In a bid to support African environmental scientists to continue to play an important role on sustainable natural resource management, training on research writing was organised by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation for a group of environmental scientists. The training themed “Developing Research Capacity among African Environmental Scientists” (DRECA), was supported by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Tropical Biology Association. The training which was held at St. Louis Bautain Retreat and Catechetical Centre, Ijebu-Itele, Ogun State, had participants drawn from universities, conservation organizations and research institutions in Nigeria. The workshop identified lack of fund and poor background of research environment and lack of statistical knowledge as some of the barriers for an effective research works in Africa. Other factors include the absence of workable laboratories, lack of skills to understand social issues, lack of data collection techniques and lack of research communication between Africa and the rest of the world, hence, the need to build the capacity of environmental scientists as solutions to curb the identified challenges. Speaking at the 5 days training workshop, the coordinator, Mrs. Funmi Tsewinor of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation said that the aims of the training was to equipped young environmental…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation with the support of Chevron Nigeria Limited has awarded two students the Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Research Grant. The awardees were presented to the audience at the 13th Chief S.L Edu Memorial Lecture in Lagos by the General Manager, Government Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Deji Haastrup. The two awardees are OMOREIGBE, Queen Osayemwenre and YISAU, Juliet Atinuke. While Osayemwenre, is undergoing her PhD research work in Population Survey of Forest Elephants (Loxodonta Africana cyclotis) in Southern Nigeria, at the University of Lagos, Yisau is working on Assessment of Some Silvicultural Techniques in Seed and Seedling of Synsepalum Dulcificum at Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. Since inception in 2006, a total of twenty (20) postgraduate students pursuing their PhD progrmmes in various Nigerian universities have benefited from the grant. The grant is aimed at aiding doctoral students in Nigerian Universities for research work in nature conservation and livelihoods that are linked to sustainable renewable natural resources utilization.
The Lekki Bird Club (LBC) will kick-off 2015 with a birding expedition to the Muritala Mohammed Botanical Gardens, in Epe. The trip will be on Saturday, 7th February, 2015 by 7am. However, rendezvous will be at the Lekki Conservation centre (LCC) by 6:15am from where we will drive to the site. Come prepared for a wonderful birding and wilderness experience, and do bring a friend along!
The 13th Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture will hold on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, 13/15, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, at 12:00 noon. The Guest Lecturer is Professor Victor Olawale Adetimirin, a Professor of Plant Breeding & Crop Production and Head, Department of Agronomy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He will speak on “Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment in Nigeria”. The S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture was initiated by NCF to immortalize the founder and first President of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Chief Shafi Lawal Edu. This Memorial Lecture which holds annually is aimed primarily at instigating broad public discourse of environmental issues and policies. In the past eleven years, lecturers in this series of lectures have expressed concern over the danger inherent in development processes that do not consider nor are designed in harmony with ecosystem processes. The event which is supported by Chevron Nigeria Limited is also used as avenue to award scholarship grants to doctoral (PhD) students who embark on research in the area of environment and conservation in Nigeria. A broad and diverse audience comprising of policy makers in the public sector, members of the organized private sector, students, the…
... awards scholarship to doctoral students The leading environmental group, Nigerian Conservation Foundation as part of her sustainable development agenda for the new year, has concluded arrangements for a lecture on Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment. At the 13th Chief Shafi Lawal Edu Memorial Lecture scheduled for January 14, 2015 in Lagos, Professor Victor Olawale Adetimirin, a Professor of Plant Breeding & Crop Production, and Head, Department of Agronomy, University of Ibadan will deliver the lecture on the theme "Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment" at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos. As the organizers of the Lecture, agriculture is a major drive of most developing economies. Nigeria, as a leading economies in Africa, will not only depend on foreign exchange earnings from oil and gas, but also rely on agriculture products for improved GDP. Sustainable agriculture looks at the production, processing and marketing of agriculture that support a substantial yield today and all functions that sustain such yield in future. Maintaining environmental services and ecosystem integrity are major functional elements of sustainable agriculture. "NCF believes that all efforts aimed at developing agriculture in Nigeria will only bring a rewarding future when all issues regarding ecosystem functioning are given proper…
A call has gone to all sectors of the society to come to the plight of the urban slum dwellers across Nigeria to make life more meaningful to them. They need more attention in the areas of education, health care delivery, social infrastructure and development. At the 2014 World Habitat Day celebration organized by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), with the support of the MTN Nigeria Communications Limited with the theme “Voices from Slums", participants including children stressed the need for serious interventions of the government and corporate bodies in the life of the slum dwellers. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation for some weeks gathered school pupils to go to about seven selected slum communities in Lagos and document the social and environmental peculiarities of each slum as it concerns their problems and threat, while suggesting solutions through creative art works depicting "Life in Lagos Slum". The objective is to give a voice to slum communities in relations to the theme. Speaking at the final presentation of the art works by the pupils at the Foundation office in Lagos, the Director General of the NCF, Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi, expressed concern that people in slums were disproportionately affected by climate change, with…
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