Marine, Coastal & Wetlands

These comprises our activities in other habitats apart from the forest.
We are working to raise awareness on the importance of these ecosystems. Equally, we are building strong advocacy in order to see effective government policies toward the protection of the marine, coastal and wetlands ecosystems.

Marine

This is our initiative inaugurated to protect Nigeria’s marine ecosystem. Though, with abundant biodiversity resources, this ecosystem has neither been systematically studied nor documented.
The programme seek to achieve the following:

  1. Evaluate and identify sites to be designated as Marine Protected Areas.
  2. Map stations and threats to key components of marine and coastal
biodiversity
  3. Provide immediate measures to protect highly threatened or highly valued areas
  4. Pilot the protection of marine and coastal biodiversity in one or two sites
  5. Advocate for the designation of Marine Protected Areas
  6. Support effective management of Marine Protected Areas

Coastal

Nigeria has about 853km of coastline which offers flood protection for coastal communities. The coastline equally serve migratory water birds (as resting points during migratory flights) and seas turtles (hatching sites).
Consequently, the coastal communities have become important part of our campaign and advocacy. Some of our activities are:

  1. Advocacy campaign for coastal communities,
  2. Awareness and community engagement aimed at changing hostile behaviour towards turtles that come onshore to lay eggs,
  3. Release of captured turtles back to the sea,
  4. Conservation actions where nature based solutions are considered as mitigation to climate change, and
  5. Community/ beach clean-up exercises.

We will be engaging more communities along the Nigerian coastline as a way of protecting other species such as the African Manatee Trichechus senegalensis, as well as whales that sometime beach (Cetacean stranding).

Wetlands

Despite their crucial ecosystem services, the wetlands are seriously under stress and direct encroachment as a result of human activities. We work to preserve the 11 internationally recognised wetlands in Nigeria and by extension, the biodiversities that depend on the ecosystem to thrive.
Activities we engage in across wetlands where we operate are:

  • water birds census
  • public awareness campaign
  • school conservation clubs
  • tree planting

Specifically, in Hadejia Nguru Wetlands, North-East Nigeria, we work with the community to restore and maintain about 70km of wetlands which supports livelihood for over 1,000 household in 7 communities.

The yearly commemoration of World Wetlands Day across the country is central to our effort at raising awareness and policy advocacy on the wetlands.


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