Kourosh Khalilian

The River Guardians of Niger Delta

The project proposes a mandatory public service programme for young people living in urban parts of Nigeria.

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The service aims to conserve rural wetlands in the River Niger’s delta region, which are home to a vast amount of flora and fauna. Communities living around these wetlands rely heavily on the ecosystem to survive, but pollution from the petroleum industry and other threats including local conflicts and poor land management are damaging this precious natural resource. The project specifically focuses on the conservation of mangrove trees. Young people are trained in landscaping and irrigation, learning how to support the growth of local flora.