Ecological systems are regulated by a number of biological, physical, and chemical factors that act together to stabilize environmental processes. The stability of these processes has benefited humans for thousands of years. In recent decades, however, population growth and agricultural and urban development, along with high consumption and its attendant outcomes, have exerted unparalleled pressures on the environment to promote tilts towards ecological in-balances that favor humans to the detriment of the natural environment.
Adopting cleaner and safer energy alternatives as well as green technologies will sustain the integrity of the present world for future generations. In addition, the active restoration and maintenance of natural ecosystems must adopt eco-aggressive approaches that integrate local knowledge with modern scientific technologies. This will reduce negative environmental impacts and promote improvements in the sustainable use of resources for a better tomorrow.
Professor Andrew-Essien lectures in the Department of Environmental Resource Management at the University of Calabar in Nigeria. Her research interest is in environmental management with a focus on biodiversity conservation. Dr. Andrew-Essien is passionate about natural resource sustainability through advancing the ecological, social, and economic security of resource development through knowledge-based actions. Dr. Andrew-Essien is motivated by the drive to impact local knowledge for capacity-building as well as providing practical principles to enhance the integrity of the natural environment. Her professional teaching experience spans over 18 years, covering a range of topics including environmental challenges, resource management, and sustainability. Dr. Andrew-Essien has served in various capacities to pioneer extensive academic and policy-relevant research in the field of natural resource governance and sustainability at local and international levels.