Nigeria is situated in the West African region and has a land mass of 923,768 square kilometers. It is bordered to the north by Niger and Chad, to the west by Benin, while Cameroon shares the eastern borders right down to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Nigeria has approximately 853 kilometers of coastline with enriching marine biodiversity and five priority ecological areas:
(i) Arid zone;
(ii) Guinea Savanna woodlands;
(iii) Coastal and Marine Ecosystems;
(iv) Rainforest belt including montane forests; and
(v) Wetlands and River basins
Olusegun Michael Ogundele founded the GYBN Nigeria chapter after learning the alarming rate of biodiversity loss around the globe, its effect on future generations and the increasing degeneration of Nigeria's biodiversity and poor attention given to its management and values towards protecting its resident ecosystems. The GYBN Nigeria chapter therefore became paramount to create so that Nigerian youth voices could be added to the campaign for preventing biodiversity loss in Nigeria.
Since then, the GYBN Nigeria chapter has expanded its platform for the young people in Nigeria in the field of biodiversity conservation. The youth and students use the chapter as a platform and a tool to mobilise youth programs and campaigns to defend biodiversity conservation in Nigeria and raise the need for youth participation in biodiversity governance in the country.
Interested in discovering the youth positions about biodiversity conservation and the future of biodiversity in Nigeria?
The Nigerian Youth Biodiversity Network is launching their official National Youth Position Document (NYPD) on the Convention on Biological Diversity's Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Environment and the CBD National Focal Point on August 22, 2020. The youth positions were gathered during the Nigerian national youth consultation in October 2019, and during the administration of an online questionnaire launched in October 2019 that was kept in circulation across all general media and online platforms for three months.
Read the National Youth Position document below!