Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in collaboration with the Cross River State Forestry Commission (CRSFC) has secured $65,000 from the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force’s Funds for the "Strengthening of Forest Carbon Assessment and Monitoring System for Cross River State, Nigeria". The goal of the project is to improve Forest Carbon Enhancement (FCA) and other low carbon emission pathways and monitoring in Cross River State in compliant with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) decisions. The Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) is a unique sub-national collaboration between 29 states and provinces from Brazil, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and the United States. The GCF seeks to advance jurisdictional programs designed to promote low emissions rural development and reduced emissions from deforestation and land use (REDD+) and link these activities with emerging greenhouse gas (GHG) compliance regimes and other pay-for-performance opportunities. The GCF focuses on all aspects of efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and establish lasting frameworks for low emissions development. It facilitates the exchange of experiences and lessons learned across leading states and provinces; synchronizes efforts across these jurisdictions to develop policies and programs that provide realistic pathways to forest-maintaining rural development;…
The trade in vultures and other raptors for traditional medicine and bush meat is likely to be contributing to the serious declines of these birds in West and Central Africa. A new study, published in the scientific journal Oryx, showed that 27% of 2,646 raptor carcasses on sale in markets throughout the region were threatened or near threatened species according to the IUCN Red List. In West Africa, 73% of raptors were traded in Nigeria and 21% in Benin, making these countries the regional hotspots for this largely illicit trade. “Raptor parts are sold as meat or for indigenous medicine to cure physical ailments such as migraines and epilepsy, or for clairvoyance" said Ralph Buij of Wageningen University and lead-author of the study. “Given the local extirpations of highly-valued vultures and other raptors in some countries, such as Nigeria, poachers and traders are increasingly crossing international borders to collect carcasses.” The study indicates that apart from vultures, other raptors that frequently scavenge such as migratory Black Kites and Marsh Harriers, are more commonly traded than their non-scavenging counterparts. The authors suggest this may be linked to the widespread use of poison to kill scavenging raptors for the trade. Darcy Ogada…
 The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), in partnership with its BirdLife International partner in UK, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSBP), has established a multi-stakeholder committee to address the alarming declines of migratory landbirds in Nigeria. The committee named "Nigerian National Committee on Migratory Landbirds" comprises representatives of Federal Ministry of Environment, A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, National Park Service, Nigerian Conservation Foundation and Leventis Foundation and is chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Ehi-Ebewele, a Director in the Federal Ministry of Environment. The committee will develop strategy and action plans towards the conservation of migratory landbirds in Nigeria through sustainable management of agricultural and natural resources, promoting policy solutions to relevant Ministries, State, Local Governments or Communities on issues concerning migratory landbirds, identifying research needs relating to migratory landbirds and supporting public awareness on migratory landbirds among others. At its first meeting held in Abuja, the committee pledged to work to reverse the decline in this group of birds by working with government and conservation experts around public awareness and education, policy advocacy and scientific research. “I believe this committee is a very timely intervention that will significantly support the conservation of these special birds, and will also support…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has signed an agreement with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on conservation and protection of biodiversity. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Director General of NCF, Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi and Deputy Director General, Partnerships and Capacity Development, IITA, Dr. Kenton Dashiell. The two organisations will be undertaking the following in the next five years: Exchange of scientific information and development of specific cooperative programs and projects, especially in the areas of Ornithological Bird Monitoring; Forest Restoration/Reforestation. Seed collection of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red-List trees. Propagation and ex-situ conservation of ‘at risk’ plant species, especially trees. Vegetation surveys & assessments. Development of joint funding proposals. Participatory management of IITA Forest Reserve for conservation of threatened species among others. The terms of the partnership between the two organizations also cover regular exchange of ideas and capacity building for staff in the areas of integrated forest management and protection of endangered species (both plants and animals). For several years, the IITA Forest Project and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) have been collaborating on Schools Conservation Clubs in the Ibadan-Ilesa-Osogbo area, and on bird monitoring as required by the…
The African Parks in conjunction with the Rwandan Development Board has successfully ` translocated seven Lions from South Africa into Akagera National Park in Rwanda. The Lions arrived safely late on Tuesday night. They were immediately released into a specially erected 1,000m² boma in the park, the perimeter of which includes a three-metre high, chain-linked electrified fence. The two males and five females are being quarantined in the boma for a minimum of 14 days, after which they will be released into the wilderness of the park. Click here to read more.
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