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Nigerian Officials in Britain over Ogoniland clean-up
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Nigerian Officials in Britain over Ogoniland Clean-Up

The Federal Government of Nigeria’s efforts to clean up and remediate Ogoniland, […]

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UN Environment's Ogoniland assessment back in spotlight
7 August 2017
UN Environment’s Ogoniland Assessment Back in Spotlight

A clean environment is on the horizon for the people of Ogoniland […]

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Nigeria launches $1 Billion Ogoniland clean-up and restoration programme
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Nigeria Launches $1 Billion Ogoniland Clean-up and Restoration Programme

Nigerian Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, today set […]

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UN Environment's Ogoniland assessment back in spotlight
7 August 2017
UN Environment’s Ogoniland Assessment Back in Spotlight

On the fifth anniversary of the launch of UN Environment’s Ogoniland Assessment, […]

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Nigerian President Buhari recognizes UNEP's efforts on Ogoniland clean-up
28 January 2016
Nigerian President Buhari Recognizes UNEP’s Efforts on Ogoniland Clean-up

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, expressed his gratitude for the support […]

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Progress towards Ogoniland clean-up following Geneva talks
27 November 2014
Progress Towards Ogoniland Clean-up following Geneva Talks

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The role of the United Nations Environment Programme in Ogoniland

With complex technical components in the clean-up process, HYPREP has requested technical support and capacity-building from the United Nations Environment Programme, due to its previous involvement in Ogoniland and its expertise in the oil sector and clean-up processes.

The United Nations Environment Programme is providing the Government of Nigeria with technical support and expertise, so the Government can ensure the clean-up of Ogoniland. The United Nations Environment Programme was also asked to be present on both HYPREP’s Governing Council and Board of Trustees as an observer.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF OGONILAND

This major independent scientific assessment – carried out by UN Environment and first published in 2011 – shows that pollution from over 50 years of oil operations in the region has penetrated further and deeper than many may have supposed. The assessment has been unprecedented. Over a 14-month period, the UN Environment team examined more than 200 locations, surveyed 122 kilometres of pipeline rights of way, reviewed more than 5,000 medical records and engaged over 23,000 people at local community meetings. The environmental restoration of Ogoniland could prove to be the world’s most wide-ranging and long-term oil clean-up exercise ever undertaken if contaminated drinking water, land, creeks and important ecosystems such as mangroves are to be brought back to full, productive health. The report’s key findings are alarming both in terms of human health protection and environmental protection.

In December 2018, building on its 2011 environmental assessment of Ogoniland, UN Environment began a new project that aims to strengthen the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) and its Governing Council, so that they can discharge their responsibilities better and clean up oil contamination in Ogoniland.

Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland

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