How to Prevent or Control Deforestation
Below are ways deforestation can be controlled or prevented;
1. Forest Reserves: The government can establish forest reserves so as to protect trees from being cut down. Forest reserves in Nigeria include Lekki Conservation Centre in Lekki, Lagos State, Omo forest reserve in Ogun State, Okomu river forest in Edo State, Oba hills forest in Oyo State, Sanga River Forest in Plateau State, Afi River Forest Reserve in Cross River State, etc.
2. Bush burning and old farming practices should be discouraged.
3. Reforestation: People should be educated to plant new trees where trees have been cut down.
4. Afforestation: It is an act of planting trees where trees were not in existence before.
5. Public enlightenment: Through campaigns, people should be educated on the danger of deforestation.
6. Laws against Deforestation: Legislation against indiscriminate felling of trees should be made. Laws should also be made against bush burning.
7. Protect Under-age Trees: Under-age trees should be nurtured to maturity and saved from cutting down.