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Auditors examine EU aid for African Great Lakes region

Karel Pinxten

The auditors examined the European Commission’s humanitarian support in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania for the period between 2011 and 2015, which amounted to about €300 million EU humanitarian aid to refugees from conflicts in the African Great Lakes area is responding to the challenges faced but may be costing too much to deliver, according ...

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Logging: UK sanctions Cameroon timber traders


The UK Authorities charged with enforcing the EU timber regulations (EUTR), have taken action against 14 UK importers sourcing timber from Cameroon linked to illegal logging. This news was presented at a Chatham House meeting in London on Thursday June 16, following comparable action by the Netherlands in early March, demonstrating that timber from Cameroon is coming under increasing scrutiny ...

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Carbon emissions from 2015 fires in Southeast Asia greatest since 1997


A new study of the forest and peatland fires that burned across maritime Southeast Asia in 2015 has found that the carbon emissions were the largest since 1997, when an even stronger El Niño also resulted in extended drought and widespread burning. Using a pioneering combination of regional satellite observations, on-the-ground measurements in Kalimantan, Indonesia, and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) ...

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Controversial Peruvian amazon palm plantation up for sale


The Melka group has unveiled plans to sell off controversial oil palm plantations in the Peruvian amazon. Public auctions will be held in Lima, Peru, over the next few weeks as the Melka group decides to sell land in Ucayali. A public notice placed in the Jakarta Post on June 23 outlined plans to sell the estate and plantations on the estate ...

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National Grazing Bill scales first reading in Senate


The bill for the establishment of a National Grazing Reserves Agency on Wednesday reappeared before the Senate and scaled the first reading. The National Grazing Reserves Agency Bill was sponsored by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, All Progressives Congress (APC), Kano Central, and co-sponsored by others. The controversial bill, which has already passed second reading in the House of Representatives, has ...

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UNODC releases films to celebrate anti-sexual violence day

Ms. Cristina Albertin

As part of global efforts to stamp out sexual violence against women, the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Office in Nigeria recently completed production of three shorts films depicting the harrowing experiences of sex trafficking victims and their families, while also beaming critical searchlight on child labour and exploitation. The United Nations General Assembly approved on ...

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CODE: Need for urgent remediation of Shikira community

Amina J. Mohammed

Over 300 children in Shikira living with high lead level in their blood and need urgent medical treatments, says Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive of connected Development (CODE) and Co-Founder, Follow The Money. The campaigner is clamouring for the contaminated community’s speedy clean-up We are highly shocked over the Federal Government’s inability to announce a specific date when remediation of Shikira ...

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Zambia, China, Finland ratify Nagoya Protocol


China, Finland and Zambia are the latest countries to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation, bringing the total number of ratifications to the treaty to 78. All three countries ratified the Protocol during the past month. Zambia acceded on 20 May 2016, Finland accepted on ...

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Greenpeace urges Michelin to stop patronising deforestation-friendly rubber growers

Cécile Leuba

Michelin Group, world leading tyre manufacturer and first world buyer of natural rubber, recently published a zero deforestation procurement policy based on the methodology High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach. Reactions have however trailed the development with, for instance, Greenpeace commending the action but demanded that the tyre manufacturer should do more. Cécile Leuba, Forest campaigner for Greenpeace France, submitted: “The ...

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UNICEF prepares Nigerians for rainy season, flooding

Olusoji Adeniyi

Following the commencement of rainy season in parts of Nigeria, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is sensitising stakeholders on the need to start early preparation against flood in the country. In 2015, hundreds of houses and lives were destroyed by floods that affected more than 10 states across the country. Thousands of people in both rural and urban communities ...

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