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Cocoa companies fail on pledge to stop Africa deforestation, says report

cocoa plantation

Major chocolate companies have failed to keep a promise they made a year ago to stop forests in West Africa being destroyed for cocoa production, a campaign group said on Friday, December 7, 2018. Companies from Mars to Hershey to Barry Callebaut joined the governments of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana to launch the Cocoa and Forests Initiative last year, pledging ...

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Lagos residents urged to halt soil degradation

Babatunde Durosimi-Etti

The Lagos State Government has urged residents to halt the destruction of soil in the state, for a better and safer environment. The Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, said during the commemoration of the 2018 World Soil Day in Ikeja on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 that there was the need to find lasting solution to soil pollution. Durosinmi-Etti ...

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NEMA advocates tree planting to check windstorm, erosion in southeast

Gully erosion

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called on residents of the southeast to imbibe the culture of tree planting to check windstorm and gully erosion in the zone. Mr Walson Ibarakumo, NEMA South-East Zonal Coordinator, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, Enugu State on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. He advised ...

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Harmattan: Park Service campaigns on dangers of bush burning

Ibrahim Goni

Conservator-General of the Service National Park Service, Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, says the service will soon embark on campaign against bush burning during the dry season. Goni made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, November 30, 2018. According to him, the campaign has become necessary following the onset of the harmattan season, stressing that some herdsmen ...

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Government approves N9.6bn for 11 ecological projects in Abuja, nine states

Yemi-Osibajo

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 approved N9.6 billion for 11 ecological intervention projects across the country. Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, made this known when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the council’s meeting held at the ...

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Hassan emerges head of Great Green Wall Agency

Dr Bukar Hassan

The Federal Government has appointed Dr Bukar Hassan as the new Director-General of the National Agency for Great Green Wall (NAGGW). Mrs Larai Daze, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the agency, made this known in a statement on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Abuja. Hassan replaced Mr Goni Ahmed, who had been the D-G since the inception ...

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Nigeria threatened by desertification, says NCF

Desertification in Nigeria

Nigeria is losing about a half kilometre of its land mass annually to desert encroachment and time is of essence before the entire country becomes a desert. The Director-General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Dr Muktari Aminu-Kano, raised the alarm in Lagos on Sunday, November 18, 2018. He made the disclosure at the 2018 edition of the Green Ball series ...

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Forum explores land degradation impact on people, ecosystem

Georgetown, Guyana

For the first time since the adoption of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 1994, world governments are meeting to consider the impact of land degradation on people and ecosystems, drawing on data gathered on the ground. The meeting will take place on January 29 to 30, 2019 in Georgetown, Guyana, during the Seventeenth Session of the Committee ...

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Using Earth observation data to restore barren lands

UNCCD COP13 - Monique Barbut

Over 75% of the world’s land surface is said to be significantly impacted by human activity. The consequences are evident in more and severe droughts, high loss of wildlife and new trends in internal displacement and forced migration, say observers, adding that inaction on land degradation for most of the 169 countries affected by land degradation is due to the lack of accurate data and ...

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Council urges aggressive campaign against environmental degradation

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The National Council on Environment (NCE) has urged stakeholders to intensify efforts in engaging on aggressive campaign against human activities causing environmental degradation in the country. The council gave the advice in a communique read by the Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, in Akure, Ondo State, on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. The NCE, the highest policy and ...

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