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Land Degradation

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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HYPREP accused of lacking will to clean Ogoniland

Dr Marvin Dekil

An Ogoni-born activist, Mr Kpobari Agara, has faulted the Federal Government’s creation of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), saying it lacked the will to implement Ogoniland clean-up. Agara made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He alleged that the Federal Government had no ...

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14m ha of land need restoration in Nigeria, others – Study

Burkina Faso tree planting

A report on the state of the environment and socio-economic conditions in fragile ecosystems reveals the extent of land degradation in dryland Africa and shows how closely it is related to hunger and poverty. The report’s authors make an urgent call for increased investment in land restoration for small-scale farmers. The report was carried out by a major EU-funded Food ...

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Niger approves N300m to address erosion, flooding

Alhaji-Abubakar-Sani-Bello

The Niger State Government has approved the release of N300 million to the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) as counterpart funding to help address gully erosion and flooding challenges in the state. Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger disclosed this on Friday, October 26, 2018 when Malam Salisu Dahiru, the National Project Coordinator, NEWMAP, came on a courtesy visit ...

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Government commences N1.07b erosion control project in Akwa Ibom

Governor Udom Emmanuel

The Federal Government on Thursday, October 4, 2018 flagged off a N1.7 billion erosion control work on Nduetong Oku-Ikpa Road, cutting across Uruan and Uyo Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State. Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), performed the flagging off ceremony. He said that the project would alleviate the ...

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World Bank tasks 19 NEWMAP participating states on requirements

Salisu Dahiru Newmap

The World Back Chief Operating Officer in Nigeria, Mrs. Joy Agne, has urged the 19 states participating in the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to speedily meet the bank’s requirements to enable them to access the $400 million loan. The bank has initially set aside $500 million for erosion control in seven selected states of southern Nigeria, but later ...

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Nestlé to monitor palm oil production to curb deforestation

Magdi Batato

Nestlé has announced new plans to ensure the reduction of deforestation. The Swiss company has set an enhanced plan to ensure that it fulfils its 2020 No Deforestation commitment by being the first global food company to implement Starling, a satellite-based service, to monitor 100 per cent of its global palm oil supply chains. Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President and ...

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Edo promises intervention in gully erosion-ridden communities

Godwin-Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 said the state government would soon carry out intervention work in three gully erosion-prone communities of Iguosa, Evbuotubu and Erhumwunse.within the Benin metropolis. Obaseki gave the assurance in a statement by Mr Crusoe Osagie, his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, which was made available to the News Agency ...

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