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Planations’ role in Borneo forest loss, by study

Douglas Sheil

New study analyses four decades of satellite images – overturning assumptions about the role of industrial plantations in Borneo forest loss Debates over forest loss in Borneo generally focus on the extent to which industrial plantations are to blame: those on the conservation side charge oil palm and pulp and paper for the destruction of tropical rainforest, those on the ...

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A2R to fast-track climate action for sustainable development


Partners of a new UN-led platform to mobilise and accelerate action on climate resilience agreed on Friday to move ahead with plans that will help meet the needs of a growing global population that is being impacted by climate change. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Initiative on Climate Resilience, known as A2R (Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape), was launched by world leaders during ...

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Ahead UN refugees, migrants summit, CSOs speak out


Campaigners from around the world are calling for more action to protect people displaced by climate change as the United Nations convenes a flagship Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York on Monday, September 19. Intended to make the international response to large movements of migrants and refugees “more humane and coordinated” in a year which has already seen ...

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UNESCO data tool reveals emerging R&D players


As the UN General Assembly prepares to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics has released a new data tool showing the leaders and emerging players in research and development (R&D). “Innovation is key to achieving each of the Sustainable Development Goals. So it is essential to track R&D ...

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Bayelsa, Rivers residents relive tremor experiences


Bayelsa and River state have also had their fair share of the earth tremor menace, which is increasingly giving the nation a cause for concern. A couple of months ago, tremors in parts of the two oil-rich states reportedly caused palpable apprehension among residents of affected communities. Residents of the areas noted that the tremors caused serious cracks on the ...

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Support for Indigenous peoples’ rights gets a lift


Support for Indigenous peoples’ rights has received a boost, thanks to key decisions adopted last week by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Hawaiʻi, USA. In a landmark pronouncement, the IUCN Members’ Assembly voted to create a new category of membership for Indigenous peoples’ organisations. According to the organisation, this will open the opportunity to strengthen ...

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Five more nations ratify Nagoya Protocol


France, Mali, the Netherlands, the Republic of Moldova and Sweden 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 85. The Nagoya Protocol is a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and a ...

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Desertification: Sokoto to plant 1 million trees

Tree planting

As a way of tackling desertification in Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal has disclosed that government has raised one million different varieties of seedlings of economic trees for free distribution to people in the state. ‎ He disclosed during the launch of the 2016 Tree Planting Campaign at Bissalam village, Dange-Shuni Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday that ...

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Flood victims receive donations from lawmaker


Victims of the recent flood that occurred in Bachaka town of Gudu local government area (LGA) of Sokoto State on Monday received a donation of relief materials worth N5 million from the member that‎ represents Gudu/Tangaza Federal Constituency, Isa Kalanjeni. The relief materials donated to alleviate the suffering of the victims include 300 bags of cement, 30 bundles of roofing ...

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Co-chairs for biodiversity, ecosystems assessment emerge

Sir Robert Watson

Three of the world’s most eminent experts on the intersection of nature and human well-being were announced recently in Bonn, Germany as co-chairs of a new global assessment commissioned by the 125 governments comprising the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Professors Sandra Díaz (Argentina), Eduardo Brondízio (Brazil & USA) and Josef Settele (Germany) will lead more ...

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