DRECA Training

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:00

 

Developing Research Capacity among African Environmental Scientists(DRECA) was an EU sponsored series of training workshop which took place between 2010 and 2012 in four African Countries including Nigeria. During the three year period the workshop reached 54 environmental scientists in 32 institutions in Nigeria. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) coordinated the programme in Nigeria and has identified the need to sustain this program and make it available to a wider group of Nigerian Environmental Scientists. This is the maiden edition of the Nigerian DRECA and is being supported by the Tropical Biology Association and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The workshop targets active conservation scientists and researchers working for:

  • Universities (Junior or Assistant Lecturers especially in biological science departments);
  • Research institutes;
  • NGOs with a research component in their work;
  • Research and monitoring units of protected areas (parks and reserves); and
  • Government departments that are involved in research.

 

Aim: The workshop aims to:

  • Train Nigerian scientists on how to plan and write winning research proposals. This will include how to get funding; proposal writing skills; decoding (grant) application forms and making an impact.
  • Equip participants with the needed skills to write quality scientific papers and communicate to policy makers and civil society. This will cover why and how to publish; scientific writing skills; presenting data; and communication skills.
  • Fill the skills gaps in the sound design of scientific research projects relevant to the management of natural resources.  It will teach skills in how to frame research questions, select and design appropriate methods, manage and analyse data, and interpret and present results.

 

Funding: The workshop will not pay per diems. However, full costs (in-country travel by road, tuition fees, teaching/writing materials, meals and accommodation, etc) will be covered.

 

Applicants must:

  1. have a Master’s degree or higher in biology and related fields (environment, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, conservation, etc.); Master’s students who are preparing to undertake  fieldwork for their masters research projects will also be considered.
  2. be actively involved in research as part of their work, or studies.
  3. write concept notes of proposed research projects that they are strongly committed to undertake within the next 12 months. The concept notes are required for practical exercises during the workshop.

 

Applicants must be willing to submit a personal action plan outlining timelines and targets for implementing a chosen study design for a proposed research project.  Preference will be given to applicants who show a high potential to apply the skills gained from the workshop in their professional careers and or studies.

 

Applications must include a (1) cover letter stating why and how the training will help in your work, (2) completed application form available at the address below, and (3) current CV (no more than 2 pages) with qualifications and research experience (incl. current research projects and activities). Your application should be sent, preferably by email, to:

 

The DRECA Project Coordinator, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Km 19 Lekki-Epe Expressway,  Lagos, Nigeria. Tel. 234-806-5451-463

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to reach by Friday the 9th of May, 2014.

Visit  DRECA training application form for an electronic copy of the application form. 

It is the applicants’ responsibility to secure his/her employer’s approval to attend the workshop if selected.

 

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, 19th May, 2014.

NCF trains volunteers on citizen science and Bird conservation

Monday, 10 March 2014 15:35

Group Photo at Awba Dam with HOD Wildlife  Ecotourism Dept University of Ibadan Prof. Ayodele standing middle

A training workshop was held from 5th to 7th March 2014 to prepare participants for the birding activities and data collation of the Ibadan Bird Club (IBC). This training has become necessitated as parts of the efforts to introduce another volunteer-based bird conservation group in Ibadan,after the success of the Lekki Bird Club in Lagos. The training was largely field based and was held in University of Ibadan (UI) and International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria.

 

Activities of the training workshop were in two parts; lecture presentation and field session. The lecture presentation took place on Day 1 (March 5th) at the Department of Wildlife & Ecotourism, UI and it exposed participants to birds generally, some birding tips/techniques and the concept of Citizen Science. The field sessions took place on Day 2 (March 6th) and Day 3 (March 7th) at Awba Dam, UI and Golf Course in IITA respectively. The practical sessions gave the trainees the opportunity to practise the bird identification, counting of birds and also recording of information learnt during the lecture presentation.

 

Over 30 participants including students from UI and other Universities participated in this 3-day Training Workshop. Staffs from IITA including the Forest Project Manager and also the Head of Department, Wildlife and Ecotourism Department were present during the 3-day programme. The participants felt the training was very informative as it was practical, while many of them agreed that they were ready to put the newly gained skills to use for the IBC.

 

This course was held as a partnership between Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Forest Project IITA and the Department of Wildlife & Ecotourism, UI. It was financed by the Africa Bird Club (ABC) Conservation Funds.

NCF plans to pursue 25 percent forest cover agenda

Monday, 10 March 2014 10:53

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation has concluded plan to vigorously pursue all actions aiming at returning Nigerian vegetation to 25 per cent cover.

 

The Leadership of the Foundation working on 5 years strategic plan had concluded arrangements to ensure that efforts are put in place to engage all stakeholders on environmental issues in Nigeria towards ensuring that the 25 percent forest cover as recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is achievable.

 

Led by its President, Chief Philip Asiodu, the Foundation's at its Council retreat recently resolved that it will devote more energy on advocacy and stakeholders engagement on the need to protect the remaining forest cover while supporting  massive tree planting initiative throughout the country.  NCF believes that improvement in vegetation cover will not only enhance livelihoods but promote Nigeria’s ecological integrity while ameliorating the impacts of climate change.

 

According to chief Asiodu, the Foundation will continue to advocate for a sustained bolder programmes towards achieving 25 percent forest cover for our country beyond 2020. We will put more efforts on Forest Regeneration and Protection strategy with the aim of increasing our forest reserves from less than 5 percent now to 25 percent as recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

 

"It behoves the leadership and the elite in Nigeria to adopt and energetically implement a comprehensive Agenda for the Environment – perhaps a new 2020 Agenda which would only require a minor updating of the Environment Chapter of the abandoned Vision 2010. This corrective agenda must be a long term programme with properly sequenced measures to be implemented immediately and to last for some for two decades or more.”

 

As part of the 5 years strategic plan of the Foundation which will commerce this year, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation will take up the challenge by offering suggestions and advice to the government on environmental issues from time to time. Also, as part of its mandate the Foundation will continue to promote environmental conservation and sustainable development in Nigeria.

 

 

The Executive Director of the Foundation, Alade Adeleke said, “We are very much aware of the severe environmental challenges confronting Nigeria. Through our conservation projects which cut across the country, we have developed unique conservation strategies that cater for the needs of the people while maintaining ecosystem stability. As we contribute to efforts to save Nigeria’s remaining natural forests, we take the lead and encourage others in the onerous task to rehabilitate degraded areas through tree planting and sustainable land use".

 

In the coming years, we will intensify on our membership drive – both at individual and corporate membership levels. We must strive to enlist hundreds of thousands of members in order to be heard more effectively in a country of over 150 million people, Adeleke said.