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CREDC :::... What are we ?

Our Mission

Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in March, 2006. CREDC is registered in Nigeria to provide services to ensure that people have access to safe and healthy environment and that environmental resources are managed in the most sustainable way to achieve socio-economic development of our communities. CREDC subscribe to the fact that development cannot be sustainable where information about the environment and environmental resources are lacking; hence CREDC will help to provide up-to-date information on the state of the environment and environmental resources. CREDC will also embark on activities that will bring about infrastructural, socio-economic and human development.

Our vision
CREDC is working towards the attainment of sustainable development at local, national and regional levels and to have up-to-date information on the state of the environment and environmental resources.

Our Objectives

  • Embark on advocacy activities and work in partnership with local and international organizations

  • Carrying out research on the state of the environment and the lives of the local peoples and embark on direct intervention projects

  • Build capacity in the local people to enable them participate actively in decision-making processes and developmental issues in general

  • Carry out local campaigns to oppose anthropogenic activities that are injurious to the environment and support efficient environmental management practices

  • Act as the voice of the local people especially women and children in local, national and international conventions

  • Help to mainstream gender in decision making processes involving environmental issues, health and development

Our Philosophy
Sustainable Environment: The physical and mental wellbeing of man to many extents is dependent on the environment, which is defined as the sum total of all external factors affecting an organism. The environment is fundamental to the existence of humanity and as such it should be managed in the most sustainable way, and access to safe and healthy environment is the right of the local people.  The dependence of human on a healthy environment is important to the future of human civilization. The hydrological cycle and other natural systems are of special importance to man’s existence and nature as a whole.  Hence, the restoration and sustainable management of natural ecosystems are basic ingredients for human development.

Local Participation: All developmental projects and processes are targeted at the human being; therefore, the beneficiaries of developmental processes should be actively involved in the decision-making process and in the planning and implementation of development projects. Decisions on projects affecting indigenous people should be guided by their free, prior and informed consent. Legal and institutional framework must be put in place for the empowerment of local communities especially women and marginalized people to participate in decision-making processes involving their communities.

Capacity Building: For the local people to participate actively in decision-making processes, they need to have access to information. Access to information is fundamental to the empowerment of local communities, building their capacity to participate in development processes. 

Community Development: CREDC will take development to the grassroots level and greater proportion of our attention is focused on the rural communities and the urban poor, being the most affected.  We subscribed to the fact that development will be most sustainable if the local communities are adequately integrated into development projects. So, CREDC will embark on community research projects, direct implementation of projects and policy formulation.


Areas of Focus

  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

  • Public Health and Environmental Researches

  • Renewable  Energy and Energy Efficiency

  • Environmental & Health Education

  • Water Supply and Sanitation

  • Disaster Management

  • Biodiversity Conservation

  • Wetlands Resources Conservation

  • Gender and Charity

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