Lekki Conservation Centre wins 2014 TripAdvisor Award

Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:04

 

The Lekki Conservation Centre has been awarded 2014 Certificate of Excellence by the World Largest Travel Site, TripAdvisor. The award signifying that the Centre has consistently earned outstanding ratings by guests on TripAdvisor.

 

TripAdvisoris the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools.

 

In a statement signed by the President, TripAdvisor for Business, Marc Charron, the prestigious award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions the Centre earned on TripAdvisor  over the year. "We hope you'll showcase your certificate to guests and staff with pride", said Charron.   

 

TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 280 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 170 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

 

Lekki Conservation Centre is the only natural resource conservation centre in Lagos. The Centre which is one of the foremost Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) projects in Nigeria was formally opened on May 18, 1990 to preserve biodiversity hotspot in the coastal area of South-West Nigeria.

The Centre is a conservation initiative to protect wildlife found in southwest coastal environment of Nigeria in the face of rapid urban development and deforestation. The centre has continued to attract both local and international interests, serving as an education and resource centre for several groups, majority of which are schools and tourists.

 

Supported by Chevron Nigeria Limited, the LCC has promoted environmental protection and contained poaching and encroachment activities by surrounding communities. It also serves as a environmental education awareness centre for  students in an urban mega city like Lagos.

 

Vultures in Africa and Europe face extinction

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:11

The world’s biggest conservation Partnership – BirdLife International – has announced that vultures have rapidly become one of the most threatened families of birds on the planet.

In a bid to stop this important family of birds slipping towards extinction in Europe and Africa, a global campaign asking for public support to Stop Vulture Poisoning has been launched.

Following recent catastrophic declines of vultures in Asia that left landscapes littered with carcasses, vultures in Europe and Africa may be set to follow unless we act now – warned conservationists from BirdLife International.

Vultures are important and essential for our health: “Vultures play a fundamental role that no other birds do: they clean our landscapes”, said Iván Ramírez, Head of Conservation for BirdLife International in Europe and Central Asia. Yet they are facing new and massive threats across Europe and Africa.

A veterinary drug that is lethally toxic to vultures has been discovered to be commercially available in at least two European countries. Used to treat inflammation in livestock, this is the same drug (diclofenac) that has wiped out 99% of vultures in India, Pakistan and Nepal.

At the same time, vultures in Africa are facing increasing threats from poisoning (deliberate and accidental), persecution for body parts to be used in traditional medicine, habitat loss, collision with power-lines, and more.

“Three of every four old-world vulture species are already globally threatened with extinction or Near Threatened according the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species”, said Kariuki Ndanganga, BirdLife Africa’s Species Programme Manager.

“Unless threats are identified and tackled quickly and effectively, vultures in Africa and Europe could face extinction within our lifetime.”

Nigeria formally hosts seven species of vulture namely: Egyptian Vulture- Neophronpercnopterus (Endangered), Hooded Vulture - Necrosyrtesmonachus (Endangered),  White-backedGyps africanus (Endangered), White-headed - Trigonocepsoccipitalis (Vulnerable),  Ruppell’s Griffon -Gyps rueppellii (Endangered),  Palm-nut Vulture - Gypohieraxangolensis (Least Concern)  and Lappet-faced Vulture -Torgos tracheliotus.

Five of these species in Nigeria have a highly vulnerable status and have even gone locally extinct in some part of the country .The only species that seems to be thriving in the country are the Hooded Vulture- Necrosyrtesmonachus and Palm-nut Vulture-  Gypohieraxangolensis, said Ruth Akagu, Species Officer at the Nigerian Conservation Foundation

“Following a recent study on the current status of vulture in Nigeria, result indicated that their distribution ranges have been severely restricted over the past 20 to 30 years,  as vultures are no longer sighted where they ones thrive in huge numbers”, concluded Akagu.

 

 

CAI, NCF, others join September 22 People's Climate March

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

The climate change rally took place in Lagos on September 22, 2014. The rally was in solidarity with the People’s Climate March towards building global awareness and urgency around mitigating climate change.

 

Organized by the Climate Aid International (CAI), Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and other environmental/youth  groups, the rally held simultaneously with  Peoples Climate March in New York, Paris and Rio, London, Berlin same day.

 

The main objective of the march was to show the policy makers on the need to choose a side that favours sustainable development while demanding for decisive actions on climate change.

 

The Lagos rally kicked off from Allen Roundabout Ikeja and ended at the Ndiubusi Kanu Park, Opposite Lagos State Governors House, Alausa Ikeja. It had in attendance the representatives of 18 coalition of NGO including NCF who was represented by the Education Unit, Media Unit and NCF Members. About 65 people participated in all.

 

Receiving the participants at the rally on behalf of the Lagos State Governor,   the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environment Services, Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, Engineer Hakeem Adeniyi Ogunbambi, said that the rally will go a long way in engineering national effort to fast-track the swift ratification and signing of the pending National Climate Bill passed by the Nigerian National Assembly.

 

He added that the Lagos State has been very proactive in setting up mitigation actions on Climate Change and part of this effort was the Tree Planting Initiatives across the State; Participation in the Annual Walk for Nature; Passing of State Climate Bills; and the Lagos Government's effort at estimating the State Carbon Footprint of the State.