We employ Systematic Conservation Research and Planning because we believe it is a prerequisite to making informed decision at any level. Secondly, we emphasize Environmental Education and Communication whether formal or informal because they are tools if employed effectively, will drive change and participatory involvement. Thirdly, we apply Policy Advocacy and Development as it forms the bedrock for any conservation action. We consider these three elements in forest and wildlife conservation as priorities and balancing acts for effective conservation globally and particularly in Nigeria.
Specifically, ongoing activities of this project include but not limited to:
Research & Monitoring
- Population Studies
- Distributional surveys for georeferenced data.
- Understanding the degree of isolation of each population and finding solutions for habitat connectivity and corridors
- Understanding direct threats especially the impact of trade and hunting.
- Evolutionary relationship studies using molecular genetics
- Mapping social landscape (Using GIS and Social Surveys)
- Designing a conservation landscape (Identifying Habitat Connectivity and Corridor Areas)
Engaging all stakeholders
- Consultations with government authorities.
- Consultations with local communities.
- Understanding existing human-wildlife conflicts.
- Policy advocacy.
- Negotiating alternatives and solutions.
- Organizing formal sensitization meetings with the national and grassroot governments including local/international civil society organizations
- Implement conservation with all stakeholders
Institutional Development and Capacity Building.
- Training protection staff on monitoring techniques.
- Building local capacity of members of local communities.
- Building capacity of students in local institutions.
Conservation Education and Advocacy:
- Community Outreach
- Education programmes
- Policy Advocacy and Development
- Organized Media Outreach