Saving African Manatees from local extinction

A Causes project by Ikponke Nkanta

Manatee, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Project aim:Protection of an endangered wildlife species, manatee
(Trichechus Senegalenses) occurring in kwa Iboe River an Nyareenyin
Ntong uno community in Akwa Ibom State,Southern Nigeria.
.Implementing Organization: Tropical Research and Conservation Centre
• Contact Person: Ikponke Nkanta
• Address: 41 Oron Road
,Akwa Ibom,Nigeria
E mail:info@tropicalconservationcentre.org

• Contact Person: Ikponke Nkanta
• Position: Project Manager
Primary Species Involved: West Africa manatee (Trichechus Senegalenses)
Conservation Method Employed: Habitat Restoration, Wildlife Conservation/Management, Education and Community Based Conservation.
Total Project cost: US$1940

Amount already received: $1000
Amount requested from your organization: $940
,Proposed Project Period: 1 year
Background/Justification:
This project is about the conservation of an endangered wild life
species, manatee (Trichechus Senegalenses) occurring in kwa Iboe River
an Nyareenyin Ntong uno community ,Southern Nigeria.
Manatees are endangered species in Nigeria (Haploid 1987, Egboge 1999).
They are protected under the Convention of international trade in
Endangered species (CITES) and are in schedule 1 of the Endangered
species Degree (Degree 11 of 1985) of Nigeria. Thus, they are to be
protected under the Nigerian law. Manatee was ordinary conserved through
traditional form of the local belief as it was previously considered as
been sacred, but such traditional belief have become eroded by changes
in cultural and socio-economic situation of the people: Now manatees are
been poached for meat.
Major Threats to Manatees Survival in the Area:
 Poaching of the animal for meat by fishermen who set traps in water to cash the animal.
 Erosion of cultural belief.
 Activities of sand dume miners at that the bank which lead to water pollution due to the clay.
 Erosion at the river bank lending to water pollution and siltation as a result of debris.
 Slash –and- burn agriculture at the river bank contributing to water pollution and erosion.
Aim and Objectives of the Project.
The
main aim of the project is to ensure future survival of the manatee
through community education habitat protection and improvement.
Objectives
• Prevent further killing poaching of this species in the area
• Encourage fishermen in the area to shut down their manatee traps.
• Sensitize the rural community on the need/important of conserving the species: Aesthetic, spiritual and environmental roles.
• Boast eco-tourism of the species within the area.
• Promote ecological friendly and sustainable exploitation of resources.
• Help to project the water body which is the major source of water for domestic and agricultural use in the community.

Project duration: The project is expected to last for a period of one year.
Methods/ Activities for the Project  which funding is sought for :
 Community Awareness/ Education through workshop and interactive meeting. ( 1st Month of project)
 Training of some youth in the community as volunteers. ( 2nd Month of project)
 Workshops on sustainable farming/natural resources harvesting that would not  destroy manatees habitat.
(2nd Month of project)

Reforestation by tree planting near the water bank (watershed) to help
cheek erosion, hence reducing water pollution and siltation by debris. (
3-8th Month of project)
 Monitoring and evaluation. (Monthly basis).
 Production and dissemination of overview books/pamphlets on the project: 9-10th month
 Report production. (Quarterly basis).
Brief information about implementing Organization: www.tropicalconservationcentre.org
The Tropical Research and Conservation Centre is an environmental
organisation established in 2001 with interest in wildlife conservation.
So far the organisation has helped in habitat conservation of the
following primate species in Nigeria: Sclater guenon monkey
(Cercopithecus sclateri-an endemic Nigerian monkey),Red capped mangabey
monkey (Cercocebus torquatus), and Mona monkey (Cercopithecus mona).

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Project Information

Project aim:Protection of an endangered wildlife species, manatee
(Trichechus Senegalenses) occurring in kwa Iboe River an Nyareenyin
Ntong uno community in Akwa Ibom State,Southern Nigeria.
.Implementing Organization: Tropical Research and Conservation Centre
• Contact Person: Ikponke Nkanta
• Address: 41 Oron Road
,Akwa Ibom,Nigeria
E mail:info@tropicalconservationcentre.org

• Contact Person: Ikponke Nkanta
• Position: Project Manager
Primary Species Involved: West Africa manatee (Trichechus Senegalenses)
Conservation Method Employed: Habitat Restoration, Wildlife Conservation/Management, Education and Community Based Conservation.
Total Project cost: US$1940

Amount already received: $1000
Amount requested from your organization: $940
,Proposed Project Period: 1 year
Background/Justification:
This project is about the conservation of an endangered wild life
species, manatee (Trichechus Senegalenses) occurring in kwa Iboe River
an Nyareenyin Ntong uno community ,Southern Nigeria.
Manatees are endangered species in Nigeria (Haploid 1987, Egboge 1999).
They are protected under the Convention of international trade in
Endangered species (CITES) and are in schedule 1 of the Endangered
species Degree (Degree 11 of 1985) of Nigeria. Thus, they are to be
protected under the Nigerian law. Manatee was ordinary conserved through
traditional form of the local belief as it was previously considered as
been sacred, but such traditional belief have become eroded by changes
in cultural and socio-economic situation of the people: Now manatees are
been poached for meat.
Major Threats to Manatees Survival in the Area:
 Poaching of the animal for meat by fishermen who set traps in water to cash the animal.
 Erosion of cultural belief.
 Activities of sand dume miners at that the bank which lead to water pollution due to the clay.
 Erosion at the river bank lending to water pollution and siltation as a result of debris.
 Slash –and- burn agriculture at the river bank contributing to water pollution and erosion.
Aim and Objectives of the Project.
The
main aim of the project is to ensure future survival of the manatee
through community education habitat protection and improvement.
Objectives
• Prevent further killing poaching of this species in the area
• Encourage fishermen in the area to shut down their manatee traps.
• Sensitize the rural community on the need/important of conserving the species: Aesthetic, spiritual and environmental roles.
• Boast eco-tourism of the species within the area.
• Promote ecological friendly and sustainable exploitation of resources.
• Help to project the water body which is the major source of water for domestic and agricultural use in the community.

Project duration: The project is expected to last for a period of one year.
Methods/ Activities for the Project  which funding is sought for :
 Community Awareness/ Education through workshop and interactive meeting. ( 1st Month of project)
 Training of some youth in the community as volunteers. ( 2nd Month of project)
 Workshops on sustainable farming/natural resources harvesting that would not  destroy manatees habitat.
(2nd Month of project)

Reforestation by tree planting near the water bank (watershed) to help
cheek erosion, hence reducing water pollution and siltation by debris. (
3-8th Month of project)
 Monitoring and evaluation. (Monthly basis).
 Production and dissemination of overview books/pamphlets on the project: 9-10th month
 Report production. (Quarterly basis).
Brief information about implementing Organization: www.tropicalconservationcentre.org
The Tropical Research and Conservation Centre is an environmental
organisation established in 2001 with interest in wildlife conservation.
So far the organisation has helped in habitat conservation of the
following primate species in Nigeria: Sclater guenon monkey
(Cercopithecus sclateri-an endemic Nigerian monkey),Red capped mangabey
monkey (Cercocebus torquatus), and Mona monkey (Cercopithecus mona).

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