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Images: Departing Amina Mohammed hands over


Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Amina J. Mohammed, in Abuja on Friday, February 24 2017 handed over the reigns of office to the Environment Minister of State, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, to resume duty as the United Nations Deputy Secretary General.  

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Government receives hazardous chemicals’ elimination plan from UNIDO

Mallam Ibrahim Usman

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has submitted the Reviewed and Updated National Implementation Plan (NIP) for the Stockholm Convention on the elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to the Federal Government. The Stockholm Convention is an international treaty developed to protect human health and the environment from Persistent Organic Pollutants. The Treaty was adopted in 2001, but came ...

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Greenpeace West Africa expedition raises awareness on state of fisheries

My Esperanza

Greenpeace ship – “My Esperanza” – has docked at the port of Praia in Cape Verde. For 11 weeks, the Esperanza will sail the waters of six West Africa States – Cape Verde, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal – to raise awareness on the state of fisheries through political events, public engagement and consultations with the West-African ...

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CDM procedures simplified to increase efficiency

Frank Wolke

The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Bonn, Germany on Thursday, February 23 2017 adopted what looks like an exhaustive package of standards and procedures which seek to improve the use of the mechanism in the future. Under the CDM, projects in developing countries earn a saleable credit for each tonne of greenhouse gas they reduce or ...

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Activists pick holes in biosafety law, process

GMO rice

Once again, stakeholders appear to have brought to the fore, critical issues and concerns of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the Nigerian Biosafety Management Act 2015. At a daylong gathering in Benin City, Edo State on Wednesday, February 22 2017, participants brainstormed on what they perceive as “the increased aggressive push of the biotechnology companies in partnership with their local ...

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Ebegba not NIREC member – NBMA

Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has said that its Director-General / CEO, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, is not a member of the National Inter-Religious Council (NIREC). The agency disclosed in a statement on Friday, February 24 2017 that a media report listing its Dr. Ebegba as a member of the NIREC was untrue. The statement reads: “The Agency wishes to ...

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New water project launched in Zambia


Member of Parliament (MP) representing Nyimba in Zambia, Olipa Mwansa, has commended Eastern Water and Sewerage Company (EWSC) and Devolution Trust Fund (DTF) for remaining committed to improve the lives of the people through the provision of quality water. Ms Mwansa was launching the K2.5 million water supply project financed by the DTF in Nyimba. She noted that lack of ...

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Mancini, others favoured to replace Ranieri

Roberto Mancini

It is no longer news that Leicester City Football Club of England has parted ways with its manager, Claudio Ranieri. It happened on the night of Thursday, February 23 2017, some nine months after leading the team to the Premier League title. Appointed City manager in July 2015, Ranieri led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the club’s 133-year history ...

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Images: Green bonds investors conference

Amina Mohammed,

Acting President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, was special guest at the daylong forum in Lagos on Thursday, February 23 2017 when stakeholders gathered to explore innovative financial instruments for environmental projects to address climate change. The “Green bonds capital market and investors conference”, held courtesy of the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Finance and the Debt Management Office (DMO), had ...

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Nigeria to issue Africa’s first sovereign green bond

Oscar Onyema

Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in Lagos on Thursday, February 23 2017 said that the Federal Government was making arrangements to inaugurate the first African Sovereign Green Bond to address climate change and environmental projects. Osinbajo made the submission at the Green Bonds Capital Market and Investors Conference organised by the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Debt Management Office ...

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