Dr Ibrahim Goni, Conservator-General, National Park Service has said the service was in the forefront of climate change mitigation, drought and desertification in the country
Goni Said this when the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirate(UAE) to Nigeria , Dr Fahad Al Taffaq visited the National Park headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
He said that the service also played important role in tackling ravaging impact of erosion and floods.
The world is running out of time to effectively tackle the climate crisis and we must therefore change course and step up our ambition in order to prevent the worst climate impacts.
Climate and nature are intricately linked, so we would not be able to solve the global loss of nature without solving the climate crisis.
In turn, when we restore nature, we create healthy ecosystems, which locks away more carbon and helps stabilise our climate.
“This is why we at the National Park have stepped up action, and will continue to step up plans, by bringing more actors to the table to save Nigeria from the imminent effects of climate change, ” he said
Goni said the action should not just be about policy making but required a total commitment by all.
He said bush burning was a major challenge to those in protected and free areas, and advised Nigerians to avoid lighting fires, especially during this season of harmattan to avoid wildfires.
He said the activities of hoodlums, kidnappers, bandits, cattle rustlers, illegal logging, water poisoning and mining had become a source of worry for the national park.
Goni, however, said a total of 607 suspects had been arrested between January and November 2019 for various offences.
He said sighting of endangered species such as chimpanzee, leopard, gorilla, elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, vulture, wild hog, gazelle wild dog, etc had become increasingly difficult in the nations national parks.
Goni said the UAE could help Nigeria in the area of reintroducing some of these endangered species back to the wild.
Al Taffaq said the purpose of the visit was to see how the UAE could collaborate with Nigeria to reintroduce species that were extinct back to the wild in Nigeria.
He said UAE placed importance on wildlife and had reintroduced many species, which were being extinct back to the environment.
According to him, we have also identified certain habitats across the globe where those animals which were extinct are being reintroduced in some parts of the Sahara.
In Nigeria we can identify how we can execute several initiatives in various national parks and reserves and identify species that are extinct and we are looking forward to our collaboration to reintroduce them back to the wild.
That is the purpose of the visit. So we hope you get more ideas from everyone.
“”I believe the environment sector, especially wildlife is an important diamension in our relationship and it is something we can make the differences, he said
The Nigeria News Agency reports that high point of the event included a short video on how the UAE reintroduced the Oryx animal that was going extinct back to the wildlife in Chad and Tree planting by the Ambassador.( NAN)
Edited by: Okisor Angela/Felix Ajide
Egypt lauds Saudi, UAE’s roles in supporting political solution in Yemen
Egypt on Wednesday lauded the efforts exerted by both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in seeking a political settlement in Yemen, the country’s Foreign Ministry said.
In a statement, Egyptian Foreign Ministry reiterated “keenness of Saudi Arabia to implement the Riyadh deal and the kingdom’s initiatives to speed up the pace of concluding a deal between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC).”
Egypt values the Saudi sincere endeavors that aimed at reaching a cease-fire, boosting the political settlement, activating the state institutions, and achieving peace and stability in Yemen, it added.
“Egypt also commends the role of UAE in resolving the Yemeni war through political channels,” the statement noted.
Earlier, Yemen’s government and the STC have agreed to accelerate the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement within Saudi proposed mechanisms.
The impoverished Arab country has been locked in a civil war since late 2014, when the Houthis overran much of the country and seized all northern areas including the capital Sanaa.
AIIB to convene annual meeting in Middle East next year
The board of governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) announced that its sixth annual meeting will be held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Oct. 27-28, 2021.
This is the first time the AIIB will convene its annual meeting in the Middle East, and it will take place concurrently with the Dubai World Expo.
The 2021 annual conference will forge an important platform for the AIIB to engage closely with stakeholders including members, partner institutions, business leaders, civil society organizations and experts from a range of fields.
As a major financial center and global passenger hub with advanced infrastructure, Dubai is a perfect backdrop for the high-level discussions expected at the 2021 AIIB annual meeting.
“As a founding member of AIIB, the UAE played an important role in helping to create a 21st century multilateral development bank committed to promoting sustainable infrastructure development in Asia and beyond,” said AIIB Vice President and Corporate Secretary Sir Danny Alexander. “We look forward to continuing to work with the UAE and its investment leaders to increase connectivity and strengthen economies in the Middle East and around the world.”
Roundup: Iran’s COVID-19 cases exceed 296,000; Kuwait enters 3rd phase of normalization plan
Iran on Tuesday recorded 2,667 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections to 296,273. Meanwhile, Kuwait entered the third phase of its plan to restore normal life.
Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said that the death toll from the coronavirus in Iran rose to 16,147 after 235 new deaths were added.
Iran, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, has so far recorded 257,019 recoveries, while 3,902 patients remain in critical condition.
Kuwait entered the third phase of its plan to restore normal life on Tuesday, though it reported 770 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths, raising the total infections to 65,149 and the death toll to 442.
During the third phase, the labor capacity will increase to no more than 50 percent, visits to social care homes will be allowed, and hotels and resorts will reopen.
Saudi Arabia, the worst-hit Arab country, announced 1,897 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total infections in the kingdom to 270,831.
This is lowest daily hike in infections in the country since June 2, and it is also the third consecutive day that Saudi Arabia’s daily count of new infections fell below 2,000.
The Saudi Health Ministry also reported 29 new deaths and 2,688 more recoveries, raising the death toll to 2,789 and the total recoveries to 225,624.
Turkey confirmed 963 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising the total infections to 227,982, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
Meanwhile, 15 people died from the virus, taking the death toll to 5,645, while 1,092 more patients recovered, raising the total recoveries to 211,561, he said.
In Iraq, the Health Ministry reported 2,747 COVID-19 cases and 77 more deaths, bringing the total infections to 115,332 and the death toll to 4,535.
Riyadh Abdul-Amir, head of the Health Ministry’s Public Health Department, predicted that a partial curfew would return after the full curfew imposed during the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday, in order to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stressed that the committee will oppose any recommendations to fully lift the curfew due to the risk of spreading the coronavirus infections by social gatherings and the public’s non-compliance with the ministry’s health restrictions.
Israel recorded the highest daily hike in COVID-19 infections with 2,308 new cases confirmed on Tuesday, taking the total confirmed cases to 66,293. The death toll in Israel rose to 486 after 12 new fatalities were added.
Oman reported 1,067 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, raising the tally of infections to 74,858, including 371 deaths.
In Morocco, the tally of COVID-19 cases surged to 21,387 with 500 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours, while the death toll rose to 327 after 11 new fatalities were added.
Palestine announced 481 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 13,938, including 82 deaths and 5,518 recoveries.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday announced 369 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 59,546.
The death toll from the virus rose to 347 in UAE after two more patients died, and the total number of recoveries increased to 52,905 after 395 more patients recovered.
Qatar’s Health Ministry announced 283 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the total confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 109,880, including 106,603 recoveries and 167 deaths.
The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Tuesday announced 190 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily infections, as the total infections climbed to 3,017.
The center said that the tally of cases includes 579 recoveries and 67 deaths so far.
Lebanon’s total number of COVID-19 infections increased on Tuesday by 141 cases to 4,023, while the death toll went up by three to 54.
The Lebanese cabinet agreed on Tuesday to adopt a new period of general mobilization against the pandemic from Aug. 3 to Aug. 30, in a bid to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
369 new COVID-19 cases reported in UAE, 59,546 in total
UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention said in a statement the new cases are in a stable condition and receiving medical treatment.
And 395 more patients have recovered from the virus, taking the tally of recoveries in the UAE to 52,905, according to the ministry.
It also confirmed two more deaths, pushing the country’s death toll to 347.
The UAE was the first among the Gulf countries to report COVID-19 cases.
It has been showing solidarity with China in fight against the novel coronavirus. On Feb. 2 and March 12, the iconic landmarks in the UAE, including Burj Khalifa in Dubai, were lit up twice in the colors of China’s national flag to show its solidarity with China.
In late April, the Chinese consulate general in Dubai organized an online conference for Chinese doctors and medical experts to share experience in preventing and treating the coronavirus with UAE counterparts.