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India: Ministry directed to notify Comprehensive Action Plan to improve air quality

Anumita Roychowdhury

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed the ruling of the Supreme Court of India on Friday, October 27, 2017, directing the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to notify the comprehensive action plan for a longer term strategy for all key sources of pollution in Delhi and National Capital region (NCR). This action plan ...

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264m children worldwide are not in school, UNESCO says


Some 264 million school-age children and young people worldwide were not in education in 2015, the United Nations culture and education agency, UNESCO, said on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The agency, in a progress report on the UN’s development goals for education, said that after a decline in the early 2000s, out-of-school rates have started to stagnate. “Worldwide, there was ...

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Asia rights commissions call for concrete action to secure land rights

South East Asia

The 7th Regional Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness in South East Asia on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 issued a resolution calling for a range of measures aimed at securing real change in land tenure recognition and security. The resolution calls for accessible mechanisms to map and register customary lands, to provide clarity of ownership. The resolution also called for a rethinking ...

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Stakeholders asked to bridge gaps identified in implementing EIA Act

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, on Monday, October 23, 2017 urged stakeholders to bridge the institutional and legislative gaps identified in the course of implementing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act. The minister, who was represented by Dr Shehu Ahmed, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, gave the advice in Abuja at a workshop organised on ...

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Achieving a cleaner environment in Nigeria

Waste disposal

The strategic importance of cleaner environment as bedrock upon which development and economic prosperity rest has been an area of research well documented across the globe. Undeniably, major world cities like London, Washington, Oslo, Dublin, Paris etc. are famous because of the beauty of their sparkling clean environment. Indeed, while no one can possibly be in doubt as to the ...

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Flood sacks workers from office in Asaba

ifeanyi okowa

Flood on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 prevented Delta State civil servants from accessing their offices at the Old Secretariat Complex on Summit Road, Asaba. The flood followed Tuesday night’s downpour in the area. The workers gathered at the entrance of the secretariat complex with their cars parked on Summit Road as flood took over the area. The heavy rain, which started at 9pm, was accompanied with ...

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World Tourism Day: Operating responsible tourism for sustainable development

Taleb Rifai

The 2017 World Tourism Day, observed on Wednesday, September 27, has been described as an opportunity to remind people of the importance of responsible and sustainable tourism for development and environmental protection. The UN’s World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) estimates that tourism is responsible for nearly 5% of global CO2 emissions. Out of these 5%, transport is responsible for the largest ...

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Kaduna presents SDGs progress report at UN Assembly

Nasir el Rufai

The Kaduna State Government has presented its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Report 2017 at the UN, becoming the first state in Nigeria to launch local SDGs data and strategy development for implementation. Deputy Governor, Barnabas Bala, said on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly, that the report highlighted key policy actions and progress being made so far towardbachieving ...

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Forum to explore indigenous people’s land rights as tool to protect forest


As concern mounts that the world will fail to meet its targets to reduce carbon emissions, the Swedish government, the Ford Foundation and other funders will throw their weight behind a proven, yet underutilised, climate solution: recognising the land rights of the indigenous and forest peoples of Africa, Latin America and Asia, who have emerged as the globe’s most effective tropical forest ...

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Wapichan people expose rights violations, threats to forest

Wapichan people

Amidst increasing concerns about threats to their forests, wetlands and way of life, the Wapichan People of Guyana in South America have devised a system to defend their human rights and monitor their ancestral lands against harmful development. Community information has been collected using a grassroots land use monitoring arrangement that involves community monitoring teams, the use of smartphone technology, ...

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