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Cross River communities embrace alternative means of livelihood to preserve forest

Odigha Odigha

The Coordinator, Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Dr Odigha Odigha, says that the group has started introducing viable options of livelihood to Cross River State communities to ensure forest preservation. Odigha Odigha delivering a speech after being decorated with the 2003 Goldman Prize in San Francisco, California Odigha made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ...

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GCF picks Yannick Glemarec as new Executive Director

Yannick Glemarec

The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has selected Yannick Glemarec to be its new Executive Director. The Board made the merit-based selection decision at its 22nd meeting at the GCF headquarters in Songdo, Republic of Korea, following an extensive global recruitment process. Yannick Glemarec Glemarec will lead the Secretariat of the world’s leading fund supporting climate action in ...

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Centre launched for climate action monitoring in the Caribbean

CCMRVH Group Grenada

Ten countries from the English-speaking Caribbean region convened at St. George’s University in Grenada from February 5 to 6, 2019 to discuss a new model of cooperation for measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV) climate action. Participants at the meeting to discuss MRV in St. George’s, Grenada. Photo credit: GHG Management Institute The meeting started with a stark call to action, ...

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Experts seek to de-risk $13.2m GEF-UNDP off-grid power scheme

De-risking off-grid lighting

Steps to ensure that a proposed off-grid electricity project is less likely to involve a financial loss moved towards a conclusive phase recently in Abuja, where stakeholders met to validate the project document. Group photo of participants at the workshop Participants at the daylong workshop on Thursday, February 14, 2019 were presented an overview of the Project Document wherein they ...

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Firm says water deal with local authorities may delay Kenyan oil project

Martin Mbogo

A firm, Tullow Oil, handling Kenya’s only oil project, says a deal with local Kenyan authorities that will allow it to pump water to pressurise the project for a final green light may take a while. Martin Mbogo Tullow’s Kenya Managing Director, Martin Mbogo, said on Friday, February 22, 2019 in Nairobi that the deal might delay the project until ...

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Obaseki inaugurates Ewu, Ibore gully erosion remediation work


Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has urged communities in the state to always raise alarm when erosion and other forms of natural disasters threaten their environment. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State The governor said this during the official inauguration and inspection of remediation work on Ewu and Ibore gully erosion sites in Esan Central Local Government Area of ...

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Botswana considers allowing big game hunting, culling elephants

Sumatran elephants

Botswana, home to almost a third of Africa’s elephants, is considering lifting a ban on big game hunting, to combat what the government says is growing conflict between humans and wildlife. Elephants Conservationists estimate the southern African country has about 130,000 elephants, however some lawmakers say it is much higher and causes problems for small-scale farmers. A committee appointed by ...

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World’s largest bee rediscovered after 38 yrs

Wallace’s Giant Bee

Last seen in 1981 and thought to be extinct, the world’s largest bee, Wallace’s Giant Bee, has been confirmed alive in the wilderness of Indonesia by an international team of scientists and conservationists. Wallace’s Giant Bee, the world’s largest bee According to a statement published by the University of Sydney on Friday, February 22, 2019, the search team successfully rediscovered ...

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924,000 square metres of Nigerian land degraded daily

Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma

Minister of Environment, Alhaji Suleiman Zarma, says there is an urgent need to recover and conserve the country’s land as 924,000 square metres is lost to degradation daily, while the population keeps growing. Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma, Minister of Environment Zarma said this in a statement issued by Mrs Pauline Sule, the Head of the Press and Public Relations Unit, National Agency for ...

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Scientific body launches programme to boost research management

Allen Mukhwana

The Nairobi-based African Academy of Sciences (AAS) on Thursday, February 21, 2019 launched a programme to boost management of research that addresses the continent’s development needs. Allen Mukhwana A statement from AAS said the Research Management Programme in Africa (ReMPro Africa) will strengthen capacity of institutions to manage cutting edge research and innovations. “It is a response to the critical ...

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