Who can better manage the forest than those living in it? Community forest contributes to the sustainable livelihoods of millions of rural people living in developing nations. Thus community involvement has the potential to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and provide more co-benefits from REDD+ project. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), through support from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and Global Environment Facility, Small Grant Programme (GEF- SGP) is re-defining forest management, conservation of landscape and rural livelihoods in selected forest-edge communities (Ebok, Kabakken and Ebranta) in Boje, Boki Local Government Area of Cross Rivers Sate. In 2017, NCF, with the support of GEF-SGP set up the Community-Based REDD+ programme (CBR+) to promote activities that boost poverty eradication, promotion of improved crop varieties and yields, gender empowerment, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Through this funding, Ebok, Kabakken and Ebranta communities cultivated two acres of land respectively with improved cassava stem cuttings, set-up cassava processing mills, cultivation and domestication of Afang Gnetum africanum by community members and harvesting of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) - bush mango Irvingia gabonensis as part of efforts to reduce forest loss through improved agricultural practices. Proceeds of the harvest were shared…
The global celebration of forests provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. In Nigeria, less than 5% of the total land area is afforested, yet, even the sparse forest remainders are under threat with land use pressures (agriculture, infrastructure, housing and resources-harvesting) a critical driver of deforestation. Unfortunately, there is an under-appreciation of forests by governments at all level in Nigeria not just for their important ecosystem functions but even for human survival and sustainability as carbon sinks and oxygen pool, together with the numerous other benefits they offer. Key Messages for the society: Forests and trees store carbon, which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change in and around urban areas. Trees also improve the local climate, helping to save energy used for heating by 20-50%. Strategic placement of trees in urban areas can cool the air by up to 8 degrees Celsius, reducing air conditioning needs by 30%. Urban trees are excellent air filters, removing harmful pollutants in the air and fine particulates. Trees reduce noise pollution, as they shield homes from nearby roads and industrial areas. Local…
The Lekki Bird Club (LBC) will be visiting the Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki,Lagos for the next Expedition on Saturday, the 24th of March, 2018. Please note that Rendezvous will be one location; Lekki Conservation Center (LCC) rendezvous by 6:15 am prompt. Interested individuals should sign up by sending their names. (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. GSM: +2347085029952) Don't Miss it!
The plan to annually celebrate the World Wildlife Day was conceived during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in December, 1983 as a means to raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora as well as to recognise the importance of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in ensuring that international trade of Wild Flora and Fauna does not threaten the survival of species. The theme of World Wildlife Day 2018 ‘Big cats - predators under threat’ is a step further from last year’s theme ‘‘Listen to the Young Voices’ as a way to ensure the realisation of CITES objective in the 182 member states of the United Nations, on the need to urgently rise to the demands of conserving all form of wildlife especially the big predators - who are now globally threatened - with their condition in Nigeria even more dire! With reference to the 2016’s World Environment Day, Amina Mohammed, who until her recent UN’s appointment was the Minister of Environment said, “The status of wildlife in the country leaves much to be desired, as the rate of depletion of the population of animals like the elephants, leopards, giraffes and…
The decline of vultures in Nigeria should be everyone’s concern if we understand and appreciate their importance or contributions to human health and the economy. This decline in the number of vultures is not only exacerbated by natural or climate-induced changes but chiefly driven by human-induced threat associated to belief-based use. Having this in mind, effort at reducing this threat associated with the 15 African-Eurasian vulture species faced with different level of conservation threat therefore needs a multi-prong approach. This approaches must combine actions on advocacy, sensitization, policy review and capacity strengthen etc by concerned stakeholders including NGOs. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) Save Vulture Advocacy campaign commenced with a public lecture in 2017 using the 15th Chief S. L. Edu Memorial Lecture with the theme “Decline of Vultures: Consequences to Human Health and the Economy” delivered by the Deputy Secretary General to the United Nations, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed. Attention is being devoted to vultures because of the alarming rate of their decline. Threats to vulture species are from humans. Vultures today are in dire situation especially outside conservation areas. They are in danger of being poisoned, especially through the deliberate poisoning of carnivores; electrocution by powerlines passing through…
In celebration of the World Wetlands Day (WWD), Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is organizing a Nature Journalism Competition among students from various primary and secondary schools in Lagos State. World Wetlands Day is an annual theme based event, celebrated every 2nd of February, to raise global awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet. This year’s theme is “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future”. The competition is open to participants between the ages 8-11 years and 12-15 years category only. Students are expected to identify and visit wetlands close to them to create awareness about the importance of wetlands and write on how our Wetlands can be sustained considering the rate of urbanization. Each write-up must be between 500-700 words for ages 8-11 years and 700-1000 words for ages 12-15. Mode of Submission Each write up should be informative, educative and innovative. Entries should be forwarded in PDF format with contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , while hard copies should be submitted to the Education Unit, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Km 19, Lekki Epe Expressway, Lekki, Lagos. Deadline for submission is February 22nd, 2018. Winners will be awarded accordingly.
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