Submission for the 2019 NCF/AMB. Aduke Alakija Memorial Environmental Art & Essay Competition has commenced. The theme for this year’s competition is “Save the tree, Save the Earth". The competition is open to participants within the following categories: 5-7 years, 8-11 years, 12-14 years and 15-18 years. Anyone between 5-18 years of age in full-time education is eligible to participate in the art competition, while the essay competition is open to anyone between 12-18 years of age in full-time education. The deadline for entries submission is Friday 31st January 2020. Click here to download the guidelines and submission location in your geopolitical zone. For more information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /09027509511.
Globally, the loss of biodiversity is on the increase with devastating consequences and not enough is being done to stem the tide. The private sector plays a critical role in determining how biodiversity is used and conserved therefore the sector serves as a major stakeholder in biodiversity conservation. Business products, practices, supply chains, and business models can have a major impact on critical areas of biodiversity conservation. Further, it has been shown that there are clear benefits to businesses in improving environmental performance. In Nigeria, the need to have the private sector involved in the protection and conservation of nature cannot be overemphasised. Currently, Nigeria ranks as one of the countries with the highest rate of deforestation with 350,000 to 400,000 hectares lost annually. The loss of such habitat is not only detrimental to the well-being of species, but to people and businesses. The private economic sectors of the country – Mining, Agriculture, Fishing, Finance and Banking, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, etc; all depend either directly or indirectly on nature or the services provided by nature which therefore makes business sense for the private sector to invest in the conservation and protection of the ecosystem. Several companies in the…
Nigerian Conservation Foundation commemorated the 2019 Spring Alive Campaign on Thursday, 14th November, 2019 at Alpha Beach and Lekki Conservation Centre. The goal of Spring Alive Campaign in Africa is to help children, friends, families and teachers to understand the need for international conservation for migratory species. Other objectives include getting these individuals to engage with, and take action for birds and nature. It also encourages the general public to become more involved with nature conservation in their communities. Earlier on the day, NCF team in company of bird lovers proceeded to Alpha Beach, Lekki for bird watching and beach clean-up exercise. Though no migratory bird was recorded, some resident birds recorded include Speckled Pigeon, Cattle Egret, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, Swallow, Village Weaver and the Laughing Dove. Dr. Joseph Onoja, Director Technical Programmes while addressing the bird watchers revealed that birds are indicators of the condition of an environment. He said: “When you observe that birds are suddenly disappearing from an environment or dying, it shows that the air in the environment may have been polluted and not safe for humans.” Later in the day, the Art and Craft Session held at Lekki Conservation Centre and was facilitated by Mr.…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, re-examined the menace of single-use plastic at the 12th edition of the annual “Walk for Nature”, with the theme: ‘Plastic Pollution: The Enemy of Our Development Agenda’. The 3.5km march through Inner and Outer Marina had over 600 participants donning t-shirts bearing the theme of the event. The procession was led by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Environmental Services, Mrs Belinda Odeneye and the Chairman National Executive Council of NCF Chief Ede Dafinone. The Commissioner, in his keynote address revealed that although plastic has many valuable uses, people have become addicted to single-use such as straws, Styrofoam etc. he said “Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year.” He added: “The mounting pressure on nature’s resources, dwindling wildlife, rising world population, due to pollution, particularly plastic arising from anthropogenic activities, has made a shift in attitude towards the environment a necessity. The rich ecosystem in Lagos State, which is home…
In a bid to spread its activities across the entire country for even and maximum impact, the foremost conservation and biodiversity management organization in Nigeria, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has embarked on building partnership with the South East Governments. “We have not made significant inroads into the Southeast geopolitical zone of the country over all these years for factors that cannot easily be adduced” said Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, the Director-General of the membership non-governmental organization. “The region is bedeviled as many other parts of the country by environmental challenges especially soil and gully erosion, poor drainages and waste management challenges and NCF is willing to partner with the governments and people of the region including the private sector to begin to turnaround the situation.” It is against this backdrop that Mr. Paddy Ezeala, NCF’s Communication Advisor, led a team to Awka a few days ago to meet with representatives of the Anambra State Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Beautification Government to discuss common grounds and areas of possible collaboration and partnership. The Anambra State Government was represented by Dr. Emmanuel Okafor, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Chief Chido Obidiegwu, Managing Director, Clear Drainage & Forest Preservation Agency; and other…
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