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Tortoise Magazine

Written by Monday, 09 July 2018 10:17

Hello adorable kids,

This is another rich edition of your quarterly conservation magazine. It's time to know what endangered ecosystems are. I would discuss in details what wetlands are! Why wetlands? Wetlands are wealth-lands. They are too important and beautiful to face further threats.


I promise you will have a fun-laden time as you read through. We all need this unique ecosystem to survive. Unfortunately, they are vanishing every minute and crying for our help. A lot of wetland birds have migrated to other countries where they feel safe. There are lots of new facts to learn.


Also, you would have the opportunity of reading what other students are doing to save our environment. I will like to believe you are also taking part in saving our environment either through tree planting, raising seedlings, clean-up activities, proper waste management, recycling and lots more. Kindly write and send pictures to me, it's time to show the whole nation the actions you are taking to save our environment from further destruction.

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Bird Club

Written by Wednesday, 21 August 2013 10:32

Birds are quite inseparable from our daily life as they provide numerous immeasurable services, which range from roles as ecosystem pollinators, to their aesthetic value and most importantly as indicators of the environment.

To preserve these species and their habitats from threats while providing an opportunity for tourism, NCF is initiating voluntary urban-based bird conservation group across states in the country. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) recognises the important role volunteers and amateur bird enthusiasts can play in the conservation of urban birds and their habitat.

Hence, these urban bird clubs will help nurture the stake of bird conservation around their respective areas through regular bird-watching expeditions to key birding sites within these urban areas. NCF believes that through systematic bird-watching activities in cities, we can accumulate interesting checklists and information database on bird species to stir conservation actions to ameliorate these avifauna species.

The clubs will also help to improve the low level of awareness on the economic benefits of birds, importance of their habitats and significance of conserving biodiversity in general.

Lekki Bird Club (LBC)
The first volunteer-based bird conservation group; Lekki Bird Club (LBC) was established in March 2009 to raise the stake of bird conservation in Nigeria. LBC is the first in the series of bird club that NCF plans to set up in major urban settlements across Nigeria and this stems from the overlooked unique bird associations an assemblages in the cities.

Some of the activities of LBC include bird-watching trips, talks/lectures as well as publications in form of newsletters and trip reports to reach a wider audience.

Since inception in March 2009, LBC has on numerous occasions visited key birding areas within Lagos and recorded a few globally significance species like Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) and Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus).

LBC also disseminates updates on her activities via newsletters and trip reports. Some of these have gone beyond the borders of Nigeria, thus reaching a wider audience

Two categories of membership currently exist for LBC; student membership and individual membership. They cost N1,000 and N2,000 respectively. Eligibility for LBC membership is simply passion for nature with or without bird identification skills. However, members are expected to participate in birding trips which in due time will enable them identify birds off-hand even without help from skilled members or field guides.

Members of the club can enjoy subsidised access to the Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) nature reserve and the NCF library. They will also be invited to participate in birding trips among and other LBC/NCF programmes.

Being the first volunteer-based bird conservation group created by NCF, we are looking at replicating similar volunteer based bird clubs around urban settlements within the country. In the near future, LBC hopes to introduce training and capacity building opportunities for aspiring birders and also engage in coordinated field projects.

For membership registration and further information on the Lekki Bird Club, please contact;
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Some Key Birding Sites in Lagos State

  1. Conservation Toll Plaza by-pass
  2. Majekodunmi Farms
  3. Muritala Botanical Garden
  4. National Arts Theatre
  5. Nature Reserve of the Lekki Conservation Centre
  6. Tarkwa Bay


Partnership Development

Written by Monday, 12 August 2013 11:34

With an intention to upgrade her capacity on networking and relationship building with relevant conservation groups, States and agencies both locally and internationally, NCF opened a new strategic operations desk in the Technical programmes Department in 2009.

The new desk focuses on institutional fundraising and policy advocacy apart from playing active roles in project development.

Partnership development is an integral part of conservation and fund raising efforts of the NCF. In line with this objective, NCF reviewed her relationship guidelines and appoint new gatekeepers for her international partners including BirdLife International, Wetlands International, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, World Conservation Union, World Wide Fund for Nature and Fauna and Flora International.

Within Nigeria, we encouraged collaboration with relevant Government agencies and continue playing active roles in various national and Stated based committees, working groups and task forces.

In 2009, NCF-Ondo State relationship resulted in the development of a blueprint for the development of a wildlife Park in former Ifon Forest Reserve. That relationship culminated brought about the joint commitment of NCF and Ondo State to support biodiversity conservation activities and ecotourism development in Ifon Forest Reserve.

NCF maintained her leadership of the African Partnership of BirdLife International and engaged with Wetlands International on a joint mission to design a wetland valuation project in support of biodiversity in wetlands of the Niger Delta.

As part of our partnership intervention, NCF facilitated the commencement of efforts on the removal of a ship wreck in Olomo-meta beach, Agaja in Ojo Local Government of Lagos State in 2009. This singular but very important action was supported by a consortium of stakeholders in order to avert the danger of breakage of the Lagos lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean as a result of massive coastal erosion caused by the ship wreck.

NCF’s leadership role on this project attracted interest of relevant Government agencies and institutions involved in coastal resource management and conservation in Nigeria.

Policy Advocacy

Written by Monday, 12 August 2013 11:33

Policy advocacy is one of NCF’s strategic approaches towards achieving set objectives and meeting organizational goal. NCF recognizes advocacy as an important tool for communicating identified environmental concerns to the relevant stakeholders in a non-confrontational manner and influencing a positive change.

NCF plays a strong role in ensuring that environmental sustainability and development issues are effectively positioned within the context of high level national development strategies. Thus, NCF has been in the mainstream of developing environmental policies to safeguard Nigeria’s biodiversity. Additionally NCF supports the Government to integrate global environmental treaties to which Nigeria is a signatory into national policy strategies and legal instruments.

To strengthen her policy advocacy thrust, the National Executive Council of the NCF has approved the opening of an Advocacy office in Abuja  to enable NCF provide on the ground technical assistance to national environmental issues and influence developmental process of policy strategies.

Our approach to Policy Advocacy

  • We translate scientific/technical findings into advocacy tools.
  • We lobby Government in favour of environmental sustainability and equitable developmental process.
  • We join regional networks in larger environmental/ecosystem management Initiatives – e.g. Niger Basin Initiative. Conservation Efforts in the Niger Delta.
  • We champion National efforts aimed at mainstreaming environmental education into schools’ curriculums.
  • We lobby national action on mitigating against Climate change.



Chief S. L. Edu Meorial Lecture
Walk For Nature
Environmental Education and Awareness

Environmental Education

Written by Monday, 12 August 2013 11:31

Since inception, Environmental Education has remained a major strategic approach of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation. With the main objective of promoting environmental education and awareness amongst all strata of the Nigerian society, NCF embraced three major thematic interventions to achieve the main objectives of environmental education.

They include a nationwide Schools Conservation Programme; Community based Education at NCF Project sites and Promotion of environmental learning through publications, education materials and environmentally related events and campaigns.

Highlights of events and activities of the Environmental Education Programme include World Wetland Day, World Environment Day, among others.

Schools Programme (NCF conservation clubs) continued to be an effective tool in the promotion of environmental education in Nigeria. The results of its activities cannot be over emphasized.

Through this nationwide network of conservation clubs in schools, NCF has created awareness on environment and continue to sensitise young minds about humans’ relationship and responsibility to the environment.

School Outreach Programme
The school outreaches has been a way of promoting Environmental Education (EE) with the schools. It also serves as an avenue to promote EE within the school curriculum. Two schools were visited in Lagos and the event was very successful. The children were sensitized on the need to be involved and take care of the environment. The outreach resulted in the establishment of a new club.

As at December 2009, NCF Conservation Club programme has a network of 1,143 clubs with 34,077 members. Membership of the clubs cut across primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. 22 new clubs joined the network of conservation clubs in 2009. The school clubs have been involved in various activities such as:

Tree planting exercises
Club members have been carrying out laudable projects in the course of the year. One of the Clubs, Lagos State Model College, Badore embarked on a tree planting initiative and was supported by the Coca-Cola Company through NCF. NCF also gave technical assistance with the implementation and monitoring of the tree planting initiative. One hundred and ten tree seedlings were planted within the school premises at the beginning of the project and till date 68 trees have survived.

The success rate can be attributed to the commitment of the club members, technical input from NCF and the consistent financial support from Coca Cola Nigeria. The conservation club members will continue to monitor the growth of the trees seedlings until they reach full maturity. The project has contributed to mitigating the effects of climate change and also promoted Environmental Education with the school.

Campaigns, lectures  and Walks.
Various clubs have also organised campaigns and talks to sensitize the communities about the need for a sustainable environment. Edo State Chapter is of notable mention where campaigns have given birth to the establishment of new clubs.

Conservation Clubs in Lagos State joined NCF annual “2009 Walk For Nature” campaign tagged “Celebrating a Greener Lagos”. The event was organized by NCF in partnership with the Lagos State Government.

Nature’s Roost is an electronic library established for the purpose of linking Nigerian club members to the global community especially as it relates to the environment. The establishment of the Library was supported by the Birdlife Africa Partnership under the Wildlife Clubs of Africa Project. The library was painted by CAPlc makers of Dulux paint as co-support to the project.

Species Programme

Written by Monday, 12 August 2013 11:29

The 2007 -2011 strategy of the NCF highlighted the priority biomes and species for attention of the NCF.

A focus on some species became paramount given their local and global significance and their status as being endangered or highly threatened. The focal species includes Birds: Ibadan Malimbe & Grey-necked Picathartes; Freshwater & Marine Habitats: the sea turtles, the West African manatee; the ape species in Nigeria (the Nigerian-Cameroon chimpanzee and the Cross River Gorilla), the forest and savanna elephant, the orchids and all varieties of endangered plant life in Nigeria.

Climate Change

Written by Monday, 12 August 2013 11:27

NCF has earlier on identified the need to engage in public awareness and practical measures aimed at adaptation to the effects of Climate Change in her activities. Integrating climate change issues into project management became the first strategic approach. And as a major amendment to her strategic objectives, NCF drafted a Climate Change strategy in 2009.

The strategy is focused on policy advocacy, working on adaptation and mitigation measures, promoting networking and partnership on climate change issues and embarking on fact finding measures to support baseline information and data management on climate change.

As part of her direct intervention, NCF identified and participate in the development of principles and guidelines for REDD (Reducing Emissions through Reduction in forest degradation and deforestation) and took part in various fora to develop the REDD strategy for Nigeria.


Concept for NCF Climate Change Programme : Overview

Climate change, simply put change in global weather patterns, is unarguably the biggest environmental issue of our time. Climate change is global in its causes but its consequences are far more reaching in developing countries particularly Nigeria whose biodiversity and ecosystems are already faced with other threats like habitat degradation, ecology-economics mismatch and escalating population growth. NCF acknowledges that climate change is the most important human-induced environmental challenge that could exacerbate biodiversity loss caused by habitat destruction, invasive alien species and the like. We have therefore put in place 5-point mitigation and adaptation strategies to combat climate change in Nigeria. These are enlightenment campaign, mitigation strategy, adaptation initiatives, policy and advocacy, and carbon finance.

1. Enlightenment Campaign

Results of climate change awareness survey recently conducted by British World Service Trust revealed that an average Nigerian is not aware of climate change despite its impact on our day-to-day activities. Little or no attention is paid to alarming change in weather pattern such as excessive flooding experienced in different parts of Nigeria in 2008, increased aridity and intense desert encroachment witnessed in northern Nigeria in the past one decade or the dwindling flow of Niger Basin and other major waterways corroborating poor agricultural yield, communal clashes over natural resources management and siltation of the river basin.

NCF therefore has in its on-going climate change enlightenment campaign strategies to sensitize Nigerians, particularly youth across the country and women in rural environment who are the most vulnerable groups to climate change and its attendant impact. The enlightenment campaigns will contribute to climate change adaptation strategies and address what Nigerians can do as a citizen to lessen the impact of climate change.

The pilot phase of the enlightenment campaign started in 2008 with the annual celebration of World Environment Day (WED) 2008 tagged CO2: Kick the Habit. In tandem with the celebration, the enlighten campaign was also mainstreamed into the toolkit of NCF facilitated School Conservation Clubs. The School Conservation Clubs spread across the country is an arm of Education Unit of NCF instituted to reach out to and empower secondary school on environmental sustainability issues.

2. Mitigation Strategy

Tropical forests accounts for 15% of the earth land cover and contains not less than 25% carbon stock on earth surface. Despite the significant role of carbon storage among other vital benefit to man’s existence, they are daily unsustainably deforested with little or no regeneration plan. Deforestation thus leads to emission of carbon dioxide, major constituent of Greenhouse Gases into the atmosphere making change in land cover second largest contributor to global warming.

Although Nigeria may not have the finance resources or sophisticated technology to mitigate climate change, the country is endowed with mosaic of natural ecosystems that have the capacity for carbon sequestration. NCF therefore plans to combat climate change in Nigeria through:

  • Implementation of Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) for Protected Area management.
  • Development of REDD Action Plan (REDDAP) for Nigeria in collaboration with relevant Government agencies, private sector and civil societies.
  • Engaging in climate change policy discussions especially on REDD.
  • Scientific research on carbon stock assessment/forecast.

3. Adaptation Initiatives

Climate change poses development setback to Nigeria. With increasing global warming impact, wet areas are experiencing intermittent flooding and dry areas getting drier. Consequently, ecosystems and biodiversity which underpin biological productivity and socio-economic development, through the provision of many goods and services to people and the manufacturing sector will eventually be degraded if urgent steps are not taken.

Ecosystem services produced by ecosystems and biodiversity such as food, water, timber, fuel and fibre, particularly food are one of the key drivers of inflation rate. Scarcity of or shortage in supply to the food market due to poor agricultural yield triggers high cost of essential commodities which has significant impact on the nation’s economy. It will suffice to say climate change will exacerbate the dwindling inflation rate of essential commodities required for daily living.

NCF climate change adaptation initiative therefore seeks to assist communities especially those around our intervention sites to increase their resilience to climate change induced challenges such as food security, agriculture, watershed management, and natural systems (i.e. ecosystems and biodiversity) conservation

4. Policy Advocacy

Nigeria is yet to be at the forefront of climate change policy forum at regional and international levels despite the alarming effect of changing climate on lives and livelihoods across the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria. We are constrained by resolution of international agreement that we are party to despite little or no technical input to adopted positions.

Hence, NCF plans to gather relevant technical information required for holistic climate change policies in Nigeria and also support Nigeria’s position at regional and international climate change forums.

5. Carbon Finance

Several funding schemes have been adapted globally to support climate change mitigation and adaptation such as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under Kyoto Protocol. Nigeria however is barely able to benefit from these global resources due to several factors such as stringent CDM funding guideline and inadequate private sector engagement in climate change programmes.

Going forwards, NCF plans to raise funds to support climate change projects through 1% support for climate change campaign. The campaign seeks Government injunction for private sector to contribute 1% net profit to fund climate change agenda in Nigeria. Individuals will also have opportunity to offset their carbon footprint and join the global league of carbon neutral scenario.