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National Grazing Bill scales first reading in Senate

Fulani-Herdsmen-Nigeria

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

Cancun

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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WED 2016: Ogun raises concern over desert encroachment

Bolaji Oyeleye

In the light of threats posed by climate change, the Ogun State Government has called on residents to desist from acts that can lead to desert encroachment. Commissioner for Environment, Bolaji Oyeleye, who stated this on Monday in Abeokuta, the state capital, while briefing newsmen in commemoration of the 2016 World Environment Day (WED), added that desert encroachment was a ...

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CBD hails launch of Healthy Environment, Healthy People

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, the Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity, has welcomed a new UNEP report on environment and health which links a healthy environment and healthy ecosystems as the basis for the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. On 23 May, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a new report entitled Healthy ...

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Ways to curb hunger, environmental damage, by study

Latest IRP report lists 12 ways to use natural resources more efficiently, improve human health and reduce the environmental damage caused by food systems A major overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage, the International Resource Panel (IRP) has said. In a ...

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How to enhance global biodiversity targets’ achievement – SBI

Montreal

The first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 1) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) came to a close on 6 May 2016 in Montreal, Canada. Delegates from around the world advanced attention on national action by recommending tools and approaches for implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and a more effective operation of the decision-making ...

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