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Poland, Iraq, Zimbabwe ratify Minamata Convention

Monika Stankiewicz

Poland, Iraq and Zimbabwe are latest countries to become members of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary of the Minamata Convention on Mercury Poland on September 30, 2021deposited its instrument of ratification to becoming the 135th Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Iraq did likewise on September 16, 2021, becoming as a result the 134th Party ...

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First part of biodiversity conference closes, sets stage for adoption of post-2020 global framework

Huang Runqiu

With the participation of almost 2,918 delegates in Kunming, and 2478 connecting online, Part one of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) closed on Friday, October 15, 2021, setting the stage for the adoption of an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the resumption of the meeting in spring 2022. Minister of Ecology and Environment of China and COP15 President, Huang Runqiu The ...

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UK committed to Nigeria’s efforts to tackle climate change, attain SDGs – Melbourne

Sean Melbourne

In his remarks at the National Assembly at the launch of policy and research materials to support REDD+, Natural Capital Accounting and the Great Green Wall programme on Thursday, October 14, 2021, Sean Melbourne, Head of Climate Change and Energy West Africa, British High Commission Abuja, stated that the UK stands steadfast with Nigeria on its efforts to tackle to ...

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Environmental challenges: Experts worry over indiscriminate use of hazardous chemicals, waste dumping

REPRC EfD

Experts in environment sector on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 condemned the indiscriminate use of hazardous chemicals and dumping of waste in environment across the country. Participants at the workshop The experts made the call while presenting papers at a one-day workshop on ‘’Role of Journalists in the Quest for Sustainable Environment’’ in Enugu State, decrying the environmental damage caused by ...

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Climate Change Bill heads to Presidency as Nigerian Senate gives nod to legislation

The Nigerian Senate

The Climate Change Bill was on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, given concurrence by the Nigerian Senate. It will now be transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent into law. The Nigerian Senate The bill seeks to provide legal backing to Nigeria’s efforts to mainstream climate change actions into the country’s sustainable development plans. Senate Leader and Senator Representing Kebbi North, Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi, ...

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Surveyors lament harassment over use of drones, to approach NASS for law

Drone

The newly appointed President of the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON), Mr Clement Nwabichie, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 advised surveyors to approach the National Assembly for laws to enable them use drones in their work. A drone. Photo credit: Jared Brashier on Unsplash Nwabichie, who was guest speaker, said this while taking questions at the annual professional development workshop ...

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COP15 high-level segment closes, Kunming Biodiversity Fund emerges, Kunming Declaration adopted

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

The High-Level Segment of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) closed on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 with the adoption of the Kunming Declaration, where Parties to the Convention committed to develop, adopt and implement an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework that would biodiversity put on a path to recovery by 2030 at the latest, towards the full realisation of the 2050 Vision of “Living in ...

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Erdogan urges global copoeration to reverse biodiversity loss threatening human civilisation

Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called for global cooperation to reverse the biodiversity loss that is threatening human civilisation. Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan He made the call via video speech at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. The conference, known as COP15, started on Oct.11, in Kunming, ...

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Papua New Guinea PM solicits financial support for biodiversity conservation

James Marape

Papua New Guinean (PNG) Prime Minister, James Marape, on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 called for financial support to help the Island country preserve its rainforests otherwise known as “lungs of the planet’’. James Marape, Papua New Guinean (PNG) Prime Minister Marape said this in his speech via video at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ...

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Costa Rican president says biodiversity conservation promotes economy

Carlos Alvarado Quesada

Preserving biodiversity would not only ease climate crises but become “a win for people and our economies,” President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, said Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Costa Rican president, Carlos Alvarado Quesada “As we are facing the devastating consequences of COVID-19; we must think beyond the present and put nature in the centre of our economies,’’ he ...

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