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Monthly Archives: September 2017

NCF, Anamelo collaborate on sustainable forest management

Adeniyi Karunwi

The call by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) for the restoration of the nation’s forest cover to at least 25% through the Green Recovery Nigeria (GRN) appears to be gaining momentum and support from both the public and private sectors in the country. In an apparent bid to nip the gloomy but probable prediction that Nigeria’s landscape may wear a ...

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Makoko: When climate change came to the slum


It is a small neighborhood, a crowded community that sits on a fetid lagoon, colored in sepia and greyscale, located on the coast of mainland Lagos. Wooden stilts are tucked deep inside its brackish waters with bits and pieces of rubbish adorning its surface and a tangle of boats impatiently slithering through the labyrinth of its waterways. Just above it ...

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Ghana: Efficient use of farm water vital for SDGs’ attainment, say experts

Dr. Sagre Bambangi

A cross section of agricultural scientists, water experts and sector related policy makers in Ghana have established the importance of the management of agricultural water for the national attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This was at a forum on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Accra, organised by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with the Council ...

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Climate change impacts on land and food

Nnimmo Bassey

Soil quality has direct impact on the quality of harvests. Poor soils produce poor yields and climate change affects the quality and availability of soil for food production. We experience this directly when there are floods or droughts. The increasing desertification in Nigeria can be attributed in part to climate change. Poor soil management is equally responsible for incidents of ...

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Eight innovators selected for $1m in funding

Dahabo Adi Galgallo

The African Academy of Sciences and the NEPAD Agency’s Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) on Thursday, September 28, 2017 announced funding for eight African innovators to tackle maternal, neonatal and child health on the continent. The funding, through AESA’s Grand Challenges Africa, will support researchers in Kenya, Madagascar and Senegal who were selected from among about ...

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Melaye: Court strikes out INEC’s motion for substituted service

Dino Melaye

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, September 28, 2017 struck out a motion exparte seeking a substituted service on Senator Dino Melaye by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The motion, which was earlier withdrawn by INEC before it was struck out by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, appears to be a setback on several efforts at enforcing a court ...

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EFCC arraigns vessel, six alleged oil thieves

Federal High Court

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, September 28, 2017 arraigned a vessel, MT Vine, and six suspected oil thieves before a Federal High Court, Lagos. They were arrested for allegedly stealing 1080 Metric Tons of Automated Gas Oil (AGO), popularly known as diesel. Those arraigned alongside the vessel are Okpene Peter, Lateef Akin, Sarumi Evans, Obodo Cosmos ...

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World Cities Day: Guangzhou to host global observance


The global observation of 2017 World Cities Day will be held in Guangzhou, China on October 31, the organisers announced on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The event is organised by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China (MOHURD) and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, and hosted by Guangzhou Municipal Government. World Cities Day ...

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Conservation group revises board structure to effectively combat wildlife crime

Mark Halle

TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, has revised its board structure and appointed new trustees in the bid to effectively combat wildlife crime and promote sustainable wildlife trade. Consequently, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) has been congratulated by the the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on the recent development. TRAFFIC works globally on the ...

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$50m ADB facility to boost Sri Lanka rooftop solar power

ADB-rooftop solar

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $50 million loan to help fund rooftop solar power generation systems in Sri Lanka to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the country’s energy mix. ADB will also administer a $1 million technical assistance from the Asian Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility ...

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