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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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CRIC17: Momentum to recover degraded lands picks up, rural livelihoods improve


Momentum to repair degraded lands and to manage droughts more effectively has picked up, according to reports released for review by an inter-governmental meeting that opened on Monday, January 28, 2019 in Georgetown, Guyana. Minister of State, Guyana, Joseph Harmon, with Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and other delegates at the opening ...

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India to host 14th UN land degradation summit

UNCCD COP13 - Monique Barbut

India will host the next global Conference on desertification, land degradation and drought from October 7 to 8, 2019 at the Vigyan Bhavan conference centre in New Delhi.  Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UNCCD Participants from 197 Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will have access, for the first time, to a wealth of vital new scientific data, say ...

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Government to assist erosion, flood-prone communities

Nigeria flood

The Federal Government says it will reclaim all land lost to gully erosion and assist flood-prone communities in the country. Residents steer a dugout canoe past flooded houses following heavy rain in the Nigerian town of Lokoja, in Kogi State, on September 14, 2018. Photo credit: AFP / Sodiq Adelakun The information is in a statement issued by Mr AbdulGaniyu ...

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NEWMAP plants 38,000 species of trees in Gombe

Tree planting

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) says it planted 38,000 different species of trees on 180 hectares of land in eight local government areas of Gombe State in 2018. Tree planting Malam Mohammed Garba, the Project Coordinator, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 that the World Bank assisted project of ...

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Government proposes N40m for Onuiyi-Nsukka erosion control


The Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District, Chukwuka Utazi, said on Thursday, December 27, 2018 that N40 million had been proposed in the 2019 budget for the control of erosion at Onuiyi-Nsukka in Enugu State. A gully erosion site Utazi, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Nsukka, said the proposal was to ...

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Kenya launches five-year plan to transform arid regions

Eugene Wamalwa

Kenya on Friday, December 21, 2018 launched a five-year plan aimed at transforming Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) into reliable economic hubs. Eugene Wamalwa Mr Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Devolution and ASALS, said that the 2018-2022 strategic plan targeted livestock, energy, tourism, agriculture, trade and minerals sectors which, he said, were underexploited. “We want to address ...

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States urged to emulate Niger’s battle against land degradation


The Conservator-General, National Park Service, Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, has called on state governors to emulate the Niger State Government’s effort in stopping further degradation of the environment. Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, Governor of Niger State Goni said this in a statement issued by his Media Assistant, Yakubu Zull, on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in Abuja. He said that Gov. Abubakar ...

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