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Belgium ratifies Minamata Convention

Charles Michel

The Government of the Kingdom of Belgium on Monday, February 26, 2018 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 89th Party to the Minamata Convention. Nigeria had several weeks before that on Thursday, February 1 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 88th Party to the mercury treaty. Cuba had days days before on Tuesday, January 30 deposited its instrument ...

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Insurer, Generali, divests €2b from coal

coal-plant

Generali, a major player in the global insurance industry, has announced it will divest €2 billion from coal, adding further momentum to the global movement of companies and pension funds to shift assets towards low carbon. Leaving the bulk of global fossil fuel reserves in the ground is crucial in order to achieve the central goal of the Paris Climate ...

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Political commitment needed to revive Lake Chad Basin – Buhari

Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Abuja stressed the need for political commitment towards reviving the Lake Chad Basin. Speaking at the ongoing International Conference on Saving the Lake Chad, Buhari also called for collective efforts toward rescuing the Lake Chad Basin with a renewed vigor, determination and international collaboration. “We must treat the issues of the ...

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Fishing community laments disorder from Lagos Lagoon reclamation

Lagos Lagoon

Ongoing dredging work at Oworonsoki in Lagos is causing a lot of mud to settle around the Agoegun fishing community in Bariga and appears to have caused the fishes in the lagoon in the axis to migrate into the ocean. “If we in this community now want to fish, we are compelled to go as far as Ikorodu, Ibeshe and ...

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Stakeholders want ExxonMobil, Chevron removed from EITI Board

Fredrik Reinfeldt

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global standard for the good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources. It seeks to address the key governance issues in the extractive sectors. However, the inclusion of oil majors such as ExxonMobil and Chevron in the EITI Board has become a cause for concern among certain quarters, who are demanding the ...

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Monika Weber-Fahr named Global Water Partnership’s new Executive Secretary

Monika Weber-Fahr

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) Steering Committee has announced the appointment of Dr. Monika Weber-Fahr as the GWP’s Executive Secretary, effective from May 7, 2018. Weber-Fahr joins the GWP after over 20 years in the development field, with diverse experiences in creating and sharing knowledge across global networks and communities. Weber-Fahr succeeds Rudolph Cleveringa, who is retiring. “At the start ...

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Taiwan commits to banning plastic items by 2030

Plastic bottles

Taiwan has announced plans to ban plastic items in an attempt to reduce plastic pollution. As reported by EcoWatch, Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Agency put forward a 12-year plan that will officially begin in 2019 with a blanket ban on plastic straws in stores and restaurants. In 2020, the ban will be extended to all dining establishments. By 2025 people will have to pay ...

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Restoring Lake Chad basin will boost agriculture, says UNESCO

Yemi Osinbajo

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Monday, February 26, 2018 said the Lake Chad Basin (LCB) would contribute to the economic and food reserves of countries on its borders if restored. Mr Getachew Engida, the Deputy Director General (DDG) UNESCO, said this at the opening of the International Conference on Lake Chad (ICLC) in Abuja. The conference, ...

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Tackling farmers-herders clashes in Plateau

Herdsmen

By most comments from Nigerians, Plateau is rated as one of peaceful states in the country, presenting a unique, friendly weather and abundant tourism potential. These attributes have, no doubt, given reasons why the state has witnessed patronage from both local and foreign tourists. However, concerned citizens of the state expressed concern that the plateau may seem to exist on ...

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Nigeria’s conflict is a result of environmental devastation across West Africa

New Zealand cattle

Nigeria is experiencing a major conflict between nomadic herdsmen and indigenous farmers. In 2016, the conflict led to the death of 2,500 people, displaced 62,000 others and led to loss of $13.7 billion in revenue. In January 2018 alone, the conflict claimed the lives of 168 people. The herdsmen are predominantly Fulanis, a primarily Muslim people scattered throughout many parts of West ...

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