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Projects (10)

Omo-Oluwa-Shasha Forest Reserves

Written by Wednesday, 21 August 2013 10:18

The Omo-Oluwa-Shasha Forest Reserves contain some of the last remaining forest in South-Western Nigeria. These have been found to be biologically unique but are threatened by logging, over-hunting and clearance for farmland.In 2007, British Gas (BG) funded the first phase of a program, implemented by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), to establish a protected area in these three reserves.This first phase aimed to establish whether areas of natural forest remained of sufficient size and value to be conservation areas and to make recommendations for conservation.

The NCF report found that:

  • 40% of the natural forest in the reserves still remains.
  • The Omo and Shasha forests are still connected, but Oluwa has become isolated from these.
  • Elephant and Chimpanzee are still present.

The report recommended that:

  • All logging, hunting, farming and human settlement in natural forest should be stopped.
  • Logging activity shasha forest reserve.
  • Logging truck on road inside Shasha Forest Reserve
  • Two protected areas should be established – one comprising of Western Omo/Shasha and another comprising of Oluwa.
  • The area connecting the Omo and Shasha forests near Etemi should be allowed to regenerate.
  • Management plans should be drawn up for the forest surrounding the new protected areas.

South East Regional Projects

Written by Monday, 19 August 2013 13:15

 

 

 


The South East Regional Office is located in Calabar, Cross River state. The Office Manage two major projects in the Northern parts of Cross River State with financial support of Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and Leventis Foundation. The Regional Office focused on Biodiversity conservation and Protection. The Regional Office also engaged local forest communities in Forest Management and improvement of livelihood opportunities.


Becheve Nature Reserve (BNR)

Located on the Obudu Plateau in Cross Rivers State, the· Project is supported by the Leventis Foundation. Through NCF participation in Cross River Environmental NGO coalition (ENGO) led by OneSky, a Canadian NGO, BNR received some financial and technical support between 2002 and 2005 as a demonstration project of the coalition. BNR is owned by the local community but is managed by NCF through her South East Regional Office in Calabar.

At BNR, NCF has carried out field activities on the Obudu Plateau and has contributed to building the skills of staff in project administration and financial management. BNR is designed and managed as an urban park with nature trails, directional signs and a tree house which is a unique feature of the Reserve. As part of the ecotourism initiative of the Cross Rivers State Government (CRSG), Becheve was selected as one of the tourist sites in the State. In 2006, the CRSG erected a canopy walkway in the Reserve for tourists and visitors' use.

The NCF's management strategy gives priority to natural history interpretation, where staff guide and interpret nature to visitors. Apart from just managing the Reserve, the project has been able to improve the water supplies of the surrounding communities. This project has run for 11 years.


Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary Conservation Project

The Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary is located within the rugged terrains of the Afi Forest Reserve in Cross River State of Nigeria. It was established in 1999 by the CRSG to protect the ecological integrity of the larger Afi/Mbe Okwangwo Forest Complex.

The Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary Conservation Project was initiated in 2004 by the Afi Partnership, a coalition of concerned Government and Non-governmental groups with keen interest on the conservation of the flora and fauna of the Afi forest. The Afi Partnership consists of Cross River State Forestry Commission, NCF, FFI, WCS and Pandrillus. The Partnership at beginning of the Project implementation appointed NCF as the managing agency in collaboration with the CRSG. However, the Project is funded directly by FFI.
 
This project focuses mainly on the conservation of forests with special attention on primates' population within the sanctuary. The Project's priorities include research, biodiversity monitoring, patrolling and surveillance for protection, community relations and environmental education and awareness.
 
The project encourages community participation in forestry management. One of its main scientific research efforts has been centred on the Cross River Gorilla. The project is supervised directly by NCF Regional Office in Calabar and has run for two years.

 

 

 

Osse River Park – Ondo

Written by Monday, 12 August 2013 11:24

Osse River Park, formerly know as Ifon Forest Reserve is located in Ondo state, South Western Nigeria. Established through Government a Government Gazette No.2 of 4/1/1951 particularly for the protection of Wild Game. The Park covers an area of about 282.35km2 lying between 60 54’ & 70 14’ N and 50 43’ & 50 54’ E as a remnant of the previously contiguous forest bloc in the defunct Western Region of Nigeria. It is bounded on the West and south by Akure Benin Express Road; on the North West by Ipele-Idoani Expressway and on the East by River Osse and Asaboro Rubber Plantation. The Park is strategically located and is accessible from any part of Nigeria, about 20km from Owo, 80km from Akure, 6km from Ifon and about 80km from Benin City. About five and four hours drive from Abuja and Lagos respectively.

Why Conserve Osse River Park?
 
Osse river Park is rich in biodiversity and high in species endemism. Thus, Osse river Park is a hoe to many wildlife species recognised by many international treaties and conventions such as the Convention on trade in Endangered Species (CITIES).

Some of these species include the African Forest elephant, the Nigerian Chimpanzee, White Throated Guenon, the endemic and endangered Ibadan Malimbe as well as the African Grey Parrot, which is restricted to forest in West Africa.

The Park is also richly endowed with an array of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) of great economic values which can significantly be exploited as alternative livelihood sources to reduce pressures on forest products and associated wildlife.

Boosted by remarkable geographical cultural, historical and aesthetic attributes, the Park is a potential pearl of ecotourism in the world. Well drained mainly by River Osse and Uwesse and their tributaries and the Park offers opportunities for recreational activities such as nature watching, sport fishing, rapid boating, picnicking,  touring, wilderness experience and primitive camping.

The main natural vegetation are low land rain forest interspersed with savanna mosaic and the Riverside Forest along the river courses with multiple landscapes patches and high biodiversity. Exotic species of birds are abundant to attract Bird Watchers, Researchers and Primitive campers.

Omo-Oluwa-Shasha Forest Reserve

Written by Monday, 12 August 2013 11:22

The Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest Reserves contain some of the last remaining forest in South-Western Nigeria. These have been found to be biologically unique but are threatened by logging, over-hunting and clearance for farmland.In 2007, British Gas (BG) funded the first phase of a program, implemented by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), to establish a protected area in these three reserves.This first phase aimed to establish whether areas of natural forest remained of sufficient size and value to be conservation areas and to make recommendations for conservation.

The NCF report found that:

  • 40% of the natural forest in the reserves still remains.
  • The Omo and Shasha forests are still connected, but Oluwa has become isolated from these.
  • Elephant and Chimpanzee are still present.

 

The report recommended that:

  • All logging, hunting, farming and human settlement in natural forest should be stopped.
  • Logging activity shasha forest reserve.
  • Logging truck on road inside Shasha Forest Reserve
  • Two protected areas should be established – one comprising of Western Omo/Shasha and another comprising of Oluwa.
  • The area connecting the Omo and Shasha forests near Etemi should be allowed to regenerate.
  • Management plans should be drawn up for the forest surrounding the new protected areas.

 

Wings Over Wetlands – Hadejia-Nguru

Written by Monday, 12 August 2013 11:19

The Hadejia Nguru Wetlands (HNWs) in Yobe State, are of great international significance to Palaearctic and Afro tropical migratory water birds, with counts of up to 423,166 water birds of 68 species.

The Hadejia Nguru Wetlands (HNWs) are located in the Sahel zone of north-eastern Nigeria. The area is floodplain wetland comprising permanent water bodies and seasonally flooded areas.

About 40% of the wetlands remain wet throughout the year, resulting in mats of Echinochloa, Nymphae, Limnophyton and Typha (now extensive: over 200sqkm, compared to 550ha in 1999) species at such sites, which constitute important feeding grounds for waterfowl; Mitragyna, Doum palm (Hyphaene thebaica), and Tamarinds (Tamarindus indica) are dominant among the larger plants of the area.

The area supports about 1.5 million farmers, herders and fishermen, who also gather wild products. Flood rice, irrigated onions and pepper from the wetlands are sold in national markets. Over 300,000 cattle spend the peak of the dry season here. About 6% of Nigeria’s inland fresh water fish catch is from here.

Biodiversity Action Plan - Edo

Written by Monday, 12 August 2013 11:14

"Strengthening Governance for Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood support in the Niger Delta"


INTRODUCTION

The Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), funded by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is a pilot participatory natural resources management project and livelihood support programme for communities around Urhonigbe and Gele Gele Forest Reserves in Edo State. The Project implementation began in 2007. BAP focuses on Forest Regeneration, Livelihood Enterprise Development and Community Based Governance for Natural Resources Management.

LIVELIHOOD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

The livelihood component of the BAP Project seeks to empower support zone communities through agro-based small-scale business enterprises.

1.Poultry Enterprise

Poultry Enterprise Development Project (PEDP) scheme. One hundred and fifty beneficiaries from twenty three communities in Uhronigbe wree trained on Poultry farming under the Poultry Enterprise Development Project (PEDP) scheme. Two thousand three hundred chicks, two hundred and thirty bags of growers marsh and two hundred and thirty packets of drugs, all valued at about two million five hundred thousand naira (#2.5M) were distributed to the communities to start poultry business.

2.Micro-Credit Scheme

One hundred people from ten communities in Gele-Gele and Uhronigbe benefited from small scale enterprise development micro-credit scheme. BAP Project has committed over five million naira (#5m) to the scheme beside training workshops for the beneficiaries.

3.Commercial Tree Scheme and improved Cassava Stem

Distributed improved Cassava stem.Five thousand economic tree seedlings including giant star apple, Irvingia guinessis were distributed to farmers in Uhronigbe and Gele-Gele surrounding communities. Pine apple orchards were also established in Kolokolo, Ajmimogba and Abiala II. BAP Project in collaboration wit the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) also distributed improved Cassava stem to two thousand five hundred farmers in both Forest Reserves to increase yield and improve the quality of Cassava products.

4.Distribution of Mobile Cassava Graters

Individuals whose communities are higher producers of Cassava were given mobile cassava graters through the small-scale business loan scheme.

GOVERNANCE FOR NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

The governance structure of the Project was designed to build communities’ local capacity to take over the management of the forest reserves. This structure also has the institutional support of the Edo State Biodiversity Law which has enacted through the efforts of BAP Project.

The Project established the Forest Management Committee (FMC) and the Grassroots Consultative Committee (GCC) in the thirty six communities of the two Forest Reserves. The FMC comprises of eight man committee which includes the community head, head farmer, youth, men and women leader in each community around the Forest Reserves.

FOREST CONSERVATION AND REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES

Biodiversity Survey

The baseline survey showed Uhronigbe Forest Reserve having eleven Mammals and forty one birds, while Gele-Gele Forest Reserve shelters a number of ungulates, primates, rodents, reptiles, several Birds belonging to forty six species. Some identified threats include deforestation, uncontrolled subsistence farming, illegal hunting, wild fires and over grazing.

Delineation of the Conservation Zones

The demarcation process in Uhronigbe Forest Reserve led to the total protection of the remaining secondary forest in Permanent Sample Plot (PSP) 82, (size 6ha) and Strict Nature Reserve (SNR) size 300ha.

Gele-Gele Forest Reserve which covers and area of about 36,300 hectares and drained by a dense network of rivers was also demarcated into core conservation and buffer zones. The Reserve has mosaic vegetation ranging from Mangrove and fresh water swamp to tropical rainforest and secondary forests re-growth.

Forest Rehabilitation and Nursery Establishment

The project launched a forest rehabilitation programme to rebuild the carbon stock of UFR, most particularly given the current global implication of climate change and to mitigate identified threats. The project established a nursery for tree seedling production in Ugo in 2007. It was initially supported by the Edo state Government by the donation of 30, 000 exotic seedlings.The nursery has produced over 50,000 indigenous seedlings. A total of 12.1km perimeter boundary and over 16ha of buffer zone around the SNR have been planted. The indigenous species planted include Khaya grandifolia (Red Mhogany), Khaya senegalensis (White mahogany), Terminalia ivorensis (Black afara) and Entandrophragma angolenses (Lagos wood).


Updates coming soon!

 

Finima Nature Park

Written by Monday, 12 August 2013 10:33

Established by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) in 2001,  the Finima Nature Park came from a consensus by the communities of Finima and Bonny in Rivers State, South - South, Nigeria to protect the forests for its integrity, its biodiversity and the normal functioning of the natural environment to provide and protect the human settlements.

The 1000 hectares  Park provides a golden opportunity to show genuine commitment of the people of the Niger Delta to contribute to environmental protection for the benefit of not only the indigenes of the area but as a place of pride for the people of the Niger Delta and Nigeria at large. It add value to biodiversity and enhance opportunities for sound environmental management and promote environmental education and research. 

In the beginning,  the Niger Delta Wetland Centre (NDWC) laid the foundation for the management of Finima Nature Park by developing Park infrastructures and set up its  management system.

In 2011, The Nigerian Conservation Foundation succeeded the NDWC to consolidate the efforts of NDWC and rebuild new frontiers for conservation, build stronger community institutionalisation and inject renewed energy on research, biodiversity protection and public education.

Major Activities of the Park

  • Tree nursery and vegetable garden established and managed for the benefits of the Finima Community – The Park will produce fruit tree seedlings in 2012/2013 session
  • School Conservation Club Activities is being reviewed – NCF Education team is developing outreach activities and liaise with school conservation club activities
  • Protection of the Biodiversity of the Reserve is a major priority – We shall continue to seek continuous support of the community for the protection of the rich fauna and flora of the Park
  • Community support and participation is of paramount importance to the Park management – We will seek opportunities for progress on the process of institutionalisation and active community participation
  • Outreach and public awareness  through events, seminars, workshops and training
  • Research and biodiversity monitoring is another priority agenda of the Park management


For further enquiries and information, please visit us today at

Finima Nature Park,
First Walkway front office,
Opposite NLNG Residential Area
Finima Bonny Islnad, Lagos

Or  Contact

The Executive Director
Nigerian Conservation Foundation NCF
Km 19 Lagos – Epe Express way, Lagos
Nigeria
P. Box 74638, Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria
Telephone: +234-1-8160091
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The Living on the Edge Project

Written by Monday, 12 August 2013 10:30

Background information

Living on the Edge Project LOTE is an initiative designed  to improve livelihood and habitats for migratory birds in the Sahel areas of four countries  in West Africa, namely Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mauritania. The project is funded by the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij, an independent lottery that set aside two-third of its profits for charities in the fields of development, education and nature conservation .Vogelbescherming Nederland is the beneficiary of the grant and has gone into contractual partnership with Birdlife International and its other NGO partners in the mentioned countries to implement the activities agreed to be conducted under this auspicious for a period of four years.

Mission and objectives of the project

It is apparent that the Sahel ecosystem supports large number of migratory birds. In which every year, some five billion birds make the crossing from Europe to Africa for the winter, and back. The phenomenon, in this context, has shown clearly that the Sahel is as an essential zone in this flyway and hence requires attention. It is obviously for this purpose that the project was initiated and target to conduct a site-based projects in the mentioned countries so as to restore and conserve natural dry land and wetland habitats and improve peoples’ livelihoods. These site-based projects have three main aims:

  1. To make a difference for birds and their habitat on the ground;
  2. Empower people for sustainable use of natural resources and improve livelihoods;
  3. To act as ‘field experiments’, i.e. to learn from successes and failures and extract best practices for combined resource management and conservation in the Sahel;

In Nigeria, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) through its field office located in Nguru  the North-Eastern part of the country is currently implementing the project activities in seven sites:

For further information please contact:

The Executive Director or National Project Coordinator
Nigerian Conservation Foundation NCF
Km 19 Lagos – Epe Express way, Lagos
Nigeria
P. Box 74638, Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria
Tel:+234-12642498,4718693,8923717,8160091,4746375
Fax: +23412642497
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Or Project Manager

NCF-Living on the Edge Project
PO Box 14 Nguru Yobe State
Tel:+234-12642498,+2348036111821
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Funded by: Nationale Postcode Loterij