NGO Coalition for Environment (NGOCE) began as a Network of environment-related Non-Governmental Organization in 1995 and held her inaugural meeting in Ediba lane, Calabar. NGOCE was borne out of the desire to bring about sustainable management of the Cross River state rainforest through effective participation of relevant stakeholders like the government and forest-dependent communities.
With a very formidable membership base and highly motivated Board and Staff, NGOCE, over the years has made contributions to the globalization of the campaign to protect the last Tropical Rainforest in Nigeria (One of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world). This campaign is ongoing. NGOCE advocated for the creation of the Cross River State Forestry Commission which currently operates a partnership between government, the private sector, and the civil society (at the board level) since the year 2000. NGOCE, through its Board Chairman, Dr. Odigha Odigha, won the 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa, for its role in community forest conservation and environmental protection in Nigeria.
NGOCE is a major center for reference for environmental and NGO activities in Nigeria and has implemented several projects with funding from local and international donors and has also been a spawning ground for most of the environmental related NGOs in Cross River State.