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GEF, UNDP, government, investors commence $239m energy efficiency scheme


A two-in-one, multi-million-dollar scheme aimed at ensuring efficient use of energy while minimising the emission of harmful gases has commenced. A group comprising the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Power, Cross River State Government and a team of investors is supporting the implementation of ...

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50th ratification triggers entry of Minamata Convention into force

Erik Solheim

History was made on Thursday, May 18, 2017 when the Minamata Convention on Mercury effectively came into force, having garnered the required 50 ratifications. With the number of ratifications standing at 44 (courtesy of Norway, the 44th nation to ratify the Convention) as at Wednesday, Thursday however ushered in a “surprise” as the EU and seven of its member States ...

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Sustainable practices help Ghana communities reverse land degradation


Farmers and communities in the Northern Savannah Zone of Ghana are being assisted to adopt sustainable land management practices to help reverse land degradation and desertification. Land degradation in Ghana – and indeed Africa – is increasingly being recognised as a key development issue because of its impact on the productive capacity of land. In Ghana, rural households are majorly ...

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Nations take stock as SAWAP/BRICKS project explores fresh opportunities


Teams from the 12 nations of the Sahel and West Africa Programme in Support of the Great Green Wall Initiative (SAWAP) are utilising the opportunity of the project’s 4th Conference holding in the Ghanaian capital city of Accra to present the success stories of their projects, as well as the lessons learnt from their experiences. The international forum, which began ...

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Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm Conventions COPs open with GEF, Nigeria side-events


The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP-13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-8) and the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-8) commenced on Monday, April 24, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The meetings, which are being ...

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$177m earmarked for Nigeria under $3.5b Africa ocean economies initiative


Africa is once again at the centre of global focus, thanks to an initiative aimed at ensuring that its marine economies are climate-resilient. In the face of a changing global climate, Africa and its coastal communities that rely on the oceans for their food security and livelihoods are considered particularly vulnerable. But succour may just be around the corner, going ...

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GEF, UNIDO to enhance industrial energy efficiency in 15 countries

Naoko Ishii

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) on Monday, April 3, 2017 confirmed its support for the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Carbon Trust. The announcement was made at the SEforALL Forum, where over 1,000 high-level representatives from government, business, civil society and international organisations have gathered ...

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Government receives hazardous chemicals’ elimination plan from UNIDO

Mallam Ibrahim Usman

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has submitted the Reviewed and Updated National Implementation Plan (NIP) for the Stockholm Convention on the elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to the Federal Government. The Stockholm Convention is an international treaty developed to protect human health and the environment from Persistent Organic Pollutants. The Treaty was adopted in 2001, but came ...

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Nigeria to ratify Minamata Convention in March


Nigeria has set March 2017 as its target date to ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury, just as it forges a partnership with major stakeholders in the run-in to the much-expected endorsement. Dr. Chuma Ezedinma, who is of United Nations Development Organisation (UNIDO) Regional Office in Abuja, made the disclosure on Tuesday, February 14 2017 in Lagos during a day-long ...

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GEF, others unveil investments for oceans protection

Naoko Ishii

New investments in issues ranging from coastal fisheries and conservation funds to combating plastic pollution and expanding marine protected areas were on Friday announced by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) at the Our Ocean conference that held during the week in Washington DC, USA. Alongside fellow environment and conservation leaders, the GEF CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, stressed the need to match ...

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