Three anti-poaching patrol men in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were killed by a group of heavily-armed poachers, believed to be South Sudanese on 17 June, 2015. The three men were members of a reinforcement team that was deployed to an area inside Garamba. They include Garamba ranger, Jean-Marie Kpionyeslinani, and two members of the Congolese armed forces who were assisting with anti-poaching patrols in the park, Corporal Kambale Musubao and Lieutenant Moise Mospado. A second ranger was injured in the attack, although not seriously. A statement released by the African Parks said that the team was deployed using the African Parks helicopter to an area inside Garamba, approximately 15 kilometres from the park headquarters at Nagero, to support a ground team that had an initial exchange of fire with the poachers. According to Peter Fearnhead , CEO of the African Parks, the three men sustained multiple bullet wounds and died instantly. They were buried on 18 June, 2015. Feamhead added that Ranger Jean-Marie Kpionyesilani left his wife and five children, Corporal Musubao left his wife while Lieutenant Mospado left his wife and seven children. Garamba’s rangers, the Congolese army as well as members of…
The Federal Government Nigeria has conferred Environmental Friendly awards on six distinguished Nigerians including the President, Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Izoma Philip Asiodu. He was honoured for his role in the conservation and sustainable development in Nigeria. Also honoured was Mrs. Ajoke Mohammed, a member of the Council of NCF. President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, conferred the awards at a Gala Night marking the World Environment Day 2015 at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja. The Director General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi received the award on behalf of Izoma Philip Asiodu. Other beneficiaries of the awards include former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, who was conferred with “Champion for the Conservation of Biodiversity” and Newton Jibunoh. Vice President Osinbajo in his speech assured that the administration would ensure “environmental justice” for sustainable growth and development. He added that the wind of change being witnessed across all sectors of the society, including the environmental sector, would ensure sustainable growth and development. “On our part we will consolidate on the gains so far achieved under this project. We will provide the support needed to ensure that the wind…
As the world celebrates this year’s World Environment Day (WED), the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) calls on all Nigerians in their respective capacities to support a long term action plan to rehabilitate the forest estates of Nigeria embarked on by the Foundation. The Foundation, in its five year strategic plan, has put in place avenues to engage all stakeholders on environmental issues in Nigeria towards ensuring that the 25 percent forest cover as recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is achievable in no distant time. Concomitantly, NCF aims to develop sustainable livelihood opportunities for local communities who are custodians of these forests while maintaining the ecological integrity of the natural environment for posterity. Today, only about 5% (46,000 km2) of Nigeria’s land area is covered by natural forests with majority located in protected areas like National Parks and Game Reserves. Flagship species such as the Cross River Gorilla is the most endangered African ape with only about 300 individuals left in the wild. Forest Elephants are also critically endangered with fragmented populations in southern Nigeria. These Elephant populations might not survive except urgent action is taken to protect their range. This year’s World Environment Day theme – ‘Seven…
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has commissioned and handed over the longest Canopy Walkway in Africa to the Nigerian Conservation Foundation. Also commissioned was the Family Park with facilities. Built by the Lagos State Government through its Ministry of Tourism and Inter-Governmental Relations, the 401 Meters Canopy Walk and the Family Park which boasts Koi and Tilapa Ponds, jungle gym, outdoor games etc are located within the nature reserve of the Lekki Conservation Centre in Lagos. Speaking at the commissioning and handing over ceremony, the President of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Izoma Philip Asiodu expressed his gratitude to the Lagos State Government under the leadership of Governor Babatunde Fashola for taking a bold decision to help develop part of the Lekki Conservation Centre as Eco-tourism Park adding that about 30 hectares of the Centre is carved out for Family Park to enable visitors and tourists enjoy themselves while appreciating the natural environment. According to Asiodu, the establishment of Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) was born out of NCF’s commitment to conserve Nigeria’s vast natural resources. With NCF Headquarters in Lagos it was desirable to have a conservation project site within Lagos metropolis that will serve as a biodiversity conservation…
Chief Ede Dafinone has been made the Chairman of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF). The renowned accountant, who is also on the Guinness Book of Records for being the family with the highest number of professional accountants, was unanimously elected at the 25th General Meeting of the Foundation in Lagos. He replaces Ambassador Hamzat Ahmadu who held the position for 8 years. Dafinone who is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAN) in England, Wales and Nigeria, is also the Chairman of the Finance and Establishment Committee and has been the Treasurer of the Foundation since 1989. He will be steering the affairs of the council for three years. Other members of the National Executive Council elected at the occasion were Former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, Former Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism and Inter-Governmental Relations, Disun Holloway, Dr. Adetokunbo Alakija and Mrs. Bunmi Adeniji. Some other members of the Council were also reelected. 
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has called on the incoming administration to urgently look into the on-going Green Great Wall Project of the Federal Government to ensure its proper implementation and monitoring. At the 25th Annual General meeting of the Foundation in Lagos, NCF President, Izoma Philip Asiodu said that the Federal Government had announced that it had made a commitment of N10 billion towards the implementation of the African Union-backed programme, the Great Green Wall. The project, according to the plan, brings together 11 countries to plant trees across Africa so as to hold back the Sahara desert with a swathe of greenery, which will hopefully lessen the advance of desertification and improve the lives and livelihoods of communities affected by the scourge of climate change. The Nigerian Project stretches from Zamfara and Kebbi States in the North West corner along the northern border of Nigeria to the extreme eastern border in Borno State. Asiodu however observed that such a similar government and donor projects was announced in the past, which unfortunately, through neglect and improper implementation, often excluding community participation and ownership, became dismal failures. According to him, the failure to implement such a good project had allowed…
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