The centre is in the fore front of creating the needed researches and awareness on the sustainable utilization of the Nigerian biological resources. For over 10 years BERC has continued to carry out biodiversity related research activities and turning those researches into development.
We have in the past carried out REDD+ assessment in Ekuri forest community, cross river state for the Heinrich Boll foundation (HBS), germany. We have also successfully assessed the impact of the federal ministry of agriculture staple crop processing zones in Kogi state on land grabs. We have also worked with communities in imo and delta states on ways to build reliance to climate change by developing home gardens for wild endangered plants in their communities. BERC has worked with GEF small grant projects and is currently working with NASS to develop a bill for conservation of our indigenous food plants.
Various researches carried out by the BERC aren’t stuck in the shelves rather we turn those researches into developments. We have employed the use of reports, articles, flyers, banners, compendiums and several other publications, info graphics, video graphics, social media advocacy activities, focal group discussions and training sessions to bring the much needed awareness to the public on sustainable utilization and conservation of the Nigerian biological resources.
The increasing trend of international land grabbing, as well as by domestic and transnational companies, governments, and individuals for the purpose of agricultural production, export or greed can have serious environmental and social consequences. This scheme often comes off in guise of investing in the country’s economy.
This has necessitated a need to challenge the paradigm of development that trivializes and ignores the human consequences of these land acquisitions by corporate investors and governments hence BERC has set out with the mandate to increase media coverage and public dialogue in order to get the necessary attention it deserves and ensure that preference is given to the genuine rural poor for permanent settlement instead of rich speculators.
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