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Local communities outperform governments, groups in conservation, says report

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

New findings released on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Oslo suggest Indigenous Peoples and local communities dramatically outperform other managers, conserving lands and forests for a quarter the cost of public and private investments to conserve protected areas. The new report, “Cornered by Protected Areas,” co-authored by Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and the Rights ...

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Accurate data, collaboration necessary for waste management – Environmentalist

waste compactors

An environmentalist, Dr Abdulganiyu Adelopo, has said that effective waste management will require accurate data generation and collaboration with the academia. Adelopo, Quality Control Officer, Works and Physical Department, University of Lagos, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. “For the government to plan sustainable waste management ...

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Absence of indigenous land rights will engender insecurity in Amazon

Shipibo Konibo

On the eve of its address to the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum (OTFF), Peru’s national indigenous organisation, AIDESEP, has launched a joint report with the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) which highlights the Peruvian government’s seeming inability to meet its progressive commitments to recognise indigenous peoples’ land rights. On a positive note, it documents rapid progress in the registration of indigenous lands thanks to decentralised funding programmes ...

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Saying ‘no’ to palm oil won’t halt biodiversity loss – IUCN

Palm oil plantation

Banning palm oil would most likely increase the production of other oil crops to meet demand for oil, displacing rather than halting the significant global biodiversity losses caused by palm oil, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned in a report published on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The IUCN report, titled: “Palm Oil and Biodiversity”, is an analysis ...

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CVF summit offers fresh hope for climate accord implementation – Stakeholders


President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and incoming Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), Dr. Hilda C. Heine, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 announced the first ever carbon-free online summit of world leaders on November 22, 2018. The announcement, says the Climate Action Network (CAN), gives new hope that the world will attain a critical decision by ...

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Talanoa Dialogue offers unique opportunity for better future – Espinosa

patricia espinosa

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, has said that the upcoming political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue to be held in December at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, will be an unprecedented opportunity for visualising and realising a climate-safe future. Ms. Espinosa spoke at the EU for Talanoa Conference in Brussels, convened by the European Union ...

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Agricultural production, biodiversity protection key to 2030 Agenda attainment


Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Cristiana Pașca Palmer, has said that that strengthened agricultural production and protecting biodiversity are key “intertwined challenges” at the heart of the 2030 Agenda. Palmer, who made the submission on Monday, June 25, 2018 at the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Side Event during the Global Environment Facility (GEF) 54th ...

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Emirates Airline, US firm to build $40m vertical farm

vertical farming

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) flagship carrier, Emirates Airline, has launched a joint project with U.S. Crop One Holdings, to build the world’s largest vertical farming facility. The facility would be near Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport, Emirates said in a statement on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. “Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC), the flight catering division of Emirates, and Crop One, a ...

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Ebola outbreak under control in Congo, says WHO


The spread of Ebola seems to have been stopped in Congo, less than three months after the outbreak of the deadly disease was declared, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. “The UN agency is cautiously confident that the outbreak has been contained,’’ a spokesman told a news conference in Geneva. The last infection was confirmed ...

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Solar energy: ECOWAS to enhance electricity access in 19 countries

Off-grid lighting Africa

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is set to enhance sustainable electricity access through solar in 19 West African countries and the Sahel region to promote development in the region. Stakeholders from the energy sector in the region, therefore, gathered in Accra, Ghana on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at a regional workshop to develop modalities to implement the ...

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