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BSc. Institute of Delta Studies


The Institute’s objectives are:

  1. To produce, accumulate and disseminate comprehensive scientific and scholarly database on the Niger Delta in comparison with other deltaic  resources and communities in Africa and the world;
  2. To conduct research on systematic documentation, inventory and taxonomy and use of wetlands, their geographical features, environment and the human ecologies and cultures that sustain them;
  3. To investigate on a continuing basis, short-term and long-term political, social, cultural and health problems that face the deltaic communities and their people; (iv) To function as the core research and dissemination centre through which the WDU will express its vision and mission;
  4. To conduct and sponsor ethnographic studies of the cultures, languages, folk, environmental knowledge, art and as well, cope with the mechanisms of communities in the complex milieu of the Delta region;
  5. To establish field research units in designated area within the immediate vicinity for pilot studies;
  6. To design academic support base for interns, visiting scholars, doctoral, post-doctoral and other courses (certificate and diploma) who have research project on the Delta region and resource governance;
  7. To collect, exhibit and study natural artefacts including fossils, flora and fauna, soil types, rocks of scientific value and archaeological finds that can aid research into the natural endowments of the Niger Delta;
  8. To build strong, open and accountable state institutions involved in natural resource governance; to promote and strengthen citizens’ engagement including women and youth in the development of the deltaic resources and; to help to enthrone the rule of law, justice and equity in governance of the delta resources at local, national, regional and global levels and;
  9. To organize workshops and training programmes on safety, human and environmental security and the legal regimes governing the waterways for the military, paramilitary agencies, investors in oil and gas (local and foreign) among others.

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