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Ethiopian dam endangers Kenya’s Lake Turkana

LakeTurkana

Lake Turkana National Parks in Kenya was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting, due to impacts from the Gibe III dam. The decision follows the recommendation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – the Committee’s advisor on nature. According to IUCN, water levels ...

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Local communities outperform governments, groups in conservation, says report

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

New findings released on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Oslo suggest Indigenous Peoples and local communities dramatically outperform other managers, conserving lands and forests for a quarter the cost of public and private investments to conserve protected areas. The new report, “Cornered by Protected Areas,” co-authored by Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and the Rights ...

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Gap between consumers’ wish and companies’ act to respect biodiversity

New surveys of more than 5,000 consumers in five countries indicate that the majority (79 per cent) feel that “companies have a moral obligation” to have a positive impact on people and biodiversity in their sourcing of natural ingredients, but only 37 per cent feel “confident that companies pay serious attention” to these issues. The non-profit Union for Ethical BioTrade ...

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Wildlife criminals hit by month-long transcontinental operation

Seized rhino horns

An international operation against the illegal trade in wild animals and plants including timber has seen hundreds of seizures worldwide as well as arrests of suspects. Code-named “Thunderstorm” and targeting the people and networks behind global wildlife crime, the operation involved police, customs, border, wildlife, forestry and environment agencies from 92 countries and resulted in millions of dollars-worth of seizures. The ...

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World Rivers Day: Groups seek legal rights for rivers

river ethiope

The duo of Foundation for Conservation of Nigerian Rivers and River Ethiope Trust Foundation (RETFON) has disclosed that it is partnering the Earth Law Centre USA to celebrate the 2018 World Rivers Day (WRD) by launching an advocacy campaign for the rights of rivers in Nigeria. Founder of RETFON, Irikefe Dafe, disclosed that this would be actualised through advocacy visit to ...

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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

Sclaters-Guenon

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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