NABDA

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIO-CONSERVATION

The Department has the responsibility to coordinate the development and safe deploymentof appropriate biotechnologies for the management and conservation of Nigeria’s environment and bioresources. The functions of the department are aimed at improving the integrity of our environment and bioresources.

DIVISIONS

  1. CLEAN TECHNOLOGY
  2. BIO-CONSERVATION

  1. CLEAN TECHNOLOGY

    Branches of the Division

    1. Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol) and Laboratory Safety
    2. Waste and sustainable land management

    Functions of the Division

    • Development of research agenda in the area of environmental management and clean technology;
    • Development of proposals in the relevant areas of responsibilities for fund sourcing, locally and internationally;
    • Development of guidelines and framework for ensuring compliance with Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety;
    • Establishment of containment facility for transgenic crops to ensure the integrity of Nigeria’s biodiversity and environmental sustainability;
    • Establishment of guidelines for Scientists on safe handling of microorganisms and other biotechnology products and toxins; and
    • Development of biotechnological approaches for the management of lands in areas with drought, desertification and erosion.

    Projects of the Division

    1. Coordinate the establishment and use of containment facility for transgenic research in Nigeria

      Objective

      • To meet the International bio-safety requirements for transgenic crops utilization and facilitate deployment of transgenic crops into the country.

      Strategic Activities

      • Stakeholder interaction and bio-safety level-2 containment facility construction; and
      • Capacity building and awareness creation.
    2. Coordinate the development of procedure for the control of gully erosion using appropriate plants

      Objective

      • To develop protocols for mass propagation, and guidelines for the use of Gmelina and Vertiver plants in erosion control

      Strategic Activities

      • Stakeholders’ engagement, selection of plants, development of protocols, mass propagation and field trials (Enugu State).
    3. Coordinate the development and deployment of bio-conversion technologies for on-site management of organic waste for theproduction of bio- energy and soil enhancer

      Objective

      • To manage bio-waste at dumpsite for recovery of energy and fertilizer from waste, reduce nutrient infiltration and contamination of groundwater, and minimize green house gas emission at dumpsites

      Strategic Activities

      • Stakeholders’ engagement, site identification for pilot scale demonstration of technologies, and technology demonstration.
  2. BIO-CONSERVATION

    Branches of the Division

    1. Biodiversity
    2. Genetic resources /conservation and management

    Functions of the Division

    • Nigeria’s ecosystem/biodiversity for the development ofnutraceuticals and pharmaceutics;
    • Development and promotion of biotechnologies for the implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM);
    • Development of bio-products for the remediation of polluted environmental media;
    • Establishment and maintenance of biodiversity and bioinformatics databases;
    • Development of biotechnologies for the conservation and protection of Nigeria’s biodiversity and endangered;
    • Development of Nigeria’s bio-security programme in line with the Bacteriological Weapons Convention (BWC);
    • Establishment and maintenance of Microbial Resource Centre and Type Culture Collection for Nigeria;
    • Development of techniques for rapid identification and authentication of micro-organisms ; and
    • Development of Bio-banking facilities,culture maintenance, quality control and assurance for Nigeria in consonance with ISO 9000.

    Projects of the Division

    1. Coordinate the establishment of microbial culture collection center for Nigeria

      Objective

      • To establish Microbial Culture Collection Centers in Nigeria.

      Strategic Activities

      • Stakeholders’ engagement, development of operations procedure and execution of a national microbial survey, establishment of zonal mini-collection centers, and promotion of relevant legislations.
    2. Coordinate the development and use of DNA Bar-coding technology to manage wild life species

      Objective

      • To develop protocols for mass propagation, and guidelines for the use of Gmelina and Vertiver plants in erosion control

      Strategic Activities

      • Stakeholders’ engagement, selection of plants, development of protocols, mass propagation and field trials (Enugu State).
    3. Coordinate the development and deployment of bio-conversion technologies for on-site management of organic waste for theproduction of bio- energy and soil enhancer

      Objective

      • ◦ To deploy the use of DNA Bar-coding techniques in the management of wildlife related crimes, and promote the use of DNA bar-code as extract in the court of law.

      Strategic Activities

      • Stakeholders’ engagement, establish a standard operating procedure, capacity building for bio-informaticians and laboratory groups, specimen collection, establishment of forensic laboratory in NESREA, and establishment of a DNA Bar-code database.

Acting Director

Dr Gloria Imoh Bassey Obioh (nee Ahuama)

  • PhD Botany, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  • M. Sc. Botany, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  • B.Sc. Ed, Biology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Phone:234-8034007152

Email:g.i.obioh@nabda.gov.ng

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