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

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far

1. 1) OVERALL EVALUATION

Yes, absolutely! - 0%

Yes/maybe - 75%

Maybe - 25%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 0%

2. 2) CONNECTION TO BIODIVERSITY

5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 0%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 100%

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 - 0%

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! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 50%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 75%

3- Maybe. - 0%

2- Probably not. - 25%

1- No. - 0%

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

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 75%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

6. 6) Is this entry ACTIVATING CHANGEMAKING?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 50%

2- Probably not. - 25%

1- No. - 0%

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

5- Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 75%

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 - 33.3%

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 - 33.3%

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 - 33.3%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 33.3%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 33.3%

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

Other option - 33.3%

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 - 66.7%

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? - 100%

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 - 66.7%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 33.3%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 33.3%

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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