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Emissions: Cross River’s carbon law emerges as REDD+ action plan is validated


Nigeria may have taken yet another vital step towards rounding up its REDD+ Readiness Plan (and graduating to the Implementation Phase) as stakeholders reviewed – in the bid to validate – two separate documents related to forest monitoring and emissions referencing. Similarly, Cross River State, which is hosting the site of the nation’s flagship UN-REDD Programme project site, announced that ...

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India ratifies Paris Agreement

Shri Narendra Modi

India on Sunday, 2 October 2016 deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This is coming as Mali, Ukraine and the Federated States of Micronesia all recently deposited their instruments of ratification of the global pact with the UN body. It brings the number of Parties that have ratified ...

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Homes, churches, farms overrun as floods ravage Rivers communities

flooded home

It has been a tale of woes as floods takeover Egbema communities in River State, even as community leaders blame Nigerian Agip Oil Company for being responsible for the catastrophe. The flood has so far displaced more than 1,000 persons and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed. Alexander Uba, a community leader and a former Youth President, remarks: “This disaster ...

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Images: REDD+, forest Plan validation meeting

Philip Bankole

The last two days of September 2016 in Abuja featured a gathering of stakeholders who attempted a final review of draft documents of both the National Forest Monitoring System Action Plan (NFMS AP) and the National Forest Reference Emission Level/Forest Emission Levels (FRELs/FRLs). Organised by the Nigeria REDD+ Programme, UN-REDD Programme, Cross River State Government and Federal Ministry of Environment, ...

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East Africa records surge in renewable energy investment

solar power

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), in cooperation with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), on Thursday published the latest in its series of regional reports on the state of renewable energy. The East African Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report reveals that the off-grid market is firmly established in the region and is ...

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Gabon rallies Africa to combat illegal fishing


The Government of Gabon is engaging other African countries to collaborate in marine protection and the fight against illegal fishing in the continental waters. The announcement follows the successful conclusion of a five-month long surveillance and control mission’s intense investigation at sea dubbed Operation Albacore, a pioneering collaboration between Sea Shepherd Global, a global NGO that fights illegal fishing and ...

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Roads used by loggers fingered as major challenge


When logging concessions are issued with very limited terms, they are often spotlighted by conservationists as harbingers of ecological harm to come. Another serious threat is the existence of logging roads that have continued to damage the environment and forest even after the logging stops. A new study by forest experts has found out that logging, both legal and illegal, ...

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Nigeria at 56: Our lies against independence leaders


Reading commentaries on Independence Day amuses me a lot especially considering our deliberate lies on our reverred independence leaders. We painted a rosy pictures of founding fathers who painstakingly laboured and delivered a united peaceful and harmonious federation. In 1960, leaders joyously received mantle of leadership without intrigues, infighting and justice delivered. In fact, ethnic politics, corruption, skewed federalism, controversial census ...

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Latin American and Caribbean nations emphasise carbon pricing


Countries in Latin American and the Caribbean region are among the most ambitious in terms of combating climate change and are increasingly making use of markets in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to green their economies. This was the key conclusion of the three-day Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum in Panama City, Panama which was wrapped up ...

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Ministers approve EU ratification of Paris Agreement


In a historic move, EU ministers on Friday approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the European Union. The decision was reached at an extraordinary meeting of the Environment Council in Brussels, Belgium. This decision brings the Paris Agreement very close to entering into force. In fact, observers believe that the global agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is all ...

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