The Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme (BDCP) is a globally recognized not-for-profit organization established in 1992 that promotes the sustainable utilization of natural products. BDCP and its affiliates promote high quality scientific research on sustainable utilization of biological resources for health, economic development and conservation of the environment; create knowledge in the application of technology and global commerce for poverty alleviation; and develop partnerships with agencies, communities and governments for sustainable development.
BDCP’s focus is on innovative management and technical support for grass roots sustainable development projects with special emphasis on projects that promote health, sustain biodiversity, utilise natural products and support traditional healers. Traditional healers, the major custodian of biodiversity and ethnomedicinal knowledge, are integrated into all projects, resulting in truly unique grass roots efforts. The result of this work has been the creation of a successful drug development and biodiversity conservation programme, where reciprocity and capacity building are central to the process.
Because of its high international standing, BDCP has in the past collaborated with and received grants from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Health Organization (WHO), the United States National Science Foundation, US Dept of Agriculture, U.S. National Institute of Health, South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Ford Foundation. In Nigeria, BDCP has worked with various agencies of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, the Federal Ministry of Environment, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Federal Ministry of Health. We have also collaborated with Nigerian universities, as well as the beverage and pharmaceutical companies for the development of specific commercial products in an ethical manner. The organization facilitated and supervised the first Nigerian Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) under contract with UNDP.
BDCP’s main goal is to ensure the well-being of tropical ecosystems and their human inhabitants through practical innovative mechanisms of sustainable development, including bioprospecting research, biodiversity inventory management and dissemination as well as poverty alleviation through benefit sharing. BDCP has worked on this goal for nearly two decades, bringing together people and resources to improve the lives and welfare of people in tropical ecosystems, with a focus on Africa, and particularly in Nigeria.