UNEP’s scientific assessment is focused on Ogoniland, a kingdom which covers close to 1,000
square kilometres in Rivers State, southern Nigeria. Ogoniland is situated in the Niger
Delta region, the third largest mangrove ecosystem in the world.
Ogoniland has a population of close to 832,000 (according to the 2006 National Census).
The region is divided administratively into four local government areas: Eleme, Gokana,
Khana, and Tai. The Ogoni people are predominantly farmers and fishermen.
At the project’s peak, some 30 local staff were employed with UNEP’s project team based
in Port Harcourt including technical, communications and administrative staff, as well
as drivers. These staff were supported in the field by voluntary community
representatives from across Ogoniland.
Map of UNEP study area