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GEF, UNDP, government, investors commence $239m energy efficiency scheme

UNDP-GEF-Derisking

A two-in-one, multi-million-dollar scheme aimed at ensuring efficient use of energy while minimising the emission of harmful gases has commenced. A group comprising the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Power, Cross River State Government and a team of investors is supporting the implementation of ...

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‘Ocean Atlas 2017’ sounds wake-up call on escalating sea crisis

Barbara Unmüßig

Bothered by the unsavoury conditions faced by oceans and coasts, a group of publishers is calling for local action and global regulations to raise ocean awareness, inspire societal change and protect the seas. The team, comprising the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin and Schleswig Holstein, The Future Ocean cluster of excellence in Kiel and the monthly newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique, ...

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Finland ratifies Minamata Convention

Sauli Väinämö Niinistö

The Government of Finland on Thursday, June 1, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 55th future Party to the Minamata Convention. This comes just a day after Slokavia on Wednesday, May 31 endorsed the mercury accord. Prior to that, the twin island nation of St Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 had ratified the Convention, ...

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$1bn Israeli solar commitment to ECOWAS unveiled

Energiya Global-ECOWAS-solar

Energiya Global, an Israeli solar developer, will invest $1 billion over the next four years to advance green energy power projects across the 15 member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to that effect was signed on Friday, June 2, 2017 in Monrovia, Liberia. “In honour of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s ...

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World Environment Day: What vultures’ decline portends for health, economy – NCF

Vultures

Director General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Adeniyi Karunwi, is bothered by the rate at which vultures are declining. In this treatise, he emphasises that people need to be aware of the good services vultures provide to them, and as such participate in tackling the troubles faced by the endangered birds The decline of vultures in Nigeria should be everyone’s concern ...

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Indigenous Peoples describe U.S. climate accord pull-out affront to planet, human rights

Indigenous Peoples

On Thursday, June 1 2017, President Donald Trump announced that his government would withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The U.S. now joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not party to the agreement (Nicaragua said they did not sign on because it did not go far enough). “This irresponsible and reckless action is consistent with his and ...

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As wildlife returns, Ivorian park may be struck off ‘danger list’

Comoé National Park

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has recommended withdrawing in-danger status from Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire after seeing chimps and elephants return to the park. The nature conservation body also recommends the Landscapes of Dauria in Russia and Mongolia to become a new World Heritage site. This advice is included in a set of reports for ...

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Nigeria earned $590bn from petroleum sector in 15 years, says transparency agency

Waziri Adio

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has called for closer partnership with the civil society to enable it implement remedial issues contained in its reports of the oil and gas industry. The Executive Secretary of NEITI, Waziri Adio, made the call in Abuja at a special workshop by Publish What You Pay, a leading civil society organisation working in ...

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ECOWAS partners ICEED on cookstoves testing, standards

Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki

In collaboration with the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED), the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE) is training scientists and representatives of the clean cooking energy industry in West Africa on testing and standards. The training programme, holding at the ICEED Clean Energy Training Centre in Afikpo on June 5 – 9, 2017, brings ...

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Incorporate REDD+ into national development process, UNDP advises government

REDD+ conference

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has advised the federal government to prioritise the implementation of the REDD+ programme and incorporate it into the national development processes. The UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, gave the advice at the High-Level National REDD+ conference held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Abuja. The REDD+ conference provided an opportunity for experts ...

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