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North America has lost 3bn birds in 50 years – Study

Quelea birds

Slowly, steadily and almost imperceptibly, North America’s bird population is dwindling. Quelea birds The sparrows and finches that visit backyard feeders number fewer each year. The flutelike song of the western meadowlark – the official bird of six U.S. states – is growing rarer. The continent has lost nearly three billion birds representing hundreds of species over the past five ...

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NCF inaugurates orchid garden to immortalise former DG

Philip Asiodu

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has inaugurated an orchid garden to immortalise the organisation’s former Director-General, Late Prof. Emmanuel Obot. Chief Philip Asiodu, Board of Trustees (BOT) President, NCF The posthumous honour, held in Lagos, attracted friends and relations of the late orchid conservationist. Prof. Obot died in the Dana Air crash of June 3, 2012, that claimed many lives. ...

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Nigeria seeks to resolve CITES ban on rosewood export


The Federal Government has concluded plans to fulfil the conditions it was given by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) for it to lift the ban it placed on Nigeria from exporting rosewood to other countries. Director, Department of Forestry in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Andrew Adejo, speaking during the meeting The Director, Department of Forestry in ...

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Nigeria, China collaborate to curb illegal wildlife trade

Nigeria-China CITES

Nigeria and China are set to strengthen bilateral relations to tackle illegal wildlife trade in line with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). L-R: Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor; Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar; and Chinese Team Leader and NAFGA Vice Administrator, Li Shumings, during the meeting ...

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Aircraft to spray yellow fever vector in Yankari Game Reserve

Yankari National Park

The Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BSHCDA) says the state government has approved the use of an aircraft to spray the Yankari Game Reserve to fight yellow fever vector. Yankari National Park Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Chairman of the agency, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi. “The governor has approved the ...

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Chinese CITES visits Nigeria amid pangolin, ivory, rosewood concerns

African Rosewood

As a seven-man delegation of the Chinese CITES Management Authority (CMA) begins a three-day visit to Nigeria from Monday, September 9, 2019, several issues bordering illicit trade in fauna and flora are bound to come to the fore. The African Rosewood tree being cut with chainsaw. Photo credit: Michel Gunther / Biophoto / Minden Pictures Highlight of the visit is ...

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Emir of Gashaka to guests: Where are the vultures?

The Lamdo Gashaka

The Emir of Gashaka kingdom, HRM Alhaji H/Gabdo Zubairu, in a speech delivered at the vulture conservation/stakeholders’ workshop in Taraba State, tasks colleagues on vulture conservation in the country The Lamdo Gashaka, HRM Alhaji H/Gabdo Zubairu delivering his speech at the vulture conservation workshop in Taraba State, Nigeria Without any doubt in mind, Gashaka and its environs has etched for ...

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Ogun lawmakers seek effective management of forest reserves


The Ogun House of Assembly has called for effective management of forest reserves in the state in order to safeguard agricultural and industrial resources. Canoeing in the Omo Forest Reserve, Ogun State Mr Sylvester Abiodun, the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, made the call during an assessment and budget monitoring visit to the State Forestry Plantation Project in ...

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Climate leaders to map out UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Climate, Indigenous and youth leaders, environmental activists and musicians will be among 700 delegates meeting to hash out vital restoration strategies at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in New York on Sept. 28, 2019 in preparation for the launch of the U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Climate leaders will map out U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration at the Global Landscape Forum in New ...

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Vultures: The imperative of a better image, protection


Humans would always pretend to have more important issues to talk about than the natural environment and its components. In some cultures, the lowest in the rung to talk about or take seriously would be vultures; a handy creature in painting the imagery of ugliness and filth. The vulture has a horrible reputation as squabbling scavengers with no sense of ...

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