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Sustainable Devpt

Guidelines to mainstreaming biodiversity and sustainable tourism

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary

Enforcing the notion that a healthy natural environment is one of the world’s most important tourism attractions, and that visiting nature serves to heighten awareness of its intrinsic value for us all, a new manual launched by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) presents guidelines on sustainable tourism and management. Geared towards being both practical and accessible, ...

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Risks, deaths as workers generate wealth

Workers labour to make a living. Sadly, for many the wages of work has been death. The occupational hazards that workers face is a challenge for those in the formal as well as in the informal sectors. Stringent regulatory and control measures as well as strong and united labour unions are needed to halt the menace. We note that the ...

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Group lists 30 food, agriculture influential women

Ertharin Cousin

According to Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank, the organisation is inspired by hundreds of women, who are entrepreneurs, stewards of the land, business owners, researchers, farmers, and innovators – described as the backbone of the world’s food systems. Her words: “In fact, on average, women represent 43 percent of the world’s agricultural labor force and 47 percent of the global fisheries labor force, according to ...

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Oilwatch Africa: We will not eat crude oil

Oil spewing from busted Shell equipment in Nigeria

The Lome Declaration of Oilwatch Africa on Climate Justice and Food Sovereignty in Africa Members of Oilwatch Africa network met in Lome, Togo, on 9 June 2015 and robustly considered the implications of the world’s stubborn dependence on fossil fuels on climate, food sovereignty, nutrition and well-being in Africa. Participants at the conference shared experiences on impacts of extractive activities on their communities and countries. ...

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Giving meaning to theme of World Environment Day 2015

The theme of this year’s celebration for World Environment Day is: “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume With Care.” The following anecdote may suffice to better explain the meaning of the theme. The theme can be said to depict seven billion “Golden Hens” inhabiting one enclosed Basket. This is the only Basket that gives them life and should not be ...

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HOMEF on WED 2015: Restore the environment, build well-being

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, HOMEF

In its message to mark the World Environment Day 2015, the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) submits that currently dominant humankind’s view of the gifts of nature is at the root of many of the crises confronting the world today When future generations look back on our actions today, it is likely that they will evaluate harshly our irresponsible relationship with ...

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World Environment Day 2015: Earth’s resources are finite


Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank, sheds some light on the theme of the 2015 World Environment Day Friday, June 5, is World Environment Day (WED) which celebrates positive environmental action and calls on each of us to create change. The theme of WED – “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care” – reminds us that we only have one planet, and ...

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Activists kick against Africa extractive activities, land grabs


Friends of the Earth Africa (FoEA) groups have decried the impact of extractive companies’ operations across the African region, cautioning that if communities are not adequately empowered to advocate for and defend their rights, more of them will be displaced leading to conflicts. The groups made the call recently during a solidarity mission to oil host communities in Bunyoro sub-region ...

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‘How to make mining environmentally viable’


Mining has been a massive driver for development, as seen in developed countries. Now that Nigeria is diversifying from her mono economy of petroleum, mining amongst other sectors should be looked at. Therefore, plans to manage the sector throughout its life cycle should also be put in place. Old mine practice that brought about adverse environmental degradation, without attention to ...

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Oronto Natei Douglas: The unbroken spirit


My last meeting with Oronto was barely a week before his passing. He had sent me a text message inviting me over to Abuja to discuss some issues. I had been planning to visit him, anyhow and was curtailed by his tight schedule which I abhorred disrupting. It was a delight to find this open space to see him. After ...

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