leading to abnormal microclimatic occurrences.
His second objective focused on women's participation in logging activities. Eight communities surrounding the forest reserve were surveyed and interviewed using a structured questionnaire to capture women's understandings and perspectives. Wasiu reached out to forestry officers, service corp members, young women, and older adult women. Results show that illegal logging still operates in the area despite a government ban on exploitation since 2011. He also found that older women seem to know more about illegal logging and government laws than their younger counterparts, who on the other hands are more aware of climate change. Wasiu concludes that there is an urgent need to ensure that women are included in climate change mitigation and adaptation activities and strategies designed to enhance food security and livelihoods. Wasiu aspires to one day establish an NGO or a business that would empower people and reduce unemployment in his country through research, networking, and entrepreneurship.
Hello, my name is Abiodun Ayooluwa Areola, I am a native of Aiyedun in Ekiti State, Nigeria. I grew up in Ibadan city of Oyo state. I earned my B.Sc. Geography at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria and proceeded to the University of Ibadan for a professional masters in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I also obtained an academic masters in Environmental Science at the University of Botswana, Botswana. I currently work as a lecturer in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. I am registered as a Professional Natural Scientist by the South African Council of Natural Scientists Profession.
My work experience in the field of Environmental science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is evident in Botswana, South Africa as well as Nigeria. Basically my career goal is to be an expertise in my field of profession not only locally but internationally fostering mitigation measures on prevailing environmental problems using advanced geospatial technologies.
My free time is spent listening to news, playing Lawn tennis, swimming and making friends of like minds
ABOUT OUR RESEARCH
The title of our research Topic is: THE USE OF GIS TECHNOLOGIES IN INVESTIGATING CLIMATIC AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF LOGGING IN ONIGAMBARI FOREST RESERVE, IBADAN SOUTHWEST NIGERIA WITH A VIEW OF ENHANCING THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOOD SECURITY.
The productivity and well being of people depend largely on socio-economic and climatic balance. Globally, people depend on forest/forest resources for their livelihood, this brings about deforestation. When trees and plants are destroyed, the amount of carbon dioxide in the air increases due to lack of sufficient forest cover to keep the carbon dioxide levels in check. Such increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere lead to an increase in temperature, and eventually a change in climate and weather.
What we intend to do is to bring to people's awareness the ways in which logging contribute to climate change and food insecurity using GIS technologies. Food security exists when all people have sufficient food in terms of quantity, quality and diversity to ensure a healthy and active life without risk of loss of such access. Although agriculture is facing lots of climate hazards, but with proper measure productivity and yields can be enhanced which will in the long term ensure food availability.
This awareness we hope will incite the three generations of female participants considered in the outreach program of this research in taking proactive steps that will enhance their participation in issues of climate change and food security. This is because In many developing countries, women are not only victims of climate change; they are also effective agents of change in relation to adaptation, mitigation and disaster reduction strategies.
The aim of this study is to investigate women participation in climate change and food security by providing relevant spatial information on logging activities in the study area and how it affects climate change and food security using a GIS approach.