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Chile launches COP25, unveils logo

COP25 logo

President Sebastián Piñera of Chile on Thursday, April 11, 2019 launched the COP25 climate change summit, which the South American nation will host in December. The logo of COP25 – or the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – was also unveiled. COP25 logo President Piñera called for tougher ...

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Govt calls for integrated land development to combat desertification

Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma

Environment Minister, Alhaji Suleiman Zarma, on Thursday, April 11, 2019 called for integrated development of land to tackle land degradation and reclaim desertified land in the country. Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma, Minister of Environment Zarma made the call in Abuja at the National Workshop on African Initiative for Combating Desertification to Strengthen Resilience to Climate Change in the Sahel and ...

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Oyo passes Bureau of Physical Planning & Development Control Bill into law


The Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday, April 11, 2019 passed the state’s Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control Bill, 2018 into law. Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria The bill was presented to the House by Mr Peter Oyetunji (Ogo- Oluwa / Surulere) State Constituency. The Speaker, Mr Olagunju Ojo, said the bill that had just been passed into ...

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TAAT highlights transformation as farmers’ forum begins in Togo


With more than 3.4 million hectares of land available, the Togolese government is worried that only 45% is being used presently. Togolese Agric Minister, Noël Koutéra Bataka, with Dr Mpoko Bokanga, Head TAAT Clearinghouse, at the forum The government is equally concerned that despite Togo’s natural comparative advantage in agriculture when compared to other countries, its inability to maximise technologies ...

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Kenya, UNEP sign deal to increase forest cover

Keriako Tobiko

Kenya and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday, April 11, 2019 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help increase forest cover as part of efforts to protect the country against the vagaries of environmental destruction. Kenya’s Environment and Forestry Minister, Keriako Tobiko The programme, dubbed “Greening Kenya” campaign, will ensure that about 50 million tree seedlings are ...

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IPCC to table methodology report for consideration

Hoesung Lee

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will consider the methodology report “2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories” from May 8 to 12, 2019 at its 49th Session to be held in Kyoto, Japan. Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair The IPCC’s Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI) develops and refines an internationally agreed methodology and software ...

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Nordic countries support Kenya’s efforts to fight climate change

Erik Lundberg

The Nordic countries on Thursday, April 11, 2019 said they would provide technological support to boost Kenya’s inventions for green energy to curb climate change and promote economic development. Erik Lundberg The countries, including Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, said they would boost efforts focusing on facilitating low dependency on carbon-based fuels and demonstrate economic growth from carbon dioxide emissions ...

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Sri Lanka’s marine protection agency calls for tougher laws against ocean pollution

Ocean pollution

Sri Lanka’s Marine Environment Protection Authority on Thursday, April 11, 2019 urged countries along the Bay of Bengal to draft stronger laws against polluting the oceans due to the formation of a dead zone in the centre. Ocean pollution The General Manager, Marine Environment Protection Authority, Dr P.B. Teney, said this in Colombo. Teney said that authorities had discovered the ...

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Copper mines pollution: Zambian farmers win landmark case

Konkola Copper Mines

The Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 announced its verdict in the landmark case of the Zambian communities consistently polluted by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), a subsidiary of British miner Vedanta Resources Plc, allowing them to have their case against the parent company and its subsidiary tried in the UK. Vedanta Resources’ Konkola Copper Mines, Zambia The ruling sets ...

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GEF allocates $20.6m to address Nigeria’s environmental challenges

GEF National Dialogue

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Operational Focal Point, Federal Ministry of Environment, Alhaji Auwal Maidabino, says that GEF has allocated $20.65 million to address the nation’s environmental challenges. Mrs Ibukun Odusote, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment; Alhaji Auwal Maidabino, the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Operational Focal Point in the ministry; Prof. Olukayode Oladipo of the University of ...

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