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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Alert issued on falsified anti-malaria drugs in circulation


The Federal Government has stepped up vigilance within the drug supply chains in the country on the circulation of two confirmed falsified versions of Quinine Sulphate. A statement said the Federal Ministry of Health received a medical alert that the two falsified drugs contain zero active pharmaceutical ingredients. The statement, signed by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director, Media and Public Relations ...

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NEWMAP to battle land degradation in 12 more states

gully erosion site

Twelve additional states have recently become partners with the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in combating environmental and land degradation. The states include: Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Borno Delta, Gombe, Kano, Katsina, and Kogi. Others are ‎Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau and Sokoto. The multisector and multi-scale project, which adopts innovative approaches to preventing and reversing land degradation, initially commenced with ...

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Stemming the tide of plastics in oceans


Plastic pollution seems to be everywhere, from Atlantic beaches to Arctic sea ice to huge swirling vortexes of trash in the Pacific Ocean. Plastics can be found in every shape and size, from microscopic particles to whole refrigerators full of plastic parts. But plastic itself isn’t the enemy, experts insist, saying rather that it’s the way people handle it that ...

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WaterAid launches 15-year Nigeria programme strategy


WaterAid Nigeria has launched its 2016-2021 country programme strategy, thereby laying the foundation for the 15-year path to achieving universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene for Nigerians by 2030. Over the next five years, the organisation will focus on increasing citizens’ access to quality, equitable and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services built on a strong sector and engaged ...

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Belgium, Bulgaria ratify Nagoya Protocol

Belgium and Bulgaria have become the latest countries to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), bringing the total number of ratifications to 80. The 2010 Nagoya Protocol is a supplementary agreement to the CBD and a key element ...

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Three Persian leopards released to boost Russian population


The cats’ return to Caucasus is expected to lay a foundation for new Persian leopard population in Russia. The Persian leopard population declined drastically throughout the 20th century due to poaching and habitat loss. Three Persian leopards were on Saturday July 13,2016 released into Russia’s Caucasus (Kavkazsky) State Nature Biosphere Reserve. The event has been described as a remarkable step ...

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Singh: How rangers are working to save tigers

Rohit Singh

Rohit Singh supports ranger and law enforcement work across countries that have wild tigers as part of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Tigers Alive Initiative. He also serves as president of the Ranger Federation of Asia, an organisation that supports those on the frontlines of conservation in Asia and connects them to the world ranger community at large. He recently spoke ...

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US indigenous groups kick against pipeline erection

Dakota Access pipeline protest

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) last week jointly submitted an urgent action communication to four United Nations (UN) human rights Special Rapporteurs. It cited grave human rights and Treaty violations resulting from the construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline in close proximity to the Standing Rock Reservation by the United States ...

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How GEF civil society is fulfilling its role

Juha Uitto

An appraisal of the Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Network under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has thrown up a wide range of recommendations aimed at ensuring that the campaigners engage better with the financial organisation. The Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of GEF, in an assessment aimed at unravelling how the GEF CSO Network has fulfilled its role, recommends that a ...

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15 states may lose 2m hectares to flood, space agency reveals


The National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA) on Thursday said 15 states in Nigeria may lose two million hectares to flood. Felix Ale, the Head of Media and Corporate Communications of the agency, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. Ale said the areas were identified following a preliminary research and analysis conducted by the agency on flood prone ...

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