In a groundbreaking partnership, the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) have joined hands to create Nigeria's inaugural Center for Species Survival (CSS). Nestled within the Amurum Forest Reserve, this innovative initiative is poised to revolutionize species conservation and research across Africa.
This monumental collaboration marks a significant stride toward safeguarding regional biodiversity. The CSS will serve as a hub for the exchange of knowledge, capacity building, and concerted conservation endeavours. Its core objectives encompass comprehensive species assessments, strategic planning, and collaborative actions aimed at mitigating threats.
Dr. Kira Mileham, SSC Director of Strategic Partnerships, expressed fervour for the potential of this partnership, stating, "Collaborative action is pivotal to species conservation. The CSS embodies our commitment to nurturing partnerships and fortifying biodiversity across West Africa."
With a dual mission of enhancing West African capabilities and supporting species preservation, CSS Nigeria is poised to provide training in Red List assessment, formulation of conservation strategies, and effective implementation of actions. Dr. Adams A. Chaskda, Director of APLORI, emphasized the comprehensive vision: "Through this collaboration, we cultivate initiatives that harmonize human existence with the environment, ensuring a sustainable legacy."
The dynamic approach of CSS Nigeria includes spearheading the region's first comprehensive National Red List, fostering local engagement, and augmenting the global IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Aligned with the broader strategy of IUCN, CSS Nigeria serves as a model for collaborative conservation to ensure the well-being of our planet.
IUCN SSC's network of Species Survival Centers continues to inspire, uniting global expertise to amplify strategic species conservation efforts. Together, IUCN and APLORI pave the way toward a harmonious coexistence between humanity and the natural world, setting a precedent for worldwide conservation endeavours.
The CSS initiative underscores IUCN SSC's dedication to establishing similar Species Survival Centers around the world, uniting forces to magnify strategic species preservation. As CSS Nigeria takes flight, it sets an inspiring benchmark for collaborative conservation efforts on the African continent.
Articles by Jed Mwangi