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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The US National Park Service, on the orders of President Donald Trump, on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 rescinded an Obama-era policy that allowed individual parks to ban bottled water sales on their grounds as a way to fight litter.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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Hydraulic infrastructure development guideline adopted


The guideline on hydraulic infrastructure development in West Africa was adopted recently during the 78th ordinary session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers held in Monrovia, Liberia. The guideline enters into force across all ECOWAS member countries. The States are expected to domesticate it into their legislation, albeit within three years in principle. The adoption is the outcome of a regional dialogue on ...

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Kubuqi: Chinese solution to desertification control lauded

Kubuqi model

The sixth Kubuqi International Desert Forum was held from Saturday, July 29 to Sunday, July 30, 2017 in the Kubuqi Desert in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, northern China. Participating guests from other countries visited Kubuqi and witnessed the successful practices of Kubuqi’s desertification control. The forum, it was gathered, offered them better understanding of the Kubuqi Model. They believe that the Kubuqi ...

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$7.7m UPS grant promotes initiatives to empower women, girls

Eduardo Martinez

The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS, has announced that it will award more than $7.7 million in global diversity and inclusion grants to 39 organisations. The grants will support economic empowerment, initiatives to empower women and girls, and, workplace inclusion. “We are proud to partner with organisations that are innovating and making measurable impacts on the lives of ...

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Bonn Challenge: Chad commits to restore 5m hectares of degraded land

Bonn Challenge Chad

Chad has pledged to restore five million hectares by 2030 as part of the Bonn Challenge. The commitment was made at the recently held Southern Africa (SADC+) Bonn Challenge Ministerial Roundtable, organised by the Malawi Department of Forestry and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Chad’s pledge brings the total hectares pledged to the Bonn Challenge to ...

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