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World Rivers Day: Group advocates for rights of rivers

Ethiope River

Bothered by the array of threats faced by Nigerian rivers, the Foundation for Conservation of Nigerian Rivers (FCNR) has launched an advocacy campaign for rights of streams in the country. FCNR officials stated that this was undertaken to mark the World Rivers Day (WRD) on Sunday, September 23, 2018. The WRD is a global celebration of the world’s waterways observed ...

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World Rivers Day: Promoting stewardship, encouraging river conservation

river-niger

The World Rivers Day promotes stewardship, increases awareness and encourages river conservation across the globe, according to its promoters. Millions of people around the world will participate in the 2018 World Rivers Day on Sunday, September 23. With many of the world’s rivers facing increasing pressures associated with climate change, pollution, and industrial development, more than 70 countries are participating ...

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Adidas makes Real Madrid’s kit from recycled ocean plastic

Real Madrid

Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have collaborated on the third kit for Real Madrid FC of Spain. The kits, made from recycled ocean plastic, are being sold for £64.95 at the official Real Madrid Store and will be worn during the 2018/19 season. The coral colour of the strip is designed to reflect the various shades of coral to ...

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Lagos seeks protection of marine environment

Ibeshe Waterfront

The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, has urged the residents of the state to always protect the marine environment due to its socio-economic values. Durosinmi-Etti said this on Thursday, September 6, 2018 during the clean-up of Ibeshe Waterfront in Ikorodu, marking the maiden edition of the Clean-up of Lagos Waterfront. He said that residents should stop ...

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China’s water diversion project replenishes 30 rivers

China

China has replenished 30 of rivers via the central route of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project. The project, which began in April 2018 and is expected to take several decades to complete, is a state-run infrastructure programme to move 44.8 billion cubic metres of fresh water each year from the Yangtze River to China’s arid and industrialised northern territories via three ...

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Concern as oceans face fresh threat from deep-sea mining

Deep-sea mining

International waters – known as the “common heritage of (human)kind” – are said to be under a new and supposedly deadly threat from the deep-sea mining industry. The International Seabed Authority (ISA), a UN agency which has reportedly not received much public scrutiny until now, meets in Kingston, Jamaica this week to discuss how to open up the deep-sea bed ...

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Conservationists launch fresh effort to save aquatic wildlife

manatee

A multi-stakeholder partnership of conservationists from across West Africa is joining hands this week to coordinate actions in the fight to save aquatic wildlife, which are facing an increasing level of threats. The alliance, known as the Abidjan Aquatic Wildlife Partnership (AAWP), which was formed following concerns raised on this issue at the Abidjan Convention’s Twelfth Conference of the Parties ...

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GEF, UNDP support Liberia’s new coastal resilience project

Liberia

A new GEF-financed project for coastal resilience will support Liberia’s goals to end poverty and ensure low-carbon, climate-resilient development. The President of Liberia, George Weah, launched a new project in New Kru Town, Liberia, in July 2018 that will help build the resilience of vulnerable communities against climate change while contributing to achieving sustainable development in the country. The new project, ...

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Abidjan Convention seeks protection of Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem

Abidjan Convention

The Executive Secretary of the Abidjan Convention has said that the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) project has a unique strategic combination of fisheries and ecosystem governance frameworks and will through governance reforms, investments and management programmes, enable the participating countries to address priority transboundary concerns on declining fisheries, associated biodiversity and water quality. Abou Bamba further disclosed that ...

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World’s fish consumption unsustainable, UN warns

Overfishing

A third of the world’s oceans are overfished and fish consumption is at an all-time high, raising fears over the sustainability of a key source of protein for millions around the world, the UN warned in a report on Monday, July 9, 2018. According to a report released by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, overfishing is particularly bad in parts ...

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