The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) conceived the Green Recovery Nigeria (GRN) initiative in response to the dire need for retaining a significant proportion of Nigeria’s landmass under forest. This is because the Foundation, as the leading Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) focused on environmental sustainability, fully understands how forests play significant roles in livelihood and national unity, given the fact that a good number of Nigerians rely on it for livelihood through local, regional and global trade. Forest resources are known to provide employment for over 2 million people through supply of fuel wood and poles and more than 80,000 people also work in the log processing industries, especially in the forest zone of the South –West Nigeria, according to Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. However, NCF takes cognizance of the fact that the forest is a renewable natural resource and its stock has become diminished because the rate of exploitation has exceeded its regenerative capacity. This knowledge, supported by data on current and past forest distribution in Nigeria, propelled action from NCF through the GRN project to reforest Nigeria. According to available statistics, Nigeria lost 36% of its primary forests between 1990 and 2005, thus putting our…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in collaboration with other conservationists working in the country have recently caught on camera images of chimpanzees in the Omo-Shasha-Oluwa (OSO) Forest, traversing Ogun, Osun and Ondo States. The camera-trap photos are the first firm evidence of chimpanzees in South West Nigeria for over a decade and the discovery has been greeted with a lot of enthusiasm by conservationists. The finding, according to a statement from the Foundation, has also been described as a surprise by experts on the project. Commenting on the issue at the Foundation’s headquarters in Lagos over the weekend, the Director General of NCF, Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi, said that the deployment of camera traps and the positive results coming out are signs of NCF’s commitment to conserving the nation’s forest habitats with particular attention on the OSO Forest. “This is part of NCF’s efforts to ensure the survival of species in the OSO Forest Reserve,” he declared. This is as Dr. Andrew Bowkett from the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, which also funds conservation work as a partner in the OSO Forest Initiative, said it was a tremendous news. “It seemed likely that this population had gone extinct due to the dramatic…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) joins the rest of the world to celebrate the entering into force of the Paris Agreement marking a significant achievement in just about one year of the life cycle of this Agreement, making it 3 years earlier than planned. The Agreement which becomes legally binding to all parties today 4th November, 2016, reminds us of our responsibilities as individuals, organizations, businesses, investors, governments, youth and other stakeholders to contribute to reducing the global temperature well below 2.0 Co targeting 1.5 Co. Among the 195 parties that negotiated and adopted the Paris Agreement, 97 nations (representing more than the required 55% needed for the landmark Agreement to become legally binding) up till today have currently ratified and submitted their instruments to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This is a clear indication of the support this agreement has received within the global community particularly from governments, research institutions, investors, civil society organizations, bi/multilateral entities etc. NCF is happy that this legally binding agreement translates to a global effort working towards a secured environment and particularly a safe ecosystem for nature and biodiversity. NCF will always commend the efforts of the Nigerian Government in…
Philip Izoma Asiodu, CFR, CON, President, Board of Trustees, Speech for 2016 Walk for Nature Event Of The Nigerian Conservation Foundation, in Collaboration With The Lagos State, Ministry Of The Environment, At The State House, Marina, Lagos, On October 15, 2016. His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Commissioners and senior officials, Friends of Nature, Gentlemen of the Press, Ladies and Gentlemen. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the National Executive Council and Management of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), I hereby welcome everyone to this year’s edition of Walk for Nature, as organised by NCF in conjunction with the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment. Thank you all for participating in the education and awareness march today and I am especially grateful to the Lagos State Government for the continued support for this very important event that has proven successful over the years in promoting sustainable environmental practices. The Foundation’s profound gratitude also goes to the sponsors and partners of this year: Chevron Nigeria Limited, Fidelity Bank Plc., A.G. Leventis Nigeria Plc., UACN Property Development Company Plc., Fan Milk Plc. and Seven Up Bottling Company Plc. It is encouraging to be part of this exercise with you, public…
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