An architect, Mr. Amos Alao, has called for the adoption of landscape architecture and greenery to curb the growing effects of climate change in the country.
Alao, a landscape expert and passionate about environmental sustainability, made the call in an interview on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in Lagos.
He said practicing landscape architecture could help mitigate the effects of climate change.
“Climate change mitigation in landscape architecture is about reducing or completely eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere and creating coping mechanisms to adjust systems to withstand the impacts of climate change. climate change.
“With more trees in the environment, there will be less reliance on artificial cooling systems.
“To help mitigate the effects of climate change, architecture and landscaping plans should include regulations for urban trees and be enforced, monitored and evaluated.
“More allowances for green spaces should also be the aim of planning authorities.
“Interestingly, trees have a greater impact on climate change than flowers due to their height above the ground and the crown,” the architect said.
Alao also called for a reorientation of Nigerians to imbibe landscape architecture practices such as planting trees and flowers, not just for aesthetics but for environmental protection.
He also called for the enforcement of landscape architecture laws and policies to ensure compliance and punishment of violators.
“I dream of the day when Nigerians will see the need to protect trees and take the fight for tree preservation to the government.
“The human benefits of landscape architecture cannot be overstated; it is beyond creating an aesthetic environment for man, using nature.
“The aspect of growing gardens with natural fruits, free from genetic modification, is rapidly catching up with urban areas and the need to eat green has become a mantra for many countries around the world,” he said.
Alao, however, pointed out that landscaping regulations are yet to be enforced in Nigeria’s building plan.
He added that most agencies practice enforcement at the macro level, which has not been tracked until the latter.
“With the popular phrase ‘Return of investment per square metre’ in real estate circles, most housing developments do not follow the 60% residential development and 40% landscape development.
“A law must be enacted to punish offenders who violate the landscaping law and severe penalties and fines imposed to deter offenders,” Alao said.
By Mercy Omoike