THE LEGAL PRINCIPLES FOR THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF DESERTIFICATION IN NIGERIA
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Keywords

Desertification
Legal Framework
Environmental Law
Nigeria

How to Cite

FATIMA ZAHARA’U SHEHU. (2018). THE LEGAL PRINCIPLES FOR THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF DESERTIFICATION IN NIGERIA . Unimaid Journal of Public Law, 5(2), 17 - 37. Retrieved from http://journals.unimaid.edu.ng/index.php/unimaid-journal-of-public-law/article/view/85

Abstract

Desertification is one of the issues covered under environmental law in Nigeria; it is one of the natural phenomena of the physical features of the earth. However, a combination of these natural forces such as climatic change and human activities such as deforestation, overgrazing and bush burning has always been the factors responsible for its growth and encroachment in to other areas. For the prevention and control of these human activities which causes desertification, this paper seeks to tease out the legal principles which could clearly provide a theoretical context to be used as the basis for supporting the legal framework for the prevention and control of desertification in Nigeria properly. Accordingly, in addressing this issue, a doctrinal method of research was adopted. It was found that the issue of desertification has borrowed some legal principles under other subjects of law but, some of the Laws for the prevention and control of desertification in Nigeria do not recognize the known set of legal principles that exists within the subjects. In order to have proper legal framework for the prevention and control of desertification in Nigeria, the article recommend that some of the Laws for the prevention and control of desertification have to be amended so as to recognize the known set of legal principles that exists within the various subjects of law.

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