CERCO‐NEWS VOLUME 3, ISSUE 5 J U N E 2 0 1 1 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Beeb, Beeb! Incoming grant! Beeb, Beeb! 1 Incoming grant! Nature programmes on allow us to: the BBC have inspired ‐ Sustain existing incentives viewers for over 50 years, that have successfully From the 2 and youd be hard‐pressed promoted environmental Director to find a wildlife conservation by Iko Esai to conservationist in the field date. Time out for 2 who did not acknowledge a ‐Strengthen t h e students formative influence from conservation by‐laws in Iko these programmes in their Esai and extend these to 3 Talking ‘bout my 2 youth. Many more neighbouring communities. generator individuals have been able ‐ Expand forest patrol Amy with advisors (right) and to give back to nature activities to further enforce seedlings (left) at IITA Centre of 3 instead through donations the by‐laws. excellence to the BBC Wildlife Fund ‐ Restore degraded forested information and forestry which raises awareness and areas through a tree‐ expertise, IITA members funds to help save planting programme. were the ideal advisors for No time to lose 4 threatened wildlife and ‐ Gain support for the Iko the beginning of our own places. Esai forest conservation project. In the 2010/11 Grant model in 3 neighbouring The trip gave us the Growing the 4 cycle, the BBC Wildlife Fund communities. opportunity to follow all of business raised and disbursed £1.2 ‐ Facilitate international the processes undertaken, Million to 12 UK and 25 REDD+ engagement with the from initial seed collection, Transfer season 5 International projects, and region. through germination and re‐ CERCOPAN is absolutely Extension of the Rhoko potting, to final restoration delighted to announce that conservation model to planting. we are one of those 25 neighbouring communities is Information w a s Improved market 5 special recipients. The BBCs hoped to give the critical recorded on the ideal conditions funding will underwrite our mass to attract REDD+ species to begin with: those field‐based operation in Iko funding for a multi‐ native to our region which Want to be a part 6 Esais Rhoko forest for a community conservation are fast growing and light of it ? year, which together with programme in the longer‐ tolerant. These provide grants that support efforts in term. shade for other seedlings of the neighbouring villages will The tree planting varieties that are less programme is a new activity tolerant to high light levels. for us. In preparation for this Lists of the most successful venture, our Administration species to germinate at IITA Find out more at and Operations Mgr, Amy will also be used as a guide www.bbc.co.uk/wild/ Baxter, visited the when choosing those to International Institute of grow in Iko Esai. Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a Techniques used to world renowned research speed up the germination centre in Ibadan in the process, and to ensure southwest of Nigeria. They minimal stress during re‐ are one year into a tree potting will help CERCOPAN planting programme of their achieve our goal: 3,000 own, and with access to a seedlings grown and planted wealth of botanical in the forest in a year.
PAGE 2 From the Director In January, the omen of and finishings phase, and ultimate generator in terms a yellow butterfly I’m more than happy with of reliability and power apparently promised me a the results this year! output for our needs ‐ the happy 2011. At the mid‐ Back in Calabar, our one pictured below?! year point, it’s a good time electricity mains supply And the BBC Wildlife to assess my mood. can be unavailable for 3‐4 Fund grant featured as our Well, as I write, the days, sometimes weeks, at lead article is a strong final coat of paint is drying a time. Just in the past 12 candidate for my highlight on the Iko Esai Community months, we’ve had three of the year. I love BBC Centre (see next page) as of our back‐up generators wildlife programmes, I love we complete the fail terminally from over‐ their p r o ‐ a c t i v e construction phase. use, leaving us with no conservation initiative, and Bringing in the building options left. It’s wearing I love the fact that our Claire Coulson supplies and skilled on our effectiveness, and programme competes on CERCOPAN resources to such a eventually our morale, the global stage. remote location, while when even the basics of Happy? Yes ‐ and keeping to budget, taxed charged phones and light apparently there are six me remorselessly for over to read by are down for months more to come! two years. With the walls days or even weeks at a and roof completed, I then time for want of power. carefully chose a project Am I happy with the manager for the utilities recent arrival of the “….we rarely turn down a Time out for students chance to educate This month we hosted Our Education Officer conservation biology, the next two groups of students provided field lectures on reserve design, and social from the University of a variety of topics related theories related to human generation of Ibadan studying Wildlife to primate conservation conservation behaviours. professionals in Management. and tropical forest The undergraduates the practices of Although it means ecology, while visiting also had a chance to visit environmental taking time away from researchers Sagan and our host village of Iko Esai. conservation” important operational Carrie acted as guest We were thrilled to have needs, we rarely turn lecturers. Sagan gave talks these students visit Rhoko down a chance to educate on primate re‐ and see first hand the the next generation of introduction, parasite e n v i r o n m e n t a l professionals in the communities, and meta‐ conservation work that practices of environmental population dynamics. CERCOPAN is doing in Our newest source conservation. Carrie lectured on Cross River State. of electricity Talking ‘bout my generator Superficially it may look accommodation building in absence of mains electricity like an espresso machine Calabar, plus cycles to (the norm for more than 20 with its own desktop spare to run even a hours every day). And while lighting, but t h e welding machine at the running, this one charges up photograph does not do the same time. It took the the inverters in both justice that this bad boy strength of 6 full‐grown buildings that save the deserves. men to land it in place! excess power for later use. This is in fact a 13.5kVA We have never before So, thanks to our donor, Perkins Generator which been in the position where for the first time we now provides sufficient power we have had sufficient have 24x7 cost‐effective for the needs of both the power to run our total energy available for all vital office and o u r Calabar operation in the operational services.
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 5 PAGE 3 Centre of excellence The Community Centre village, Abi LGA). Project that we have been Supervisor, Cross Umoh, constructing in Iko Esai is who has been assisting now at last within just days CERCOPAN with the of completion. It’s an construction of the project important time, therefore, also spoke. to build momentum within Using a large fabric the village towards making poster of the centre’s floor the most effective use of plan, C E R C O P A N the building once it is ready. representatives and guest There are many social and speakers highlighted each economic opportunities that separate room within the such an asset can bring to community centre and the community, but these explained their functions, have to be prioritised and available resources, and CCDC ( C o m m u n i t y The meeting hall will be organised. community benefits. This Conservation a n d used for education and To this end we held a also gave the opportunity Development Committee) training sensitisation workshop at for an in‐depth question and on using the Centre as a the site to remind the answer session. Leslie base for NGO’s working village of the Community explained how his village within the community, and Centre’s purpose and the utilised their centre and also as a base to collaborate benefits it brings to the how it generated income for with n e i g h b o u r i n g village. All members of the the village, as well as Community B a s e d community were invited to provided essential facilities Organisations on projects of attend, with the Chiefs’ to promote education, common i n t e r e s t . Council and representatives training, and community Additionally discussions from the leading village unity. centred on the opportunity interest groups especially The workshop ended on to raise funds for encouraged. a high note, with a tour of maintenance of the centre Esso Exploration & We were fortunate to be the building, ending in the by hiring out the hall for Production Nigeria Ltd. able to bring in guest kitchen where refreshments social functions, and the provided the main grant to speakers with experience on were served. All members of accommodation to tourists. build the centre the subject. In particular we the community who welcomed Leslie Eni Elemi attended were excited who is the Manager of the about the possibilities that Community Centre in the came with the opening of village of Liyel Imoke, the centre. Governor of Cross River There was much talk State Governor (Itigidi from groups such as the Front and side view of the Community Centre as it receives the finishing touches to the building stage
PAGE 4 No time to lose In June we submitted our opportunity to make a 30‐ to use alternative livelihoods final report on the Building minute presentation. options as a climate change Nigeria’s Response to Government reps from adaptation strategy (in Iko Climate Change (BNRCC) various ministries, including Esai and Ago). Many of the project. Aiming to develop Education, and Health, were projects implemented and assess adaptation in attendance to field similar types o f strategies to Climate Change questions from the groups. programmes, such as through pilot projects, It was a wonderful beekeeping and fuel‐ CERCOPAN was selected opportunity for the pilot efficient stoves. from candidates in the project groups to voice their We now wait to see if rainforest zone of Nigeria. concerns directly, and for there will be a scaled‐up Six other pilot projects government representatives response from Government across the full diversity of to understand the critical or International agencies (or Nigerias biogeographical issues effecting Nigeria. both) to implement the regions ran in parallel with It was also instructive to successes of the pilots, since our own. hear from other pilot there is no question that At the close of the project partners as we both Adaptation and project, a symposium was shared the successful and Mitigation strategies to called in Abuja for all the challenging aspects of our address Climate Change are partners. E a c h projects. CERCOPANs the highest of priorities in representative had an strategy in this project was the immediate‐term. Growing the business The forest that we help logging and primate hunting making note of important protect in partnership with there have motivated assets and resources. They Iko Esai is part of a very CERCOPAN to take our were then asked to map large and globally important environmental educational their surrounding forest forested area. We have long workshops and alternative area providing key desired to work with the livelihoods projects to Owai. information about primary neighbouring communities Community Conser‐ forest, secondary forest, to Iko Esai in order to vation Manager BenJee hunting sheds and farmland expand the total forest area Cascio and Community expansion. A seasonal under protection. Liaison and Education calendar was formed to Amongst these Officer Mike Ekpe recently help CERCOPAN understand communities is began their work in Owai yearly social, economic and Owai. One of with a needs assessment natural resource cycles. the smaller workshop. The two were We plan to continue villages, Owai is well received by the village needs assessment located three Chiefs and community workshops as well as hours south on members. Representatives educational campaigns for foot by road, from the Hunters’ Group, the Chiefs’ Council, Hunters’ though if you Cocoa Farmers’ group, Groups and general are feeling Youth Group and Chiefs’ population. If the success of adventurous you Council were all in the first workshop was any can walk attendance and actively indication to go by, work through the involved in the mapping, with Owai looks to be an forest and reach and seasonal calendar important and effective BenJee guiding Owai in a similar amount of exercises. step in increasing the the mapping time. Participants were asked likelihood of conservation of exercises Reports of illegal to map their communities, the area’s forests.
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 5 PAGE 5 Transfer season One of our successes in conformance of the new 2010 was to map the farms to the stipulated zones. boundary between forest So the skill transfer is not only and farmland across Iko in respect of the technology Esai’s land for the first time. being used, but also in respect From that exercise the of bringing the village up to village, in the form of the speed in managing its forest Surveillance Team, gained by itself, for itself. the ability to monitor and Technology transfer has enforce a Land Use continued with our Research Management Plan (LUMP) Assistants receiving computer that was agreed on back in and data‐entry training. 2003 and which zones Sylvain, CERCOPAN’s Mona farming to particular areas. Research Coordinator, taught We have continued our three of the assistants how to Managbey researcher, also had The Surveillance Team practical training and properly process pictures of multiple sessions with her honing their GPS skills mentoring of the the fruits and flowers sampled assistant on entering the Surveillance Team members every month during behavioural data into Excel with two separate 5‐hour phenology data acquisition. spreadsheets. And finally our hands‐on sessions with the Knowledge on data entry other visiting researcher, “So the skill GPS units. The goal of the was also provided. They Carrie, trained two more staff excursions was to complete seemed to enjoy the members on interview and transfer is not mapping of the new farming Photoshop lecture the most, survey techniques, bringing the only in respect of areas that were opened up learning how to import, re‐ total up to nine staff that can the technology in the 2011 clearing season, size, label, and store the independently collect survey/ being used, but and accordingly update the phenology pictures. Sagan, interview data in support of her also in respect of LUMP and confirm our visiting Red‐Capped project. bringing the village up to Improved market conditions speed in managing its The C o m m u n i t y foundation. location for local sellers on non‐ forest by itself, Conservation a n d The improved market market days. for itself.” Development Committee square will provide daily use The central location helps (CCDC) has completed the for those wishing to sell a expose sellers to buyers, renovation of the market variety of goods from their reducing the amount of door‐ square in Iko Esai, with farms. At the moment, maize to‐door sales, and also keeps financial assistance from and pear (a smaller version of everyone out of the hot sun. So CERCOPAN. Regular readers avocado) are plentiful. The next time you find yourself in will recall that the CCDC is a usual foods are also available Iko Esai, feel free to stop by the democratically‐elected body such as dried fish, rice, beans beautiful new market square that works to develop the and bananas. and pick up a dozen bananas, a village for the benefit of its On Friday, the main couple of ears of corn and your The new market inhabitants. The CCDC also market day, this area is authentic Nigerian cloth! ready for trade promotes and enforces bustling with activity environmental conser‐ attracting sellers far and wide vation, and in return bringing such goods as CERCOPAN provides a clothes, decorative posters, quarterly grant to the cloth, pots and pans, etc. that committee. aren’t regularly available in This long‐overdue the village. Although a larger renovation has replaced the market square is planned, this leaky roof and cracked initial development will assist pavement with new in attracting sellers and corrugated zinc and a fresh helping provide a stable