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Nigerian capital gets remote sensing laboratory

Abuja: A laboratory for remote sensing, run by the Department of Federal, has been opened in Abuja. The laboratory also doubles as the Forestry Geographic Information System (GIS). The facility, funded by the Ecological Fund Office, also houses a web-based National Forestry Information System, a platform for free online network access to information about Nigerian forestry.

NFIS was set up by Forestry Association of Nigeria and the environment ministry, and is aimed at enhancing cooperation among sectors and the contributions of forestry to socioeconomic development. Remote sensing should help the forestry department gain up-to-date information on the country’s forest resources “for purpose of planning and sustainable management,” explained Dr Bukar Hassan, director for drought and desertification amelioration at the environment ministry.

Source: Daily Trust