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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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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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