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Ikeazor calls for state of emergency on erosion

Sharon Ikeazor

Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, has called for the immediate declaration of a state of emergency on erosion ravaging several parts of the country so as to comprehensively tackle the menace. Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, accompanied by the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, on Inspection tour of erosion sites in Anambra ...

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Ikpeazu inaugurates road, gully control projects in Abia communities

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has inaugurated the 3.4-kilometre Omoba-Umuene Road and erosion control projects in two communities of Isialangwa North Local Government Area. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State In a brief speech at the ceremony on Monday, September 30, 2019, Ikpeazu said that the road, which connects other remote communities, would help to boost the economy of the ...

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UNGA: Sahel threats necessitate ‘global response’ – Issoufou

Mahamadou Issoufou

President of Niger Republic, Mahamadou Issoufou, has called for a “global response” to the problems of land degradation that threaten the arid Sahel belt. Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger Addressing a meeting of the Climate Commission for the Sahel Region at the United Nations on Sunday, September 19, 2019, Issoufou said the region’s 250 million people are struggling with drought, ...

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Madagascar warns of deforestation by mafias


The government and environmental groups in Madagascar on Thursday, September 19, 2019 raised an alarm over the accelerating deforestation on their Indian Ocean Island. Deforestation Environment Minister, Alexandre Georget, said it is really a disaster, adding that as the country is reforesting, it does not mean anything if people continue to burn and clear land. He said mafia groups are ...

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Ahead of Climate Action Summit, ministers clamour coalition to scale up global land restoration

UNCCD high-level luncheon

On the road to the Climate Action Summit in New York in September, the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of India and President of COP14, Mr. Prakash Javedkar, and the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, hosted a high-level luncheon on land and climate on Monday, September 9, 2019, on the margins of the UNCCD Fourteenth ...

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Great Green Wall Initiative to get ‘visionary roadmap’


Partners of the African-led Great Green Wall Initiative have agreed to develop a visionary roadmap, a decade after its launch, with bold targets to restore 100 million hectares of land and create 10 million green jobs by 2030 across the Sahel. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General and some participants at the UNCCD COP14 ...

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COP14: World leaders call for global action to restore degraded land


Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has called on the international community to set up a global water action agenda as the central theme to achieve land degradation neutrality. He announced that India would restore an additional five million hectares of degraded land by 2030, raising the land to be restored in India to 26 million hectares. Prime Minister Narendra ...

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COP14: How Nigeria is reversing land degradation, by NEWMAP

Salisu Dahiru

Nigeria has successfully rehabilitated over 1,558.62 hectares (ha) of degraded land and lifted more than 8,000 people out of poverty through livelihood enhancement activities in drought-prone areas in the last four years. National Coordinator of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Alhaji Salisu Dahiru, speaking at the 14th Session of Conference of Parties (COP14) to the UN Convention ...

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NESREA lauds Gombe initiative to tackle environmental degradation

Aliyu Jauro

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) in Gombe State has commended the State Government for its recent initiative to tackle environmental degradation in the state. Prof. Aliyu Jauro, Director-General of NESREA Mr Ibrahim Kawu, the Acting State Coordinator of Gombe NESREA gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe, the ...

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Desertification: UN urges investment in land restoration to save world’s biodiversity

UNCCD COP14 Opening

The United Nations has called on governments and private entities to support sustainable actions to reverse land degradation and invest in land restoration to avoid further loss of world’s biological diversity and valuable ecosystem. L-R: UNCCD Deputy Executive Secretary, Pradeep Monga; Executive Secretary, Ibrahim Thiaw; India’s Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar; and his Deputy, Babul Supriyo, ...

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