You are welcome to the official website of NEST (Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team).
Essentially, NEST is a non-governmental organization, dedicated to improving the ways by which we interact with the environment. NEST is determined to become increasingly self-supporting, though maintaining a compact and efficient organizational profile, with a highly professional and well motivated staff conscious of the need to generate income while remaining prudent in resource use.
The motivation for the establishment of NEST is deeply rooted in the paradox of 'a natural resources blessed continent wallowing in bewilderment in the throes of poverty and want', especially in the last three decades, to the extent that disturbing pictures of hunger stricken Africans were being flashed on television screens. Global attention may temporarily shift to areas of current conflicts, but the situation of famine and hunger, drought and desertification, water and wind erosion, and ecologically insensitive exploitation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources persist in Africa. So, NEST's founding rationale remains largely unaltered
Since 1989, NEST has held an annual workshop each year except in 2000. Up to 1999 the annual workshops were sponsored mainly by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Lagos. The annual workshops have addressed issues of deep concern to NEST and have been held in various agro-ecological zones of the country: thus, The Nigerian Environment: Non-Governmental Action (Lagos, 1989), Sustainable Development in Nigeria's Dry Belt (Kano, 1990), Sustainable Development in Nigeria's Rain Forest Region (Owerri, 1991), Women, Children and the Environment (Jos, 1992), The Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) and the Environment (Benin City, 1993), Waste Generation and Disposal in Nigeria (Ibadan, 1994), Promoting Environmental Education (Calabar, 1995), Making the Transition to Sustainable Energy Use in Nigeria (Minna, 1996),
NEST's greatest strength lies in the abundance of highly qualified researchers from the social and natural sciences among its membership, who can be readily mobilized for project execution. The approach to many of the research projects has been interdisciplinary, combining scientific methods of data gathering and analysis with qualitative methods that are consultative and participatory, to ensure representativeness across disciplines, gender and geographical regions.
Appropriate Technology and the Environment (Ibadan, 1997), The Informal Sector and the Environment (Aba, 1998), NGOs, Popular Participation and Environmental Management (Kaduna, 1999), and Rural-Urban Linkages and Sustainable Livelihoods (Umuahia, 2001), Nigeria Adjusting to Climate Change (New Bussa, 2002), Energy Systems and Climate Change (Bauchi, 2003), Biodiversity and Climate Change (Asaba, 2004). The proceedings of the workshops up to 1995 have been published.