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Esperanza: Illegal fishing vessels arrested in Guinea Bissau
My Esperanza

The Greenpeace ship, My Esperanza, is currently on an expedition in West Africa to document the threat from overfishing to the marine environment and food security for millions of Africans depending on fish to survive Four fishing vessels have been arrested in Guinea Bissau waters after joint patrols by Greenpeace and the Fisheries Surveillance Department of Guinea Bissau (FISCAP) found ...

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Group decries Lagos sand mining, dredging
sand-mining

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has expressed concern over the increasing menace of sand mining and dredging in parts of Lagos State, describing it as a “disastrous” venture. The organisation has thus called on the relevant government agencies to urgently curb the menace before it gets out of hand. Sand mining is the process of removal of sand and gravel ...

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Marine litter: UN declares war on ocean plastic
plastic

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday, February 23 2017 launched a global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter – such as microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic – by the year 2022. Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia, the “#CleanSeas campaign” is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; ...

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Greenpeace West Africa expedition raises awareness on state of fisheries
My Esperanza

Greenpeace ship – “My Esperanza” – has docked at the port of Praia in Cape Verde. For 11 weeks, the Esperanza will sail the waters of six West Africa States – Cape Verde, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal – to raise awareness on the state of fisheries through political events, public engagement and consultations with the West-African ...

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Invisible plastic particles a major source of ocean pollution – Study

Tiny plastic particles washed off products such as synthetic clothes and car tyres could contribute up to 30% of the “plastic soup” polluting the world’s oceans and – in many developed countries – are a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic waste, according to a new report by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The report ...

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UN works to safeguard planet’s oceans
Oceans

The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard on Wednesday, February 15 2017 at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June’s Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard the planet’s oceans and help them recover from human-induced problems. “When leaders from across Governments, ...

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Ghana: Measuring livelihood dependency on river flow
Laetitia-Pettinotti

As part of the blog series on IUCN’s “WISE-UP to Climate” project, project partner, BC3 (Basque Centre for Climate Change) research economist, Laetitia Pettinotti, writes on her experience in Ghana Last September the “WISE-UP to Climate” team visited the dry Northern region of Ghana, destination: the communities of Arigu, Bisigu, and Pwalugu which line the White Volta River. It was ...

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Angola ratifies Abidjan Convention
Jose-Eduardo-dos-Santos

The Government of Angola has ratified the Abidjan Convention, making it the 19th nation out of the 22 countries in the Convention area to do so. The ratification instrument, transmitted by the Ivorian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (depository of the Convention) to the Convention Secretariat in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire last August, was signed by the President of the ...

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World Wetlands Day: Five wetlands that mitigate extreme weather
Mangroves

Mangroves Mangroves are salt-water tolerant shrubs and trees that grow in shallow, tropical coastal waters. Their roots bind the shoreline and each kilometre of mangrove forest can reduce a storm surge by 50cm, blunting the impact of cyclones/hurricanes and tsunamis. Every hectare of mangrove and coastal marsh is worth up to $15,161 a year in disaster-related services. Mangroves also store ...

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UNEP, IAEA to analyse marine contaminants in Abidjan Convention area
Abou Bamba

Millions of people along Africa’s Atlantic seaboard stand to benefit from an agreement between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) aimed at improving the analysis of contaminants in the Abidjan Convention area. The agreement, which focused on “Practical arrangements on Cooperation in the Strengthening of Data Quality Assurance in the Analysis of Contaminants ...

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