The Centre for Wetlands and Waste Management Studies [CWWS] was established in 2000 as an organized research unit in the University of Uyo to provide the scientific basis for the protection, conservation and sustainability of wetlands. Since wetlands exist in close association with the terrestrial ecosystems, poor waste management in the later is a key factor that adversely affects the ecological integrity of wetlands. Thus waste management is also the focus of CWWS. The CWWS is involved in research, education, training and awareness-raising to enhance the rational and sustainable utilization of the living and non-living resources of wetlands and adjacent terrestrial ecosystems.
In 2000, CWWS established at Ikot Uso Akpan (IUA) Wildlife Sanctuary in Ibiono Ibom LGA, Akwa Ibom State. IUA Wildlife Sanctuary harbours a relic population of the endangered primate, Sclater’s guenon. It is the only truly endemic primate in Nigeria. The IUA wildlife sanctuary is currently used as a nature reserve for students’ research and practical classes. It has a mini-waterfalls which makes it an excellent place for environmentally friendly tourism and recreational activities. The IUA wildlife sanctuary was host to Ms Lynn R. Barker, a doctoral research candidate of Conservation Biology Programme, University of Minnesota, USA. CWWS [in collaboration with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation [NCF] and Federal Ministry of Environmental] and hosted a National Workshop on Nigerian Wetlands, November, 2000 - Wetlands 2000. It is a member of the National Committee on Nigerian Wetlands.
Prof. Gabriel Umoh
You are welcome to the Centre for Wetlands and Waste Management Studies (CWWS), University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria. At CWWS, we maintain a culture of theory with practice in training, research and community service. This is based on our conviction that the world today does not only need men and women of knowledge, but men and women who can also apply their knowledge to improve the society.
For over 10 years now. the Centre has broken new grounds in training on Environmental Health Management, as well as Wetlands and Waste management. We have also impacted our immediate communities through community-based biodiversity conservation and wetlands protection as seen in the following projects:
- Ikot Uso Akpan Sanctuary, Itam, Itu Local Government, Akwa Ibom state.
- Community-based Frog Sanctuary, Itak, Akwa Ibom State.
- Okorombokho Mangrove Restoration Project, Eastern Obolo, Akwa Ibom State.
- Urban wetland protection project, Uyo.
We cherish the support and collaboration of institutions, organizations and individuals. We welcome more of these by way grants, equipment and books, staff and students exchange opportunities and research collaboration. Your views on our work are highly welcome.