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Worry as Lake Tanganyika faces degradation, acute pollution

Lake Tanganyika

The world’s second oldest freshwater lake, Lake Tanganyika, faces issues of degradation and acute pollution on Burundi’s side, former Burundian environment minister, Albert Mbonerane, has said. Mbonerane, who is also a founding member of a local environmental protection NGO, told Xinhua in an interview that the lake’s degradation has started to impact on current generations and will seriously affect future ...

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Commission urges AU to take ownership of Lake Chad project

Lake Chad

The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 called on the member-states of the African Union (AU) to take ownership of the project to save Lake Chad from imminent extinction. Its Executive Secretary, Alhaji Sanusi Abdullahi, made the call at the opening of the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of the LCBC in Abuja. ...

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Inter-basin water transfer: Opportunities, prospects for Lake Chad

Sand miners

After five decades of the creation of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), the basin is still characterised by increasing population and severe drought. Scholars believe that as the population growth rate increases from 40 million in 2010, to a projection of 62 million in 2030, the consequences of famine, water distribution problems, human and animal disease will also rise. ...

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Inter-basin water transfer, panacea for shrinking Lake Chad – LCBC boss

Sand miners

Alhaji Sanusi Abdullahi, Executive Secretary, Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), says inter-basin water transfer from the Ubangui River in Democratic Republic of Congo is the only way to save the lake from extinction. Abdullahi said this when he spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the ongoing International Conference on Lake Chad in Abuja on Tuesday, ...

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Nigeria reiterates commitment to restore dwindling Lake Chad

Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday, February 26, 2018 reiterated the Federal Government’s unflinching commitment to support all programmes and policies to restore the Lake Chad basin. Osinbajo said this in Abuja at the opening of the International Conference on Lake Chad, with the Theme: “Saving the Lake to Revitalise the Basin’s Ecosystem’’. According to him, saving the Lake is ...

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UNESCO restates commitment to safeguard Lake Chad

Lake Chad

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Friday, February 23, 2018 restated its commitment to safeguarding the Lake Chad and promoting the interests of people who depend on the lake for their livelihood. UNESCO made the pledge in a statement signed by its Communication and Information Sector Advisor, Yachat Nuhu, and made available to News Agency of Nigeria ...

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Pitfalls before Lake Chad Basin development, by official

Lake Chad

The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) has listed insurgency, climate change, and non payment of annual contributions as challenges to full implementation of its programmes in the region. LCBC Executive Secretary, Alhaji Sanusi Abdullahi, said this at a meeting of the Committee of Experts to the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Commission’s Council of Ministers in Abuja. He said the ...

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UN addresses importance of Lake Chad

Lake Chad

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is holistically addressing the biosphere reserve and the world heritage importance of the Lake Chad Basin (LCB), an official has said. Mr Simone Grego, Regional Advisor Sciences at UNESCO, made the statement on Thursday, February 15, 2018 on the sideline of the National Consultation Workshop on  BIOPALT project. The workshop was ...

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Scientists warn micro-plastics pose massive threat to marine giants

Silky sharks

Scientists have warned micro-plastics in the ocean and the toxic chemicals in them are posing a significant risk to giant animals like whales, sharks and manta rays that are marine filter feeders. The scientific analysis published in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution said on Monday, February 5, 2018 that such animals swallowed thousands of cubic metres of seawater ...

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World Wetlands Day: Urban wetlands are important for climate protection

wetlands ecosystem

From mangrove forests to coral reefs on the coast, to peatlands to floodplains inland, wetlands play a crucial role in the fight against climate change and help make urban areas more sustainable. On February 2, the universe celebrated the World Wetlands Day 2018. As societies implement the Paris Agreement to keep global temperatures well below 2 °C and as close as ...

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