Our initiatives have been developed to curb the increased rate of poaching and deforestation in the region while supporting and empowering local communities.
Obudu Conservation Centre has a bottom down approach to conservation ; leading with community conservation and education.
Over the last 40 years the populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians in the region have declined by 52%. These statistics and the current state of encroachment and deforestation shaped our initiatives in hopes to better protect our ecosystems while making sure local and international communities benefit from the preserved nature.
The Women’s Woodlot programme is an initiative by the Obudu Conservation Centre to protect the Aeroplane Field Forest patch in the ranch. The Aeroplane Forest was nicknamed that because in the 1950s when the Scottish settlers were building the Ranch they would land helicopters in a plain field at the centre of the forest.
The forest is currently home to many species of animal, bird and plant life and is currently being degraded by bush burning, human activity and cattle grazing.
The Aeroplane field Forest is home to antelopes, deer, civet cats and endemic bird species such as the violet-backed starling.
The programme and the name was presented by our Head of Ornithology, Joseph Apaka. As women in the community ordinarily cut and sell firewood he rightfully termed the initiative “Women’s Woodlot”
Goal: To protect and reforest the Aeroplane Field Forest Patch situated on the Obudu Cattle Ranch.
Why: The forest acts as a water source for the local community and the wildlife in the area. It is also a home to many species, some of which are endemic to the region. Lastly, the forest serves as an attraction on the ranch, which fuels tourism.”
Objective 1: Stop the chopping down of trees in the forest by the local community for fire wood and timber.
Objective 2: Stop herders from bush burning in the area for their cattle. The bush burning can result in forest fires.
Objective 3: To stop the grazing of cattle in the area to allow for the forest to regenerate.
Objective 4: To stop the hunting of the animals in the forest for bush meat.
Objective 5: Employ and empower youth’s in the community to protect the region.
Alternative: Reforestation programme.
At the top the forest is an open grassland where we will start the forestation programme. There, we will plant fast growing trees i.e. Eucalyptus and Sycamores Trees. These trees will serve as firewood and timber for the local community to promote their economic well-being.
In the interim, before the purpose-built forest is ready for ‘harvesting’ the community will source their firewood from other surrounding forests.
Volunteers: The OCC has received 12 volunteers from the Okpazange youths for the programme.
Wildlife Rangers are individuals who patrol and protect our natural treasures. Rangers work endlessly to watch over and protect some of the world’s most endangered animals. The animals the rangers protect such as the forest elephants and the Cross River gorilla are constantly targeted by poachers for the illegal wildlife trade and sadly, to carry out this work rangers often pay with their lives to keep our wildlife safe. Thousands of rangers are killed in action throughout. Africa.
We need your support because governments lack the resources to train and equip Rangers in the field. As a result, many rangers go out into the field ill prepared. Rangers need to be better prepared. They need to be supported by their communities at a local, national and international level.
Ranger Rover is an initiative which supports and funds the training of the Rangers that protect our forests and wildlife.
OCC’s Ranger Rover helps to protect rangers and assist them in getting the proper training, resources and infrastructure they need to stop wildlife crimes.
Forest provide essential oxygen and homes for people and wildlife on this planet. 1.6 billion people rely on forests for food, fresh water, clothing, traditional medicine and shelter. However, forests in Nigeria and around the world are under threat for ceasing to exist due to deforestation.
Deforestation occurs through the mass clearing of forest or tress where the land is then converted to a non-forest use i.e. farms or urban construction. The danger of deforestation is the negative impact it has on the environment through habitat loss for millions of species.
The forests also play a vital role in mitigating climate change because they soak up the carbon dioxide which would otherwise be free in the atmosphere and contribute to climate change. Deforestation undermines this role played by forests and it is estimated that about 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation.
Forest cover about 31% of the land area on our planet and over 80% of land animals live in forests and will not be able to survive if we continue to destroy their habitats.
Deforestation in tropical rainforests such as the ones found in Cross River State are especially concerning because they are home to most of the world’s biodiversity.
Legal logging is OCC’s reforestation campaign. From fund raising and community outreach programmes OCC will be supporting the reforestation of the Obudu Mountains and the surrounding National Parks. OCC will also be carrying out advocacy campaigns to promote and encourage planting throughout Nigeria.
An awareness initiative, OCC tours schools throughout Nigeria speaking to students about conservation and climate change in Nigeria.
We aim to visit 40 schools throughout the Niger-Delta in 2020.
The project aim is to provide useful data to determine conservation priorities and recommendations for the effective conservation of the Preuss’s Guenon Monkey and the Cross River Gorilla, and livelihood actions in the Key Biodiversity Areas of Obudu Plateau.
The project will also empower rangers to sustain longer, more frequent patrols and generate data for strategic decisions on future patrols. Moreover, the the program will support outreach trainings to change local attitudes and practices for the sustainability of non-timber products.
Obudu Conservation Centre promotes community based conservation. We believe that if we empower and educate the local community they will work with us to preserve our natural resources.
The Centre will be holding various community outreach programmes predominantly aimed at tackling the issues currently plaguing the communities in the region.
OCC will focus on educating and providing the communities in Obudu and neighbouring villages with alternative sources of income to reduce the hunting and destruction of wild lands and wildlife in the region.
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