NCF holds the 17th Chief S. L. Edu Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 09:41


The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) holds the 17th edition of the annual Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture on Thursday, 17th January, 2019 at Bankers’ House, Victoria Island, Lagos.


This year’s lecture with the theme “A Quiet Revolution – Faith and the Environment” will be delivered by Martin Palmer, Secretary General, Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), Bath, United Kingdom.


Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture is an annual event organised by NCF in collaboration with the S.L. Edu Family and the support of Chevron Nigeria Limited aimed at bringing environmental issues to the fore of national discourse while articulating solutions.


Speakers from diverse backgrounds ranging from academic, conservation, government, corporates and more have delivered lectures on environmental conservation, policies and other topical issues.


Some of the topics and guest speakers in its 17-year history include: Environmental Management: Imperatives in Africa’s Sustainable Development – Prof. Charles Okidi, University of Kenya; Environmental Policy and Performance: a Sustainable Development Agenda for Nigeria – Chief (Dr.) Ernest Shonekan, former Head of Interim Government in Nigeria; Decline of Vultures: Consequences of Human Health and the Economy” - Ms. Amina Mohammed, former Minister of Environment, Nigeria, and currently Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.


Among the dignitaries invited are Prince Bola Ajibola, Alhaji Femi Okunnu, SAN, CAN National Chairman, General Secretary of Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, PFN President, Chief Imam of Lagos, NASFAT General Secretary, Traditional Rulers, community leaders, lecturers and students etc.


The event will also be used to award Scholarship Grants to two PhD. Students in the field of environmental sciences in Nigerian Universities. The grant, sponsored by Chevron, is to encourage the students to undertake research in nature conservation, biodiversity and sustainable livelihood.


NCF as the foremost conservation NGO, has its projects spread across the country, addressing its core mission of biodiversity conservation, environmental education, policy advocacy and improvement of livelihood of host communities.


The Lecture is public and attendance is open to all interested parties.


17th Chief S. L. Edu Memorial Environmental Lecture

Thursday, 10 January 2019 11:13


The 17th Chief S. L. Edu Memorial Environmental Lecture Series with the topic: A Quiet Revolution- Faith and The Environment, to be delivered by Martin Palmer, Secretary General, Alliance of Religions & Conservation (ARC) Bath, UK.



Date: Thursday, 17th January 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Venue: Ijewere Hall, Bankers House, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Plot 19, Adeola Hopewell Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.



The role of inter-faith in delivering environmental lifestyle is a major focus of this event while it also promises several networking opportunities for partnership and collaboration in delivering environmental advocacy, conservation and sustainable development. A cross section of CSOs, Faith-Based Organization, Multinationals, Tertiary Institutions etc will be participating in this event.


Nigeria’s National Coordination Group (NCG) for Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) inaugurated

Friday, 04 January 2019 15:49

Nigeria’s National Coordination Group (NCG) for Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) was inaugurated at the National Parks headquarters, Abuja on 18th December, 2018.


The core members of the KBA Partnership at global level are Birdlife International, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Royal Society for the Preservation of Birds (RSPB), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Nature Serve, Conservation International, Amphibian Survival Alliance, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Global Wildlife Conservation and Rainforest Trust. 


Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) have been recognised by twelve of the world’s leading conservation organizations as the currency for biodiversity conservation across the globe in an ambitious new partnership for nature. These sites include important habitats for plants and animal species in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. This feat was accomplished in September 2016.


Nigeria’s NCG is consists of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) as its Secretariat, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), Federal Department of Forestry of the Ministry of Environment and the National Parks Service.


National Coordination Groups (NCGs) for KBAs are to primarily, coordinate the process to identify, document and delineate KBAs at the national level. Other responsibilities include promoting the conservation, management and protection of KBAs in Nigeria.


The Global Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas (IUCN 2016) sets out globally standardised criteria for the identification of KBAs worldwide. The KBA Partnership and globally standardised criteria, will promote global conservation efforts by mapping internationally important sites and ensuring that scarce resources are directed to the most important places for nature. The impact of this vital conservation work will be improved by promoting targeted investment in conservation action at priority sites.


The partnership will work with governments, national and international agencies, organisations and individuals to implement the global KBA programme in a transparent and inclusive way.