The Taraba State Government has been enjoined to institutionalise and build on the Participatory Forest Management approach to natural resources conservation initiated by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF). As part of efforts to arrest the degradation of forest caused by overexploitation of timber products, the Foundation implemented Participatory Forest Management Project where Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum was formed to see to community involvement in the management of forests in Taraba State. Speaking at a two-day Stakeholders’ Workshop on ‘Forest Conservation’ in Baissa, Kurmi LGA of Taraba State organised by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation with the support of Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the Technical Adviser of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Mr. Ibrahim Inahoro attributed the unsustainable management of forest resources in the State to ineffectiveness of the forestry Institutions in the State. According to him, though the State Government set up a Forestry Task Force Committee, much is yet to be done to curb the rate of forest degradation in the State. The Director of Forestry, Taraba State, Mr. Samuel Tetule in his opening remark reiterated the government’s commitment in supporting all efforts made towards the protection of forest and other natural resources in the state. Some of…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Oxfam are making efforts to improve small scale farmer’s resilience to climate change food security. With an initiative, Farmers Field School (FFS)aimed at preparing farmers for adaptation measure against climate change effect on food crops, small scale farmers will be able to cope with the negative effects of climate change. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the initiative in Omo J4 Forest Reserve, NCF Chief Conservation Officer, Adedamola Ogunsesan said that though the menace of climate change and it numerous effects is a global issue, countries are beginning to develop strategic to ameliorate its impact on human lives and agricultural production to tackle issue of food security. According to him, Ogun State like other States in Nigeria is faced with low food harvest due to lack of ineffective farming practices by farmers and inadequate knowledge to effectively manage the effects of climate change on food crop production hence, the need to equip farmers in rural communities with knowledge on how to tackle climate change induced poor yield, poor soil fertility and low nutrient retaining ability, abnormal flow of rain fall and the spread of common and uncommon diseases. "Adaptation strategies are short and long-term…
In a bid to support African environmental scientists to continue to play an important role on sustainable natural resource management, training on research writing was organised by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation for a group of environmental scientists. The training themed “Developing Research Capacity among African Environmental Scientists” (DRECA), was supported by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Tropical Biology Association. The training which was held at St. Louis Bautain Retreat and Catechetical Centre, Ijebu-Itele, Ogun State, had participants drawn from universities, conservation organizations and research institutions in Nigeria. The workshop identified lack of fund and poor background of research environment and lack of statistical knowledge as some of the barriers for an effective research works in Africa. Other factors include the absence of workable laboratories, lack of skills to understand social issues, lack of data collection techniques and lack of research communication between Africa and the rest of the world, hence, the need to build the capacity of environmental scientists as solutions to curb the identified challenges. Speaking at the 5 days training workshop, the coordinator, Mrs. Funmi Tsewinor of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation said that the aims of the training was to equipped young environmental…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation with the support of Chevron Nigeria Limited has awarded two students the Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Research Grant. The awardees were presented to the audience at the 13th Chief S.L Edu Memorial Lecture in Lagos by the General Manager, Government Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Deji Haastrup. The two awardees are OMOREIGBE, Queen Osayemwenre and YISAU, Juliet Atinuke. While Osayemwenre, is undergoing her PhD research work in Population Survey of Forest Elephants (Loxodonta Africana cyclotis) in Southern Nigeria, at the University of Lagos, Yisau is working on Assessment of Some Silvicultural Techniques in Seed and Seedling of Synsepalum Dulcificum at Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. Since inception in 2006, a total of twenty (20) postgraduate students pursuing their PhD progrmmes in various Nigerian universities have benefited from the grant. The grant is aimed at aiding doctoral students in Nigerian Universities for research work in nature conservation and livelihoods that are linked to sustainable renewable natural resources utilization.
The Lekki Bird Club (LBC) will kick-off 2015 with a birding expedition to the Muritala Mohammed Botanical Gardens, in Epe. The trip will be on Saturday, 7th February, 2015 by 7am. However, rendezvous will be at the Lekki Conservation centre (LCC) by 6:15am from where we will drive to the site. Come prepared for a wonderful birding and wilderness experience, and do bring a friend along!
The 13th Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture will hold on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, 13/15, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, at 12:00 noon. The Guest Lecturer is Professor Victor Olawale Adetimirin, a Professor of Plant Breeding & Crop Production and Head, Department of Agronomy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He will speak on “Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment in Nigeria”. The S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture was initiated by NCF to immortalize the founder and first President of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Chief Shafi Lawal Edu. This Memorial Lecture which holds annually is aimed primarily at instigating broad public discourse of environmental issues and policies. In the past eleven years, lecturers in this series of lectures have expressed concern over the danger inherent in development processes that do not consider nor are designed in harmony with ecosystem processes. The event which is supported by Chevron Nigeria Limited is also used as avenue to award scholarship grants to doctoral (PhD) students who embark on research in the area of environment and conservation in Nigeria. A broad and diverse audience comprising of policy makers in the public sector, members of the organized private sector, students, the…
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