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Shell waking up to its culpability: Groups hail Ogoni community’s victory

Ineffective clean up

News of the agreement by Shell to accept liability for longest drawn case concerning pollution in the Niger Delta appears to have been warmly received by the civil society. The outcome of oil spill Shell on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, agreed to pay the sum of N45.9 billion compensation to some Ogoni communities of Rivers State ravaged by oil spills ...

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High-Level Dialogue on Desertification: Reversing land degradation crucial to fighting climate change

Volkan Bozkir

Climate change, overuse and conversion for agriculture, cities and infrastructure mean that one fifth of the planet’s land area is degraded. This damage, which also drives drought and desertification, harms the livelihoods of almost half the planet’s population. However, as much as one billion hectares can be restored over the next 10 years if there is political will. President of ...

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Gombe, NEWMAP to mitigate impact of land degradation

Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya

The Gombe State Government and Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) have said they will partner to mitigate the menace of deforestation and land degradation in the state. Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State Dr Hussaina Goje, the Commissioner for Environment and Forest Resource, said the state government would, through the partnership and other interventions, revive the environment. ...

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A people, blessed and cursed by oil

Oil spill pollution

Nigeria has the second largest oil reserve in Africa and is the 12th largest producer of oil, Worldwide. About two million barrels of oil was extracted from the Niger Delta daily as far back as the 1970s. It was estimated that around 38 million barrels of crude oil still resides under the water. A water body in the Niger Delta ...

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Imo bans mining in Owerri to curb erosion, flooding

Hope Uzodinma

Imo State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, has banned all mining activities in Owerri and its environs to preserve the environment against effects of erosion and flooding. Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo State Uzodinma, represented by the State Commissioner for Petroleum and Environment, Dr Ikechukwu Njoku, gave the order while speaking with newsmen in Owerri, the state capital, on Friday, June ...

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10 buildings collapse at Onitsha erosion site

Sharon Ikeazor

No fewer than 10 buildings, including a school and church, have collapsed at Obeleagu St. and Nkissi Aroli axis of Onitsha North Local Government Area of Anambra State following erosion caused by downpour. Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, accompanied by the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, on inspection tour of erosion sites in Anambra State, ...

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World Day to Combat Desertification: Land degradation worsening in Ghana

Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng

To one schooled in natural resources management, it is simply unthinkable why a farmer would cultivate crops on river banks or even farm in river beds. If you belong to the scholastic group, you understand that this kind of farming practice is unsustainable, and undermines livelihood and development. But, for the farmer, it is an issue of livelihood survival, in ...

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Civil society groups call for immediate clean-up of Ogoniland

Ogoniland-Spill

The Environmental Rights Action, Amnesty International, and Friends of the Earth Europe on Friday, June 2, 2017 called for the immediate clean-up of Ogoniland in Nigeria, as it was stated should happen by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). One year on from when the implementation of UNEPs report on Ogoniland was officially supposed to begin, the communities of the Niger ...

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Sustainable practices help Ghana communities reverse land degradation

SAWAP-SLWMP

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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NEWMAP to battle land degradation in 12 more states

gully erosion site

Twelve additional states have recently become partners with the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in combating environmental and land degradation. The states include: Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Borno Delta, Gombe, Kano, Katsina, and Kogi. Others are ‎Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau and Sokoto. The multisector and multi-scale project, which adopts innovative approaches to preventing and reversing land degradation, initially commenced with ...

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