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Council adopts 24-project work programmes under GEF-7

GEF Council Meeting

The 55th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council convened in Washington, DC, US, from December 18 to 20, 2018 at World Bank headquarters. Representatives of governments, international organisations, and civil society organisations (CSOs) attended the three-day meeting, which also included the 25th meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund ...

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Biodiversity areas’ coordination group inaugurated

National Coordination Group (NCG) for Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs)

Nigeria’s National Coordination Group (NCG) for Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) was inaugurated at the National Parks Service headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Members of Nigeria’s National Coordination Group for Key Biodiversity Areas: L-R (front row): Mr. Ayo Olomo, representative Federal Department of Forestry of the Ministry of Environment; Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, D-G Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF); Alhaji ...

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Brazil decreases GHG emissions through forestry sector

Edson Duarte

New forestry data released recently shows that, in 2018, Brazil has already met – albeit through actions in its forestry sector alone – its overall pre-2020 commitment to reduce emissions by 36-38% nationally. These actions are said to have delivered a dramatic 1.2-billion-ton emissions reduction in 2018 alone. Brazil’s Minister of the Environment, Edson Duarte The data, which was released ...

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Stakeholders validate Nigeria’s REDD+ Strategy document

Nigeria’s REDD+ Strategy

Nigeria now has in place a plan to promote its REDD+ agenda, thanks to a World Bank and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) promoted initiative that was officially rounded up a couple of weeks ago. L-R: Dr. Moses Ama, National Coordinator, Nigeria REDD+ Programme; David Andrew-Adejo, Director of Forestry in the Federal Ministry of Environment; Prof Olukayode Oladipo, Team Leader, Gotosearch.com; ...

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Nigeria needs $337bn to implement SDGs from 2019-2022

Sustainable Development Goals

Nigeria needs not less than $337 billion to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from 2019 to 2022, the UN Support Plan for the Sahel has estimated. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) The cost of implementing the SDGs in Nigeria, according to the plan is $80.65 billion in 2019, $82.83 billion in 2020, $85.07 billion in 2021 and $87.37 billion in ...

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Fall Armyworms: ICIPE secures €7m funding from EU


The International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) has secured a €7 million funding from the European Union (EU) towards the fight against Fall Armyworms (FAW) in the Eastern Africa region. Armyworm invasion Through the European Commission Directorate for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), the EU said that the money would be used in the management of FAW in ...

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Edo rural communities urge Obaseki to bring Okomu to book


Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has been tasked to bring the Okomu Oil Palm Company to the book over the allegation of land grabbing, environmental violation and livelihood destruction by the forest-bearing communities of Okpamakhin, located across Uhunmwode, Ovia North East and Owan West local government areas (LGAs) of the state. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State The call was ...

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IFAD-VCDP to sustain campaign on dry season farming in Ebonyi

David Umahi

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) says it will sustain its campaign for Ebonyi State farmers to engage in dry season farming. Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State Mr Sunday Ituma, the State Programme Coordinator (SPC) of IFAD-VCDP, made this known on Friday, December 28, 2018 in Abakaliki, the state capital, during a knowledge-sharing ...

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Sustaining home-grown technology for self-reliance beyond 2019

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

One of the inspiring and promising remarks of Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology at the end of 2018 get-together in Abuja recently, was that the Federal Government would intensify efforts at strengthening home-grown technology for the purpose of making the country self-reliant. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology Further to his remarks, he restated ...

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NABDA, firm collaborate to produce bio-pesticides, others

Prof. Alex Akpa

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Biocrops Nigeria Ltd, to produce bio-pesticides, nematocides and bio-fertilisers. Prof. Alex Akpa The Director-General of NABDA, Prof. Alex Akpa, who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja, said the partnership also focused on propagation of different biotechnology crops to enhance the nation’s food security. “Under the MoU, ...

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