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…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation, (NCF) is collaborating with the Ogun State Ministry of Forestry to organize a one-week Field Training and Orientation Programme for newly recruited Park Rangers in the state starting from 3rd February to 9th February, 2019. The training holds at Omo Forest Reserve, Area J4, Ogun State. NCF has 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. With only 4% forest cover left in Nigeria, urgent actions are now required from government, private sector, communities and individuals to protect and sustainably manage what is left, while making reforestation an immediate priority. This dire situation warranted the collaboration between the Ogun State Government and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation to train and equip the newly recruited Park Rangers with the knowledge of sustainable management of the forest. Recently, NCF raised awareness on the drastic loss of the Nigerian rainforest at an annual rate of 400,000 hectares annually. The Ogun state government in its bid to achieve positive transformation in the forestry sector…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) holds the 17th edition of the annual Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture on Thursday, 17th January, 2019 at Bankers’ House, Victoria Island, Lagos. This year’s lecture with the theme “A Quiet Revolution – Faith and the Environment” will be delivered by Martin Palmer, Secretary General, Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), Bath, United Kingdom. Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture is an annual event organised by NCF in collaboration with the S.L. Edu Family and the support of Chevron Nigeria Limited aimed at bringing environmental issues to the fore of national discourse while articulating solutions. Speakers from diverse backgrounds ranging from academic, conservation, government, corporates and more have delivered lectures on environmental conservation, policies and other topical issues. Some of the topics and guest speakers in its 17-year history include: Environmental Management: Imperatives in Africa’s Sustainable Development – Prof. Charles Okidi, University of Kenya; Environmental Policy and Performance: a Sustainable Development Agenda for Nigeria – Chief (Dr.) Ernest Shonekan, former Head of Interim Government in Nigeria; Decline of Vultures: Consequences of Human Health and the Economy” - Ms. Amina Mohammed, former Minister of Environment, Nigeria, and currently Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. Among the…
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