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Niger Delta communities clamour protection of dwindling biodiversity

Niger Delta

Communities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria are seeking government intervention in the protection and conservation of the rich biodiversity presence in the area. Members of the communities made the request recently during an interaction with a team comprising officials of the Ministry of Environment, National Planning Commission, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the coordinator of the United Nations Development ...

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Mexico submits INDC, to peak emissions 2026

President Enrique Peña Nieto

The Government of Mexico at the weekend announced its ambitious commitment towards a new international climate change agreement. As part of its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mexico announced its emissions will peak by 2026 and it will adopt an unconditional target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 22% from business ...

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Lekan Fadina: Road to Paris 2015 (14)

Prince Lekan Fadina

This piece was necessitated by outcome of the recently held roundtable in Nairobi, Kenya titled: “COP 21 and Beyond – Government, Business and Civil Society Partnership”. CISME made a presentation and actively participated. CISME emphasised its mission in connection with climate change “to raise issues on climate action, create awareness, promote education, develop capacity, promote public-private partnership, citizens involvement, entrepreneurial development, ...

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Norway submits climate action plan, targets 2030

Tine Sundtoft

Norway on Friday March 27, 2015 submitted its 2030 climate target to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In December this year, a new global climate agreement is to be concluded at the UN Climate Conference in Paris. All countries are invited to submit their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), containing emissions reductions targets, well in advance of ...

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CODE unveils web platform to monitor Nigeria elections

Uzabe - Web Shot

Ahead of Nigeria’s historic general elections, Connected Development (CODE), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Abuja, has deployed a real-time geo-specific online platform to collate and provide citizens, particularly security agencies, disaster management agencies, media and electoral officials with real-time information about the conduct of the exercise. The platform will help check other irregularities capable of undermining the outcome of ...

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Governments restate commitment to curb wildlife crime

rhino poaching

Heads of State, ministers and officials from 31 governments who met on Wednesday in Kasane, Botswana reaffirmed their determination to scale up their response to the global poaching crisis, and adopted crucial new measures to help tackle the unprecedented surge in illegal wildlife trade. During the one-day meeting, governments reported on their progress since the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade ...

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Lekan Fadina: Road to Paris 2015 (13)


I have always emphasised that COP 21 is not only a platform for negotiation but an opportunity to pursue the road to low carbon economy. Some of the parties, while addressing the reduction of emission, are also planning how to manage and consistently look at the risk adjusted investment into a new fora of sustainability activities and programmes. It is a ...

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FUTA graduates first set of WASCAL doctorate students

Wascal 2

History was made in Akure, south-west Nigeria, on Monday March 23, 2015 as the first set of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) students under the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) Graduate Research Programme (GRP) in West Africa Climate System officially passed out. Hosted by the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) in Ondo ...

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Lagos: We’re partnering with business, not privatising water


A rights advocacy group, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FOEN), in collaboration with the Corporate Accountability International (CAI), Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services (AUPCTRE) and Public Service International (PSI), recently took to the streets of Lagos to condemn plans by the Lagos State Government and the World Bank to privatise water resources ...

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ClimateReporters, online climate change magazine, launched

West Africa’s first online newspaper dedicated to opening new vistas in the coverage and reportage of climate change and the region’s environment has been launched. The online magazine, tagged “ClimateReporters” (, was launched at the weekend in the Republic of Benin, Cote d’Ívoire and Nigeria simultaneously in commemoration of the 2015 International Francophonie Day. According to its promoters, it envisions ...

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