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Land Degradation

924,000 square metres of Nigerian land degraded daily

Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma

Minister of Environment, Alhaji Suleiman Zarma, says there is an urgent need to recover and conserve the country’s land as 924,000 square metres is lost to degradation daily, while the population keeps growing. Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma, Minister of Environment Zarma said this in a statement issued by Mrs Pauline Sule, the Head of the Press and Public Relations Unit, National Agency for ...

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Ogoniland clean-up: Community monitors emerge, concerns over emergency measures

ERA/FoEN

To complement the Ogoni clean-up process, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and its allies at the local, national and international levels, on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State launched some 100 Community Independent Monitors (CIM) to provide qualitative and scientific progress reports on the state of the clean-up process. Inauguration of the Community ...

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UNHCR to plant 20m trees in Uganda to curb deforestation

Tree-Planter

The UN Refugee Agency in Uganda says it plans to plant 20 million trees in 2019 to plug the deforestation by Refugees in the East African Country. Tree planting Joel Boutroue, representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Uganda, on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 told reporters that the refugees hosted by Uganda have caused massive deforestation, ...

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No single formula for all forms of deforestation – Study

Deforestation

The world has been trying for decades to curb deforestation but continues to fail. Forests are still being cleared at high rates despite efforts by forested and supportive countries alike. A new study by researchers has found that there is no “one size fits all” solution: every agent of deforestation is different and requires specialised efforts to reduce their impact. Deforestation in ...

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Reviving dying land is doable by 2030, says UN review

UNCCD COP13 - Monique Barbut

Reviving damaged lands and the livelihoods of people affected by desertification, land degradation and drought can be possible by 2030, according to participants who attended the intergovernmental committee that reviews the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UNCCD. Her term as head of the Convention ends February 2019 Participants at the 17th Committee to ...

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Ogoni clean-up: Stakeholders advocate holistic approach to process

Marvin Dekil

Some stakeholders have called for holistic approach that will hasten the clean-up of Ogoni land and the Niger Delta in Nigeria. Dr Marvin Dekil, National Project Coordinator, Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) They made the call in a communique issued on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in Abuja at the end of a “High Level Advocacy Workshop on the Clean-up of ...

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Environmentalist decries continuous decline in Nigeria’s forest cover

Izoma Asiodu

An environmentalist, Chief Philip Asiodu, has decried the continuous declining of the Nigeria’s forest cover. NCF President, Izoma Philip Asiodu Asiodu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday, January 31, 2019 that the country’s forest cover was declining rapidly to at least less than four per cent. According to him, some things need to be done ...

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Paucity of fund stalls FAO’s effort to upscale Africa’s Great Green Wall scheme

Great Green Wall

At the Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2018 on how to solve the climate crisis of December last year, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, said the UN body lacks funding to scale up its efforts to expand Africa’s Great Green Wall. The metaphoric Great Green Wall will provide sustainable alternatives for millions of young ...

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How to curtail cattle urine’s planet-warming power, by study

Cattle rearing

When cow urine falls on degraded land, it releases far more nitrous oxide – a potent greenhouse gas – than when absorbed by healthy pasture. The findings of a new study show additional benefits of landscape restoration and conservation. For total livestock emissions, beef cattle is said to account for the highest methane emissions The exceptional climate-altering capabilities of cattle are mainly ...

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Kaduna reviews obsolete laws to combat desertification, climate change

Nasir el Rufai

The Kaduna State Government on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 said it had passed a bill to the legislative arm to review laws for proper protection of the state’s forest resources. Nasir el Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State Mr Anthony Kachiro, the Director of Forest Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Development of the state, disclosed this to the News ...

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