RCE Port Harcourt-2016

1. Project Title: 
Awareness campaigns for environmental protection and health values in Rivers State
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3. Project partner contact information : 
Community Inter-Relations and Conciliation Initiative (CIRCI), Port Harcourt
Coordinated training and provided resource persons
Main Contact: 
Sir Anthony W. Lawrence
Sir Anthony W. Lawrence
Community Inter-Relations and Conciliation Initiative (CIRCI), Port Harcourt
Alternative project contact: 
Dr. Ibisime Etela
University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
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5. Project description
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According to the National Population Census of 2006, Rivers State has an estimated population of 5,198,716 (2,673,026 males; 2,525,690 females) and is located in the Niger Delta, which is now, popularly, referred to as the South-South Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria. The State is a major oil-producing hub of Nigeria (with the recorded environmental challenges) and has its capital located in Port Harcourt, which is one of the three top most commercial cities of Nigeria only next to Lagos and Kano cities. Greater Port Harcourt consists of just 8 local government areas (LGAs) in Rivers State (Eleme; Etche; Ikwerre; Obio Akpor; Okrika; Omuma; Oyigbo; Port Harcourt). The project took place in 4 LGAs of Greater Port Harcourt (Eleme; Etche; Ikwerre; Obio Akpor) as well as Akuku-toru, Degema and Asari-toru LGAs. These LGAs represent the key oil-producing areas with some peculiar challenges including perceived government neglect, loss of livelihood, prevalence of poverty, and rapid biodiversity erosion such as loss of mangrove/rain forests cover. The CIRCI-led Project Team convened a number of Community town-hall sensitization campaigns followed by 2-day participatory and interactive workshops to build community capacities in sustainable development, environmental protection and health awareness campaigns. The workshops were, mostly, for youth leaders and other opinion leaders including elders and women in the communities.

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6. Project status
About 1,200 participants from 18 communities were trained.
Awareness of the impacts local actions have on global climate change
Appreciated effective waste management for ecosystem integrity
Understood importance of biodiversity conservation for sustainable livelihood
Acknowledged the dangers of unprotected and multi-partner sex lifestyle for STIs transmission
Identified health implications of drugs and alcohol abuse
Better understanding of exercising, good nutrition and regular monitoring of vital health statistics for healthy living
Appreciated the importance of good communication and how to manage conflicts effectively
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Africa and Middle East
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