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Better land management critical for achieving Agenda 2030 – Report

Mr Zhang Jianlong

“Consumption of the earth’s natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years, with a third of the planet’s land now severely degraded. Each year, we lose 15 billion trees and 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil. Smallholder farmers, women and indigenous communities are the most vulnerable, given their reliance on land-based resources, compounded by their exclusion from wider infrastructure ...

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Climate action, food security depend on healthy drylands, says IUCN


Failure to up investment in protecting and restoring drylands – soils in particular – could put future food supplies at risk and hamper efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, says the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ahead of the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD ...

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Benue Speaker urges residents to avoid flood-prone areas


Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Terkimbi Ikyange, has charged the people of the state to take early flood warnings seriously by avoiding flood-prone areas and desist from building in such areas. The Speaker, who gave the charge on Monday, August 28, 2017 while addressing newsmen after he led Principal Officers of the Assembly to inspect flooded areas in Makurdi, ...

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Nigeria gets high rating on road safety


As the Federal Road Safety Corps held its 7th annual lectures series on Thursday, August 24, 2017 members of the international community have rated Nigeria among countries with robust road safety strategic agenda, with calls on other nations to emulate it. This was the main focus of this year’s annual lecture delivered by the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on ...

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Ogun urges industrialists to comply with environmental laws


The Ogun State Government has taken steps to enforce compliance to environmental laws by embarking on inspection tour to industries towards ensuring they put in place necessary environment-friendly equipment including functional Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) to recycle waste water. Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, who made this known recently through his media aide, Mrs. Nofisat Alapoti, while inspecting industries ...

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Tigray region: Ethiopia tops world’s best land restoration policies

Tigray Region

More people, less erosion – Ethiopia’s Tigray region demonstrates that this can be a reality: They will take home the Gold Future Policy Award 2017 for successfully greening the hitherto drylands, beating 26 other nominated policies to the prize. The Tigray Region is the northernmost of the nine regions of Ethiopia. Also known as “Oscar for Best Policies”, the Future ...

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Anxiety as Trump reverses plastic water bottle ban in National Parks

Plastic bottles

The US National Park Service, on the orders of President Donald Trump, on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 rescinded an Obama-era policy that allowed individual parks to ban bottled water sales on their grounds as a way to fight litter. Environmental organisations believed that the controversial 2011 policy that encouraged parks to eliminate the sale of bottled water would help reduce ...

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Minamata Convention’s entry into force to curtail global mercury crisis, say groups


The entry into force of the Minamata Convention on Mercury on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 establishes the first new multilateral environmental agreement in over a decade, according to the Zero Mercury Working Group and SRADev Nigeria. The groups, who claim that they had been calling for a legally binding treaty for over a decade, have welcomed the new protocol. “While ...

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Peoples Tribunal to hear human, environmental rights violation cases

Peoples Tribunal

Five hundred activists from the Southern African People’s Solidarity Network from Tuesday, August 15, 2017 move into Stay City and will, from Thursday, August 17 to Friday, August 18, hold a Permanent Peoples Tribunal to Dismantle Corporate Power with a focus on land and environment. This is a counter-summit to the 37th Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in Pretoria, where South ...

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African Decentralisation Day: Creating opportunities for youth

paris agreement

The theme of the African Union Decentralisation Day 2017, celebrated on Thursday, August 10, 2017, is “Youth Participation”. According to the Local Government and UCLG Africa, this translates as “Investing in Youth”. According to the US Census Bureau in 2010, 63% of the Africa’s overall population was below the age of 25. The average age of the African population is ...

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