NCF Promotes Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 15:30

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in collaboration with the Rivers State University (RSU) organised a workshop tagged “Experts Roundtable on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity” last month at Amphitheater, University campus, Port Harcourt.

 

The aim of the workshop was to share knowledge and experience on the sustainable management of Nigeria’s marine and coastal zones while identifying gaps in knowledge, policy and practice with respect to the country’s marine and coastal biodiversity.

The workshop was a 2-day gathering of experts who brainstormed and came up with recommendations and elements of a framework for the conservation and sustainable use of the marine and coastal zones of Nigeria. After a brief opening ceremony, a technical background paper was presented to set the scene for discussions in plenary and break-out groups. Participants were encouraged to share information on their existing and planned activities, exchange ideas as well as arrive at collective decisions on the best ways to achieve sustainable development of Nigeria’s coastal and marine habitats.

 

The Dean, Faculty of Science, RSU, Prof. V. B. Omubo-Pepple in his Welcome Address stated that “Science provides us with the skills to address interdisciplinary questions required for decision-making, behaviour, law and ethics. The complex interactions between people, coastal and marine biodiversity require scientifically informed professionals who can speak in the areas of policy and management, research and advocacy”.

 

In his Keynote Address, the Director General of NCF, Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano stated that, “Nigeria occupies a unique geographic position in Africa and the variability in the marine features endow her with one of the richest biodiversity in the continent. Pressures on marine ecosystems from human activities are already severe and the often-competing demands for marine space and resources are projected to rise. Costs of poor ocean management practices, including environmental and social costs, are often not factored into decision-making processes. This undermines the resilience of the ecosystems upon which we depend, not just for food and income, but also other less visible life-support functions such as coastal protection, habitat provisioning and carbon sequestration. Marine and coastal conservation is one of the policy instruments available to help ensure the conservation and sustainable use of our vast yet vulnerable ecosystems. Significantly greater efforts are needed by all stakeholders especially the government in ensuring the proper management of our marine and coastal ecosystem.”

 

The Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Blessing Chimezie Didia, who declared the workshop opened in his Opening Remarks revealed that “Marine and coastal biodiversity of Niger Delta provide food, energy, water, jobs and economic benefits for the people. They are a crucial buffer against climate change and a massive resource for sustainable development. The health of our marine and coastal biodiversity is inextricably linked with the health of our people and all life in Nigeria”

 

In attendance were Prof. T. T. Isoun, the first Vice Chancellor of the Institution, his wife, Dr. Mariam Isoun, Prof. Augustine Ezealor, the first ornithologist in Nigeria, Prof. Ikem Ekweozor, Marine Dept. RSU, Hon. Christian Ahiakwo, Member, Rivers State House of Assembly, Captain S. S. Garba, representing the Nigerian Navy, Dr. Ebinimi Ansa, representing Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) among others.

 

The workshop was coordinated by Prof. John Onwuteaka of the Institution and Dr. Joseph Onoja of NCF.

 

 

 

 

NCF Leads Waste Management and Sanitation Advocacy in Ijebu Markets

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 15:23

 

 

 

 

Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), the foremost environmental NGO in Nigeria dedicated to nature conservation and sustainable development embarks on waste management advocacy campaign activities in six markets in Ijebu North Local Government Area, Ogun State.

 

NCF received, for the second time, Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation grant to advocate for actions that promote proper waste separation/sorting, management and disposal in selected markets of Ijebu North LGA, Ogun State, geared towards making our environment sustainable and habitable for future generation. As part of the objective of the project titled- Improving Community-Market Sustainability in Waste Management in Ijebu North LGA, Ogun State, it hope to reduce the threat and health risk posed by dirty environment while empowering the beneficiaries to take responsibility for proper sanitation in the markets.  

 

The six selected markets are Obada Station I & II, Ojowo Atikori, Awa, Mamu, Oru/Awa, and Ago-Iwoye.

 

The project is being carried out over a period of 12 months, commencing from September 2018. It has been divided into 5 major phases: Market Entry; Market Sensitisation; Clean up Exercise; Monitoring & Evaluation; and Post Project Supervision.

 

Last week, the Sensitisation and Clean up exercises were carried out at Obada Station market and Ojowo-Atikori market, where market women and men trouped out in their hundreds to participate.

 

 

The project will also provide modern Waste Bin for each markets at stall level which will aid proper disposal of waste generated in the market. Before the intervention of this project, the markets do not have such waste management facility characterizing the market place with heaps of waste dumps sighted across the market. The project will also build capacity of Health and Sanitation Officers in Ijebu North LGA to further smoothen the relationship of the Officers and market traders towards better sanitation in the area.

 

Mr. Rufus Ayebusuwa, Director, Environmental Sanitation, Ijebu North LGA in his Heath Talk advised the market traders on the importance of sanitation to human wellbeing particularly in eradicating infection and disease.  Mr. Solomon Adefolu of NCF delivered the Sensitisation talk, admonished the market traders the need to inculcate a proper waste management culture especially in waste sorting and disposal. He further assured the market of NCF support through this project in delivering an efficient waste disposal mechanism by working with all stakeholders.

 

 

In his welcome address, Baba Loja of Obada Station Market welcomed the participants and thanked NCF for bringing such initiative to the market as though it compliments the effort of the government in ensuring clean environment. He further led the people in the clean-up exercise across the market stalls which lasted for over 60 minutes.

 

NCF has successfully implemented a similar waste management advocacy campaign in 17 communities of Eti-Osa LGA in Lagos in 2017/2018 where large to medium size outdoor waste bins were provided for the communities to improve their waste disposal system.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 15:56

 

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