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Hassan emerges head of Great Green Wall Agency

Dr Bukar Hassan

The Federal Government has appointed Dr Bukar Hassan as the new Director-General of the National Agency for Great Green Wall (NAGGW). Mrs Larai Daze, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the agency, made this known in a statement on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Abuja. Hassan replaced Mr Goni Ahmed, who had been the D-G since the inception ...

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Nigeria threatened by desertification, says NCF

Desertification in Nigeria

Nigeria is losing about a half kilometre of its land mass annually to desert encroachment and time is of essence before the entire country becomes a desert. The Director-General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Dr Muktari Aminu-Kano, raised the alarm in Lagos on Sunday, November 18, 2018. He made the disclosure at the 2018 edition of the Green Ball series ...

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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


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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