RIVER ETHIOPE TRUST FOUNDATION

Balancing Economic, Social, and Environmental Interests in River Ethiope Basin.

River Ethiope Trust Foundation (RETFON) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization (NGO) working for protection of River Ethiope, Nigerian society, and  the Rights of Nature in Africa. We work to halt destructive ecological development projects, and to encourage equitable and sustainable methods of meeting needs for water, energy and flood management in the River Ethiope Catchment region. The Foundation was founded in April, 1992, but was officially registered on August 28th, 1999 by the Corporate Affairs Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, under Companies and Allied Matters Decree No.1, 1990. (PART C-INCORPORATED TRUSTEES) with registration number RC: 12,239.

 

OUR GOAL 

To promote sustainable development of River Ehiope and its resources through local initiatives with external supports, cascading these achievements to others areas in the Niger Delta and Nigeria.

OUR VISION 

We seek a River Ethiope that is valued as a living system, protected, and nurtured for the benefit of the human and biological communities that depend on it. 

OUR MISSION 

Our mission is to be an independent voice that defends and advocates for the River Ethiope, and activates others to protect and restore the river.

Patrolling the river on a regular basis in our boat

Patrolling the river on a regular basis in our boat

05/06/2020
Investigating pollution problems and demanding accountability

Investigating pollution problems and demanding accountability

03/04/2020
Ensuring that our environmental laws and regulations are implemented and enforced.

Ensuring that our environmental laws and regulations are implemented and enforced.

02/06/2020
Advocating for sensible solutions and necessary policy changes to better protect River Ethiope

Advocating for sensible solutions and necessary policy changes to better protect River Ethiope

03/28/2023
Educating the public about the Ethiope River and the issues impacting its health.

Educating the public about the Ethiope River and the issues impacting its health.

03/28/2023
Developing high quality educational resources and programs

Developing high quality educational resources and programs

05/17/2023
Providing frequent opportunities for students and the general public to experience the river through boat trips and field trips.

Providing frequent opportunities for students and the general public to experience the river through boat trips and field trips.

05/17/2023
Informing, involving, and engaging our members and the community in the efforts to protect and restore the river's health.

Informing, involving, and engaging our members and the community in the efforts to protect and restore the river's health.

03/28/2023
Participating in the public policy decision-making process to represent the interests of the river, our members, and the public.

Participating in the public policy decision-making process to represent the interests of the river, our members, and the public.

05/17/2023
Working with citizens to effectively resolve problems impacting the river in their neighborhoods and communities.

Working with citizens to effectively resolve problems impacting the river in their neighborhoods and communities.

03/28/2023
8 ways you can help the river

8 ways you can help the river

Our rivers are facing enormous challenges — habitat loss, water pollution, dredge, constant development pressure, Climate change, uninhibited industrial/urban development.

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Rights for the River Ethiope, Nigeria

Rights for the River Ethiope, Nigeria

With natural resources been provided by River Ethiope she deserves to have rights to protect her from individuals that seek to destroy her.

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Ecohydrology

Ecohydrology

Resources on river Ethiope Festival 2023

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Irikefe V. Dafe

Executive Director

Expert Member UN harmony with nature program

  • E.A.L. yard Interlocking Road V.G.C. Estate garden Irebe, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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