#BounceExclusive: The Endangered Kanawa Forest In Gombe
For many years, the Kanawa Forest has been a source of pride to the people of Gombe state.
This is because the forest provides an atmosphere similar to that of a rainforest and vegetation for all manner of economic trees.
Situated along Gombe/Biu road, Kanawa forest sits on an expanse of land measuring about 63 hectares.
Temperatures at the forest always go in sharp contrast with what is obtained in other parts of the state.
When Bounce News took a walk into the forest, the harsh weather earlier experienced turned out to be friendly, luring us to savour the best nature has to offer.
Streams of different lengths and breadths flowed through the forest prompting the desire for dry season farming among the people living close to the forest.
Individuals, irrespective of age, are also taking advantage of streams at the forest to engage in car washing business.
Indeed, there is so much to explore at the Kanawa forest, however, things seem to be falling apart in the forest dubbed to be one of the wonders nature has to offer Gombe state.
Human activities of tree felling is gradually and steadily depleting the forest. This prompted the intervention of Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) program to fence and secure the forest so as to preserve the natural endowment.
According to the Project Coordinator (PC) NEWMAP Gombe, Engineer Muhammad Garba, the aim of the intervention is to see how best the resort, which can serve as a learning place for students and institutions within and outside the state, can be conserved.
He added that there will also be joint efforts between NEWMAP and other Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) in the state to make the place a tourist attraction site.
This is expected to start in phase two of the NEWMAP project in Gombe state.
It was also gathered that the youths engaged in car washing, and other business owners around the forest have been advised to setup a cooperative organization to benefit from an intervention that would be coming from the Gombe state office of the NEWMAP project.
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