Founded in 1987, the Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST) is a not-for-profit, membership, non-governmental
organization, with headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria. Its primary
focus is on the environment and sustainable development, to which it is
dedicated to providing advocacy and raising public awareness. Its
policies and programmes are formulated and coordinated primarily by a
Board of Directors, while its day-to-day management and activities are
overseen by an Executive Director. A Board of Trustees provides general
guidance to the organization.
NEST became registered in
1989 with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria, under the Land
(perpetual succession) Act (cap 98). with Registration Number 5185.
NEST arose out of the observation that the past decades had witnessed
numerous negative impacts of human activities on the environment, the
adverse effects of such degraded environments on Nigerians, linking
environmental degradation tightly to poverty, and the uncomfortable
adjustments that many people have had to make in the attempt to survive.
Among the many environmental stresses in the country are those brought
about by deforestation, soil erosion, desertification, air and water
pollution, water scarcity, floods, urban solid wastes, industrial
pollution especially from petroleum production and use, loss of
biodiversity, energy crises and general resources degradation, which
impact most adversely on disadvantaged groups, particularly the poor,
women and children. NEST has the view that limited knowledge and
awareness, weak policies and institutional framework, as well as
inappropriate allocation of resources underlie these environmental
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
The mandate of NEST is limited to matters related to the environment and
sustainable development, primarily in Nigeria but with general global
interest. It specifically includes (a) participating in and promoting
research and publications on the environment and sustainable
development, (b) striving to influence policy to secure the sustainable
use of environmental resources, (c) raising public awareness of
environmental and sustainable development issues, and (d) supporting
popular action on the environment.
As a membership organization, NEST has the overall goal of acting in
concert with an active nationwide membership to sensitize and empower
Nigerians on issues of the environment and sustainable development,
through the dissemination of factual information, training for skills
acquisition and promotion of sustainable livelihoods.