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Experts seek to advance landscape restoration in Africa

Robert Nasi

Finding solutions to meet the challenge of landscape restoration in Africa, where almost 50 million hectares of land is degraded each year, is a complex challenge requiring an innovative, coordinated, international response, says a top forestry expert who will speak at an upcoming conference in Nairobi. Over 800 multi-sector stakeholders from across Africa and around the world will meet in ...

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Zamfara battles desertification, plants 24,000 trees

Burkina Faso tree planting

The Zamfara State Government has planted 24,000 trees in some of its Local Government Areas as part of a campaign against desertification across the state. Special Adviser to the State Governor on Directorate of Afforestation, Malam Mansur Khalifa-Kaura, disclosed this on Monday, July 30, 2018 in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau. Khalifa-Kaura said that ...

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NEMA to engage states for effective disaster management

Mustapha Maihaja

The Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Mustapha Maihaja, has said that the Agency would engage state governments through intensive advocacy and sensitisation for efficient disaster management. Maihaja made this known in a statement signed by Mr Sani Datti, NEMA’s Head of Media and Communication, on Sunday, July 29, 2018 in Abuja. He said that the resolution was made ...

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Edo moves to curb destruction of forest reserves


The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has constituted a taskforce to halt the destruction of forest reserves in the state. Obaseki announced in Benin, the state capital, on Thursday, July 26, 2018 that the constitution of the taskforce was to find an immediate end to the alarming rate of depletion of the state’s forest resources. According to him, ...

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Wildfire kills 50 near Athens, families flee to beaches

Athens wildfire

A wildfire killed at least 50 people and injured scores more as it swept through a small resort town near Athens, Nikos Economopoulos, Head of Greece’s Red Cross, said on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. He told Skai TV that the wildfire trapped families with children behind walls of smoke and flames as they tried to flee to the beach. The ...

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Tree felling: DPR wants Nigerians to embrace gas for domestic energy needs


Worried by the threat to environment posed by massive tree felling, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has urged Nigerians to embrace the use of gas for domestic energy, rather than charcoal. “More trees are being cut down everyday; such deforestation is degrading the environment. The media should educate Nigerians to resort to gas for their domestic energy needs,” DPR ...

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Erosion: NEWMAP appeals to Obosi community over slow pace of work


The Nigerian Erosion Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) on Thursday, July 19, 2018 appealed to Obosi community in Anambra State to bear with it over the slow pace of work at its gully erosion sites. Mr Emeka Achebe, Head of Communications of NEWMAP in the state, made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Obosi, Idemili ...

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EU, Oxfam move to battle desertification in Katsina


The European Union (EU) and Oxfam have distributed agricultural inputs worth N120 million to farmers in Katsina State for the second phase of the Fuel Wood Balance Programme (FUWOBA) sponsored by the two bodies. Dr Christo Marry-Udokang, the state project manager, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Daura on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 that the inputs were distributed ...

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Death toll rises to 90 as landslides, floods engulf Nepal


Five people were killed in Nepal on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by landslides and flooding brought on by monsoon rains, bringing the death toll to 90 across the country. “A woman and her two children, one of them an infant, were killed when a landslide struck their home in a village in north-central Nepal’s Gorkha district,’’ local Police Officer, Mahendra ...

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Ondo wants government to save coastal communities from surge, erosion

Ayetoro Ondo State

Barely a week after the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) appealed to the Federal Government to intervene to curb the fast eroding Lagos shoreline, the authorities are confronted with yet another daunting task. The SOS call, this time around, is coming from the Ondo State Government, which wants the central government to urgently stop the incessant surge of the Atlantic Ocean, ...

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