NCF partners IITA on forest restoration, species protection

Ibadan Malimbe Ibadan Malimbe George Ejebare


The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has signed an agreement with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on conservation and protection of biodiversity.


The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Director General of NCF, Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi and Deputy Director General, Partnerships and Capacity Development, IITA, Dr. Kenton Dashiell. The two organisations will be undertaking the following in the next five years:

  • Exchange of scientific information and development of specific cooperative programs and projects, especially in the areas of Ornithological Bird Monitoring; Forest Restoration/Reforestation.
  • Seed collection of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red-List trees.
  • Propagation and ex-situ conservation of ‘at risk’ plant species, especially trees.
  • Vegetation surveys & assessments.
  • Development of joint funding proposals.
  • Participatory management of IITA Forest Reserve for conservation of threatened species among others.



The terms of the partnership between the two organizations also cover regular exchange of ideas and capacity building for staff in the areas of integrated forest management and protection of endangered species (both plants and animals).

For several years, the IITA Forest Project and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) have been collaborating on Schools Conservation Clubs in the Ibadan-Ilesa-Osogbo area, and on bird monitoring as required by the designation of the IITA Ibadan campus by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The IITA Forest Project in Ibadan is home to endemic Ibadan Malimbe (Malimbus ibadanensis), a critically endangered bird species found only in the Ibadan area, which has recently been seen for the first time in three years in the forest.


About IITA

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria, is an international nonprofit organization created in 1967. We conduct research for development (R4D) that focuses on addressing hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources in the tropics. We work with public and private sector partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce risks to producers and consumers, and promote sustainable livelihoods from agriculture. We are a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

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About NCF

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation 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 Forces 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 minimize pollution and wasteful utilization of renewable resources.

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