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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Thirty-three states jostle for three REDD+ project slots

Lafia REDD+

Thirty-three out of Nigeria’s 36 states are contesting for slots earmarked for only three states under the Reducing emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Programme of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). Cross River, Ondo and Nasarawa states, being beneficiaries of a FCPF $3.8 million facility, are already implementing a REDD+ Readiness Programme, and it has been the desire of ...

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Zik’s wife plants tree to ‘green’ Ekwueme federal varsity campus

AE-FUNAI tree planting

In line with the campus-green initiative of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, to make the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI) in Ebonyi State the most beautiful and eco-friendly institution in Nigeria, the wife of the first President of Nigeria, Professor Uche Azikiwe, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 joined other well-meaning Nigerians to plant a tree in the university, in ...

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Privatisation won’t reverse water sector’s woes, ERA tells government

Suleiman Adamu

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has commended the Federal Government for declaring a state of emergency in the water sector, but disagreed with the government position that private sector participation will reverse the sector’s woes. Minister for Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, announced recently that the declaration of emergency in the water sector was an effort to ...

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Concern as youths clash over Cross River oil palm estate

Oil Palm Estate crisis

The inhabitants of Boki Local Government Area in Cross River State are presently living under serious tension as angry youth battle for the control of Boki Oil Palm Estate, Borum. This crisis, which began last year, has claimed the lives of many innocent people, destroyed properties and left many others traumatised. Reacting to the ugly incident, the chairman of Ochibe Boki, ...

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Governments meet to step-up climate action for Paris Agreement application

World Conference Centre Bonn

Governments are meeting for the next round of UN climate change negotiations from Monday, April 30 to Thursday, May 10, 2018 to further develop the guidelines for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. This will allow the Agreement to become operational. The guidelines, or operating manual, are needed to unlock practical actions to realise the full potential of ...

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Bicycle projects can now earn saleable credits under Clean Development Mechanism


Projects that increase bicycle use over fossil fuel-burning vehicles can now earn carbon credits, thanks to a decision taken by the Board that oversees the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The CDM is one of the Flexible Mechanisms defined in the Kyoto Protocol that provides for emissions reduction projects which generate Certified Emission Reduction units (CERs) which may be traded in emissions trading ...

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‘Up Against Trafficking’ campaign launched in Maiduguri

Up Against Trafficking

“Up Against Trafficking”, a campaign that is aimed at protecting Boko Haram victims from sex trafficking, has been officially launched in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, in northeast Nigeria. At least 200 women and children in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Madinatu and Bulumkutu, where girls have reported how they were approached by human traffickers who took them ...

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GEF, group plant 1,000 trees in schools

Tree planting

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP) are planting 1,000 trees in schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to mark the World Earth Day. Executive Director, GIFSEP, Mr David Terungwa, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, following the launch of the “Trees ...

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Kano warns against indiscriminate disposal of waste

Ali Makoda

The Kano State Government on Saturday, April 28, 2018 warned residents against indiscriminate disposal of wastes. Dr Ali Makoda, the state Commissioner for Environment, gave the warning while monitoring the monthly environmental sanitation in Kano, the state capital. Malam Aliyu Yakubu, the Director, Administration and General Services in the Ministry, who represented Makoda, said that the warning became necessary considering the ...

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World Bank, FAO on appraisal mission to additional funding-seeking NEWMAP

Salisu Dahiru Newmap

A three-day joint World Bank/FAO Appraisal Mission to the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Project (NEWMAP) for Additional Financing (AF) commenced on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Abuja. The mission is to ascertain readiness for implementation, agree on a clear implementation timeline and prepare for negotiations. Some 19 NEWMAP participating states and Environment Commissioners in such states, state Newmap Project Coordinators and ...

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