Managing Nigeria’s Globally-Important Mangrove Forests

We are developing a partnership between local communities, government agencies, private sector companies, and civil society organisations to develop better conservation and sustainable development outcomes in a key forest reserve in Bayelsa State, Nigeria – Edumanom Forest Reserve (EFR).

The first stage is to review plans for protected area management, particularly concerning invasive species such as Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) and management of their impact on the threatened and globally-important mangrove forest.

Water hyacinth is regarded by the IUCN as one of the world’s most destructive invasive species.

The project will assess ways to support the community, including the feasibility of using water hyacinth as a bio-fuel.