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Environment Projects in Nigeria

  • Global trade in wild African Grey Parrot banned, U.N. meeting rules

    BOTSWANA, 2016/10/03 The United Nations has banned world trade in wild African Grey Parrots, prized for their ability to imitate human speech, to help counter a decline in numbers caused by trafficking and the loss of forests. The highly coveted species was placed on the convention's "Appendix I", which prohibits any cross-border movement in the birds or their body parts for commercial purposes. The decision, made at the same time as members of the U.N.'s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) held a secret ballot for the initial time ever, came at a two week-long convention in Johannesburg.
  • Nigerian Girls Build Robots to Tackle Waste

    NIGERIA, 2016/02/27 The Odyssey Educational Foundation is a Nigerian NGO that works with children in 15 national schools in Abuja to offer a rich learning experience in robotics, computer programming and the four STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and maths. The foundation aims to encourage additional children, particularly girls, to think about pursuing science and technology careers. The organisation was set up by Esther Uzochukwu-Denis in 2013, next she travelled to India to complete an MSc. Set on pursuing a career in the telecommunications industry, she changed her mind at the same time as she discovered that school clubs in India taught children programming and provided additional STEM tuition. Inspired by the experience, she returned home determined to offer the same service to Nigerian children.
  • Global wildlife agency hails Sino-U.S. deal to save elephants

    CHINA, 2015/09/29 A world wildlife conservation organization on Monday lauded agreement reached between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama committing to take swift action to protect elephants. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) CEO Azzedine Downes said the agreement reached on Friday would play a key role in ending the poaching crisis across the globe. "President Xi has delivered a tremendous victory in the battle to save elephants. China has slammed the door in the face of all those who are profiting from the slaughter of elephants," Downes said in a statement released in Nairobi.