By Innocent Onoh
The Lagos Free Zone Company (LFZC) has entered into partnership with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) to protect and conserve sea turtles around its operational area in Lagos State.
This was disclosed in a release by the Communication Manager of NCF, Mr. Oladapo Soneye.
LFZC is a free trade zone developer and management company responsible for the Lagos Free Zone.
With an operational area of over 800 hectares with 9 designated industrial zones, the company is determined to support the ecosystem to mitigate the impact of human activities.
According to the release, “This is part of LFZC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Lagos State.
“To implement this project, LFZC is collaborating with the NCF, the foremost conservation organization in Nigeria with over forty years of conservation experience and a national footprint in ecosystem conservation.
“Lagos Free Zone Company is located at Ibeju Lekki in Lagos state. Parts of its environs, particularly the shoreline adjoining the sea have been identified as important sites for sea turtles most of which are endangered.
“The project is aimed at educating and raising awareness both within and beyond the surrounding communities.
” Sea turtles are threatened due to being susceptible as by-catch by fishermen.
“They also nest on the sea shore, this makes their eggs vulnerable as they are often harvested by locals and consumed as food.
” This accumulated vulnerability is part of the reasons for its global decline, thus the need to conserve them.
“This collaboration is part of the NCF’s Strategic Action Pillar 2021-2025, Pillar 2 – Saving Species in Peril.
” The objectives of this pillar include: To protect and recover indigenously imperilled and other significant species in all ecosystem types and critical habitats of Nigeria; To expand options for rural outreach strategies, livelihood schemes and grassroot coordination in support of in-situ wildlife conservation across support zone communities of critical habitats; To provide information consistent with facts, trends and predictors of wildlife dynamics as guidelines for policies, recovery plans, decision-making and other sustainable investments in biodiversity management; and To foster interagency collaborations and partnership for the commemoration of relevant conservation anniversaries, administration of legal instruments, environmental legislation and conservation education.
Sea turtle is among NCF’s focal species determined to rescue. Others include pangolin, African forest elephant, Nigerian-Cameroon Chimpanzee, vultures, Cross River gorilla among others”.