Oando Foundation (OF), an independent charity, has initiated a project to promote environmental education and sustainable action for pupils in target schools and host communities in Lagos State with support from Sumitomo Chemical, a Japanese Chemical Company. Sumitomo Chemical, Japan is the co-funding partner, while the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is the implementing technical partner on the project. The project, tagged ‘Clean Our World’ (COW), aims to promote environmental education and responsibility by creating awareness and empowering children and teachers in 7 public primary schools and their host communities with the knowledge of plastic recycling and waste management, whilst encouraging the adoption of eco-conscious lifestyles. Benefitting schools and communities include: Dele Ajomale Schools Complex (I–IV) Ilasamaja, Metropolitan Primary School, Orile-Iganmu, Olisa Primary School and Methodist Primary School, Mushin. It is estimated that Nigeria generates over 32 million tons of solid waste annually of which > 30% is plastic. There is increased flooding across cities during the rainy season due to clogged drainage systems, directly attributable to poor waste disposal techniques. Education is an essential element of the global response to environmental sustainability. It helps young people understand and address environmental issues, encourages changes in their attitudes and behaviour, and helps…
Actor and comedian, Kunle Idowu (popularly known as Frank Donga), health coach and co-host of the popular morning show on TVC, Mariam Longe and musician, Tito Da Fire were unveiled as ambassadors for the Nigerian Conservation Foundation Save the Vulture Campaign. Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General of NCF in his welcome address, acknowledged the Ambassadors for the willingness and enthusiasm shown in partnering with the Foundation. He revealed that humans are fighting nature and nature is fighting back. According to him, “The fight could be suicidal because nature will win. The fight against nature is a fight against species, vultures being one”. He went further to debunk myths surrounding the vultures and urged all to come together to save the remaining vulture species from going into extinction. Dr. Joseph Onoja, Director Technical Program, in his presentation showed that six out of eleven vulture species in Africa are on the brink of extinction. He said, “Market surveys revealed that the major cause of vulture decline in Nigeria is the use for traditional medicine. Other causes are poisoning, extraction of eggs from nests; habitat degradation from indiscriminate logging which reduces nest sites for vultures; poor perception of vultures as harbinger of ill…
The 13th edition of the annual Walk for Nature scheduled to hold in October has been postponed. This year’s event with the theme “Conserve Biodiversity, Sustain Humanity” was billed to hold in Ikeja, Surulere and Ikoyi/Obalende LGA’s. The Walk for Nature is a collaboration between Lagos State Government (LASG) and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) aimed at raising awareness on varieties of contemporary environmental issues confronting Nigerians. The event demonstrates the importance of nature conservation, sustainable use of natural resources and environmental education through a public rally across designated routes. It equally features calls to action from representatives of NCF, LASG officials, sponsors and stakeholders. The keynote address was to be delivered by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu. A new date for the event will be announced.
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) promotes birds conservation through the commemoration of World Migratory Birds Day (WMBD) with the theme “Birds Connect our World”, held via a webinar on Saturday, 10th October, 2020. WMBD is an awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. The day is aimed at drawing attention to the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for national cooperation to conserve them. Dr. Joseph Onoja, Director of Technical Programmes, NCF revealed that WMBD offers ample opportunity on the need to raise awareness about migratory birds and the importance of having them around. He said, “bird watching is a great way to connect with nature. It is even therapeutic. Unlike in humans, the males of birds are more attractive than the females.” He believes that bird watching impacts hugely on the ecotourism of Kenya, Uganda, South Africa among other countries, therefore, if Nigeria would embrace and explore this revenue generating aspect of the environment, it will boost the ecotourism industry for the nation. “Maintenance of natural habitats is a major criterion for attracting more migratory birds into the country” He added. While espousing the theme of the…
Over 100 000 citizens demand the United Nations (UN) to recognise a new human right – the right to a healthy planet Citizens from around the world are demanding that the right to a clean, healthy environment is made a Universal Human Rights. Over 100 000 people have signed the petition. Right now, as the United Nations General Assembly is taking place, the UN’s Human Rights Council is meeting. This new human right was tabled at the Human Rights Council by five Member States. This is an important first step to resolutions in the Council and eventually the General Assembly. According to WHO, 23% of global deaths are linked to the damage and destruction of our natural environment, while hundreds of millions of people suffer from illnesses related to unhealthy and unnatural environments. Climate change directly results in more frequent and intense storms, droughts, wildfires and rising sea levels, which in turn threaten the lives of billions of people. The COVID-19 pandemic has its roots in habitat loss and illegal wildlife trade. This new human right can help ensure that the global green recovery the world needs to rebuild society following the pandemic takes both the biodiversity and the climate…
The Minister of the Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar during his working visit to the headquarters of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Lekki Conservation Centre commended the efforts of NCF in salvaging the environment and partnering with the Federal Government of Nigeria through her ministry in protecting and restoring the environment for the benefits of the people. He made this known in his statement while appreciating the Foundation for not only being heavy in terms of public awareness campaign and implementation of projects but also as a reliable partner in the environment sector over the years. Speaking further on the achievements of this present administration, he said “We have built and we are building numbers of recycling plants that will take used plastics, wash and make all kinds of things out of them. For example pallet, and this pallet will be used to make interlock, the interlock made from plastics will even last longer than the brick interlocks” He added that the present government has been able to move the forest cover of the nation from 4% to 6% and working towards restoring it to 25% as recommended globally The Minister shortly after his arrival, went on a guided tour of…
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