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NCF Membership

Written by Monday, 12 August 2013 11:39

NCF  membership includes a wide variety of members from age six to seventy and above. Together they express, from their different categories, keen interests in nature conservation efforts. Members of NCF are nature lovers.

They readily join in advocacy for the preservation of Nigeria’s natural resources, and willingly lend moral and financial support to NCF programmes and activities. NCF offers members the opportunity to make use of the research library, visit the Lekki Reserve and other project sites, attend NCF events, and suggest ways of meeting its vision of harmonizing the relationship between man and the environment.

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

This category of membership includes business and corporate organisations with keen interests in nature conservation.


PLATINUM CORPORATE MEMBERS
Registration and Annual Subscription N500,000.00
Privileges:

  1. Organization’s image, market and clientele are internationally enhanced.
  2. The Nigerian tax policy allows tax benefit for donations towards alleviation of environmental problems.
  3. Advertisement in NCF publications which are circulated locally and internationally.
  4. Annual Certificate of Membership.
  5. Complimentary copy of NCF branded annual calendar.
  6. Free use of NCF Library.
  7. Opportunity to participate in NCF Organized tours to places of conservation interest.
  8. 25% discount on all NCF facilities usage.


GOLD CORPORATE MEMBERS

Registration and Annual Subscription N250,000.00
Privileges:

  1. Organization’s image, market and clientele are internationally enhanced.
  2. The Nigerian tax policy allows tax benefit for donations towards alleviation of environmental problems.
  3. Advertisement in NCF publications which are circulated locally and internationally.
  4. Annual Certificate of Membership.
  5. Complimentary copy of NCF branded annual calendar.
  6. Free use of NCF Library.
  7. Opportunity to participate in NCF Organized tours to places of conservation interest.
  8. 20% discount on all NCF facilities usage.


SILVER CORPORATE MEMBERS
Registration and Annual Subscription N100, 000.00
Privileges:

  1. Organization’s image, market and clientele are internationally enhanced.
  2. The Nigerian tax policy allows tax benefit for donations towards alleviation of environmental problems.
  3. Advertisement in NCF publications which are circulated locally and internationally.
  4. Annual Certificate of Membership.
  5. Complimentary copy of NCF branded annual calendar.
  6. Free use of NCF Library.
  7. Opportunity to participate in NCF Organized tours to places of conservation interest.
  8. 10% discount  on all NCF facilities usage.


BRONZE CORPORATE MEMBERS
Registration and Annual Subscription N25, 000.00
Privileges:

  1. Organization’s image, market and clientele are internationally enhanced.
  2. The Nigerian tax policy allows tax benefit for donations towards alleviation of environmental problems.
  3. Advertisement in NCF publications which are circulated locally and internationally.
  4. Annual Certificate of Membership.
  5. Complimentary copy of NCF branded annual calendar.
  6. Free use of NCF Library.
  7. Opportunity to participate in NCF Organized tours to places of conservation interest.
  8. 5% discount  on all NCF facilities usage.


LIFE FELLOWS
These include founding and older members. They are men and women from all works of life who volunteer their time and service to work with NCF towards the attainment of its vision and mission statements. Some of these members are also members of the National Executive Council (NEC) of NCF.
Registration and Annual Subscription N150,000.00
Privileges:

  1. Free use of NCF library.
  2. Discounted/free access to NCF nature reserve sites.
  3. Invitation to NCF events.
  4. NCF Membership Identity Card.
  5. Complimentary copy of NCF branded annual calendar.


FELLOWS
These are middle-aged members who pay an annual subscription of N5,000. They include men and women from all works of life with keen interests in nature conservation.
Registration and Annual Subscription N25,000.00
Privileges:

  1. Free use of NCF Library.
  2. Discounted/free visit to nature reserve sites.
  3. Invitation to specific NCF events.
  4. NCF Membership Identity Card.


FELLOWS: FAMILY MEMBERS (MAXIMUM OF SIX)
This category of membership accommodates six members of a family who together pay an annual subscription of N1,000.
Registration and Annual Subscription N7,500.00
Privileges:

  1. Free use of NCF Library.
  2. Discounted/free visit to nature reserve sites.
  3. Invitation to specific NCF events.
  4. NCF Membership Identity Card.


INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
Registration and Annual Subscription N2,500.00
Privileges:

  1. Free use of NCF Library.
  2. Discounted/free visit to nature reserve sites.
  3. Invitation to specific NCF events.
  4. NCF Membership Identity Card.


STUDENT MEMBERS
Registration and Annual Subscription N1000.00
Privileges:

  1. Free use of NCF Library.
  2. Discounted/free visit to nature reserve sites.
  3. Invitation to specific NCF events.
  4. NCF Membership Identity Card.
  5. Access firsthand information on local and international news for Students


NOTE

  • By joining NCF, you are contributing towards better global environment and integrated rural and urban development in our local communities.
  • For upgrade of membership status, you are requested to fill a new membership form.
  • Members are encouraged to have active E-mail Address for effective communication.
  • Please go through the form carefully before filling.

To become a member of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), you will have to register as a User after which you will have to upgrade your membership to any of the above categories to recognize you as a member of NCF.

For more information contact:
The Membership Unit
Nigerian Conservation Foundation
Km 19 Lagos-Epe Expressway,
Lekki, Lagos.
Tel. No: +234-01-8160091, 8816969, 07041880686.

Lekki Conservation Centre

Written by Monday, 05 August 2013 13:58


Lekki Conservation Centre

Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) is one of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) foremost conservation project site. Located on the renowned Lekki Peninsula, LCC covers a land area of 78 hectare. Administratively, LCC is situated in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The Lekki Conservation Centre, LCC is a conservation initiative to protect wildlife found in southwest coastal environment of Nigeria in the face of sprawling urban development. This 21-year-old conservation education centre has continued to attract both local and international interests. The Centre has served, as an education and resource centre to varieties of group’s majority of which are schools and tourists.

The project has promoted environmental protection and worked against poaching by surrounding communities as well as serve as a tourist centre for local and international visitors. Continuous environmental education, awareness creation and research activities are carried out in the Reserve.

How LCC Started

The establishment of LCC was born out of NCF’s relentless commitment to conservation of Nigeria’s vast natural resources. This commitment was heightened by the presence of its National Secretariat in Lagos, thus warranting the need have a conservation project site within Lagos metropolis that will serve as biodiversity conservation icon and environment education centre. This laudable concept could have come at no better time going by the daily degradation of the city’s remaining natural environment fragments due to ceaseless urbanisation; thus, making LCC one of the few natural environment relics within the city.

To move the idea of conservation project off ground, three potential areas were surveyed in 1987 by NCF technical team in partnership with the defunct Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative. Thereafter, Lekki area was selected to establish the demonstration site for the conservation project. Locating the conservation project on Lekki Peninsula informed the name of the project – Lekki Conservation Centre.

As Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh says “conservation without money is conversation.”The task of sourcing a suitable site for conservation project was not an end in itself as significant financial resources was require to acquire the 78 hectares of land. This daunting task may not have been possible save for the generous financial support of the two old giants, Gulf Oil Company (Nigeria) Limited and Chevron Oil Company (Nigeria) Limited. The two oil giant that later merged into one formidable entity, Chevron Nigeria Limited has been LCC’s benefactor from inception till date.

True to the dream of NCF, the LCC Complex foundation pillar – plaque of LCC was unveiled on 18 February 1989 by the President of WWF, HRH, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the southern end of the LCC land area.
The Purpose of LCC

LCC was solely established to serve as a conservation icon of Nigeria’s southwest coastal mangrove resources and an information centre for environmental education and public awareness. Over the years, visiting students from various academic cadres have been able to learn through their visit to LCC practical steps to conserving our God given natural resources. LCC is also an environmental education resource centre to non-educated and semi literate visitors. The compelling flora and fauna resources enclosed within the LCC, no doubt inspires a desire to support the course of conservation in the hearts and minds of the visitors. “how can I support NCF’s conservation programme”, “I never imagine there is a place like this” or “I must bring my family…colleagues here”  are some of the remarks commonly heard from tourists that visits LCC.

Key achievement over the years

Over 2million tourists of more than 100 nationals have visited LCC since inception. Most of NCF’s School Conservation Clubs were established following the impact of students/teachers’ visit to the Centre. It will suffice to say that LCC has achieved, and it is still achieving the goal of educating the public both young and old on the need to conserve natural resources. The various tiers of government are not left out from paradigm shift from infallible conservation lessons learnt from visiting the Centre.


LCC 78 hectare land area is craftily divided into two sections: LCC Complex and the nature reserve.  The LCC Complex comprises of striking multi-purpose Rotunda surrounded by four office blocks. The office blocks contain project staff offices, gift shop, canteen and the drivers’ office. The facilities of the LCC Complex area were expanded in 1998 with the construction of the National Secretariat at the rear of LCC Complex.

The nature reserve traverses a mosaic of vegetation types, namely: secondary forest, swamp forest and Savanna grassland. 

A trail boardwalk was constructed in 1992 to the enrich tourists/visitors view of the vast resources of the nature reserve which is encapsulated on a mangrove terrain. The trail stretches a length of 2 Km. some of the side attractions along the trail are swamp outlook, bird hide, rest stops and the tree house.

The swamp outlook affords tourists, especially nature lovers’ mouth watering opportunity of sitting back to beyond aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem interaction. On the other hand, the bird hide enables avid bird watchers snipe at unaware avifauna that are wading through the pool overlooked by the hide or foraging within the vicinity.  The tree house is one of the most fascinating features one can ever come across in an ecotourism zone. The tree house, stylishly seated on a stout dawadawa tree (Pakia biglobossa) rises above 25m. A well protected ladder is ruggedly mounted behind the tree to enable nature enthusiasts reach to tree house to savour the panoramic view of the tree canopy. The rest stops as the name implies serve as rest points and picnic site for small groups of visitors. They are located at about 250m apart on the nature trail boardwalk.

At the end of trail boardwalk seats the nation station. The nation station is a recreation island in the middle of a forest. It has a semi-enclosed block structure containing the indoor picnic facilities and conveniences. The outdoor has outdoor game facilities mostly for children.


For further enquiries and information, please contact:

The Executive Director
Nigerian Conservation Foundation NCF
Km 19 Lagos – Epe Express way, Lagos
Nigeria
P. Box 74638, Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria
Telephone: +234-1-8160091
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Support Nigerian Conservation Foundation

Written by Wednesday, 31 July 2013 21:04

How You Can Help the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF)

Annual Fund :

Tax-deductible gifts to the Annual Fund supports NCF core programmes and operations. Your donation supports our conservation centers, hundreds of educational programmes and important conservation and research efforts.

Designated Gifts :

Designating your gift to your favorite programme ensures it will grow into the future. Designated gifts have helped us renovate the board walk in the Lekki Conservation Center, launch new educational programmes for schools and youth, purchase new books for the resource library and conduct important research on endangered plant/animal species.

Memorials and Tributes :

Remember a loved one through a memorial gift or honor a special person in your life for their birthday, anniversary or other special occasion while supporting programmes at NCF.

We will notify your friends and family of your gift and note it in our monthly Newsletter and in our annual report.

Benches and Trees :

Make a lasting impression to honor or memorialize someone special by purchasing a custom engraved bench in the Gardens and nature trail or inscribing a message on a bench or tree plaque. Many opportunities for lasting memorials and tributes are available.

Friends of NCF :

You can ensure a vibrant future for NCF by including the NCF in your estate plans. Individuals who provide for NCF in their estate plans, either through a bequest, life income gift, life insurance policy or other plan, are invited to join our Friends of NCF Society.

Corporate Opportunities

Become a corporate partner with NCF and your company will be connected to a network of international and national nature and cultural institutions. Your organization can demonstrate its commitment to conservation, education and the environment through our corporate giving programmes, which include sponsorship, membership, matching gifts, annual fund donations and programme support.

Corporate Sponsorships

Capture Nigeria’s most sought-after audience by sponsoring one of our successful events. NCF offers a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities that enable your company to reach your target audience, and build brand loyalty and visibility.

We will work with your company to create an integrated sponsorship package that is aligned with NCFs' mission and tailored to your marketing, sales and promotional objectives. Events, such as Walk for Nature, Annual Dinner/Award Night, Arts and Essay competition, Members’ Day, Partners Day, Environmental Arts Exhibition etc, attract thousands of visitors to the Lekki Conservation Center each year. Sponsorship of these events will give your company visibility and community recognition while helping NCF fulfill its mission of connecting people with nature.

Corporate Membership

Businesses large and small can enjoy the benefits of membership of NCF. Choose from Membership levels on our website : that will give you and your employee’s free admission to the Lekki Conservation Center and events, as well as discounts at our Gift Shop, education classes and project sites around the country

As a Corporate Member of NCF, your business has a special opportunity to participate in nature conservation, natural resources use and poverty reduction around Nigeria.

Member’s day :

This intimate party is a public event and our opportunity to give special acknowledgment and thanks to members, treasured friends and donors who have supported NCF and its programmes.

For more information about Corporate Partnership/Membership opportunities, please contact our Membership Officers at +2347041880686 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In-Kind Gifts

By giving an in-kind gift to NCF, you are recognized as a donor, qualify for a charitable deduction, and provide needed supplies and materials to NCF’s many programmes. Your assistance will contribute to NCF’s mission while providing significant budget relief.

The Technical Department needs the following equipment:

  • Binoculars
  • GPS Units
  • Camera & Camcorder
  • Photocopier
  • Television (Flat screen)
  • A4 digitizer
  • Fieldwork Equipments: Tents, Jungle boots & satellite phones
  • ArcGIS 9 & IDRISI (Latest Version)
  • Arcpad
  • Erdas Imagine
  • Computers (Laptop and Desktop)
  • Projectors
  • Scanner
  • Laser range Finder
  • Trimble GPS
  • Remote Internet access for project sites
  • GIS, SPSS & Other statistical / environmental software
  • Digitizer for GIS Unit
  • Radio (Walki talki)

The Media and Public Affairs needs the following:

  • Computers (Laptop and desktop)
  • Printers
  • Camcorder
  • Digital Cameras
  • Television set
  • VCD/DVD player
  • DSTV- Dish and Decoder
  • Radio player
  • Micro Cassette recorder
  • Video recorder
  • Compact disc
  • Scanner
  • Cabinets
  • Office furniture
  • Flash drive
  • Projector and Replacement lamp for projector
  • Split system
  • Water dispenser
  • A vehicle for fund raising and Media relation/Media rounds

Accounts Department needs the following:

  • Computer (Laptop and Desktop)
  • Printers
  • File Cabinet
  • Office furniture
  • Flash drive and Compaq disk
  • Split system

The Membership Unit needs the following:

  • Computers and printers
  • Flash drive
  • Scanner
  • Calculating machine
  • Photocopiers and other office equipment.

 The Education Department needs the following:

  • Wireless microphone
  • LCD projector and replacement lamp for projector
  • Computers (Laptop and desktop)
  • Camcorder
  • Digital Cameras
  • DVD
  • DSTV – Dish and Decoder
  • VHS- video player
  • 10' x 10' tent for outdoors program
  • Sleeping bags (10 or more)
  • Adult-size backpacks (in sets of five or six matching colors)
  • Tough lights
  • Binoculars Eagle Optics (5 or more)
  • Wall mount shelving
  • Weather station: thermometers, evaporating dish, rain gauge, anemometer etc
  • Desk and chairs
  • Children books on the environment
  • Books on: Wildlife Conservation, Environmental Preservation
  • Reference tools: Encyclopedia, Dictionaries, Handbook, Glossaries

The Lekki Conservation Center needs the following:

  • 4 pruning saws
  • 2 lawn mowers
  • 4 sheers
  • 10 Sprinklers
  • 10 Pairs of Binoculars
  • 2 GPS
  • 4 Three man tent
  • Vegetation and animal sampling equipment
  • Small chain saw
  • Compass
  • Different sized site (habitat and species) description board.

For more information or inquiries on these giving opportunities or special donations please contact:

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NIGERIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION

Km. 19, Lagos-Epe Express, Lekki,
P.O.Box 74638, Victoria Island,
Lagos, Nigeria.

Telephone: For enquiries and booking of LCC facilities call 08127556291, 081658333915, for School visits : 07028469598,
for advert booking and sponsorship :+234-1-8160091

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Thank you to those who have donated to the in-kind program. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Contact NCF

Written by Wednesday, 31 July 2013 21:00


The Executive Director,
Nigerian Conservation Foundation

NCF Headquarters, Km 19, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki.
P.O.Box 74638, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

Telephone: For enquiries and booking of LCC facilities call 08127556291, 081658333915, for School visits : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
for advert booking and sponsorship :+234-1-8160091

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Website: www.ncfnigeria.org

NCF Vision and Mission

Written by Wednesday, 31 July 2013 20:56

Vision
"A Nigeria where people prosper while living in harmony with nature"

Mission
NCF pursues the conservation of nature and its resources with the aim of improving the quality of human life both the present and the future by:

  • Preserving the full range of Nigeria's Biodiversity which include species, ecosystems and genetic Biodiversity.
  • Promoting sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of the present and future generations; and
  • Advocating actions that minimize pollution and wasteful utilization of renewable resources.

 

NCF In Brief

Written by Wednesday, 31 July 2013 20:40

NCF Secretariat.
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is the premier Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) dedicated to nature conservation and sustainable development in Nigeria. Established in 1980, the Foundation was registered in 1982 as a charitable Trust under the Land (perpetual Succession) Act of 1961 - a policy that was replaced by the Company and Allied Matters Act of 1990.

Founded by late Chief S. L. Edu, NCF has its patron as the President and Commander- In-Chief of the Armed Force of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The foundation has  a vision of “a Nigeria where people prosper while living in harmony with nature”. This vision drives its Mission to preserve the full range of Nigeria’s biodiversity which includes species, ecosystems and genetic biodiversity;  promote the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations; and advocate actions that minimise pollution and wasteful utilisation of renewable resources.

NCF maintains the lead in promoting environmental conservation and sustainable development; thus, the institutional symbol of natural resource management in Nigeria.
Through its conservation projects, the foundation has developed unique nature conservation strategies that cater for the needs of people while maintaining ecosystem stability. Its ability to work across the spectrum of local communities, corporate bodies and the various tiers of Government using evidence-based actions are the unrivalled standards that pronounce our competence.

NCF operations focus on environmental education, biodiversity conservation, policy advocacy, public sensitization on environmental issues, mitigating environmental pollution and poverty reduction.

AFFILIATION

The Foundation is a BirdLife International Partner in Nigeria, an Associate of Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) a member of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).Its other notable international partners are Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Wetlands International and Fauna and Flora International (FFI).

Locally, NCF forges strong partnerships with other environmental NGOs, Government institutions, business community, academia, and rural-urban communities that share its vision with the aim of building and sustaining a more lasting union to safeguard the environment.

The National Secretariat is located at the Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos with a Regional Office in Calabar as well as project offices in Eket and Oron (Akwa Ibom State), Gashaka (Taraba State), Hadejia-Nguru (Jigawa, Yobe and Bauchi States), Obudu Cattle Ranch (Cross River State), Yenegoa (Bayelsa State), Buru (Taraba State) Omo J4 (Ogun),  Ifon (Ondo) and Benin (Edo). We also have collaborative project outposts at IITA Ibadan (Oyo State) and Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary (Cross River State).

CONSERVATION PROJECTS
NCF projects which cut across Nigeria are dedicated to solving environmental problems through the improvement of livelihood of the host communities and in the long run protecting the vast biodiversity inherent in the community. Some of these projects include:

  •     Akwa Ibom State: Nipa Palm Utilization Project
  •     Cross River State: Management of Becheve Nature Reserve, Obudu Cattle Ranch
  •     Edo State : Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Project
  •     Gombe & Jigawa State :Wing Over Wetlands (WOW)
  •     Lagos State: Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC)
  •     Ogun, Ondo and Osun State: Omo – Oluwa – Shasha Conservation Project
  •     Plateau State: A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI),
  •     Taraba State: Participatory Forest Management Project, Mambilla and Donga sites,
  •     Important Bird Area Programme


NCF’s work has made major input into the following policy in Nigeria: ­

  •     Development of the National Conservation Strategy - 1984
  •     Enactment of the Endangered Species Decree - 1985
  •     Development of the Vision 2010 on the environment – 1997
  •     Collaborated with the Federal Department of Forestry on the drafting of Nigeria’s National Forestry Law -2000.
  •     NCF played a lead role in the establishment of the defunct Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA) now Federal Ministry of Environment.
  •     Facilitated the publication of National University Commission (NUC) endorsed eleven volumes of textual materials on Environmental Education as environmental curriculum resource for tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
  •     Played supportive role in the establishment of the Nigerian Environmental Study Action Team (NEST).
  •     Established the Niger-Delta Conservation and Sustainable Development (NDCSD) Project to instigate a paradigm shift from oil and gas dependence to realizing the trade value of biodiversity (2002) among others.