The Nigeria Bird Atlas Project (NiBAP) started at the end of 2015 as an initiative of the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), Jos, Nigeria with technical support from the Animal Demography Unit (ADU), University of Cape Town, South Africa. The project aims to engage volunteer members of the Nigerian public to collect and update information on the distribution of birds to be published in a bird atlas for Nigeria and in the process increase public awareness about biodiversity and environmental conservation in Nigeria.
With initial funding grant from ScandinavKonsult, Sweden and BirdLife Sweden, the APLORI Atlas team including a project coordinator, a manager, and one project assistant was set up to kick off the project in December 2015. This team was given the mandate to carry out dedicated atlasing around the country to survey as many areas as possible and to recruit volunteers for the project. In 2017, two new members were recruited to the project team to assist and facilitate communication with the growing volunteer base for the project.