Nigeria Needs to Restore its Mangrove Now

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 13:02

Why should Nigeria lose its mangrove pride to lack of sustainable lifestyle and negligence of the environment, when the nation should actually benefit immensely from its services if well harnessed?

 

As the world commemorates the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is using this moment to call on all the stakeholders to rise to the issues affecting our mangroves.

 

Nigeria has one-third of the entire mangroves in Africa. This is the largest in the continent and the third-largest in the entire world. The Niger Delta Mangroves are estimated to provide 60% of the spawning grounds of fishes in West Africa. Mangroves absorb carbon and they determine the livelihood of the coastal dwellers. Nigerian Mangroves make up 40% of the remaining original forests in Nigeria and cover 10,500 square kilometres.

 

Mangrove degradation is being caused by oil pollution, firewood cutting, over-exploitation, and sand filling among other factors.

 

NCF and other environmental NGOs have embarked on Mangrove Restoration projects to restore Nigeria’s mangrove to at least 70% of their original states. There is an urgent need for rehabilitation for the mangrove ecosystem to be stepped up if they are to continue to render services to the country.

 

NCF and Total sign MoU on environment conservation

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 15:20

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Total E&P Nigeria Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding to conserve and improve the Nigerian environment. The event took place on Friday, 5th July 2019 at Total’s corporate office in Lagos. 

The partnership will serve to develop and implement activities such as the establishment of a conservation center in Abuja, afforestation programme, biodiversity management, Forest Elephant Alive Campaign, Green Recovery Nigeria Initiative among others. These activities are in line with Total Group’s Foundation priority area under “Forests & Climate”. 

The MoU was signed by Engineer Ahmadu-Kida Musa, Deputy Managing Director, Deep Water District, Total E&P Nigeria Limited and Alhaji Ahmed Joda, Trustee, Nigerian Conservation Foundation. 

 

Following the signature of the MoU, Engr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa thanked the NCF team and remarked: “Though we are starting this partnership with a three-year phase, it is my hope that it would last beyond our lifetime, more so that Total has a Foundation that is interested in the protection of the environment. We will ensure our footprint is visible so that our environment is conserved for us and our children.”

 

While responding, Alhaji Ahmed Joda stated: “I love the environment and that is why I am part of NCF to protect our inheritance. I am happy that there are companies like Total that are committed to the preservation of the environment and I look forward to more than three years partnership as it is our responsibility to look into the future.”

 

NCF Council member, Dame Marie Fatayi-Williams; Director-General of NCF, Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano and a management staff, Mr. Ayodele Alamu, witnessed the signing while Executive Director, Deep Water District, Joel Hervochon; Executive General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Engr. Vincent Nnadi; EGM Operations Support Services, Mr. Alex Aghedo; GM Legal Services, Barr. Yakubu Belgore; GM HSE at the district, Mr. Ajukwura Wokomah were among Total’s senior management that witnessed the event.

The Implementation Committee has been inaugurated with a site survey done on a project in Abuja.

 

NCF is the foremost environmental non-governmental organisation in Nigeria established in 1982 and partners with international environmental organisations such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Birdlife International. 

 

Total is a major energy player, which produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. The company is committed to better energy that is safer, more affordable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. 

 

 

NCF Hosts World Population Day

Thursday, 04 July 2019 13:33

 

 

 

 The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), in collaboration with Population Matters, a UK-based charity and with support from the Lagos State Government hosts the World Population Day event, tagged ‘Population and Sustainability in Nigeria and beyond'.

 

It is our belief that unsustainable population is a global problem which must be addressed in both developed world countries, where population growth may be low but consumption and global environmental impact are high, and in countries of the Global South where the global impact is low but population growth may be high. Therefore, the campaign is to achieve a sustainable human population, to protect the natural world and improve people’s lives.

 

The aim of this event is to create awareness and generate public discussion that will address both global population and the impacts of growth in Nigeria; interfacing with stakeholders in examining local solutions; examining how Nigeria can contribute towards international policy initiatives to address unsustainable population.

 

According to the United Nations, by 2050 the global population will be 9.7bn and the Nigerian population more than 400m. By the middle of the century, Nigeria will overtake the US as the world’s third most populous country. These figures are the UN’s main, medium variant, projections. With 95% certainty, it projects a global population in the range between 9.4 and 10.1 billion in 2050, and between 9.4 and 12.7 billion in 2100 (with a medium projection of 10.9bn).

 

However, if global fertility rates differ by half-a-child per woman than the medium projection, the global population will be significantly different. With half-a-child less, there would be 8.9 bn by 2050 and decline to 7.3 bn people by 2100 – a smaller population than today. Conversely, with half-a-child more than the median projection, there would be 10.6 bn by 2050 and as many as 15.6 bn by 2100. The future population is thus extremely dependent on the actions taken to address fertility and these projections should not be taken as predictions.

 

The event will be taking place on Thursday, 11th July 2019 at Lekki Conservation Foundation at 9:00am.

 

Expected to speak at this maiden edition are His Excellency Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor; Barrister Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, Hon Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission; Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation; Mr. Robin Maynard, Director, Population Matters, UK; Mrs. Temitope Okunnu, CEO, Foundation for a Better Environment (FABE); Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of the Environment; and Mrs Flora Adamma Oni, Director Tourism, Lagos State Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

 

Others expected to be in attendance are students of Tertiary Institutions in Lagos, NCF corporate and individual members and the media. 

 

For further information, please visit https://populationmatters.org/world-population-day-2019-lagos.