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COP26: More women should be at heart of climate decision-making process – C21st

Women and Climate Finance

The Lagos-based Centre for 21st Century Issues (C21st), a not-for-profit responding to the challenges of the 21st Century through addressing inequality, climate change, democracy and governance, in the lead up to the 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) holding in Glasgow in November 2021, recommends that more ...

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Libreville hosts Central Africa regional caucus of UCLG Africa

Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi

From October 25 to 26, 2021, the pan-African organization, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), is holding its regional caucus for the Central Africa region in Libreville, Gabon. Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) The Gabonese capital is home to the first of a series of regional caucuses ...

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How Innovation in plastic management will advance Africa’s efforts in realising SDGs

Plastic pollution

Current waste management practices in Africa are causing major economic, social and environmental impacts. The rise in plastic consumption combined with weak waste collection infrastructure is resulting in increased marine plastic litter, which is negatively impacting coastal economies. Poor dumping, disposal and burning of waste is causing greenhouse gases to escalate, which is polluting both ground and surface water. It ...

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Group hosts maiden African People’s Counter COP ahead of COP26

Maimoni Ubrei-Joe

The Africa Climate Justice Group (ACJG) – which is made up of 17 movements based and allied organisations – and partners will host the first ever African People’s Counter COP from October 25 to 27, 2021. The event will take place just days ahead of the official Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow and the outcomes will be targeted to the ...

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Ghana committed to implement timber legality licence as part of internal forest sector reforms

Samuel Abu Jinapor

There are hopes that the saga of the issuance of Forest Law Environment Governance Trade or Timber Legality Licence also known as FLEGT Licence in Ghana, will soon be over. Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor The issue will soon end not because the extant leases have now been converted into Timber Utilisation Contracts (TUCs), as this ...

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Messages through the lens: Nigerian youths champion climate awareness using photography


Since the first quarter of 2021, Mayowa Adebo and his team of photographers, have been travelling to different parts of Nigeria to document how climate change is affecting communities – urban and rural. A log transporter. Image Title: Fallen (A man arranging logs of wood after a massive deforestation at Luvu community of Nasarawa state.) Credit: Wole Hammond, March 2019 ...

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Govts’ fossil fuel production plans dangerously out of sync with Paris limits

Inger Andersen

The 2021 Production Gap Report, by leading research institutes and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), finds that despite increased climate ambitions and net-zero commitments, governments still plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than what would be consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP. Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images The report, first launched in 2019, measures the gap between governments’ planned production of coal, ...

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Govt raises alarm over unhealthy, degenerating human activities impacting the environment

Sharon Ikeazor

 The Federal Government on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 expressed its concern over the spread of unhealthy practices and degenerating human activities in the country that impact the environment. Environment Minister of State, Sharon Ikeazor This, the government noted, had led to deforestation, loss of biodiversity, flooding and other environmental challenges in Nigeria. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Alhaji Hassan ...

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UNILAG waterfront needs shoreline protection – VC cries out as fence collapses

University of Lagos Unilag

The University of Lagos’s waterfront is in need of urgent adequate shoreline protection as its ageing perimeter fence has collapsed, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said  on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, University of Lagos, Akoka Ogundipe made the disclosure in an interview in Lagos. “The rains that Lagos and its environs have experienced possibly due to the impact of climate change and subsequent higher-than-normal ...

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Biotechnology giving Nigeria another chance to scale up food production – Adamawa Gov

Ahmadu Fintiri

Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has said Nigeria could unearth the enormous potentials tied to agriculture with the adoption and right application of agricultural Biotechnology. Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State The governor stated this while declaring open the media, farmers, and extension agents retreat on modern biotechnology for the northeast region held in Yola, the Adamawa State ...

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