The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), a foremost environmental NGO in Nigeria, dedicated to nature conservation and biodiversity resource management, joins the global community to commemorate World Environment Day (WED) 2021 with the theme: “Ecosystem Restoration.” NCF has lined up key activities promoting restoration of the ecosystem across the nation, as this year’s theme is in line with the goals of the Green Recovery Nigeria (GRN) Initiative of NCF. The highpoint of the NCF weeklong activities for WED 2021 is a hybrid event on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at its National Headquarters in Lekki, Lagos. The event will be held in strict compliance with all COVID-19 safety protocols. This would be followed up by setting up school gardens and fruit tree orchards in 20 selected schools across different locations within Lagos State. School grounds cannot be neglected as climate change impact is being felt all over Nigeria, trees will provide much-needed shade and cooling, creating a more pleasant environment for the children to play. Moreover, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air to grow, having trees will reduce the high rate of carbon dioxide that heats up the atmosphere. Planting trees on school grounds provide fencing and fruit for school children…
Communities across Nigeria have been called upon to appreciate and support biodiversity conservation efforts within their areas to ensure the sustenance of the projects which would offer them immense socio-economic and environmental benefits if properly nurtured and protected. The Director General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano who made the call gave an assurance that the foundation and its partners would give maximum supports through funding, trainings and others to community based organisations that show strong commitment in conservation efforts. He was speaking at the inauguration of the Gashaka Biodiversity Support Initiative (GBSI), that would enable the conservation of endangered organisms including Vultures in Gashaka Kingdom, Taraba State held on Monday, May 17, 2021. GBSI, which is an autonomous biodiversity programme by residents of Gashaka Community has a Board of Trustees with the Emir of Gashaka Kingdom, Alhaji Zubairu Hamman Gabbo as Chairman and is being used as an avenue to reward the Community for its steadfastness in protecting the national park within its domain. In a speech entitled "Community-Based Organisation: Issues and Implications for Rural Biodiversity", Dr. Aminu-Kanu said the people of Gashaka deserved recognition, applause and commendation for jealously guarding and protecting the national park in their…
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Create and post engaging and innovative content across all of the Foundation social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Produce visually appealing and innovative, creative and engaging videos, photography and infographics, and write posts that will speak to our target audiences. Be responsible for working and developing the digital hubs across our locations to ensure our channels are posting the correct centrally created content. Responsible for conducting the conversation with our followers, replying to messages and reaching out to people we want to speak to. Look for innovative ways to interact with audiences, including arranging live and interactive discussions. Follow and keep up to date with social media and digital trends. Closely monitor our audience profile. Work with the Head of Business Development & Communications to develop a strategy that ensures we are delivering the right messages, through the right channels, to the right people, and look to grow our audiences to deliver maximum communications impact. Produce periodic reports on the performance of social media channels and make recommendations for improvement. Contribute to the successful delivery of Foundation’s projects, develop and support the delivery of innovative social media campaigns to achieve the Foundation’s objectives and…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) organised workshops tagged ‘Regional Common Action Plan on Combatting Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) in Abeokuta and Kano on 26th and 30th March respectively. The objectives of the workshops were to improve awareness on the Illegal Wildlife Trade issue with vulture as target species, to bring to front burner, the common challenges and limitations against enforcement of wildlife laws in Nigeria, sensitize the enforcement and border control agencies on the need to get more knowledge, understand the law and intensify efforts on enforcement. Illegal wildlife trade as fourth transnational crime in global rating poses threats to biodiversity comprising iconic animals such as elephants, rhinos, leopards and pangolins while birds such as vultures and African grey parrot are not exempted from this threat. It was revealed that the Nigeria Customs Service, made several seizures by profiling the containers, elephant tusks, pangolin scales, rhino horn. It was also revealed that majority of 1,169 forest reserves in Nigeria suffer neglect, degradation, poaching and are not properly managed. Some of the challenges against curbing the menace of Illegal Wildlife Trade include shortage of forest guards, high rate of poverty among forest dwellers, over-dependency on the forest resources, lack of modern…
The Board of Trustees, National Executive Council and Management of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) commiserate with Her Majesty, the Queen and the Royal Family on the passing away of HRH, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, on Friday, 9th April, 2021 at the age of 99. Prince Philip was a friend to the late Chief S.L. Edu, the founder of NCF. As then President of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), he supported Chief Edu in establishing the NCF and continued to give his support to the organization until it became fully fledged. At the instance of NCF, Prince Philip has visited Nigeria on a number of occasions and thereby bringing to global prominence some of Nigeria’s rich natural heritage. The international recognition that the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands first received was as result of his efforts. The area is now officially recognized by the United Nations amongst the Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar site) and is part of the Nigerian National Parks System. On 18th February 1989, he laid the Foundation stone of the Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC), which was jointly developed by NCF and Chevron Nigeria Ltd (CNL). He also commissioned the Centre after its completion. We join the rest of…
A leading conservation organisation, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) scaled up its advocacy for vultures with the production of a documentary titled "Our Plights to Survive: Nigeria's Vulture and Wildlife Trade Crisis" which was premiered on Wednesday, 24th March at Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos. The documentary is aimed at intensifying NCF’s campaign on vulture conservation in Nigeria and the intricate link between vultures killing and illegal wildlife trade. The production is supported by United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Egyptian Vulture New LIFE project. The documentary reveals how vultures are heavily traded as commodities in the wildlife market in the South-Western and Northern parts of Nigeria. It also shows threats to vultures emanating from poachers, wildlife traffickers, traditional medicine practitioners as well as many people who perceive the bird as ominous. Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director-General of NCF, in his welcome address, expressed gratitude to NCF members, partners and ‘Save Vultures Campaign Ambassadors’ for their continued support for NCF and conservation efforts in Nigeria. He said that a campaign for the survival of vultures translates to the survival of the ecosystem and other species. He urged the general public to team up with NCF in the war against vultures’ extinction,…
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