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