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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Superhighway route should avoid Ekuri, National Park, government insists


It appears the Cross Rivers State Government (CRSG) has a high mountain to climb in its bid to build its much-vaunted but controversial six-lane, 275km long Superhighway. Designed to link Calabar, the state capital, to the neighboring Benue State, the $3.5 billion highway will pass through biodiversity rich forests in the Ekuri community as well as the Cross River National ...

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Group moves to save endangered cheetahs, dogs, dolphins


The newly launched Endangered Species Rescue (ESR) has said that its priority area of focus is to save cheetahs, the African painted dogs, pink dolphins, and the climate change-threatened coral. The New York-based not-for-profit outfit says it partners with leading conservation scientists to raise money for urgent projects that protect endangered animals and help local people economically. “After a year ...

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Niger Delta: Right to food and to be free from hunger


Speaking at the Roundtable on Food Security in the Niger Delta on Thursday, July 29, 2017 in Abuja as part of the EU Climate Diplomacy Week, Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), says that food is a human right, hunger arises due to a complex of socio-political realities We are approaching this conversation on Food security in ...

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Africa Carbon Forum: Continent urged to work closer together on climate action, SDGs

Africa Carbon Forum 2017

African countries must work closer together when implementing national climate action plans under the Paris Climate Change Agreement and mobilising climate finance, whilst better integrating climate action into sustainable development planning. This was the key conclusion of ministers and key delegates who convened for the Africa Carbon Forum which ended on Friday, June 30, 2017 in Cotonou, Benin. Over 600 ...

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Fresh IUCN worry over vaquita exploitation, logging, poaching


Illegal fishing, logging and poaching are impacting two-thirds of the 57 natural World Heritage sites monitored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) this year, putting some of the world’s most precious and unique ecosystems and species at risk. Ahead of the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee, starting on Sunday, July 2, 2017 in Kraków, Poland, IUCN has ...

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UNDP, GCF address Maldives water challenges

Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, has said that the Maldives will benefit from the current transfer of Green Climate Funds (GCF) funds to an adaptation project run by the UNDP. While surrounded by water, many people in the outer islands of the Maldives suffer from recurring water supply emergencies. Variable rainfall patterns and increasing salinisation caused by ...

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Why climate policy matters for G20 finance ministers’ agenda

Ottmar Edenhofer

In order to stay below the 2 °C guardrail set in the Paris Agreement, climate policy should be integrated with the G20 finance ministers’ agenda. Finance ministers should consider the merits of carbon pricing for sound fiscal policy and thereby stimulate investments in carbon-free infrastructure. “It is rational for G20 finance ministers to embrace climate policy, even if climate change ...

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Superhighway: Government gives conditional EIA approval

Ben Ayade

The Federal Ministry of Environment on Thursday, June 29, 2017 gave conditional approval to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report prepared by the Cross River State Government in respect of the proposed Superhighway project. At a brief ceremony, officials of the Federal Ministry of Environment handed the conditionally-approved EIA report to the Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ivara ...

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Fadama bags World Bank award

Makhtar Diop

The Additional Financing to the Third Fadama Development Project (Fadama III-AF) has been honoured with the Africa VPU Team Award by the World Bank. The award was announced by the Vice President for Africa of the World Bank, Makhtar Diop. It will be recalled that Fadama-II got the Award in 2007 and Fadama-III secured the same in 2014. The Africa ...

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Nigerian youth, digital media advocate for SDGC/A 2017

Olumide Idowu

The Sustainable Development Goals Centre for Africa (SDGC/A) has picked Nigerian youth campaigner and digital media expert, Olumide Idowu, to manage social media and communications functions during the upcoming forum on “Mobilising African Intellectuals Towards Quality Tertiary Education” scheduled to hold July, 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. The primary objective of the conference, according to the organisers, is to create a ...

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