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Between subsidising polluters and thieves

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The movement against subsidising the fossil fuel industry continues to grow and is an integral part of the keep-it-in-the-ground struggle. However, in places like Nigeria, contentious subsidies are those related to the importation of petroleum products. The debate is yet to fully focus on the cost of production and related malfeasances. The last mass national mobilisation in Nigeria happened in January 2012 ...

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UN decorates Nigerian journalist for outstanding humanitarian reporting

Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna

A Nigerian journalist, Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna, has been awarded the United Nations Foundation Gold Prize for Development and Humanitarian Reporting. Armstrong-Ogbonna, a freelance journalist with Radio Nigeria (Radio One), won the Gold medal for her reportage on neglected coastal communities along the Lagos coastline that are bearing the drastic impact of sea rise as well as threats of displacement. She was ...

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Agenda for Uguru Usani, new Minister of Niger Delta Affairs

Uguru Usani

The key issues in the Niger Delta region are bordering on poverty, environmental pollution and degradation, militancy, resource allocation, inadequate infrastructure among others. Although previous governments have made attempts at addressing some of these issues, for instance the infrastructure problem with the East-West Road, the Amnesty Programme initiated to deal with militancy and a few more others, overall results are ...

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Court delivers verdict on DR Congo SIFORCO case, Greenpeace kicks

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Five policemen and soldiers were on Monday convicted for their role in a vicious attack against community members protesting against an industrial logging company in a Congolese village in 2011. The men were found guilty by a court in Kinshasa and sentenced to between two and three years in prison charges including torture. They were among 60 policemen and military ...

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Fresh initiatives to restore degraded African land emerge

Dr. Vincent Biruta

Two ambitious initiatives to restore 100 million hectares of degraded and deforested land in Africa by 2030 were on Sunday (December 6, 2015) launched at the Global Landscape Forum, an event organised alongside the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris. The Forum created a platform for positioning landscapes in the new international agreements on climate and sustainable development. The African Forest Landscape ...

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Ugandan forest advocacy group wins 2015 ONE Africa Award

Nachilala Nkombo

The Kampala based forest advocacy group, Support for Women in Environment and Agriculture – SWAGEN, has won the 8th Annual ONE Africa Award. The Award is bestowed upon civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and other groups based in Africa that have  demonstrated a commitment and success in advocacy to promote the attainment of one or more of the Millennium Development Goals. ...

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UN to decorate Wapichan community for defending land, forests

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The Wapichan people in Guyana, South America, have received the prestigious Equator Prize from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in recognition of their prolonged efforts to legally secure their ancestral lands and conserve extensive rainforests and diverse wildlife habitats in the South Rupununi. In common with many indigenous peoples across South America, Wapichan communities are vulnerable to land grabs and marginalisation ...

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Nigeria to explore gas potential for sustainable development – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria is taking appropriate steps to turn its abundant gas resources into veritable catalyst for development as the nation’s gas potential might be in excess of 600 trillion cubic feet. The President said this at the 3rd summit of Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Tehran, Iran on Monday. Buhari said the country was taking the ...

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Bassey: Nowhere to run from Nigeria’s environmental crisis

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The crisis has gone further than just climate change, we are confronted with an unrelenting environmental change, says activist and architect Nnimmo Bassey at the premiere of the documentary film ‘Nowhere to Run – Nigeria’s Climate and Environmental Crisis’ in Abuja Nowhere to Run – Nigeria’s Climate and Environmental Crisis is a 52-minute documentary that shows in very clear terms that climate change is ...

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Export trade in forest risk commodities destroying rainforests

Andrew Mitchell

The Global Canopy Programme’s ‘Forest 500’, the world’s first rainforest ratings agency that analyses the most influential companies, investors and governments in the race towards a deforestation-free global economy, on Wednesday launched its annual results. It revealed that while the corporate sector improved marginally overall, many laggards are yet to make public sustainability commitments. Commercial agriculture drives at least two ...

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