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Odigha: How Cross River can build credible national REDD+ process

Odigha Odigha, Chairman

Chairman, Cross River State Forestry Commission, Odigha Odigha, is committed to the implementation of the UN-REDD+ Readiness programme, with the state collaborating with the Federal Government under an innovative, two-track approach. During a recent Stakeholder Engagement Forum in Calabar, he bares his mind on a number of issues entailing the climate change mitigation programme that will soon spread to other ...

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Fresh maternal mortality concern as expectant mother dies controversially

Late Mrs Folake Adeyemi

Nigeria’s worrisomely high maternal mortality ratio was called to question recently when an expectant mother, Folake Oduyoye, 35, died on December 13, 2014 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, under controversial circumstances. It is believed that the deceased’s husband, Adeyemi Oduyoye, could not pay the over N1.3 million incurred after his late wife’s over one month’s stay in the ...

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More reactions trail outcome of COP 20 climate talks


The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has expressed pessimism about the outcomes of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 20) that held this month in Lima, describing the failure of developed nations to cede ground on contentious issues beneficial to poor countries as a reminder of the “missteps” of previous talks. About 196 nations that gathered ...

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Nigeria and need for green growth policy


In light of the fact that the green colour is rooted in Nigeria’s heritage as a nation, Adeola Adebiyi of the non-governmental organisation (NGO), Decarbonising The Next Generation, underlines the fact that developing and implementing a Green Growth Policy is critical to the country’s wellbeing For Nigeria, the green is rooted in its heritage as a nation. It is a ...

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Group develops climate resilience strategy in local council


In partnership with Amuwo Odofin Local Government (AOLG) in Lagos State and with support from the Heinrich Boll Foundation, Community Conservation and Development Initiatives (CCDI) has produced a participatory risk reduction and management strategy. As all local governments in Lagos face climate change risks, the strategy, according to CCDI’s Director of Programmes, Kofo Adeleke, could be used as a model ...

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Climate concerns rise amid growing global coal consumption


Global coal consumption rose three percent from 2012 to 2013, reaching over 3,800 million tons of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2013. While the pace of growth is down from 7.1 percent in 2010, the continued increase in coal consumption and related carbon emissions is a cause for substantial concern among climate scientists. If this trend continues, attempts to keep global ...

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Malawi commits to sufficient, long-term water supply

President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika

President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, has said that his government is geared at not only solving the water challenges in Blantyre for now, but set the Blantyre Water Board (BWB) to ably supply sufficient water for the population of year 2040. Mutharika said this recently during the national address to the public, which was broadcast on public radio and television ...

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Improving access to family planning for climate-compatibility

Robert Engelman

Policymakers and others working to slow human-caused climate change and make societies more resilient to its impacts should consider potential contributions to that effort from expanded access to family planning, a group of experts recommends. The first step is simply to open dialogues on possible connections between climate change and family planning, and the right of individuals and the services ...

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2015: Politicians urged to mainstream sanitation into campaigns


WaterAid Nigeria wants political parties and their candidates to mainstream water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) issues into political campaigns, as the country prepares to hold  the 2015 general elections. Towards achieving this, the UK charity in collaboration with several civil society partners including YouthWASH Nigeria and Water and Sanitation Media Network is mobilising the general public to demand political parties and ...

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