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bullet1 NIGERIA

bullet2 Nigerian Conservation Foundation

Km, 19 Lagos-Epe Expressway






Type:  NGO   

Scope:  national   

Interest in Forestry:  peripheral


Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) was established in 1980 and formally registered as a charitable trust (No. 1917) in 1982.

NCF has maintained a lead role in the promotion of nature conservation and environmental protection; and has remained an institutional symbol of environmental protection in Nigeria in its 27 years of existence. It has through his conservation projects maintained a nature conservation standard with unrivalled competence. Its ability to localize global conservation efforts with adequate attention to local peculiarities is evident in the needs of inhabitants that are being met on a daily basis in its multiple project sites across the country.

NCF track records cut across conservation education, biodiversity surveys and species identification, policy advocacy, habitat identification and protection, research, internship for college graduates, media sensitization and fundraising, advocacy for rare species conservation, fight against environmental pollution and poverty reduction.

NCF has played key functional role in the country among which are:

    * Influencing the Federal Government to establish the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA) which subsequently became the Federal Ministry of Environment;

    * Influencing the Federal Government of Nigeria to promulgate the Endangered Species Act No.11 of 1985;

    * Production in collaboration with the Federal Department of Forestry a draft of National Forestry Policy/Legislation for the country;

    * Management of Okomu Games Sanctuary prior to its declaration as a National Park by the Federal Government;

    * Production of a National Conservation Education Strategy for Nigeria in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education;

NCF partners with organizations in and outside Nigeria. Among her international partners are World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Switzerland, Birdlife International, the World Conservation Union (IUCN), Fauna and Flora International and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Locally, it forges strong partnerships with other environmental NGOs, government institutions, the business community, the academia, students, and rural-urban communities with the aim of building and sustaining a more lasting union to safeguard the environment.

Founded by Late Chief S.L Edu, NCF has its Patron as the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Other governing structures are the Trusteeship Council, the National Executive Council, Council committees, and the Secretariat.

The secretariat is run by a team of selected professionals including botanists, ornithologists, soil experts, educationists, advocacy professionals, media and communication experts, and other technical/support staff. did not work and did not work.