Native Tree Seed Bank

The Native Tree Seed Bank project aim is to address critical issues of sustainability in the conservation of forests and biodiversity protec

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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

Marcus Odianose Ughulu

Initiative's representative date of birth

13/02/1986

Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Nigeria

Headquarters location: city

Abuja

Where are you making a difference?

Edo Central District, South-South Geo-Political zone, Edo State, Nigeria.

Website or social media url(s)

https://www.facebook.com/ughulu.marcus @marksfidel4

Date Started

06/2016

Project Stage

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working toward the next level of expansion)

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

  • €10k - €50k

Organization Type

  • For-profit

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

There is abundant evidence that environments have shifted dramatically in biotic makeup and climatic conditions during the recent geological past.Also, many plant species are threatened with extinction because of the gradual disappearance of the terrestrial natural ecosystems due to anthropogenic factor; often, resulting to erosion. But seed bank collections are stored and regenerated outside the natural habitat, typically in such a way as to minimize genetic change.

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

Nigeria has various types of Ecosystems like, mountainous forests, terrestrial forests, hilltop forests, savannah forests and mangrove forests among others which exhibit high diversity of both Flora and Fauna. All over the country deforestation is a serious problem resulting in environmental degradation; it continues to strip the land of its soil, wildlife of their habitats and the people of their livelihood due to drought & famine and extinction of species both Flora and Fauna. Various reforestation programs in the country have been initiated, but one of the key issues is a lack of viable source of native tree seeds. This always leads to reforestation being done with a very small mix of native tree species, with introduction of numerous exotic species in forests leading to loss of biodiversity and thus habitat and ecosystems for a wider range of fauna and flora due to change of eco-balance. The project will work firstly with community groups to train them in basic principles, and then they will explore the local areas, listing the common native trees species and then identifying the unusual and rare trees for different areas, noting the local names if known.

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

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