Worried by the various challenges facing the National Park as a result of heavy poaching, habitat degradation, infrastructure decay as well as managerial and administrative constraints including weak human and technical capacity and poor funding among others, some nature conservationists and tourist investors have resolved to facilitate private partnership involvement in the Nigerian National Parks . To kick start the processes that will lead to the Private sector participation in National Parks in Nigeria, a two- day workshop was organized for stakeholders on 5th and 6th of February, 2014 in Lagos. Facilitated by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation with the support of T.Y Holdings, the workshop involved the management of the National Parks, representatives of African Parks and Wilderness Safari and other Nigerian based non-governmental organizations with the aim of: Reviewing the challenges and opportunities for private sector involvement in National Parks planning, management and development, Identification of best practices and institutional arrangements for private sector participation in National Parks and, developing action plans for private sector participation in National Parks, using some National Parks as entry points for action. The sponsor of the two-day workshop, General Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd) in his opening remarks said that his interest is to see…
Environmentalists have said that except the lack management of water resources in Nigeria is adequately addressed all efforts and progress made on poverty reduction targets and sustainable development will be jeopardized. Speaking at the 12th Chief Shafi Lawal Edu Memorial Lecture organized by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation in Lagos, a group of environmentalists decried the way water resources management is being handled by the Government as water affects almost all aspects of the economy, in particular health, food production and security; domestic water supply and sanitation; energy and industry; and environmental sustainability. Renowned climatology, Professor Olukayode Oladipo who was the guest lecturer at the annual lecture series, in his paper titled "climate resilient water resources management for poverty reduction in Nigeria" said that Water stress is already high in many parts of Nigeria, making improved management critical to ensuring sustainable development. According to him, water resources underpin our quality of life and our national economy. The sustainability of Nigeria’s economic growth and development will depend, among other things, on what happens to its water resources. Water is a key input to economic growth sectors and contributes to employment, job creation and gross domestic product (GDP), but, as demonstrated above, the…
Some corporate organisations have given their support to the 2013 Annual Dinner Dance and Fundraising of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation to support nature conservation in Nigeria which will be holding at the prestigious Lagos Oriental Hotel. Among the organisations that already made financial commitment towards the dinner and fundraising which is slated for Saturday 23rd November, 2013 includes Chevron Nigeria Limited, South Atlantic Petroleum and First Bank. The event promises to be an entertaining and fun filled evening in support of the battle to protect Nigerian environment from the ravages of anthropogenic induced degradation. According to the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, the guests who comprise crème de la crème of the society and environmental enthusiastists will be treated with first class musical entertainment by popular Sugar band. The event will be compeered by the renowned comedian, Alli Baba while valuable door prizes also awaiting the guests.
Nigerian Government has been admonished to not only be thinking of economic growth and forget other major pillars that make sustainable development holistic i.e. environmental stewardship and social inclusion - which cut across all sectors of development. The advice was given by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation at her 24th Annual General Meeting in Lagos. The President of the Foundation, Chief Philip Asiodu in his speech said that effort should be made to exploit all available options to get financial resources to generate sustainable development practices aimed at empowering people to adopt climate friendly survival options. He added that everyone should support the need to implement programmes and projects that are environmental friendly while boosting environmental awareness and education, advocating positive lifestyles and influencing policy for an ethical management of what we regard as free gifts of nature. "It is only by investing in nature that we can create a sustainable future for everyone". In his own remarks, the Chairman of the Foundation, Ambassador Hamzat Ahmadu, called on the government to incorporate the environmental education strategy which was developed long ago into the National Education Curriculum of Secondary Schools. "Environmental Education at the secondary school level will ensure that children, at…
The importance of water to the survival of humans and other creatures was stressed at the 2013 Walk for nature organized by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation in collaboration with the Lagos State Government in Lagos. Speaking at the annual event to create awareness on environment issues, titled "Water for Life" with the support of Chevron Nigeria Limited, Aluko & Oyebode, UPDC Plc., Fidelity Bank Plc., SAEPETROL, Sovereign Trust Insurance and Seven-Up Bottling Company, the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola stated that water is vital for all known forms of life adding that without water, there would be no people , no animals, nor plants. "It is therefore clear that water can exit very well without people but people cannot exist without water". In his welcome address, the President of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Chief Philip Asiodu, represented by Ambassador Hamzat Ahmadu said that In order to help to achieve the internationally agreed water-related goals contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, and in Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation of the World Summit of Sustainable Development (WSSD), the 'Water for Life' Decade (2005-2015) was declared to focus on water-related issues at all levels and on the implementation of…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) with support from Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) offers research grants to Nigerian citizens wishing to undertake research work in fields related to nature conservation and sustainable livelihood. The grant shall be to support a PhD programme. This year’s theme is ‘Mangrove Conservation and Combatting Desert Encroachment’. VISION: NCF has a vision of a Nigeria where people prosper while living in harmony with nature. MISSION: This vision is what drives the following NCF mission statements: The preservation of a full range of Nigeria’s biodiversity which includes species, ecosystems and genetic biodiversity The promotion of sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations; and The advocacy of actions that minimize pollution and wasteful utilization of renewable resources. Candidates will be selected based on (among others) the quality of their research proposal. Requirements: Candidates must be Nigerian citizens. Candidates must have M.Sc. Degree or equivalent qualification in Biological Sciences, Social Sciences or Law (Environmental Law/Protection) but related to environmental resources management. Candidates must have secured admission into a Nigerian university towards a PhD degree in any of the fields stated in No. 2 above. Candidates must develop acceptable research proposals that meet NCF's…
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