The need to take practical action aiming at reducing sea level and save the environment has been reiterated by the environmentalists including children. According to the group of conservationists who gathered at the 2014 Fauna and Flora Fancy Dress Competitions in Lagos in continuation of the World Environment Day Celebration, it is very important to join the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and other groups' effort on climate change enlightenment campaign aiming at sensitizing Nigerians, particularly youth across the country and women in rural environment who are the most vulnerable groups to climate change and its attendant impact. With the theme “Raise your voice, not the sea level" some conservationists and students from different schools in Lagos gathered at the Lekki office of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation to celebrate the annual event. The theme of the year aimed at encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment in general and to discourage people from all actions and attitude that will increase the sea level. A speaker at the event, Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi said that the low-lying nature of much of the coastal parts of Nigeria due to its natural geological setting constitutes a natural threat to the Nigerian environment. Generally, rising to…
A new initiative to stimulate interest and generate positive responses towards nature conservation issues through the use of photography has been born. Tagged “The Urban Jungle”, the online photography competition is the first National Photography contest of its kind in Nigeria being organized by the foremost nature conservation organization, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) with the support of popular mall, SPAR. The initiative is embracing the technological age and effectiveness of social media hence, the competition is entirely run on the Facebook platform - https://www.facebook.com/urbanjunglenigeria According to the organizer, the competition is meant to engage as many members of the general public and create an opportunity for the appreciation of Nigeria’s natural environment and raw beauty. The online photo contests which started on May 1, is expected to continue till the end of November 2014. "Photos of the month will be announced on the 1st of every month. Top 7 pictures with most "like" will receive prizes each month. The winning entries will be determined through the number of “likes” from members of the public on the dedicated Facebook page. In November, the top ten finalists will be invited to attend the Annual NCF Dinner Dance & Awards where the…
A training workshop was held from 5th to 7th March 2014 to prepare participants for the birding activities and data collation of the Ibadan Bird Club (IBC). This training has become necessitated as parts of the efforts to introduce another volunteer-based bird conservation group in Ibadan,after the success of the Lekki Bird Club in Lagos. The training was largely field based and was held in University of Ibadan (UI) and International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Activities of the training workshop were in two parts; lecture presentation and field session. The lecture presentation took place on Day 1 (March 5th) at the Department of Wildlife & Ecotourism, UI and it exposed participants to birds generally, some birding tips/techniques and the concept of Citizen Science. The field sessions took place on Day 2 (March 6th) and Day 3 (March 7th) at Awba Dam, UI and Golf Course in IITA respectively. The practical sessions gave the trainees the opportunity to practise the bird identification, counting of birds and also recording of information learnt during the lecture presentation. Over 30 participants including students from UI and other Universities participated in this 3-day Training Workshop. Staffs from IITA including the Forest…
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…
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