Africa Window: PRCF Nigeria
Our initial work
In Nigeria, PRCF partners with the Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRCC), a local non-government organisation that targets sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation, and preservation of community forest resources. With TRCC, we are developing programs to support community-based conservation in the country’s south an coastal area. Present efforts focus on building awareness and villager 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 in technical and financial aspects. To date our joint efforts target 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 stage, although TRCC has initiated some conservation awareness activities in Akassa, and through PRCF core funding TRCC has started social forestry activities to protect Red-capped Mangabey habitat.
Red-capped Mangabey Community Conservation Project
Species applied research
Activities under the Red-capped Mangabey conservation initiative, as well as endangered sea turtles and the Niger Delta Red Colobus include research into priority conservation needs for these species. We carry out action-oriented research to support our programs, for example to inform the preparation of species conservation action plans.
Akassa Community-based Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Conservation of threatened sea-turtles
With TRCC, we are establishing conservation efforts on the south-eastern coast, in the Akassa region, to protect threatened sea turtles. These sea turtles are threatened by hunting and egg-stealing by local people living in poverty. We aim to work with the villages to establish livelihood alternatives, increase conservation awareness, and establish sea turtle conservation and monitoring groups.