This project is being implemented to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of globally significant biological diversity in the Niger Delta. The biodiversity of the Niger-Delta ecosystems is increasingly being destroyed or depleted by persistent threat of pollution resulting from intense human activities especially operations of the oil and gas sector, indiscriminate use of fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture, industrialization, urbanization and pressure due to rapid population growth. The negative environmental and social impacts of these projects are becoming evident and require sustained holistic interventions to address.
The objective of the project is aimed towards mainstreaming of biodiversity management priorities into the oil and gas sector development policies and operations especially in the Niger Delta communities. The project’s outcomes focus on strengthening the governance of biodiversity in the Niger Delta. By mainstreaming biodiversity into the oil and gas sector of the Niger Delta, the project is strengthening the governance of those biological resources.
The geographic focus of the project stretches across the Niger Delta States of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers.