To change the narrative of the fate of pangolins in Nigeria and Epe (a wildlife hub) in particular, an effective community-based Pangolin Conservation method has been adopted. Consequently, we have established the first Community Pangolin Conservation Taskforce (CPCTF) in Nigeria.
The four-day training on “Community-Based Pangolin Conservation and Protection” was an assembly of the Epe community’s traditional leaders, religious leaders, youths, hunters, bush meat sellers, market women and men, the Federal Ministry of Environment and law enforcement agencies such as the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), the Nigerian Customs Service, Civil Defence, Immigration etc.
This training featured lectures that explored the importance, distribution, myths and facts about pangolins. Wildlife laws and policies, monitoring, rescue, rehabilitation and the conservation of pangolins were discussed. Constructive dialogues ensued among all stakeholders ending in informed, peaceful resolutions of possible conflicts of interest. The training brought about a significant change in the mindset of community stakeholders. A working relationship among community members, law enforcement agencies and the pangolin conservation group ensued and a much needed task force has been created to bring pangolin trade and trafficking in Epe to an end.
Moving forward, we anticipate a productive synergy of efforts directed towards effective monitoring, reporting, rescue and protection of pangolins in Epe, Lagos State, Nigeria.
The Pangolin Conservation Guild Nigeria (PCGN) and our collaborator, One Health and Development Initiative are very delighted to be on this project and we are appreciative of the support received from the US Consulate, U.S. Mission Nigeria.