African Centre for Climate Actions and Rural Development (ACCARD) Initiative”, was established as a legal and national entity in 2019 under the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Abuja, after promoting for over seven (7) years, environmental and climate activities, as well as projects in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, as Centre for Environment and Sustainable Livelihood Projects (CESLP). One of its many projects has the Theme “the State of the Niger Delta Environment.” The programme, among others focuses on youth capacity development and involvement, as well as, the community participation in environmental management. ACCARD strongly believe in “Attitudinal change” and as such, it is committed to building environmentally conscious societies in Africa, and raising future leaders by a “catch them young” approach. The Centre also campaigns for good governance and policies implementation in partnership with notable Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), academia, government and international organizations, as well as multi-nationals operating in such communities.
The operation of ACCARD (and previous CESLP )in the last 7 years, as a community-based organization has contributed greatly to human capacity and societal development, and has made ACCARD Initiative one of the United Nation (UN) Sustainable development goals (SDG’s) leaders, especially goal #13 and #17, namely – climate actions and partnership respectively. However, the initiative was upgraded to ACCARD in other to expand its activities and scope of operation. The organization is founded by Elohor Freeman OLUOWO.
Registered on the 24th July 2019, under the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Government of Nigeria under the Company and Allied Matters Act of 1990.
Its activities have been operational since November 2009 through Centre for Environment and Sustainable Livelihood Projects (CESLP). And have been upgraded from a registered Community-Based Organization (CBO) with registration no DT/ 14/ 0818 under the Ministry of Youth Development, to expand its operational capacity.