The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual event used to raise awareness on bird migration and the importance of protecting the flyways and habitats utilized by birds while they are migrating. Migration is a regular and seasonal movement of birds between their breeding sites and their wintering sites. The North to the Southern ends of Nigeria always host these wintering birds, thus, in addition to raising awareness for protecting habitats for resident birds, we must also do same for these migrants. This year’s theme, “UNIFYING OUR VOICES FOR BIRD CONSERVATION”, is a clarion call to action for all to participate in bird conservation. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), the BirdLife International Partner in Nigeria, will be celebrating this event in Omo Forest Reserve, Ogun State, South-west Nigeria. Omo Forest was chosen because it is an internationally recognised Important Bird Area (IBA) and also because NCF has selected it as a pilot site for the common bird monitoring scheme which will begin soon. It is also habitat to some European migrants like the Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) and the Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica). The event will hold from the 10th to 11th of May 2018 and feature activities such…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is pleased to invite schools to participate in this year’s globally celebrated World Environment Day (WED). WED is an environmental awareness programme aimed at promoting environmental education, ingenuity, teamwork and general environmental friendliness among children and youths. The theme for this year’s WED is Beat Plastic Pollution. Plastic pollution involves the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans; hence the theme urges all stakeholders – producers and consumers as well as policy makers to jointly explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastics polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health. Your school can participate in one or all the categories. Kindly complete the form for the competition and return to us on or before Friday 5thth May, 2018. Participation forms submitted after this date will not be processed. Rules for the 2018 World Environment Day Competition The event will be celebrated in form of an inter-school competition. There would be arts/crafts exhibition where students’ groups will showcase art works/crafts made with plastics, thereby showcasing their talents and creative instincts. Each group will comprise of 5 pupils/students. Participants will…
Introduction: Plastics are derived and manufactured from higher density hydrocarbons. They are tough and are not degradable when disposed, potentially present in an ecosystem for between 500 – 1,000 years! With increases in human population and commercial activities over the last century, we have also witnessed a tremendous increase in the quantity and use of plastics as shopping and gift bags, carriers for drinks and water, insulation materials and general packaging of merchandise. In Nigeria however, the most environmentally damaging and unsustainable use of plastics is in the commercial sector where plastics are used as wrapping/shopping bags and as carriers for water in this case commonly known as pure/sachet water. UNEP (2017). Global plastics data. Many bags drift into the ocean, strangling turtles, suffocating seabirds and filling the stomachs of dolphins and whales with waste until they die of starvation. Habib El-Habr, an expert on marine litter working with the UN Environment Programme in Kenya, outraged by the development commented as follows: “If we continue like this, by 2050, we will have more plastic in the ocean than fish.” What are the issues?: The indiscriminate and poor disposal of such used plastics are fraught with numerous environmental consequences which include;…
Who can better manage the forest than those living in it? Community forest contributes to the sustainable livelihoods of millions of rural people living in developing nations. Thus community involvement has the potential to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and provide more co-benefits from REDD+ project. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), through support from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and Global Environment Facility, Small Grant Programme (GEF- SGP) is re-defining forest management, conservation of landscape and rural livelihoods in selected forest-edge communities (Ebok, Kabakken and Ebranta) in Boje, Boki Local Government Area of Cross Rivers Sate. In 2017, NCF, with the support of GEF-SGP set up the Community-Based REDD+ programme (CBR+) to promote activities that boost poverty eradication, promotion of improved crop varieties and yields, gender empowerment, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Through this funding, Ebok, Kabakken and Ebranta communities cultivated two acres of land respectively with improved cassava stem cuttings, set-up cassava processing mills, cultivation and domestication of Afang Gnetum africanum by community members and harvesting of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) - bush mango Irvingia gabonensis as part of efforts to reduce forest loss through improved agricultural practices. Proceeds of the harvest were shared…
The global celebration of forests provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us. In Nigeria, less than 5% of the total land area is afforested, yet, even the sparse forest remainders are under threat with land use pressures (agriculture, infrastructure, housing and resources-harvesting) a critical driver of deforestation. Unfortunately, there is an under-appreciation of forests by governments at all level in Nigeria not just for their important ecosystem functions but even for human survival and sustainability as carbon sinks and oxygen pool, together with the numerous other benefits they offer. Key Messages for the society: Forests and trees store carbon, which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change in and around urban areas. Trees also improve the local climate, helping to save energy used for heating by 20-50%. Strategic placement of trees in urban areas can cool the air by up to 8 degrees Celsius, reducing air conditioning needs by 30%. Urban trees are excellent air filters, removing harmful pollutants in the air and fine particulates. Trees reduce noise pollution, as they shield homes from nearby roads and industrial areas. Local…
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