The Nigerian Conservation Foundation has concluded plan to vigorously pursue all actions aiming at returning Nigerian vegetation to 25 per cent cover. The Leadership of the Foundation working on 5 years strategic plan had concluded arrangements to ensure that efforts are put in place to engage all stakeholders on environmental issues in Nigeria towards ensuring that the 25 percent forest cover as recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is achievable. Led by its President, Chief Philip Asiodu, the Foundation's at its Council retreat recently resolved that it will devote more energy on advocacy and stakeholders engagement on the need to protect the remaining forest cover while supporting massive tree planting initiative throughout the country. NCF believes that improvement in vegetation cover will not only enhance livelihoods but promote Nigeria’s ecological integrity while ameliorating the impacts of climate change. According to chief Asiodu, the Foundation will continue to advocate for a sustained bolder programmes towards achieving 25 percent forest cover for our country beyond 2020. We will put more efforts on Forest Regeneration and Protection strategy with the aim of increasing our forest reserves from less than 5 percent now to 25 percent as recommended by the Food and…
A one-day training on “Bio-rights Approach to Conservation” was organized for the technical staff of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. The training formed part of the capacity building component on the Sustainable Livelihoods and Biodiversity Project (SLBP) in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. The SLBP is being implemented in Nigeria by Wetlands International {Africa Office) in partnership with NCF and Living Earth Nigeria Foundation. Bio-rights are an innovative financing mechanism for reconciling poverty alleviation and environmental conservation. By providing micro-credits for sustainable development, the approach enables local communities to refrain from unsustainable practices and be actively involved in environmental conservation and restoration. Bio-rights offers a novel approach in which global stakeholders pay local communities to provide ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, fresh water supply and biodiversity. Thus, the approach unites the conservation and development aspirations of NGOs, governments, the private sector and local communities alike. It ensures that micro-credits are converted into definitive payments upon successful delivery of conservation services at the end of a contracting period. Facilitated by Mr. Almoustapha Maiga of Wetlands International Office in Mali, the skills learned will be put to use by the technical staff especially field Officers…
Worried by the various challenges facing the National Park as a result of heavy poaching, habitat degradation, infrastructure decay as well as managerial and administrative constraints including weak human and technical capacity and poor funding among others, some nature conservationists and tourist investors have resolved to facilitate private partnership involvement in the Nigerian National Parks . To kick start the processes that will lead to the Private sector participation in National Parks in Nigeria, a two- day workshop was organized for stakeholders on 5th and 6th of February, 2014 in Lagos. Facilitated by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation with the support of T.Y Holdings, the workshop involved the management of the National Parks, representatives of African Parks and Wilderness Safari and other Nigerian based non-governmental organizations with the aim of: Reviewing the challenges and opportunities for private sector involvement in National Parks planning, management and development, Identification of best practices and institutional arrangements for private sector participation in National Parks and, developing action plans for private sector participation in National Parks, using some National Parks as entry points for action. The sponsor of the two-day workshop, General Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd) in his opening remarks said that his interest is to see…
Environmentalists have said that except the lack management of water resources in Nigeria is adequately addressed all efforts and progress made on poverty reduction targets and sustainable development will be jeopardized. Speaking at the 12th Chief Shafi Lawal Edu Memorial Lecture organized by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation in Lagos, a group of environmentalists decried the way water resources management is being handled by the Government as water affects almost all aspects of the economy, in particular health, food production and security; domestic water supply and sanitation; energy and industry; and environmental sustainability. Renowned climatology, Professor Olukayode Oladipo who was the guest lecturer at the annual lecture series, in his paper titled "climate resilient water resources management for poverty reduction in Nigeria" said that Water stress is already high in many parts of Nigeria, making improved management critical to ensuring sustainable development. According to him, water resources underpin our quality of life and our national economy. The sustainability of Nigeria’s economic growth and development will depend, among other things, on what happens to its water resources. Water is a key input to economic growth sectors and contributes to employment, job creation and gross domestic product (GDP), but, as demonstrated above, the…
Some corporate organisations have given their support to the 2013 Annual Dinner Dance and Fundraising of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation to support nature conservation in Nigeria which will be holding at the prestigious Lagos Oriental Hotel. Among the organisations that already made financial commitment towards the dinner and fundraising which is slated for Saturday 23rd November, 2013 includes Chevron Nigeria Limited, South Atlantic Petroleum and First Bank. The event promises to be an entertaining and fun filled evening in support of the battle to protect Nigerian environment from the ravages of anthropogenic induced degradation. According to the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, the guests who comprise crème de la crème of the society and environmental enthusiastists will be treated with first class musical entertainment by popular Sugar band. The event will be compeered by the renowned comedian, Alli Baba while valuable door prizes also awaiting the guests.
Nigerian Government has been admonished to not only be thinking of economic growth and forget other major pillars that make sustainable development holistic i.e. environmental stewardship and social inclusion - which cut across all sectors of development. The advice was given by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation at her 24th Annual General Meeting in Lagos. The President of the Foundation, Chief Philip Asiodu in his speech said that effort should be made to exploit all available options to get financial resources to generate sustainable development practices aimed at empowering people to adopt climate friendly survival options. He added that everyone should support the need to implement programmes and projects that are environmental friendly while boosting environmental awareness and education, advocating positive lifestyles and influencing policy for an ethical management of what we regard as free gifts of nature. "It is only by investing in nature that we can create a sustainable future for everyone". In his own remarks, the Chairman of the Foundation, Ambassador Hamzat Ahmadu, called on the government to incorporate the environmental education strategy which was developed long ago into the National Education Curriculum of Secondary Schools. "Environmental Education at the secondary school level will ensure that children, at…
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