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Desertification: VC advocates introduction of BSc. Environmental Health Science

Desertification in Nigeria

The Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, has advocated for introduction of BSc. Environmental Health Science in Nigerian universities to effectively curb desertification. Garba made the call at the “2018 Tree Planting Campaign of the ABU Green Belt Initiative’’ held on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the ABU main campus, Zaria, Kaduna State. The News Agency of ...

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Government warns against indiscriminate felling of trees

Chief Audu Ogbeh

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has warned members of the public to desist from indiscriminate felling of trees. Mrs Heather Akanni, the Technical Adviser, Quality Control and Standardisation, Office of the Minister of Agriculture, gave the warning on Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Makurdi, Benue State, while speaking with newsmen. Akanni said that indiscriminate felling of ...

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Power station alerts Niger communities on impending flood

Shiroro-Hydro-Power-Station

The North South Power Station (NSP) in Niger State has warned host communities of an impending risk of flood in communities living in the upstream and downstream of the hydro-electric power station plant. Mr Ugochukwu Chioke, Chief Operating Officer, North South Power Station, gave the warning during the Annual Stakeholder Flood Awareness and Sensitation Forum on Thursday, July 5, 2018 ...

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Southeast Nigeria losing land to over 2,800 active erosion sites

Gully erosion

The World Igbo Environmental Foundation (WIEF) says there are over 2,800 active erosion sites threatening to sack most communities in the southeast of Nigeria from their ancestral lands. Dr Odili Ojukwu, Chairman of the foundation, made this assertion in an interview with newsmen in Awka, capital of Anambra State, on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Ojukwu, an engineer, advocated for community ...

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NEMA warns south-east residents of impending flood

Uganda flood

The Director of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South-East Zonal office, Mr Walson Ibarakumo, has warned of impending flood risk in specific areas of Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi states. He disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Iberakumo said his warning was based on the forecast by National ...

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Ecologist advocates mitigation measures, proper planning to prevent flood

Flood-in-Lagos

An Ecologist, Mr David Michael, has called for the adoption of effective mitigation measures and proper plans to prevent flooding in the country. Michael, who is the Executive Director, Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, June 25, 2018. Michael noted that flooding ...

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Anti-erosion agency to resettle displaced households in Anambra

Erosion Anambra State

The Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has promised to resettle households of three communities in Anambra State that will be displaced in the course of rehabilitation on erosion sites. Dr Odili Ojukwu, a consultant to NEWMAP in Anambra State, gave the assurance on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at a stakeholders’ meeting held with representatives of the communities in ...

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Consumers, private sector critical in fighting droughts, land degradation

Desertification

More than 3.2 billion people, or two in every five people, are impacted by land degradation today and up to 143 million people could move within their countries by 2050 to escape water scarcity and falling crop productivity due to the slow onset impacts of climate change. To avoid these threats, Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), ...

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UN urges effective land preservation to combat desertification

Desertification

On World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought observed on Sunday, June 17, 2018, the UN has called for effective land preservation to combat desertification. According to a statement by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), land is not a limitless resource and ignoring its role in our everyday lives threatens food and water supplies, biodiversity and the security ...

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World Day to Combat Desertification: You are more powerful than you think!

UNCCD COP13 - Monique Barbut

Are you overwhelmed by the depressing news coming at you daily? Conflict, forced migrants, famine, floods, hurricanes, extinction of species, climate change, threats of war … a seemingly endless list.  It might surprise you, but you can really make a difference on many of these issues. Just like every raindrop counts towards a river and every vote counts in an ...

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