The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, with the collaboration of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, NCF, are exerting more energy in the effort to train trainers, who are coordinators of various Schools Conservation Clubs (SCCs) in the South west. Through its Forest Centre, FC, the IITA, organised a workshop in Ibadan where it gathered 23 SCC Coordinators from primary and secondary schools in Ekiti, Osun, and Oyo states for further learning process. In partnership with the NCF, the FC has set up 43 SCCs in the South west with funding from the US Consulate General Lagos and AG Leventis Foundation. The event aimed to instill in coordinators environmental conservation activities, which they will pass on to students, who are future leaders and nature ambassadors.
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation has called for stiffer penalties on deforestation and illegal trade in wildlife. In commemoration of the World Wildlife Day and ahead of the International Day of Forest, the Head, Environmental Education Unit of the NCF, Mrs Abidemi Balogun, said a lot more could still be done in the fight against illegal wildlife trade as well as forest preservations. A recent report by experts had said over 90 per cent of the country’s forest had been destroyed by human activities while illegal wildlife trade had been on the increase. According to Balogun, many people are not aware some of these animals are either threatened or endangered, and there is need for more awareness and proper sensitisation of the general public as well as the enforcement agencies. She said there should also be stringent rules and punishment for anyone caught in the act. Balogun, in an interview with The PUNCH, said some of the major issues affecting wildlife and forest in the country included poaching, over exploitation, bush burning which destroyed wildlife habitat, weak forest policy and implementation, and illegal cutting of trees.
The Senior Conservation Manager and head of NCF - Abuja office, Mohammed Garba Boyi made the call at an interactive session that was organized to raise awareness on the need to conserve wetlands and other important species like vultures at Nguru Yobe State. Boyi outlined that wetlands are natural solution to climate change, but we still need species like Egyptian Vulture to clean up some unwanted items like carcasses/ dead animals that are sometimes disposed in such important ecosystem, so that they can function properly and render the expected, provisioning, educational, recreational and cultural services effectively. The representative of the Chairman, Nguru Local Government Council, Alhaji Isa assured participants at the occasion that, as an organ of government that is very close to the local communities and operating at grassroot level, they will embark on intensive sensitization so as to see this important conservation message reach the concern stakeholders especially the local people. “It is actually our duty to spread/take this message to the local stakeholders” he said. The Chairman of NCF promoters group in Yobe State, Alhaji Ladan Galadima said he was delighted by this intervention, initiated by NCF to salvage our wetlands and iconic species like the Egyptian…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Pangolin Conservation Working Group of Nigeria (PCWGN) commemorate World Pangolin Day 2019 on Wednesday, 13th February, 2019 at the Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki, Lagos with the theme “Pangolin and Politics”. The Founder of Pangolin Conservation Organisation, USA, Mr. Justin Miller was the guest speaker, while the Chairperson of PCWGN, Dr. Olajumoke Morenikeji was the keynote speaker. There was on-the-spot drawing and painting contest on pangolin and nature among the primary school pupils. Yahyala Goje of Royal Treasure Junior School emerged as the winner, while Power Emmanuel and Emmanuel Emanuel of Maria Breed Academy were the first and second runners up. In attendance also were, Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Federal Operations unit, Ikeja, Mr. Sule Mutalib, NCF NEC members, Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi and Arc. Ayoola Onajide, CEO Fabe Int’l, Temitope Okunnnu. The chief host of the event, Director General of NCF gave an opening speech. Event was attended by stakeholders, students and NCF members.
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation, (NCF) in collaboration with the Ogun State Ministry of Forestry organized a one-week Field Training and Orientation Programme for newly recruited 86 Park Rangers in the state from 3rd February to 9th February, 2019. The training held at Omo Forest Reserve, Area J4, Ogun State. NCF engaged Mr. Blessingtone Chando Maghanga from the Kenya Forest Service to facilitate the training. Maghanga is currently the Station Manager, Buda Forest Station- Kwale County. He has degrees in forest management and well experienced for over 2 decades in nature conservation and forest resources management. Other facilitators include, Mr. Dolapo Odulana, Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry, Dr. Joseph Onoja, Director, Technical Programmes, NCF and OMO Forest Manager.
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Birdlife International is organising a two-day workshop for Non-Governmental Organisations across the West African region in Abuja on 6th and 7th February, 2019. The theme of the workshop is ''Conservation-collaboration beyond National boundaries in the sub-region''. The West African region is endowed with rich biodiversity populated by numerous species of flora and fauna. Unfortunately, this unique range of biodiversity are now amongst the world’s most threatened, due to illegal poaching and harvesting of parts or whole species, habitat degradation, poorly planned infrastructural, agricultural and urban settlement development. A valuable mitigating factor to West African disappearing biodiversity is the lack of a platform for cross-border information exchange to develop common strategies and policies for biodiversity conservation. This has been identified as a major setback. It is expected that this maiden workshop will provide a stronger platform for regional co-operation amongst Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and ensure that humans will live “in harmony with nature”. The participating NGOs across the sub-region are Naturama – Burkina Faso; SOS Forests – Cote d’Ivoire; Ghana Wildlife Society (GWS); Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL); Conservation…
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