LAGOS, Nigeria – Organizations raising environmental awareness and spurring change received the first Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants awarded in Nigeria.
Five projects each received U.S.$5,000 in December as part of Ford’s effort to support local initiatives that seek to raise awareness about the environment and conservation efforts.
The projects include an effort to help conserve the country’s montane forests and other habitats as well as to convert citrus peels and pulps into poultry feeds.
• The Serene Uyo project seeks to create environmental awareness while supporting community actions and behavioral change in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
• The Department of Animal Production and Health at the Federal University of Technology in Akure, Ondo, is working to to remove citrus waste (peels and pulps) from Nigeria’s major streets and convert it into poultry feed.
• The Good Health and Clean Environment Campaign lead by the Save Environment and Health Organization in Ikeja, Lagos, is focused on advocating for a healthy environment, living hygienically, managing waste and coping with the challenges of climate change.
• The Biology Department at Tudun Wada Gombe’s Gombe State University strives to conserve Nigeria’s montane forests, home to unique plants and animals. It combines scientific research with education at the tertiary, undergraduate and local community levels.
• The Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife is working on a community-based project that will benefit 20 flood-prone coastal communities. The group developed a user-friendly monitoring system to organize flood management.
In presenting the grants at the Protea Hotel in Ikeja, Eugene Prinsloo, senior manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “There are many environmental projects that need funding in Nigeria, and we are happy to support the recipients of the 2013 Ford grants.
“The programme is one of the many ways Ford goes further to preserve the environment and to improve quality of life in the communities in which we operate.”
The winning projects were selected by a panel of jurors consisting of the media, Ford dealers and academicians from environmental agencies and institutions, including Nigeria’s Consumer Protection Council, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, the Environmental Rights Action and Friends of the Earth organization.
Since the Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants program was introduced in 1983, Ford has awarded more than U.S. $5 million to projects that strengthen the environmental well-being of local communities and contribute to a better world in more than 60 countries.