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Concern as heat wave spreads across Europe

Europe heatwave

Potentially dangerous and record-shattering heat wave  is expected across Europe from Wednesday, June 26, 2019 amid concern by experts. Tourists in Rome struggle in the heat. Photo credit: AFP/Getty Temperatures are expected to climb above 40C in the hottest parts of France, Germany, Spain and Italy from Wednesday as hot winds from the Sahara blow in across the continent. In Germany, temperatures above 40C are possible in ...

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Gabon, Zimbabwe get conservation investment initiatives amid Uganda’s $60m pilot

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Space for Giants on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 announced two new Conservation Investment Initiatives for west and southern Africa based on its Uganda pilot that is on course to unlock $60 million of business investment in less than two years. Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe, played host to the Africa Wildlife Economy Summit The new initiatives were announced at the ...

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Communities step up to claim rightful place in Africa’s wildlife economy

Wildlife Economy Summit

Community representatives participating in Africa’s first Wildlife Economy Summit this week in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, have called on African Governments, the private sector and international organisations to recognise the integral role of communities in the ownership, management and conservation of the natural resources that drive the continent’s wildlife economy. Participants at Africa’s first Wildlife Economy Summit in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe In ...

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Accra flooding to increase due to poor solid waste management, research finds

Accra

Preliminary findings of a research project on urban resilience to climatic induced flooding in Ghana’s urban centres, particularly the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) suggest that the incidence of flooding is likely to increase in the face of poor solid waste management, poor drainage system, inconsistent spatial planning and lack of data and human attitudes. Accra, Ghana The findings further ...

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AfDB approves $24.7m for water, sanitation in South Sudan

Akinwunmi Adesina

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on June 20, 2019 approved a proposal to commit $24.7 million to finance the South Sudan Strategic Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina The Strategic Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project will support the rehabilitation of approximately 50km of the Juba town distribution network and related ...

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World Drug Day: UNODC says relevant institutions must provide integrated solutions

Yury Fedotov

The United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says providing effective response to the world drug problem require synergy between institutions of criminal justice, health and social services through integrated solutions. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Mr Sylvester Atere, National Project Officer, Outreach and Communications of UNODC, Nigeria Country Office said this ...

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GLF clamours end to persecution of Indigenous peoples, environmental rights defenders

Sengwer indigenous people

The international community has been called upon to urgently act to stop the growing threats of violence and criminalisation of Indigenous peoples and environmental rights defenders. Indigenous people from the Sengwer community in western Kenya. Photo credit: REUTERS/Katy Migiro The call was made at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) conference that came to a close on Sunday, June 23, 2019 ...

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Latin America & Caribbean Climate Week set to boost climate ambition

Jair Bolsonaro

Amidst growing calls for stronger and faster climate action, the upcoming Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 (LACCW) is set to boost the region’s response to the current climate emergency. Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil Hosted by the Federal Government of Brazil, the LACCW is organised by a partnership of international and regional organisations and by the City of ...

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Fuelwood: NGO calls for nationwide development of clean cookstove entrepreneurs

Fuelwood

Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE), an NGO, has urged the federal, state governments and development partners to support a nationwide development of clean cookstove entrepreneurs for sustainable fuel management. Programme Director, Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment, Ms Olanike Olugboji, addressing participants at the opening of a four-day clean cookstove awareness, sensitisation and capacity building workshop for 40 persons in ...

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Groups advocate agroecology to tackle climate change

Agroecology

Farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector have been urged to embrace agroecology to help protect the environment against deforestation and climate change. A farmland that incorporates the agroecology principle The call was made at a one-day training on Agroecology organised by Envirumedic, ActionAid Nigeria, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on Monday, June 24, 2019 in Effurun near Warri, Delta ...

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