Mr. Garba Mohammed Boyi, the Project Manager of the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project at the Hadejia-Nguru wetlands in Nigeria has been quoted in a recent allAfrica.com news article as saying "Hundreds of thousands of species of waterbirds migrate from European countries sometimes traveling a distance of over 5,000 Km to come to this area which is globally known as one of the best habitat for migratory waterbirds. There is every need to ensure that the place is conserved as these birds play a vital role in the wetlands ecosystem. Their droppings provide local manure to aquatic plants as well as feeds to fish."
The article highlights efforts underway at the WOW Demonstration Project at the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands in Nigeria. The floodplain wetlands, located in the Sahel zone of north-eastern Nigeria constitute important feeding grounds for different migratory bird species. In addition the area supports about 1.5 million farmers, herders and fishermen, who depend on the wetlands for their livelihoods.
The main focus of the Wings Over Wetlands demonstration project in Nigeria is to pilot community based approaches to restore the integrity and water regime of the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is executing the Demonstration Project in the Nigerian Hadeija-Nguru Wetlands.
Mr Boyi, a native of Bauchi state, has over ten years of conservation experience of which a substantial part was in wetlands management. He was one of the NCF Field Officers that worked on the Important Bird Areas (IBA) project. He is a trained wetland manager having undergone several training with Wetlands International and he has served as a mentor at the recently concluded International Course on African wetlands Management (ICAWM), held at the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute in Naivasha.
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