The NMFP started in 2003 with the aims of: • Combining scientific research with community education at both tertiary and local community level in order to develop long-term sustainable management of Nigeria’s montane forests. • Facilitating the involvement of national and international researchers in Nigerian montane forest research • Involving the community in the management of montane forest ecosystems • Working with the community in other ways, such as developing small businesses and working with schools to develop conservation awareness by developing community education.
Since 2005 over 30 postgraduate students have had field work based at Ngel Nyaki. The model was for students to enrol at UC in New Zealand and do field work in Nigeria. MSc students were normally Kiwis and PhD’s mostly Nigerian nationals. See publications and people. This model has worked exceptionally well, but is currently ‘on hold’ until 2020 because of local issues.
In Nigeria my postgraduate students, collaborators and I have worked on a wide range of ecological questions based at understanding the ecology of Afromontane forests in order to promote their conservation and management. Projects include investigating the role of the African giant pouched rat (Crisetomys sp. Nov) in dispersing large seeds, sunbird pollination networks and forest restoration.