The partnership will drive a mass media awareness campaign to reduce bushmeat consumption in four key urban centres U.S.-based international wildlife conservation non-profit, WildAid is combining forces with Nigeria’s foremost conservation organization, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) to tackle widespread demand for bushmeat in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Calabar. The bushmeat campaign aims to reduce urban demand for bushmeat, especially species protected by wildlife legislation, and improve inter-agency collaboration to enforce existing wildlife laws. The campaign will engage popular celebrities in Nollywood, music, business and football as well as local conservationists to produce communication materials such as public service announcements, mini-documentaries, posters, social media content and billboard messages to shift behaviour around bushmeat consumption, while also working with government agencies across various sectors to improve enforcement and communication of existing wildlife legislations. “A new survey commissioned by us has shown that many Nigerians are concerned about the impacts their consumption is having on wild animals, and are very much open to change. We are thrilled to partner with NCF in order to effectively communicate to the public what is no longer just a conservation problem with few consequences, but a national concern that can have outsize impacts on cultures, economies…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Lagos Urban Forest Animal Sanctuary Initiative (LUFASI) and Saint Marks Animal Rescue Foundation (SMARF) are set to commemorate the World Pangolin Day (WPD) on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at LUFASI Nature Park, Eti-Osa, Lagos. The WPD is held annually by stakeholders to create public awareness towards conserving and combating trafficking of pangolin species; while also appraising and celebrating milestones attained in the global push towards pangolin conservation. The rate at which pangolins are locally sourced, packaged and exported through Nigeria for the international markets and the scale of seizures reported in recent times necessitates the urgent advocacy for this “roller” with support and participation of all stakeholders globally. This event will be graced by His Excellency Ben Lewellyn Jones, British Deputy High Commissioner; representatives of Lagos State Ministry of Environment, National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), WildAid, Omu Resort, among others. “More than ever before, we all need to come together to combat and reduce human activities that are pushing pangolin into extinction. This is a fight that must not be left for government or NGOs alone, but every Nigerian should be concerned and take impactful action to conserve…
The Federal Ministry of the Environment and Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) commemorated World Wetlands Day (WWD) on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 through a webinar. The theme for this year’s event was “Wetlands and Water” and it reflected on challenges and solutions surrounding the conservation of wetlands in Nigeria. WWD is an annual global event used to highlight the need to protect wetlands and their biodiversities. Estimates show that wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests. In his keynote address, Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar, Honourable Minister of the Environment said that the functions and importance of wetlands cannot be overemphasized. He said: “Wetlands contribute immensely to tackling climate change challenges by enhancing the adaptation and resilience capacity of the ecosystems, provide nature-based climate solutions and address socio-economic challenges such as water pollution, erosion, food security, human health and disaster risk management by restoring water catchments.” He observed that the resources attributed to the wetlands in Nigeria are highly valuable as they contain a variety of reptiles, mammals, amphibians and bird’s species. “Unfortunately, these rich ecosystems are being threatened and lost at an alarming rate due to population pressure; poverty; deforestation; intensive cultivation; oil and gas exploration, industrial waste pollution; coastal…
The Oando Foundation, Nigeria, Sumitomo Chemical, China, with the technical support of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) organised a 3-day capacity building on recycling and environmental sustainability for some public primary school teachers in Lagos State, themed “upcycling and composting in schools and communities”. The workshop held on 21st, 25th & 27th January, had 100 participants drawn from Dele Ajomale Primary School, Ilasamaja; Metropolitan Primary School, Orile-Iganmu and Dada Olisa Primary School, Papa Ajao, Mushin in Lagos. Aside the teachers, other participants were parents and community members. The organisers consider the business of wastes recycling to be a viable means of revenue generation for schools, communities and families. School pupils will in the long run benefit from the knowledge and could join in the campaign drive. The workshop exposed participants to diverse areas of waste recycling, which include the use of plastic bottles to manufacture furniture materials like mattresses, duvet, chairs and tables. Knowledge gained at the workshop also includes the production of organic fertilizers using plants and animals wastes products such as leaves, sawdust, chicken and rabbit materials and so on. In her remark, Mrs. Abidemi Balogun, Project Lead, NCF said the overall objective of the project is to…
Oando Foundation (OF), an independent charity, has initiated a project to promote environmental education and sustainable action for pupils in target schools and host communities in Lagos State with support from Sumitomo Chemical, a Japanese Chemical Company. Sumitomo Chemical, Japan is the co-funding partner, while the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is the implementing technical partner on the project. The project, tagged ‘Clean Our World’ (COW), aims to promote environmental education and responsibility by creating awareness and empowering children and teachers in 7 public primary schools and their host communities with the knowledge of plastic recycling and waste management, whilst encouraging the adoption of eco-conscious lifestyles. Benefitting schools and communities include: Dele Ajomale Schools Complex (I–IV) Ilasamaja, Metropolitan Primary School, Orile-Iganmu, Olisa Primary School and Methodist Primary School, Mushin. It is estimated that Nigeria generates over 32 million tons of solid waste annually of which > 30% is plastic. There is increased flooding across cities during the rainy season due to clogged drainage systems, directly attributable to poor waste disposal techniques. Education is an essential element of the global response to environmental sustainability. It helps young people understand and address environmental issues, encourages changes in their attitudes and behaviour, and helps…
Actor and comedian, Kunle Idowu (popularly known as Frank Donga), health coach and co-host of the popular morning show on TVC, Mariam Longe and musician, Tito Da Fire were unveiled as ambassadors for the Nigerian Conservation Foundation Save the Vulture Campaign. Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General of NCF in his welcome address, acknowledged the Ambassadors for the willingness and enthusiasm shown in partnering with the Foundation. He revealed that humans are fighting nature and nature is fighting back. According to him, “The fight could be suicidal because nature will win. The fight against nature is a fight against species, vultures being one”. He went further to debunk myths surrounding the vultures and urged all to come together to save the remaining vulture species from going into extinction. Dr. Joseph Onoja, Director Technical Program, in his presentation showed that six out of eleven vulture species in Africa are on the brink of extinction. He said, “Market surveys revealed that the major cause of vulture decline in Nigeria is the use for traditional medicine. Other causes are poisoning, extraction of eggs from nests; habitat degradation from indiscriminate logging which reduces nest sites for vultures; poor perception of vultures as harbinger of ill…
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