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Cross River engages stakeholders in REDD+ programme


Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke, has said that the United Nations-promoted Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD+) programme being implemented in the state as a pilot area is positively impacting the citizenry in the area of forest management. Imoke, who made the disclosure on Friday in Calabar, the state capital, during the programme’s Stakeholder Engagement ...

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Calabar UN-REDD+ stakeholder forum in photos


Six broad stakeholder groups including forest dependent communities; government ministries, departments and agencies (GMDAs); media; academia; civil society organisations; and private sector players gathered for three days last week in Calabar, Cross River State (CRS), courtesy of the United Nations collaborative mechanism on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD+) Programme. The REDD+ Readiness Programme in Nigeria is being ...

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Researchers explore avenues to curb unsavoury Africa urbanisation


Following previous meetings held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in March 2013 and in Nairobi, Kenya in February 2014, the Africa Urban Research Institute (AURI) recently (November 2014) in Cape Town, South Africa convened a gathering with a thematic focus on “Urban research for reducing urban poverty” to plan for the future. Organisers were of the belief that outcomes of the ...

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FG, UAE firm in $80 million Abuja housing initiative

Housing pic

At the cost of $80 million and within a six-month construction period beginning in the New Year, the Abuja real estate market will be increased by 300 units of housing under the initial phase of a collaboration involving the Federal Government and a firm of property developers originating from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). An agreement to this effect was ...

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How COP20 mobilised over 100,000 people, embraced sustainability


Peru, the bustling Peruvian capital city, received more than 14,000 visitors from abroad and nearly 80,000 citizens attended Voices for Climate in those 12 days After two weeks of intense activity from December 1-12 2014, COP20 (20th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) mobilised a large number of people gathered ...

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Mechanisation boosts cassava yields in Nigeria, Zambia

Cassava plantation

Cassava farmers in Nigeria and Zambia who have adopted mechanised production and improved farming practices reap up to four times additional yield and attract higher purchase prices through structured market linkages, according to the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)   Farmers participating in the African Agricultural Technology Foundation’s (AATF) Cassava Mechanisation and Agro-processing Project (CAMAP) in Nigeria and Zambia realised ...

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Niger Delta rubber agroforestry raises hope for youth


To fly into the Niger Delta is to marvel at seemingly endless trees. Africa’s moist equatorial forest stretches from Congo to Gabon. Much is still pristine in Nigeria, the canopy closed. However, vast swathes have been despoiled by oil seepage and flaring. Joblessness and insecurity abound. “The young boys are punching holes in the oil pipelines,” exclaims Father Kevin O’Hara, ...

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Worldwatch Institute: Rising GHGs speeding up global warming

GHG emission

According to the most recent estimates, 2014 emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main contributor to global climate change, are projected to be 2.5 percent higher than 2013 levels, which translates into the release of 37 billion additional tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. As negotiators wrapped up their talks at the international climate conference in Lima, Peru, there is ...

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Plant breeders build capacity to resuscitate African orphan crops

Godson Nwofia

Two Nigerians – Dr Sunday Makinde of the Lagos State University, Ojo and Dr Godson Nwofia of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike  – are among 21 senior plant scientists from sub-Saharan Africa who recently graduated as the first cohort to complete training with the African Plant Breeding Academy (AfPBA) in Nairobi, Kenya. From 11 countries and 19 institutions, ...

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