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Bauchi students want conservation clubs established in schools

Zuwaira Hassan

Students of Immaculate Conception Secondary School (ICSS) Bauchi, on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 called for the establishment of “Environmental Conservation Clubs” in all the primary and secondary schools in the country to instil the culture of environmental conservation in the minds of children. The students made the call at a ceremony organised by the institution’s environmental conservation club, the Young ...

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Soccer tourney: Cameroon hurting environment to build infrastructure – Campaigners

Cameroon's President, Paul Biya

Environmental groups on Friday, June 1, 2018 warned that Cameroon could face worsening urban flooding and droughts due to the cutting of thousands of hectares of forest to build stadiums, hotels, roads and housing to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Environment experts criticised the decision to build on forested areas, saying urban trees must be protected if the ...

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How Nigeria utilised $4.9m GEF grant for small-sized schemes


The Global Environmental Facility-Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP) gave Nigeria a $4.9 million grant to fund 141 environmental related projects in 25 states between 2009 and 2017. Mrs Ibironke Olubamise, GEF-SGP National Coordinator, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said that the grant was an additional fund to complement the environmental projects in the states. ...

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Aminu-Kano replaces Karunwi as DG of NCF

Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has appointed Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano as its Director-General/CEO, replacing Adeniyi Karunwi. Aminu-Kano resumed office on April 4, 2018. The NCF in a statement describes Dr Aminu-Kano is an astute and experienced natural resources management expert with over 30 years cumulative experience in management, advocacy and research in the fields of protected area management, wider biodiversity ...

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Kenya to reform laws to boost biodiversity conservation

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya plans to reform its laws in order to enhance biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilisation of national resources, a government official said on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Keriako Tobiko, said in a statement published in the Daily Nation that the country’s efforts to conserve biodiversity had not matched increasing evidence of biodiversity loss. ...

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Tompkins named UNEP’s Patron of Protected Areas

Kristine McDivitt Tompkins

American environmentalist and President of Tompkins Conservation, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, was on Friday, May 18, 2018 designated UN Environment (UNEP) Patron of Protected Areas during an event at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The former CEO of Patagonia, Inc., Tompkins is renowned for her outstanding environmental leadership, and particularly for expanding public protected areas and engaging the business community ...

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World Bee Day: Historic first observance addresses beekeeping challenges

Bee pollination

For centuries bees, busy as they are known to be, have benefited people, plants and the planet. By carrying pollen from one flower to another, bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators facilitate and improve food production, thus contributing to food security and nutrition. Pollination also has a positive impact on the environment in general, helping to maintain biodiversity and ...

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Campaign to halt elephant poaching in Zimbabwe gets a boost

Chewore Safari Area

A Strategic Anti-Poaching Operations Centre located in the Chewore Safari Area in Zimbabwe has been handed over by Japanese Ambassador, Toshiyuki Iwado, to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. The centre serves as a post for field rangers conducting operations, and has significantly strengthened the Wildlife Management Authority’s capacity to address current and emerging threats impacting this important site ...

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Nuimi, Saloum national parks tagged areas of ecological importance

Momodou Jaama Suwareh

The Executive Director of the National Environment Agency of The Gambia has said that protected areas play a fundamental role in the conservation of biodiversity, as well as ecosystem services, including providing services such as water, timber and food, in addition to cultural and spiritual services. But he however disclosed that protected areas are under heavy and increasing threats from ...

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World Migratory Bird Day: Guterres clamours birds’ safety

Migratory Birds

As they make their global journeys, migratory birds not only set birdwatchers’ binoculars agog, they also help the planet maintain its essential ecological balance. That’s one of the key messages from United Nations chief, Antonio Guterres, for the 2018 World Migratory Bird Day, celebrated on Saturday, May 12, with the soaring message: “Unifying Our Voices for Bird Conservation.” “Migratory birds connect people, ...

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