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14m ha of land need restoration in Nigeria, others – Study

Burkina Faso tree planting

A report on the state of the environment and socio-economic conditions in fragile ecosystems reveals the extent of land degradation in dryland Africa and shows how closely it is related to hunger and poverty. The report’s authors make an urgent call for increased investment in land restoration for small-scale farmers. The report was carried out by a major EU-funded Food ...

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World Cities Day: Highlighting need for cities’ resilience to risks

Maimuna Moh’d Sharif

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Maimunah Mohd Sharif, in a message to commemorate the 2018 World Cities Day that is observed on Wednesday, October 31, says that numerous cities today face repeated risk from a wide range of both human-made and environmental threats and as such need to invest in resilience to stem the ...

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Volvo Environment Prize 2018 awardee tags Lagos ‘environmental nightmare’

Xuemei Bai

A leading expert and thought leader on urbanisation and sustainability, Xuemei Bai, has painted a grim picture of the spatial status of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital city. Bai, who is of the Future Earth Urban Knowledge Action Network, was recently awarded the Volvo Environment Prize 2018. She is a professor in Urban Environment and Human Ecology at the Fenner School ...

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Web-based tools to manage wastewater, faecal sludge launched

Faecal sludge treatment plant

The India-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has launched two web-based tools and platforms to help cities and individuals plan their sanitation interventions and manage wastewater. The first of these – SANi-KiT – is a web-based portal which offers a comprehensive collection of essential tools to enhance the capability of urban local bodies in India to prepare high quality, ...

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Nigeria’s newest eco houses made from plastic

Plastic bottle house

With 18 billion pounds of plastic filling the oceans each year, this may seem like the last material you’d want to build an eco-house out of. However, this is exactly what has started happening in the neighborhood surrounding Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital city. By collecting discarded plastic bottles, whole homes are being constructed which are structurally sound and fit for ...

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AfDB moves to boost climate risk financing, insurance for African countries

Atsuko Toda

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the Africa Disaster Risks Financing (ADRiFi) Programme, the institution’s first climate risk management programme to boost resilience and response to climate shocks in regional member countries. The comprehensive programme, open to regional member countries, will enhance their ability to evaluate climate-related risks and costs, respond to disasters and review adaptation measures at both ...

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Biotechnology promises efficiency in delivery for women farmers – CSIR-STEPRI director

Dr. Wilhelmina Quaye

In developing and middle-income countries including Ghana, women generally make up almost half of the farming population. And, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the agricultural productivity of these women could increase by 20 to 30 percent, if they could have access to productive resources as men do. This assertion by the UNDP is an indication of the ...

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WEP, TfC to plant 2,000 trees across Nigeria

Tree planting

Abuja-based not-for-profit organisation, the Women Environmental Programme (WEP), is partnering with Trees for Cities (TfC), a UK charity, to plant 2,000 trees across three northern states of Nigeria, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The states include Benue, Katsina and Kano. The planting of the trees began on Thursday, October 25, 2018 and will span several weeks. WEP ...

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Stakeholders validate document to integrate social, environmental concerns in REDD+

REDD+ SESA Workshop

Nigeria has adopted the platform for consultation to integrate social and environmental concerns into the REDD+ policy-making process. REDD+ implies Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. At a daylong forum in Abuja on Thursday, October 25, 2018, a gathering of stakeholders ...

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Guinness, WaterAid undertake ‘Water of Life’ project in Kebbi

Kaduna community

Guinness Nigeria Plc has entered into partnership with WaterAid towards ensuring sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene, while helping people act to improve their health and well-being. The partnership has the Guinness Nigeria “Water of Life” programme and WaterAid Nigeria working with the Kebbi State Government through the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (Kebbi RUWASSA), alongside the technical ...

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