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Agony of plantation workers in war-torn Anglophone Cameroon

Deserted plantation camp

Cameroon’s plantations workers have become targets as the country wages a war on armed separatists in the English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest. Investigative journalist, Arison Tamfu, reports Deserted plantation camp It was a luminous afternoon in January, outside a thatched hut. Mako Mokosso, 42, sat cross-legged on a bamboo-made chair explaining how his four fingers were chopped off on ...

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NCF, ECOWAS, Birdlife collaborate to save sub-region’s environment

Muhtari Aminu-Kano

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Birdlife International will hold a workshop on saving the environment. Director-General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano The two-day workshop billed for Abuja from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2019 is for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from across the West African sub-region. The theme ...

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EU agrees fresh rules for energy efficiency, household appliances’ longevity

Svenja Schulze

EU Member States and the European Commission have agreed on comprehensive new regulations under the EU Ecodesign Directive, which aims to make new products more energy efficient. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze For 10 product groups, including dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators and halogen lamps, stricter energy efficiency requirements will apply in the future. In addition, requirements for reparability and replacement ...

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Reviving dying land is doable by 2030, says UN review

UNCCD COP13 - Monique Barbut

Reviving damaged lands and the livelihoods of people affected by desertification, land degradation and drought can be possible by 2030, according to participants who attended the intergovernmental committee that reviews the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UNCCD. Her term as head of the Convention ends February 2019 Participants at the 17th Committee to ...

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Japan battles influenza epidemic, Cold snap hits Britain

UK snow

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said on Friday, February 1, 2019 that the nation is contending with a flu epidemic with a record-high number of patients being diagnosed. Heavy snowfalls in Britain as blizzards make walking and driving treacherous. Photo credit: Mirror According to the ministry, an average of 57.09 patients were diagnosed with influenza at each medical ...

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Kenya launches plastic bottle recycling initiative in schools

Mohamed Elmi

Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry in partnership with Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) on Friday, February 1, 2019 launched an initiative to engage public schools in safe disposal and recycling of plastic bottles. Mohamed Elmi Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Mohamed Elmi, said this at the launching of the programme. Senior officials said the ...

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Surveyor-General to support UNDP-GEF identify renewable energy sites

Ebisintei Awudu

The Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation (OSGOF) said it will provide technical support to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in developing a Geospatial Information System (GIS)-based tool in Nigeria. Surveyor-General of the Federation, Mr Ebisintei Awudu The Surveyor-General of the Federation, Mr Ebisintei Awudu, disclosed this in a statement issued by ...

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Ibrahim Thiaw emerges new head of UNCCD

Ibrahim Thiaw

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, following consultations with the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), on Thursday, January 31, 2019 announced the appointment of Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania as the next Executive Secretary of the UNCCD. Ibrahim Thiaw He will succeed Monique Barbut of France, to whom the Secretary-General is ...

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Kenya to partner private landowners on affordable housing

Charles Mwaura

Kenya will partner private landowners to implement a development blueprint on affordable housing, Charles Mwaura, Principal Secretary of the State Department for Housing and Urban Development, said on Friday, February 1, 2019. Charles Mwaura Mwaura said that individuals, who own huge tracts of land, have been invited to become partners in the implementation of the mass housing programme. “We are ...

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