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GEF-SGP commits $4.9m to environment ventures in Nigeria

Ibironke Olubamise

The Global Environmental Facility-Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP) has supported Nigeria with $4.9 million grant to fund 141 environment-related projects in 27 states between 2009 and 2018. GEF-SGP National Coordinator, Mrs Ibironke Olubamise, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Olubamise said that the grant was an additional fund ...

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Nigeria joins scheme to conserve elephants

elephant ivory

Nigeria has formally joined the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI), a coalition of African countries dedicated to the sustainable conservation of elephants and ending the ivory trade. Nigeria’s Minister of State for the Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, speaking in London at the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Conference, said, “It is our duty to save what we have inherited from our parents ...

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NCF partners Lagos to rally for the environment

Muhtari Aminu-Kano

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), in partnership with the Lagos State Government through its Ministry of the Environment, is hosting the 11th edition of the annual “Walk for Nature”. The event holds on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The theme for this year’s edition is ‘Beat Pollution – live a Sustainable Lifestyle’. The choice of this theme is borne out of ...

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GEF project promotes use, conservation of wrapping leave

Wrapping leave

A non-governmental organisation, the Environmental Management and Development Trust (EMADET), has taken up a campaign to promote the use and conservation of the local wrapping leave. The wrapping leave, otherwise known as Thaumatoccocus danielli (or Ewe-eran in south west, Nigeria), is a kind of leave that is used for wrapping hot local food. Director of Programme, EMADET, Mr Alade Adeleke, ...

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CITES bans African Rosewood trade from Nigeria

African Rosewood

The Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has suspended commercial trade in the African Rosewood (Millettia laurentii) from Nigeria. This formed part of measures agreed on by the international conservation organisation to achieve full compliance with international wildlife trade regulations at its 70th meeting that held in Sochi, Russian ...

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Nations agree to ban fishing in Arctic Ocean

Fish ban

A new landmark global agreement has resulted in a fishing ban in the Arctic Ocean. The European Union, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, Denmark, Iceland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States on Thursday, October 4, 2018 agreed to the deal. Collectively, they make up 75 per cent of global GDP. The agreement, ...

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ANI Foundation commences revitalisation of Gashaka Gumti Park

ANI Foundation

Succour is finally coming the way of the troubled Gashaka Gumti National Park, thanks to an initiative involving a not-for-profit outfit and the government of Nigeria. The Lagos-based Africa Nature Investors (ANI) Foundation has embarked on the protection and development of the national park, believed to be Nigeria’s largest park, measuring about 6,400 km2, and located on the border with ...

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Wetlands disappearing three times faster than forests, warns report


Wetlands, believed to be the most economically valuable and among the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, are disappearing three times faster than forests with severe consequences for our future unless urgent action is taken to ensure their survival, warns a new report released by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Approximately 35 per cent of ...

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African Landscape Forest Restoration initiative celebrates 111m ha of commitments

Wanjira Mathai

Twenty-seven nations across the continent have committed to restore 111 million hectares of degraded land as part of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) and the Bonn Challenge – exceeding the 100-million-hectare AFR100 target. In realising these commitments, countries will spur climate resilience, economic growth and more. AFR100 was launched in 2015 in response to the African Union (AU) ...

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Flood: Parks Service moves to recapture stray animals

Ibrahim Goni

The Nigeria National Parks Service has appealed to the public to assist the service in facilitating the recapture of wild animals that strayed from parks due to flood incidents across the country. Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator-General of the Parks Service, made the appeal in Abuja via a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Yakubu Zull, on Monday, September 24, ...

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