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How Akwa Ibom is tackling climate change – Emmanuel

Governor Udom Emmanuel

Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has said that, in responding to the challenges of climate change, the state has adopted several measures aimed at not only curbing the phenomenon’s biophysical and socio-economic consequences, but also ensuring that it does not negate some of its developmental programmes. Emmanuel, who spoke during the opening of the state’s maiden Climate Change ...

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How boreholes provided lifeline to Malawian community

Mary Msamph

Mary Msampha used to walk 10 kilometres to and from her house searching for water in Lipiri, Dowa District, Central Region Malawi. The area is within the control of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kayembe and shares boundary with T/A Chakhaza, another popular chief in the district. “Our children suffered a lot. Even cooking food was a challenge without water. Secondly, as ...

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Images: People at the heart of land restoration

construction material

Land restoration in northern Niger  in West Africa is making degraded areas productive again, providing economic opportunities in a region where migration has become a tradition. Now, under Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations’ (FAO) Action Against Desertification programme, these efforts are being expanded to six African countries. According to the FAO, this development shows that land degradation ...

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More investment crucial to upscale Great Green Wall initiative

Jose Graziano da Silva

During a high-level event on the Great Green Wall initiative, leaders of African countries called for increased investment in combatting desertification and land degradation to improve the lives of the people of Africa’s drylands. “The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is committed to scaling up support to the Great Green Wall initiative,” said José Graziano Da ...

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Foresters emphasise on integration to achieve SDGs

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali Bin Apong

Key forestry experts from governments, the private sector and NGOs gathered on Wednesday for the opening of the Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit 2016 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Regional leaders reinforced the importance of working in partnership between governments, private sector, forest scientists and communities towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in the Paris Agreement. Opening the Summit Brunei’s ...

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Five years after UNEP report: Will Ogoni breathe again?


August 4, 2016 marks the 5th anniversary of the submission of the report of the assessment of the environment of Ogoniland to former President Jonathan by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report etched for Nigeria and the world, the damning levels of hydrocarbon and other toxic pollutions in Ogoniland. The report more or less indicated that a state of ...

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Cameroon ratifies Paris Agreement

Cameroon's President, Paul Biya

Cameroon has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the United Nations, making it the 21st nation to do so. The instrument was deposited on Friday, 29 July 2016. Cameroon had earlier signed the global treaty. Cameroon closely follows Peru, which recently did likewise At the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), held in ...

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UNICEF: Vulnerable children most impacted by climate change

Climate change

The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN’s children’s rights and emergency relief organisation, has warned that climate change is a dangerous and disruptive force for many children around the world and is particularly impacting the most vulnerable. In its 2016 annual report, the organisation says that poor and disadvantaged children were disproportionately affected by humanitarian disasters last year – ...

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NEMA provides for repentant Boko Haram insurgents

Boko Haram attack

Towards fast-tracking peace process in the North-eastern Nigeria, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has presented food and non-food items to the military for Operation Safe Corridor Programme meant to de-radicalise, rehabilitate and re-integrate 800 Boko Haram insurgents that surrendered‎. Presenting the items in Gombe, the Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi said, “The initiative, which is in line ...

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British businesses urged to invest in Eko Atlantic City

Pierre Edde

Eko Atlantic City, a sprawling mixed-use estate being built on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Lagos, has been described as an opportunity for British businesses to make a difference in Nigeria. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, who made the submission during a recent tour of the project site by a trade delegation of the British ...

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