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Buhari expresses concern over shrinking Lake Chad

Lake Chad

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed worry on the steady shrinking of Lake Chad, saying that the development had adversely affected over 30 million people. Scientists say the Lake Chad, that borders Nigeria and some other countries, has shrunken by 95 percent over the past 50 years. Photo credit: AP/Christophe Ena Buhari said on Saturday, March 27, 2021 that the lake had ...

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Ecologists seek new marine protected area spanning Nigeria, DRC, Cameroon

Marine ecotourism

A virtual meeting on freshwater and marine ecosystems that held from on June 8 to 9, 2020 rose with a unanimous call for the creation of a marine protected area that incorporates territories in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Cameroon. A marine ecosystem. Photo credit: Octavio Aburto The freshwater and marine ecosystems spot, according to the participants, ...

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Cameroon to restore 12m hectares of forest in Congo Basin

Pierre Hele

Cameroon has committed to restoring over 12 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2030 as part of the Bonn Challenge initiative. The pledge is said to be the biggest made so far in the species-rich Congo Basin, home to the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest. The Bonn Challenge, launched in 2011 at an event hosted by Germany and IUCN, is ...

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Greenpeace tasks Spain, France, Gabon on ship’s timber cargo

Kumi Naidoo

Greanpeace has called on Spain, France and Gabon to urgently investigate circumstances surrounding a ship carrying timber believed to have been illegally logged in Africa and destined for the European market. Officials of the Amsterdam, Netherlands-based non-governmental environmental organisation with offices in over 40 countries believe that Modern Express, which is a car carrier, was recently towed away from the ...

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Paris Agreement and implications for Congo Basin forest communities

Paris Agreement

Yaounde, Cameroon-based agro-socio-economist, Samuel Nnah Ndobe, attempts a brief assessment of the Paris Agreement and its implications for Congo Basin communities The negotiators who came to Paris from all corners of the earth for the climate change talks in December 2015 have long since dispersed. The colourful throngs of protestors are a distant memory. The world’s media have moved on ...

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China urged to lead campaign against illegal logging in Congo Basin

Rashid Kang

The transformation of the Congo Basin timber trade into one significantly influenced by 20 key Chinese trading companies offers a golden opportunity to  contribute significantly to tackle illegal logging in the world’s second largest rainforest, according to a new Greenpeace East Asia and Greenpeace Africa report, Opportunity Knocks. “The health of the second ‘lungs of the earth’ is the responsibility of ...

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Govts, traders urged to stem Congo Basin timber trade

Michael O’Brien Onyeka, Greenpeace Africa

Congo Basin governments and their main timber trading partners must take concrete action to tackle illegal logging according to Greenpeace Africa.  During the 14th edition of the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, the NGO highlighted how inaction over trade in illegal timber by Congo Basin countries, China, the European Union, and the United States is devastating the world’s second ...

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