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GEF to invest $255 million in forestry, food security, cities


In the light of its bid to address environmental challenges facing the planet, the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) is beefing-up the impact of its investments and tackling drivers of degradation. Consequently, the organisation has refreshed its global strategy over the next four years. A select number of integrated investments will seek to produce multiple environmental benefits by working with a ...

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Children living in fear in northeastern Nigeria


Hauwa, 16, is from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, a region blighted by years of Boko Haram insurgency. She says fear is with her daily, dictating how she lives. “I’m scared of walking along roads on my own because I don’t want to be raped for the second time,” she told me on the day I met ...

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IUCN hosts second Great Green Wall e-forum


From July 15th to August 11th, 2013, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) organised a first E-Forum with the objective of strengthening the involvement of the civil society in the implementation of the Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI). Over 130 participants took part in this E-Forum. The results of the online consultation were presented ...

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Rights group criticises Lagos’ World Bank water deal


The Lagos State Government has been accused by a civil society organisation of double-speaking on a transaction on water provision it reportedly got involved with. According to the group, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), the announcement by Lagos State Water Corporation (LSWC) that it is seeking partnership with private individuals on how to meet current demand for water ...

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Renewables on the rise, says study


In the last couple of years, almost 22% of global electricity was produced from renewable sources, a study has revealed. It adds that renewables now account for over half of the world’s estimated 280GW of new installed electric capacity. Titled: “Renewables on the rise: A West African Energy Transformation” and published last November, the report reveals that the total global ...

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Infographic: Preventing malaria, sanitation-related diseases


Chairman, WASH (water, sanitation & hygiene) Media Network Nigeria, Edo State Chapter, Francis Odupute, is co-ordinator of this infographic initiative designed to raise awareness on the malaria scourge and WASH-related diseases, which are prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa in particular and the developing world in general. According to the environmental cartoonist, this is the first edition of a multi-phase intervention (“WASH ...

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