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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. {gallery}Lions:::0:0{/gallery}
The African Parks in conjunction with the Rwandan Development Board has concluded arrangements to translocate seven lions from South Africa into Akagera National Park in Rwanda. The loin species will be reintroducing to the national park as part of effort to restore Rwanda National Parks to their former biodiversity splendour. Lions became extinct in Akagera 15 years ago when numbers of the species were poisoned by cattle herders in the years following the 1994 genocide when the park was unmanaged. Read more here...
Three anti-poaching patrol men in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were killed by a group of heavily-armed poachers, believed to be South Sudanese on 17 June, 2015. The three men were members of a reinforcement team that was deployed to an area inside Garamba. They include Garamba ranger, Jean-Marie Kpionyeslinani, and two members of the Congolese armed forces who were assisting with anti-poaching patrols in the park, Corporal Kambale Musubao and Lieutenant Moise Mospado. A second ranger was injured in the attack, although not seriously. A statement released by the African Parks said that the team was deployed using the African Parks helicopter to an area inside Garamba, approximately 15 kilometres from the park headquarters at Nagero, to support a ground team that had an initial exchange of fire with the poachers. According to Peter Fearnhead , CEO of the African Parks, the three men sustained multiple bullet wounds and died instantly. They were buried on 18 June, 2015. Feamhead added that Ranger Jean-Marie Kpionyesilani left his wife and five children, Corporal Musubao left his wife while Lieutenant Mospado left his wife and seven children. Garamba’s rangers, the Congolese army as well as members of…
The Federal Government Nigeria has conferred Environmental Friendly awards on six distinguished Nigerians including the President, Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Izoma Philip Asiodu. He was honoured for his role in the conservation and sustainable development in Nigeria. Also honoured was Mrs. Ajoke Mohammed, a member of the Council of NCF. President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, conferred the awards at a Gala Night marking the World Environment Day 2015 at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja. The Director General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi received the award on behalf of Izoma Philip Asiodu. Other beneficiaries of the awards include former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, who was conferred with “Champion for the Conservation of Biodiversity” and Newton Jibunoh. Vice President Osinbajo in his speech assured that the administration would ensure “environmental justice” for sustainable growth and development. He added that the wind of change being witnessed across all sectors of the society, including the environmental sector, would ensure sustainable growth and development. “On our part we will consolidate on the gains so far achieved under this project. We will provide the support needed to ensure that the wind…
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