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London to host global investors at 18th Africa Energy Forum
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The Africa Energy Forum is the global investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure & industrial sectors, expected to welcome 1,000 investors, 500 public sector stakeholders, 300 technology providers, 270 developers and 70 countries in June later this year. This year sees the Forum hosted in London for the first time – at the new London Intercontinental O2 overlooking the ...

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Water experts call for partnerships in tackling challenges
Water experts call for partnerships in tackling challenges

Water experts from different countries across the globe are rooting for the partnership approach in solving problems related to the vital resource. The call comes as the water professional and authorities from Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, Tanzania meet in South Africa for a week-long knowledge exchange organised by the 2030 Water Resource Group (2030 WRG), a global public-private-civil ...

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Ségolène Royal, in Côte d’Ivoire, seeks African support for Paris Agreement
Ségolène Royal, in Côte d'Ivoire, seeks African support for Paris Agreement

“As President of the COP, I need your support to help me succeed this new mission, especially the great project that African Presidents decided during the COP 21, that of Africa to renewable energy.” Those were the words of Ségolène Royal, President of COP21, at a gathering on Friday (February 26, 2016) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Royale, who recently replaced ...

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Super Highway: HOMEF urges CRSG to halt assault on community, forests
Super Highway: HOMEF urges CRSG to halt assault on community, forests

The Cross River State Government (CRSG) has been asked to halt the bulldozers destroying farms at Etara/Eyeyen and are continuing towards Ekuri and Okuni forests/communities, preparatory to the construction of a highway. According to the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), the authorities should reroute the Super Highway along a less damaging path and away from community forests and the National ...

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Food production worries as pollinators face threat of extinction
Food production worries as pollinators face threat of extinction

A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of food supplies, according to the first global assessment of pollinators. Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators. However, the assessment, a ...

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IPBES launches biodiversity, ecosystem services assessment
IPBES launches biodiversity, ecosystem services assessment

The launch of an ambitious new three-year scientific assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services was announced in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, on Sunday (February 28, 2016) at the close of a week-long meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), IPBES is an independent intergovernmental body ...

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After cotton and maize, Nigeria to release more GM food – Ebegba
Director General Chief Executive Officer of NBMA Sir Rufus Ebegba

Sir Rufus Ebegba, the director-general and chief executive officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NABMA), at a meeting held in Abuja to review two applications submitted for the release of genetically-modified (GM) cotton and maize, said Nigerians should prepare to see more GM products in the market to serve as alternative to consumers’ choice. In this interview with Etta Michael ...

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Illegal logging negatively impacting IGR, laments Ogun
Illegal logging negatively impacting IGR, laments Ogun

The Ogun State Government has solicited the support of stakeholders in the state’s forestry sector to join its efforts in curbing illegal felling of trees in government owned forest reserves in order to enhance its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Commissioner for Forestry, Kolawole Lawal, gave the charge while addressing the Timber Contractors Association, Ogun Waterside Chapter, during a working visit ...

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Pitfalls, potential of Great Green Wall project, by group
Pitfalls, potential of Great Green Wall project, by group

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Abuja, Connected Development (CODE), has listed drawbacks being experienced by a project aimed at curbing desertification in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. The group however unfolded measures it hopes to undertake to realise the scheme’s potential. The Great Green Wall (GGW) scheme brings together Nigeria and several other countries to grow a wall of trees ...

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Photos: Immunisation campaign kicks off in Lekki community
Photos: Immunisation campaign kicks off in Lekki community

The National Immunisation Prevention Diseases (NIDPs) campaign has commenced in Lagos. The campaign is aimed at reaching 95% of children within the age of 0-59 months, notwithstanding their previous immunisation status. Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr Olufemi Onanuga, said the children would be administered with the oral polio virus vaccine, which he described ...

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