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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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Bees are Nigeria’s key to eco-friendly economic growth

Bee pollination

The economic value of Nigeria’s bees was brought into sharp focus in August 2018, when the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced that bees could outstrip oil for economic activity. Furthermore, the minister responsible declared that ApiExpo Africa 2018 would focus on sustainability amid this potential. Clearly, the vast resources in rural Nigeria have caught the attention of national ...

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Nigeria, others for UPS Foundation’s $2.6m environmental grants

Eduardo Martinez

Nigeria and Austria have been named new beneficiaries in 2018 to the UPS Foundation, which announced on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 that it will award nearly $2.7 million in grants to preeminent environmental organisations worldwide. The UPS Foundation, which leads global citizenship and philanthropy programmes for UPS, says the missions of these organisations align with the UPS environmental sustainability goals, which address ...

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NCF appoints Onajide, Duke council members

Onari Duke

The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), led by Izoma Philip Asiodu, has appointed Mr. Ayoola Onajide and Mrs. Onari Duke as members of the National Executive Council of NCF. Ayoola Tokunbo Onajide, an architect, is the Principal Partner & Managing Director of ATO Architects, a firm he founded in 1988. He has been involved in ...

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ABU to get N800m ecological projects

Ahmadu Bello University

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SFG), Mr Boss Mustapha, said on Friday, September 14, 2018 that the government had earmarked N800 million for the execution of ecological projects in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. Mustapha made the disclosure as the Special Guest of Honour at the 13th Annual General Assembly Public Lecture held at the ABU main campus, ...

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Preserving mangrove forest ecosystem in Cross River


Mangroves! We hear of them, maybe we know they are a forest type, we harvest wood from them and then we do not think much of them at all. Like all of the other natural resources of the Earth, we take mangrove forests for granted. We exploit them for our purposes, and we assume they are always going to be there. After ...

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