Conservation Programme

CEHRD engages in conservation of forests (rain forests, flood
forests, mangrove forests), wild life protection and restoration
and bio-diversity conservation, better agricultural and fishing
practices to enhance food security.  In every aspect, the
potential for human capital and local empowerment is pursued.

The environmental advocacy projects also come under this
programme. It promotes non-violent activism, eco-tourism,
volunteerism, and community stewardship, and management of
local natural resources.
One of CEHRD's mangrove restoration projects
Many rural communities use mangrove forests for two essential
benefits: the fruit from the trees, and the use of their trunks as
supports for fishing nets during high-tides.  This is part of a riverbank
mangrove field that was destroyed by an oil spill more than two years
ago.  The only clean-up provided by the oil company was the adding of
a layer of sand, which does nothing to repair the land.  Here, CEHRD
is experimenting with a new method of rapidly increasing the regrowth
of the mangroves, a technique that will be taught to locals so that they
may reclaim some of their livelihoods after such spills
CEHRD staff explaining the mangrove reforestation technique
developed by Zabbey, Nenibarini, Conservation Programme Head.  
This is the same mangrove forest destroyed by an oil spill in the picture
above, with the remarkable revegetation that occurred in less than five
months can be seen. CEHRD's Conservation Programme is committed
to enabling locals to learn these techniques so that they can attempt to
repair the vital mangrove forests themselves.

In the picture below, Chief Sunday Naakpa, the head of Bar-Nwezor
village of Bodo, can be seen asking a question during the training in
the community.
To find out more about our Conservation Programme,
Contact Us, or select one of our reports from below
(we are constantly adding our reports). Some of our reports
are in Adobe (click
here to get Adobe's free Reader):

Sustainable Natural Resource Exploitation and
Ecosystem Protection Report
Report on Oil Spill at JK 4 (2009)
Updated report on the Bodo Oil Spill (2009)
Exporting Shrimp Farming to Nigeria
Climate Change and Flooding in the Niger Delta
Small Scale Shrimp Fisheries Project Report
Challenges of Sustainable Shrimp Fisheries in Nigeria
Scooping Oil for Survival; NNPC Celebrates
Ecosystem Hazards In the Niger Delta
Impact of Extractive Industries on the Biodiversity of
the Niger Delta Region
Mangrove Action Project's Report on Oil in the Niger
Training of Rural Conservationists to Carry Out Re-
vegetation of a Mangrove Forest in a Crude Oil
Polluted Swam
Oil and Livelihoods in the Niger Delta
Pollution and Poverty in the Niger Delta
Women and Climate Change in Nigeria
More reports to follow...

The first picture below illustrates the successful re-vegetation process
through training of local conservationists through CEHRDs programme
(mangrove forest at Bara-Nwezor, Bodo).  

The second picture illustrates damage from a new oil spill on a newly
re-vegetated mangrove forest.