Highlights of the NTBA 5th Annual Biodiversity Conference – Day One

By Dr Folaranmi Babalola, TBA Alumni – Kibale 2003

Professor Jonathan Onyekwelu of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), gave the keynote address as the 5th Annual Biodiversity Conference by the Nigeria Tropical Biology Association (NTBA) got under way in Akure, Nigeria on 19th May 2015.

The Panel of High Profile speakers at the start of the conference
         The Panel of High Profile speakers at the start of the conference

With more than 50 participants attending the event, the conference aims to explore the role of multidisciplinary approaches in sustainable resource management, and further, how collective responsibility in resource use can be enhanced in Nigeria.

The day began with a series of high-profile speakers, led by Professor Shadrack Akindele of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT) at FUTA, and Joseph Onoja of the Nigeria Conservation Foundation.

Prof J.C. Onyekwelu delivering the keynote address
     Prof. Jonathan Onyekwelu   delivering the keynote                               address
Prof. Arayela, FUTA DVCA         officially opening the                           conference

Day one also included interactive sessions on “Threats and Strategies for Biodiversity conservation in Nigeria,” and “Aquatic resources perturbation in Nigeria”.

Joseph Onoja, Nigeria Conservation Foundation
    Joseph Onoja, Nigeria Conservation Foundation
Chair Local Organising Committee, Dr. Oladeji
  Chair Local Organising             Committee, Dr. Oladeji

Day two of the conference continues and will include discussions on “Wildlife threats and strategies for conservation in Nigeria”, GIS applications and species distribution models” and a field excursion.

Here are some more photos from the conference.

One of the conference Exhibitors
                                  One of the conference Exhibitors
Participants at the conference
                                   Participants at the conference
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