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The Living on the Edge Project

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