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UNEP lifts wildlife trade embargo on Nigeria


As Nigeria joins the rest of the world in marking the 2016 World Wildlife Day, Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has disclosed that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has lifted the suspension on trade between Nigeria and other countries in all endangered plants and animal species as well as related products. The Minister has also asked Nigerians to do everything ...

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Food production worries as pollinators face threat of extinction

Bee pollination

A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of food supplies, according to the first global assessment of pollinators. Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators. However, the assessment, a ...

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Illegal logging negatively impacting IGR, laments Ogun

Illegal logging negatively impacting IGR, laments Ogun

The Ogun State Government has solicited the support of stakeholders in the state’s forestry sector to join its efforts in curbing illegal felling of trees in government owned forest reserves in order to enhance its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Commissioner for Forestry, Kolawole Lawal, gave the charge while addressing the Timber Contractors Association, Ogun Waterside Chapter, during a working visit ...

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How forest restoration project will benefit communities, by Ogun

The Ogun State Government has unveiled plans to embark on a Agro-Forestry and Forest Landscape Restoration Project with the aim of creating employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths. Commissioner for Forestry, Mr. Kolawole Lawal, who made the disclosure recently in Abeokuta at a parley with the project consultant, Mr Pierre Decroix, pointed out plans were in top gear for ...

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Illicit trafficking, compliance top agenda at CITES forum


The 66th session of the Standing Committee of CITES holds this week in Geneva, Switzerland in the bid to to take vital decisions on the world’s wildlife trade policy and to find solutions to tackle illicit wildlife trafficking. The Committee will review progress made in preparing and implementing National Ivory Action Plans, domestic legislation, and additional measures to protect Asian ...

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Nigeria may create trust fund for biodiversity protection

Dr Matthew Dore

A National Biodiversity Trust Fund may be created to aid the protection and conservation of biological diversity in the country. This idea was mooted recently in Port Harcourt, River State, at a stakeholders’/consultants forum by a team of experts, who gathered under the auspices of the Niger Delta Biodiversity Project (NDBP). Dr Mathew Dore, the NDBP national coordinator, said that ...

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Why we killed escapee lion, by Jos Park


The management of the Jos Wide Life Park in Plateau State, Nigeria, has said that it invited troops to kill an escapee 43-year-old lion because it has no tranquilisers with which it could have sedated the animal. The lion had strayed away after escaping from its cage. John Doy, General Manager of the Park, said the organisation lacked tranquilisers because it ...

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‘Over half of world’s primate species threatened with extinction’

Hainan gibbon

Only 25 individuals of the Hainan gibbon (Nomascus hainanus) are thought to be left in the wild, confined to a small patch of rainforest on Hainan island in south China. Similarly, around just 50 of Northern sportive lemurs (Lepilemur septentrionalis) remain in their native Madagascar. This about sums up the plight of 25 primate species believed to be critically endangered. ...

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IUCN: Climate change threatens polar bear survival


A global re-assessment of polar bears highlights loss of sea ice habitat due to climate warming as the single most important threat to the long-term survival of the species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species released on Wednesday by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). According to the group, this update ...

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Report says migratory waterbird populations in global decline

Migratory birds

Latest status review however shows that concentrated conservation actions can turn the tide Waterbird populations across the African-Eurasian flyway are on a downward trend, with declining populations outstripping growing ones by almost 50 per cent, shows the latest conservation status report compiled for the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) – an inter-governmental treaty administered by the ...

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