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Fourth Annual 
AP Leventis Lecture 
hosted by the AP Leventis Ornithological 
Research Institute, University of Jos, Niger...
AP Leventis Ornithological 
Research Institute (APLORI) 
• APLORI was founded on 18 June 2001 
• It is linked to the Unive...
Earlier in November at a 
ceremony in London, Dr 
Shiiwua Manu, Director of 
APLORI, accepted the Marsh 
Award for Interna...
View from fifth floor of Barcelona Hotel in Abuja, 
capital city of Nigeria
Traffic lights in Abuja. 
Top: 23 seconds of red 
remain before it turns 
green! Right: Green for 
another 26 seconds
AP Leventis Ornithological Research Centre, 
about 15 km from Jos, and some five hours’ 
drive from Abuja
About 200 bird species have been seen from the 
veranda of the guest house at APLORI, used by 
visiting lecturers and rese...
Setting out to do the Fourth AP Leventis Lecture at 
the University of Jos. With Dr Shiiwua Manu, 
Director of APLORI
Academic procession
Introducing the Fourth AP Leventis Lecturer
Biodiversity 
conservation: 
how to make a 
difference 
Les Underhill 
Animal Demography Unit 
Department of Biological Sc...
Dreams of Africa 
• There are many African dreams 
… health, peace, water, 
electricity, prosperity 
• This is the African...
So what is the dream? 
•To generate the baseline 
distribution maps for 
biodiversity 
•To get all of you to help!
What’s the problem? 
• In the face of climate change and 
development, the quality of life for 
Africans depends on the ma...
Achieving the dream depends 
on … 
• Biodiversity informatics 
• Citizen science 
• Animal Demography Unit seems to be 
th...
What has the ADU achieved? 
4882 pages
How the Animal Demography Unit works 
Influence 
Data 
Information 
Narrative 
Policy 
The ADU’s role is to collect data w...
ADU core values 
• Conservation: Informing, influencing and motivating biodiversity policy 
development based on sound qua...
Why are you a citizen 
scientist? 
• Are you collecting data for us? 
• No, you are collecting data for yourself! 
• It is...
Take home message: “Make a difference … 
… contribute your piece to the puzzle”
Amurum Forest
APLORI: Main buildings close up; guest cottage at the foot of the hill
I greatly valued the opportunity to present the 
Fourth AP Leventis Lecture. The visit to the 
University of Jos was fully...
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Les Underhill, Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town presented the AP Leventis Lecture at the University of Jos, Nigeria, on 11 November 2014. The event was hosted by the AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), Amurum Forest, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. The topic of the lecture was "Biodiversity Conservation: how to make a difference"

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APLORI Nigeria AP Leventis Lecture

  1. 1. Fourth Annual AP Leventis Lecture hosted by the AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, University of Jos, Nigeria 11 November 2014 Les Underhill Animal Demography Unit Department of Biological Sciences University of Cape Town http://adu.org.za
  2. 2. AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) • APLORI was founded on 18 June 2001 • It is linked to the University of Jos • It is located within the Amurum Forest Reserve at Laminga, on the outskirts of Jos, capital of Plateau State, in central Nigeria • Since 2003, classes of eight students have done an MSc course in Conservation Biology • Many of these students are leaders in conservation in West Africa. Many have continued to do PhDs
  3. 3. Earlier in November at a ceremony in London, Dr Shiiwua Manu, Director of APLORI, accepted the Marsh Award for International Ornithology for his excep-tional work in advancing the knowledge of birds in Nigeria.
  4. 4. View from fifth floor of Barcelona Hotel in Abuja, capital city of Nigeria
  5. 5. Traffic lights in Abuja. Top: 23 seconds of red remain before it turns green! Right: Green for another 26 seconds
  6. 6. AP Leventis Ornithological Research Centre, about 15 km from Jos, and some five hours’ drive from Abuja
  7. 7. About 200 bird species have been seen from the veranda of the guest house at APLORI, used by visiting lecturers and researchers
  8. 8. Setting out to do the Fourth AP Leventis Lecture at the University of Jos. With Dr Shiiwua Manu, Director of APLORI
  9. 9. Academic procession
  10. 10. Introducing the Fourth AP Leventis Lecturer
  11. 11. Biodiversity conservation: how to make a difference Les Underhill Animal Demography Unit Department of Biological Sciences University of Cape Town
  12. 12. Dreams of Africa • There are many African dreams … health, peace, water, electricity, prosperity • This is the African dream for biodiversity
  13. 13. So what is the dream? •To generate the baseline distribution maps for biodiversity •To get all of you to help!
  14. 14. What’s the problem? • In the face of climate change and development, the quality of life for Africans depends on the maintenance of ecosystem services • Africa is, of all continents, the most vulnerable to climate change • The pace of development is scary
  15. 15. Achieving the dream depends on … • Biodiversity informatics • Citizen science • Animal Demography Unit seems to be the leader in Africa in these two fields
  16. 16. What has the ADU achieved? 4882 pages
  17. 17. How the Animal Demography Unit works Influence Data Information Narrative Policy The ADU’s role is to collect data with our citizen scientists, process it into information, and originate the narrative. Our engagement partners shift narrative to policy
  18. 18. ADU core values • Conservation: Informing, influencing and motivating biodiversity policy development based on sound quantitative and scientific evidence through our commitment to long-term monitoring and analysis • Partnership: Nurturing partnerships with people, organizations and governments on the African continent to benefit biodiversity conservation and mutual growth • Empowering: Enabling people to play a meaningful and living role in the science conversation by transforming Citizen Scientists into “ambassadors for biodiversity” • Openness: Adopting an “Open Access” data sharing paradigm that maximizes the benefit derived from data collectively gathered, and thus advancing interdisciplinary scholarly research and informing conservation needs • Innovation: Continuing the pioneering work that has made us leaders in Citizen Science • Education: Providing training and research opportunities to the next generation of scientists, leaders and environmentalists
  19. 19. Why are you a citizen scientist? • Are you collecting data for us? • No, you are collecting data for yourself! • It is your survival which hinges on us getting this right
  20. 20. Take home message: “Make a difference … … contribute your piece to the puzzle”
  21. 21. Amurum Forest
  22. 22. APLORI: Main buildings close up; guest cottage at the foot of the hill
  23. 23. I greatly valued the opportunity to present the Fourth AP Leventis Lecture. The visit to the University of Jos was fully sponsored by APLORI

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