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With an intention to upgrade her capacity on networking and relationship building with relevant conservation groups, States and agencies both locally and internationally, NCF opened a new strategic operations desk in the Technical programmes Department in 2009.

The new desk focuses on institutional fundraising and policy advocacy apart from playing active roles in project development.

Partnership development is an integral part of conservation and fund raising efforts of the NCF. In line with this objective, NCF reviewed her relationship guidelines and appoint new gatekeepers for her international partners including BirdLife International, Wetlands International, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, World Conservation Union, World Wide Fund for Nature and Fauna and Flora International.

Within Nigeria, we encouraged collaboration with relevant Government agencies and continue playing active roles in various national and Stated based committees, working groups and task forces.

In 2009, NCF-Ondo State relationship resulted in the development of a blueprint for the development of a wildlife Park in former Ifon Forest Reserve. That relationship culminated brought about the joint commitment of NCF and Ondo State to support biodiversity conservation activities and ecotourism development in Ifon Forest Reserve.

NCF maintained her leadership of the African Partnership of BirdLife International and engaged with Wetlands International on a joint mission to design a wetland valuation project in support of biodiversity in wetlands of the Niger Delta.

As part of our partnership intervention, NCF facilitated the commencement of efforts on the removal of a ship wreck in Olomo-meta beach, Agaja in Ojo Local Government of Lagos State in 2009. This singular but very important action was supported by a consortium of stakeholders in order to avert the danger of breakage of the Lagos lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean as a result of massive coastal erosion caused by the ship wreck.

NCF’s leadership role on this project attracted interest of relevant Government agencies and institutions involved in coastal resource management and conservation in Nigeria.

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We believe that a strong environmental education programmes is essential for long-term conservation.

 

Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) Environmental Education (EE)is a collective efforts to create awareness about how natural environments function and, particularly, how human beings can manage their behavior and ecosystem so they can live sustainable.

 

It is essential to appreciate the environment and what we intend to do with it, so as to have  a sense of belonging to global environment, knowing  how dependent we are on nature and making  each an everyone of us respect and responsible for our impact on it.

 

EE started in Nigeria due to environmental issues of the early 1980's which was shouldered by NCF and Nigerian Educational Research Development Council (NERDC).These two organizations contributed a great deal of efforts towards the development of EE curricula for secondary schools as well as community conservation club.

 

EE‘s importance cannot be over emphasizes as it aim at the following:

  • Increases student engagement in science.
  • Improves student achievement in core subject areas.
  • Provides critical tools for a 21st century workforce.
  • Helps address nature deficit disorder.
  • Produces lifelong learners, effective workers and problem solvers, thoughtful community leaders and individuals who care about the people, and the environment in which they live.
  •  Promotes tolerance for diverse views.
  •  Links human health and Environmental Health.
  • Reaches out to all audiences and promotes social equity.
  •  Work for sustainable future. 

 

 Library resources

  • The library has journals, articles and newsletters for environmental research and children library.
  •  Resources available for sales are EE Series, Textbooks on Birds, Journals, Compendium, nature watch magazine and in view children environmental books.
 
School Conservation Club
  • You can enroll your school to join the NCF School Conservation Club for free. for more details send letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or join us on Facebook@ https://www.facebook.com/groups/1447509508841426/   

 

For Educational programmes and School visits, please call: 0903 467 9399, 07028469598

NCF has earlier on identified the need to engage in public awareness and practical measures aimed at adaptation to the effects of Climate Change in her activities. Integrating climate change issues into project management became the first strategic approach. And as a major amendment to her strategic objectives, NCF drafted a Climate Change strategy in 2009.

The strategy is focused on policy advocacy, working on adaptation and mitigation measures, promoting networking and partnership on climate change issues and embarking on fact finding measures to support baseline information and data management on climate change.

As part of her direct intervention, NCF identified and participate in the development of principles and guidelines for REDD (Reducing Emissions through Reduction in forest degradation and deforestation) and took part in various fora to develop the REDD strategy for Nigeria.

NCF APPROACH TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Concept for NCF Climate Change Programme : Overview

Climate change, simply put change in global weather patterns, is unarguably the biggest environmental issue of our time. Climate change is global in its causes but its consequences are far more reaching in developing countries particularly Nigeria whose biodiversity and ecosystems are already faced with other threats like habitat degradation, ecology-economics mismatch and escalating population growth. NCF acknowledges that climate change is the most important human-induced environmental challenge that could exacerbate biodiversity loss caused by habitat destruction, invasive alien species and the like. We have therefore put in place 5-point mitigation and adaptation strategies to combat climate change in Nigeria. These are enlightenment campaign, mitigation strategy, adaptation initiatives, policy and advocacy, and carbon finance.

1. Enlightenment Campaign

Results of climate change awareness survey recently conducted by British World Service Trust revealed that an average Nigerian is not aware of climate change despite its impact on our day-to-day activities. Little or no attention is paid to alarming change in weather pattern such as excessive flooding experienced in different parts of Nigeria in 2008, increased aridity and intense desert encroachment witnessed in northern Nigeria in the past one decade or the dwindling flow of Niger Basin and other major waterways corroborating poor agricultural yield, communal clashes over natural resources management and siltation of the river basin.

NCF therefore has in its on-going climate change enlightenment campaign strategies to sensitize Nigerians, particularly youth across the country and women in rural environment who are the most vulnerable groups to climate change and its attendant impact. The enlightenment campaigns will contribute to climate change adaptation strategies and address what Nigerians can do as a citizen to lessen the impact of climate change.

The pilot phase of the enlightenment campaign started in 2008 with the annual celebration of World Environment Day (WED) 2008 tagged CO2: Kick the Habit. In tandem with the celebration, the enlighten campaign was also mainstreamed into the toolkit of NCF facilitated School Conservation Clubs. The School Conservation Clubs spread across the country is an arm of Education Unit of NCF instituted to reach out to and empower secondary school on environmental sustainability issues.

2. Mitigation Strategy

Tropical forests accounts for 15% of the earth land cover and contains not less than 25% carbon stock on earth surface. Despite the significant role of carbon storage among other vital benefit to man’s existence, they are daily unsustainably deforested with little or no regeneration plan. Deforestation thus leads to emission of carbon dioxide, major constituent of Greenhouse Gases into the atmosphere making change in land cover second largest contributor to global warming.

Although Nigeria may not have the finance resources or sophisticated technology to mitigate climate change, the country is endowed with mosaic of natural ecosystems that have the capacity for carbon sequestration. NCF therefore plans to combat climate change in Nigeria through:

  • Implementation of Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) for Protected Area management.
  • Development of REDD Action Plan (REDDAP) for Nigeria in collaboration with relevant Government agencies, private sector and civil societies.
  • Engaging in climate change policy discussions especially on REDD.
  • Scientific research on carbon stock assessment/forecast.

3. Adaptation Initiatives

Climate change poses development setback to Nigeria. With increasing global warming impact, wet areas are experiencing intermittent flooding and dry areas getting drier. Consequently, ecosystems and biodiversity which underpin biological productivity and socio-economic development, through the provision of many goods and services to people and the manufacturing sector will eventually be degraded if urgent steps are not taken.

Ecosystem services produced by ecosystems and biodiversity such as food, water, timber, fuel and fibre, particularly food are one of the key drivers of inflation rate. Scarcity of or shortage in supply to the food market due to poor agricultural yield triggers high cost of essential commodities which has significant impact on the nation’s economy. It will suffice to say climate change will exacerbate the dwindling inflation rate of essential commodities required for daily living.

NCF climate change adaptation initiative therefore seeks to assist communities especially those around our intervention sites to increase their resilience to climate change induced challenges such as food security, agriculture, watershed management, and natural systems (i.e. ecosystems and biodiversity) conservation

4. Policy Advocacy

Nigeria is yet to be at the forefront of climate change policy forum at regional and international levels despite the alarming effect of changing climate on lives and livelihoods across the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria. We are constrained by resolution of international agreement that we are party to despite little or no technical input to adopted positions.

Hence, NCF plans to gather relevant technical information required for holistic climate change policies in Nigeria and also support Nigeria’s position at regional and international climate change forums.

5. Carbon Finance

Several funding schemes have been adapted globally to support climate change mitigation and adaptation such as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under Kyoto Protocol. Nigeria however is barely able to benefit from these global resources due to several factors such as stringent CDM funding guideline and inadequate private sector engagement in climate change programmes.

Going forwards, NCF plans to raise funds to support climate change projects through 1% support for climate change campaign. The campaign seeks Government injunction for private sector to contribute 1% net profit to fund climate change agenda in Nigeria. Individuals will also have opportunity to offset their carbon footprint and join the global league of carbon neutral scenario.

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