Research: Building on success to influence people and protect Nigeria’s rainforests and wildlife
Species/Topic: Mangabey & Guenon Species, Guinean forests
The project will take existing signage that has been proven successful in positively changing attitudes to conservation & promoting sustainable behavior in Nigeria, and employ these messages in a Schools Outreach Program for 70 schools & 15 000 pupils, plus to villages in Community Rainforest areas bordering Cross River National Park. The audience is the State containing 70% of Nigeria’s remaining IUCN ‘Irreplaceable’ rainforest, and where CERCOPAN has demonstrated success over 18 years by reversing deforestation and enhancing biodiversity through controlled primate releases. The signage was developed via an African Seed Fund Grant in 2011 for the CERCOPAN Primate Sanctuary reaching 30 000 visitors annually and successfully influencing ideas & actions in Africa’s most populous country. The impact will be rigorously evaluated and an evidence based approach used to promote positive & effective conservation messages in ongoing education & awareness programmes.