I have a vision to improve the natural tree population in the highly urbanized Lagos metropolis.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge and that I am eligible to apply.
  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name


Initiative's representative date of birth


Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Nigeria

Headquarters location: city


Where are you making a difference?


Website or social media url(s)


Date Started

June 2019

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €1k - €10k

Organization Type

  • Youth-led initiative

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

I grew up on the streets of Lagos in a household where my father worked as a farmer for many years, we were not very wealthy but never lacked food to eat as a result of the crops we farmed and the many fruit trees around the farm and even the house which meant that we were consistently nourished with enough food to fill our bellies, and provide the required energy, proteins, vitamins etc. The trees not only provided nourishment but also beautified the environment and improved the greenery. Over the years lagos has evolved to be Nigeria's economic capital meaning many trees have given way for urbanization and industrializion. Alas our green has suddenly gone grey. I have committed my life to bringing back my Lagos' green and by God i will.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

The Industrialization and urbanization in lagos has resulted in the emergence of many companies and industries which has led to a mass migration of people from all parts of Nigeria with many people hoping to gain employment in these industries and companies. These massive movements means a rise in construction of houses for the people to live in and this poses a threat to the survival of native trees in Population. Solving this problem is essential to preservation of our natural environment.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We are improving the tree population of native tree species by planting trees in public places such as parks, walk ways, in schools, around campuses and inspiring young people to plant trees around them and encouraging agro forestry practises in young crop farmers and even livestock farmers.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

-We are adopting the project plant a native tree where young people are championing the cause of making tree planting cool with awareness, jingles, talkshows, live festivals and mass street tree planting outreaches. - Young people who plant trees become ambassadors of the Eko Green Lagos project and form lasting partnerships with us.

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

We are in partnership with the scientific community such as - Members of faculty of the school of Agriculture, Lagos state polytechnic. - The Darkpore media company which handles the brand awareness. - Policy makers such as the house committee on Agriculture of the Lagos state house of assembly.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

At our last General membership meeting we had engaged - 1500 students - 500 farmers -1750 Young persons -50 Adults above 40 years - 5 Law makers - All the 20 Local governments in Lagos state - Thirty three (33) Local council development areas - A sum total of 53 communities.

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

- Trainings - Policy reforms to encourage tree planting by all Lagos residents - Live festivals - Concerts - Awareness - Schorlarships and funding for local businesses who partner with the Eko Green Lagos project

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

- Improved greenery - Encourages biodiversity by ensuring the sustainability of fauna and flora - Some trees provide natural habitation for some wild species which are under threat of extinction as a result of habitat destruction. - We provide landscaping services for individuals, companies, religious organizations, government parastatals etc

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

- Providing landscaping services to individuals, companies, government agencies and parastatals as well as religious bodies. - Partnerships with organizations who care about achieving the United nation's global goals (SDG's) set in 2015. Particularly the SDG3 (Good health), SDG 13 (Climate action) -Partnership with Vittel (SDG 17) - Submit entries for challenges such as the act for biodiversity challenge to gain the requisite tool to achieve this goals and gain the necessary exposure to better equip my team to be more effective in actualizing our vision. -Partnership with the United nations to be able to scale up. - Funding from Government and Non governmental agencies who care about the environment and about preserving biodiversity.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

Dr Oyetunde- Department of Horticulture, Lagos state Polytechnic Mr Otuju Earnest- Media and broadcasting Dr Benson G.A.S- Department of Crop production, Lagos state polytechnic. Mr Agunbiade O.M - Department of Animal Science, Lagos state polytechnic Mr Fakunmoju F. A- School of Agriculture, Lagos State polytechnic

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • Recommended by others
  • Word of mouth

Evaluation results

6 evaluations so far


Yes, absolutely! - 50%

Yes/maybe - 33.3%

Maybe - 16.7%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 0%


5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 16.7%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 50%

3—Somewhat, the entry speaks to biodiversity but the direct impact is not well established and/or it is focused on a single species without considering its impact on the broader ecosystem - 33.3%

2—Not really, the connection to biodiversity is weak - 0%

1—No. The entry does not reference the solution’s impact on biodiversity. - 0%

3. 3) Is this entry IMPACTFUL?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 50%

4- Yes, I think so. - 16.7%

3- Maybe. - 33.3%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 50%

4- Yes, I think so. - 0%

3- Maybe. - 33.3%

2- Probably not. - 16.7%

1- No. - 0%

5. 5) Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 33.3%

4- Yes, I think so. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 16.7%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%


5 -Yes, absolutely! - 33.3%

4- Yes, I think so. - 33.3%

3- Maybe. - 33.3%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

7. 7) Does this entry value COLLABORATION WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS in its approach?

5- Yes, absolutely! - 33.3%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 16.7%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

8. 8) FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions - 20%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 100%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 80%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 20%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 20%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 80%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 0%

Other option - 0%

9. 9) FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 66.7%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 33.3%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 66.7%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 66.7%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 100%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 66.7%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 0%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming - 33.3%

Other option - 0%


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