NCF enjoins govt to hear the voices of slum dwellers

Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:44

A call has gone to all sectors of the society to come to the plight of the urban slum dwellers across Nigeria to make life more meaningful to them. They need more attention in the areas of education, health care delivery, social infrastructure and development.

At the 2014 World Habitat Day celebration organized by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), with the support of the MTN Nigeria Communications Limited with the theme “Voices from Slums", participants including children stressed the need for serious interventions of the government and corporate bodies in the life of the slum dwellers.

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation for some weeks gathered school pupils to go to about seven selected slum communities in Lagos and document the social and environmental peculiarities of each slum as it concerns their problems and threat, while suggesting solutions through creative art works depicting "Life in Lagos Slum".   The objective is to give a voice to slum communities in relations to the theme.

 

Speaking at the final presentation of the art works by the pupils at the Foundation office in Lagos, the Director General of the NCF, Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi, expressed concern that people in slums were disproportionately affected by climate change, with houses often built precariously on slopes or unsuitable building space and with inadequate materials making them vulnerable to landslides, floods and earthquakes.

 

"NCF in support of this global concern has locally engaged her school Conservation Clubs to Project Lagos Slum scenario in a creative manner that engages the student on learning about the social and environmental concerns of the slum dwellers. This we are sure will contribute to the Millennium Development Goals of improving the lives of 100 million slum dwellers by year 2020".

An environmental activist, Desmond Majekodunmi linked the challenges faced by the slum dwellers to environmental concerns. According to him, the more we have bad environment, the more we have bad slums hence, the need to stay alive by protecting the environment.

 

Quoting the United Nations Secretary - General, Ban Ki-moon, Majekodunmi  said, “Ensuring that our towns and cities expand in a well-planned and managed way is not only necessary to meeting the housing needs of our growing urban population, it is also vital for combating climate change, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable development. Let us focus on a new urban agenda that leave no one behind,” 

 

 

The Founder of Slum 2 School Initiative, Otto Orondaam enjoined people to be part of the solutions to the challenges facing the slum dwellers. Orondaam whose initiative has facilities for about 650 pupils of a popular Makoko Lagos Slum, to have access to education, challenged the youth to be proactive and take initiatives that solve societal problem. 

 

Lagos, NCF call for actions to save coastal areas

Friday, 24 October 2014 10:21

Environmentalists have reiterated the need to safeguarding Coastal areas and the people that inhabit them from the effect of climate change.

At the 2014 Annual Walk For Nature in Lagos, organized by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation in collaboration with the Lagos State Government and sponsored by Chevron Nigeria Limited, Fidelity Bank Plc, 7Up Bottling Company Plc, UACN Property Development Company Plc,  Chemical  and Allied Product Plc and SAPETRO Nigeria Limited,  participants call for  actions aimed at sensitizing the populace to the dangers of Climate Change and what they can do as individuals to reduce their exposure to its effects is part of the strategy for mitigating  the damaging consequences of  Climate Change.

 

Speaking at the end of about 45 minutes early morning walk, on the theme of the event "Small Island Developing States", the President of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Izoma Philip Asiodu said that small island states are more prone to the damaging effects of a warming planet than those that are in the  hinterland. The impacts of a rising sea level mean the loss of lives and properties for many people living on small islands.

 

According to him, the importance of Lagos as a coastal city and as the economic nerve Centre of the most populous country in Africa makes it imperative to pay attention to any potential threat to the economy of the State. The Walk aimed at raising the level of awareness of Lagosians to what may be done to alleviate their inevitable exposure.

 

"The fact is that the whole planet is under stress, not only from Climate Change but from rapid population growth, and increased consumption demands due to rising standards of living. Development plans must therefore be made as eco-friendly as possible to ensure sustainability".

 

Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment said that the theme of the event was of great importance to Lagos because of her peculiarity as a Coastal State. Lagos shares remarkable similarities with some of the renowned Small Island Developing State such as Trinidad and Tobago, Toga, Samoa and Suriname. These communities and cities face myriad of environmental challenges including flooding, waste management, pollution, degradation of forests and coastal habitats as well as loss of aquatic biodiversity.

 

"Today provides us another unique opportunity to celebrate our environment and draw people's attention towards developing the capacity of our coastal cities to respond efficiently to the environmental challenges posed by its littoral nature".

 

Governor Fashola said further that climates around the world bring about changes in the economy, how we live and where we live. Climate change affects our totality and entire being. The world watches in wonder how the beautiful coastal terrain of world's coastal cities change and disappear while their potential for tourism and economic benefits are changing consequent upon detrimental human activities. "To a large extent, it behooves on us as a people and nation to form a global partnership to care for the earth.

 

 

 

2015 Prince Bernhard Scholarships

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:50
The Prince Bernhard Scholarships (PBS) is an annual Scholarship Programme dedicated to develop the capacity of young to mid-career conservation professionals with active involvement in nature conservation activity all over the world. 
It comprises of a CHF10,000 award which gives applicants the opportunity to choose any conservation/nature-related professional development activity inform of short training/courses, publications, international conferences and workshops, as a means to develop their capacity in ensuring impact and effectiveness. 
 
 
The scholarship is been administered by the World Wide Funds for Nature (WWF) International office in Switzerland and opened to applicants from Africa; Asia/Pacific; Latin America/Caribbean; North America; and Europe/Middle East. 
 
 
The 2015 PBS application process is open and interested applicants can visit www.panda.org/scholarships for details on Guidelines & Application form or contact WWF PBS National Coordinator on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 
 
Deadline for application is 11th January 2015.