We recently reconnected with Dr. Gabriel Salako, Head of Environmental Management and Toxicology at Kwara State University Malete, about his upbringing in Nigeria, his time as an International Fellow, and his recent support of World Forestry Center’s work.
How did you get into this work?
As a young boy growing up in Ile Ife, Nigeria, we were always delighted to go to the forest to watch for singing birds and hunt for small animals. As a high school student, I had loved to study anything related to environment, especially the built environment such as architecture and surveying. My experience as a Fellow at World Forestry Center opened my eyes to the great potential of forest resources and, since then, my academic career has been woven around the management of this great treasure.
What inspired you to donate to World Forestry Center?
I had the rare opportunity to be World Forestry Center’s first Nigerian Fellow in 2011, which provided me with a platform to advance my academic and professional career. During my Fellowship, I was exposed to various scientists and professionals who provided mentorship and valuable skills in the areas of natural resources management and forest resources. I will always be glad to donate to World Forestry Center at any time it is within my capacity
What’s something about the forest that you wish others could see?
I wish my countrymen in Africa could see forests as an ocean of treasures, which, if well managed, will generate both the economic and natural resources to sustain itself and mankind’s needs.
What does the forest mean to you?
Forests are the inestimable treasure that nature has endowed us. They need to be protected and well managed.
Hear more from Dr. Salako in the new community-engagement exhibit, The Future of Forests, currently on display in our Discovery Museum.
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