Best tree planters' award
About the Implementing organization
Name: Itam Monkey Conservation Project
Year of establishment: 2010
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status
To elicit interest and the desire to plant and maintain new trees, BPC initiated the Annual best tree planters' award scheme in all the communities aimed specifically at rewarding three males and three females who planted and maintained successfully the most trees in their communities. This was the most reliable incentive to foster participation. This innovative strategy has helped BPC to achieve greater success in habitat restoration.
The Greenest Community Award was also initiated to encourage large-scale community participation and completion. Whereby, each year, BPC awarded cash prizes and certificates of recognition to the three communities that had the most trees planted and cared for in the preceding year.
Forests / Coasts / Wetlands / Wildlife
Type of Action
Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Awareness and education
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Climate action
At the expiration of the GEF-SGP funding in 2012, BPC began to explore other avenues for further funding in order to sustain the conservation momentum gained. That strategy yielded fruits with the intervention of the Fadama 3 scheme that brought along over $66,000 to fund 25 micro projects in one of the core communities (Ikot Uso Akpan, Itam). In 2014, the Faculty of Agriculture, the University of Uyo with over 3 million naira intervention constructed two poultries and five (5) dry season vegetable gardens for women in Obong Itam village under its on-going catchment area development scheme. The tropical resources conservation group established six (6) micro projects (Snail farm, Gnetum Garden, Cassava Processing Plant and a Borehole for community water scheme) in Ikot Uso Akpan. This has contributed immensely to our project success. The project is also enhancing research partnership between the University of Uyo, Centre for Wetlands and Waste Management Studies and the communities.
Sustainable Development Impacts
BPC has advocated for all to pledge their commitment to its sustainable in-situ conservation for posterity. For this to be enforced all indigenes of Obong, the first focal community set up two committees since 2013 to ensure the celebration of the Itam monkey on a yearly basis. On every 26th December, a formal ceremony in the community center is organized with media coverage to enhance the profile of the monkey. In 2014, the 6 communities came under the leadership of the clan head and agreed that no trees should be felled in the enlarged local range of the monkey. In addition, all communities must obtain and plant indigenous trees from the BPC nursery on both sides of the major roads in their communities. Based on this, the area is now a green belt in the hitherto severely deforested landscape.
BPC pursued a nationwide awareness creation through electronic media and conferences/workshops thereby urging Governments at all levels must endeavour to inculcate climate change awareness into all levels of educational curricula to sensitize all and sundry about the potential and impending threats of climate change especially in developing countries with a huge population of poor people who depend directly on the earth’s biodiversity for livelihoods. The need to cherish and protect our endangered wildlife is well appreciated across the nation. Today, every community is trying to draw attention to their unique wildlife species.
Teach the people to know the worth of their wildlife species and habitats and they will most likely rise up to the occasion to protect and celebrate such species. With a minimal capacity development and conservation education, little but persistent positive action on the ground has the potential to safeguard the earth and its renewable resources. With the level of commitment shown by funding agencies like SGP who works at the grassroots, wildlife exploitation will be a thing of the past in many habitat countries.
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