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Paris Agreement: Groups ask governments to produce African Rule Book

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Leading non-state actors and civil society groups from across Africa have called on African governments to kick-start the process of designing an African Rule Book for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The book, according to them, will help in galvanising a robust presentation of African perspectives in the Paris Rule Book which is being formulated. The call was made ...

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Ocean Conference: Countries agree on decisive actions to restore marine health

Ambassador Peter Thomson

The 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously agreed to a set of measures that will begin the reversal of the decline of the ocean’s health as the five-day Ocean Conference came to a close in New York on Friday, June 9, 2017. The outcome document, together with more than 1,300 commitments to action, observers say, marks a breakthrough ...

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African CSOs hold pre-AMCEN talks in Libreville

Pre-AMCEN talks

Ahead of the 16th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) scheduled for 12th to 16th of June 2017 in Gabon, an Africa-wide civil society workshop on the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement, SDGs and Agenda 2063 began on Friday, June 9, 2017 in Libreville. Organised by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in collaboration ...

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Radio Report: Nigerians urged to support government climate action

President Muhammadu Buhari

Wealthy Nigerians have been called upon to support the Federal Government in implementing the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) towards executing the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Babajide Alo, who made the call during an interactive session with some environment journalists in Lagos, said Nigerians should be thankful to the present government ...

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GMOs: We’ll regulate biosafety sector based on science, not sentiments – Ebegba

Rufus Ebegba

Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, has said that the agency will not regulate the biosafety industry and the technology therein on sentiments’ grounds. Therefore, he adds, the organisation will not be deterred by campaigns unfavourable to its operations. Ebegba made the submission on Friday, June 9, 2017 in Abuja while receiving executive members of the ...

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GMOs: Campaigners reiterate need for biosafety law overhaul

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Activists have once again called on the authorities to review the National Biosafety Management Act 2015 as, according to them, it cannot in its present form protect the interest of Nigerians. The call formed one of the numerous resolutions reached at the close of Stakeholders Workshop on Food Sovereignty and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) held in Abuja on Tuesday, June ...

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Italy funds solid waste feasibility study in Kenya’s Ngong town

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The Government of Italy is providing a soft loan to the Government of Kenya to improve solid waste management in Ngong town, a satellite urban centre of the capital city, Nairobi. The project will allow the introduction of sanitary landfill technology and resource recovery facilities at a new site in Ngong town that will replace the illegal dumpsite that is ...

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Sweden supports Clean Seas Campaign to curb marine litter

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Litter in the seas is a major global environmental problem. In connection with the Ocean Conference in New York, Sweden is joining the Clean Seas Campaign, a global UN Environment initiative to reduce marine litter. Sweden will also provide financial support to UN Environment’s work on the issue. “Oceans are the lifeblood of humanity, but they are being turned into ...

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World Oceans Day: West, Central Africa face food insecurity from overfishing

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Inger Andersen, Director-General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in a messeage to observe the World Oceans Day, discloses that a recent IUCN report shows that many species off the coast of western and central Africa are in danger, threatening food security in the region Where did life on Earth begin? The fact is, no one ...

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$9.1m GCF facility boosts wetlands management in Peruvian communities

Peruvian comminities

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has begun disbursing resources to the first project it approved in Peru’s Amazon, providing dual benefits by safeguarding the “planet’s lungs” and bolstering the resilience of indigenous people. This $9.1 million climate finance initiative will help indigenous communities in the northern Peruvian province of Datem del Marañón manage their wetland resources in ways that avoid deforestation and ...

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