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Nnimmo Bassey: Let’s talk about our land

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, HOMEF

Although we do know that the environment affects everything we do in life, including how we live and die, we often think that it does not matter what we do to the Planet. Demands for stewardship in relation to how we relate to the gifts of Nature are sometimes regarded as affront to political power wielders and corporate entities that ...

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Cautious optimism greets UN Geneva climate talks upshot

Julie

The UN climate talks in Geneva, Switzerland, closed on Friday, February 13, 2015 with an air of optimism having made progress towards a new agreement that is due to be signed in Paris at the end of the year. According to the Climate Action Network (CAN), the draft agreement seems on track to signal an end to fossil fuel emissions ...

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Geneva: Governments agree negotiating text for Paris climate agreement

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According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the spirit of Lima transforms into spirit of Geneva en route to the December Climate Conference in Paris A key milestone towards a new, universal agreement on climate change was reached in Geneva, Switzerland last week following seven days of negotiations by over 190 nations. Nations concluded the Geneva ...

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Lekan Fadina: Road to Paris 2015 (2)

Prince Lekan Fadina

The first meeting preparatory to COP 21 in Paris, France ended on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland. There were several issues on the table but this piece is a continuation of our series “The Road  from Lima to Paris” and will focus on the structure of the agreement and the way forward from the Geneva meeting. We must stress that our ...

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Shell denies attempting to thwart Ogoniland cleanup

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The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has alleged that Shell may be attempting to thwart the recommended cleanup of Ogoniland through a deal with a local company called Belema Oil. But the oil giant has denied the allegation, saying that, while fully committed to the Ogoniland cleanup, it has no dealings Belema Oil. Shell is said to have ...

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Government’s housing milestones, by minister

Akon Eyakenyi, Minister of Lands, Housing & Urban Development

Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs Akon Eyakenyi, in this interview addresses a range of issues related to her duty post, even as she lists achievements by government   What is the level of Federal Governments collaboration with the World Bank in the provision of affordable houses? Yes we have a good cordial relationship with the World Bank ...

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Human health benefits from protecting biodiversity, says report

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary

A report on biodiversity and health launched on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the 14th World Congress on Public Health, in Kolkata, India, shows the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to better human health. The report, titled: “Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health,” demonstrates that the relationship between biodiversity and human health is extensive and complex. It ...

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Taraba to institutionalise participatory forest management

Taraba Pix

The Taraba State Government of Nigeria has been enjoined to institutionalise and build on the Participatory Forest Management approach to natural resources conservation initiated by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF). As part of efforts to arrest the degradation of forest as a result of overexploitation of timber products, the NCF had in the past implemented the Participatory Forest Management Project ...

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Oxfam, NCF build farmers’ climate adaptive capacity

Tourists at the Omo Forest Reserve

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Oxfam are making efforts to improve small scale farmer’s resilience to climate change food security. Tagged: Farmers Field School (FFS), the initiative is aimed at preparing farmers to adapt to and cope with the negative effects of climate change. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the initiative in Omo J4 Forest Reserve, NCF’s Chief ...

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African ministers accelerate efforts to build weather resilience

Rhoda Peace Tumusiime

Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa are meeting to coordinate and accelerate regional efforts to strengthen resilience to weather hazards and adapt to climate change. The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) is being hosted by the government of Cape Verde from 10th to14th February. It focuses on improving weather and climate services which are vital ...

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