NCF Staff trained on Bio-rights approach to conservation projects




NCF Staff being trained on Bio-rights approach to conservation projects

A one-day training on “Bio-rights Approach to Conservation” was organized for the technical staff of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. The training formed part of the capacity building component on the Sustainable Livelihoods and Biodiversity Project (SLBP) in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. The SLBP is being implemented in Nigeria by Wetlands International {Africa Office) in partnership with NCF and Living Earth Nigeria Foundation.


Bio-rights are an innovative financing mechanism for reconciling poverty alleviation and environmental conservation. By providing micro-credits for sustainable development, the approach enables local communities to refrain from unsustainable practices and be actively involved in environmental conservation and restoration.


Bio-rights offers a novel approach in which global stakeholders pay local communities to provide ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, fresh water supply and biodiversity. Thus, the approach unites the conservation and development aspirations of NGOs, governments, the private sector and local communities alike.

It ensures that micro-credits are converted into definitive payments upon successful delivery of conservation services at the end of a contracting period. 


Facilitated by Mr. Almoustapha Maiga of Wetlands International Office in Mali, the skills learned will be put to use by the technical staff especially field Officers on the SLBP and other projects of the Foundation.

According to Maiga, the Bio-rights financial mechanism was established by Wetlands International and Alterra (Wageningen University and Research Centre).

"The approach started as a small pilot scheme in coastal areas of central Java, Indonesia involving poor fishermen in mangrove restoration in return for development support. It was also successfully used in Mali.  Less than a decade later, Bio-rights have developed into a leading approach for reconciling conservation and development within Wetlands International’s major programmes".


Currently a range of other organizations, including conservation and development NGOs as well as micro-credit institutions have started implementing the approach. 







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