Africa Window: PRCF Nigeria
In Nigeria, PRCF partners with the Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRCC), a local non-government organisation that focuses on sustainable agriculture, conservation of environmental resources, and preservation of community resources.
With TRCC, we are presently establishing programs to support community-based species and habitat conservation in Southern Nigeria, focusing on building local community capacities for conservation management. As the program develops, we hope to establish a more formal collaboration with TRCC, where our efforts would include additional support to the organisation through technical and financial resources.
Thus far our joint efforts have focused on protection of the critically endangered Niger Delta Red Colobus, the vulnerable Red-capped Mangabey, and three threatened species of sea turtles occurring in the Akassa coastal region. Most of our programs are still in the planning stages, although some limited conservation awareness activities have already initiated.
Red-capped Mangabey Community Conservation Project
Environmental education and training
We support TRCC’s work with local community groups to provide environmental education through conservation workshops, community discussions, and training on sustainable forest and farming practices. The purpose of these initial activities is to increase the community’s knowledge and involvement in conservation efforts. The sustainable forest and farming practices aim to support local livelihoods in a way that supports conservation efforts.
Through PRCF’s support, TRCC is working with the local community nearby the forest habitat of Red-capped Mangabey, to establish a tree nursery and to plant native tree species to help rebuild key habitat to the primate. Thus far close to 2,000 trees, many of which produce fruit to feed both mangabey and local communities, have been planted. Additional activities at the site will include enrichment planting of degraded forests, and training on and establishment of assisted natural regeneration areas.
Activities under the Red-capped Mangabey conservation initiatives, as well as endangered sea turtles and conservation of the Niger Delta Red Colobus include research into priority conservation areas for these species and their present population status at project sites. We only carry out action-oriented research used to support our conservation programs, for example to inform our conservation planning which in most cases includes the establishment of species conservation action plans.
Akassa Community-based Sea Turtle Conservation Project
With TRCC, we work to establish and conservation efforts in the Akassa region of southeast Nigeria, to protect threatened sea turtles, including the Green, Leatherback, and Olive Ridley. These sea turtles are threatened by hunting and egg-stealing by local people living in poverty. We aim to work with villagers to establish livelihood alternatives, increase conservation awareness, and establish community-based conservation groups.
Niger Delta Red Colobus Habitat Restoration Project
Through this new and upcoming initiative, we plan to research needs of the Colobus and work towards its conservation with local communities. With villagers from five villages local communities, we will develop a conservation action plan for the species at the site.