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  • Tanzania: Massive elephant population reported in Serengeti-Mara ecosystem
    22 august 2014 14:52:12
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The elephant population in East Africa's Serengeti-Mara ecosystem has increased by 266 percent in the last 28 years, according to results of an aerial census, done jointly by conservation and research organizations from Tanzania and Kenya between May and June this year. Full text...

  • South Africa: Greenpeace calls Eskom’s pollution reduction measures 'window dressing'
    21 august 2014 12:20:19
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace has described as a mere window dressing the pollution reducing measures so far taken by the South African power utility Eskom. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'Only 6.4% of Gambia’s surface area is protected'
    18 august 2014 13:43:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The unprecedented use, misuse and overuse of renewable natural resources means that only 6.4 per cent of The Gambia’s surface is currently protected, according to Pa Ousman Jarju, the country's Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resource, Parks and Wildlife. Full text...

  • Benin: African Decentralization ministers meet in Cotonou
    14 august 2014 21:44:06
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Third African Conference of Decentralization and Local Development ministers (CADDEL) opened on Thursday in Cotonou under the theme “Strengthening of local governance for peace, security and local development”. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Contract for Yaounde-Douala highway signed
    14 august 2014 14:02:33
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Louis Berger, a US$1 billion global professional services corporation, has signed a five-year project management contract, financed by local funds for the construction of the first segment of the Yaoundé-Douala highway in Cameroon. Full text...

  • South Africa: Africa to experience faster economic growth by 2040 - Report
    14 august 2014 12:42:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Driven by Africa’s unparalleled demographic edge or demographic dividend, environmental experts are increasingly recognising the untapped potential of sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Greenpeace campaign shows coal’s Poisoned People
    14 august 2014 12:05:24
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Greenpeace on Thursday launched its anti-coal project that puts a human face on coal and challenges South Africans to question the source of the country’s energy. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: President to ratify Niger Basin Water Charter
    14 august 2014 11:58:10
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian parliament has passed a bill authorising the President to ratify the Niger Basin Water Charter, which was signed 30 April 2008 in Niamey, Niger, by the member states of Niger Basin Authority (NBA). Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN report underlines need for investment in climate change adaptation
    12 august 2014 18:04:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Investment in climate change adaptation can help ensure the impacts of climate change - including a projected 20-50 percent decline in water availability - do not reverse decades of development progress in Africa, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that was made available to PANA Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: Secretary-General’s Climate Summit to highlight bold new approaches
    11 august 2014 19:00:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday said that Heads of State and Government will join leaders from business and civil society to announce new commitments and practical actions to address climate change at a Climate Summit to be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September in New York. Full text...

  • UN: Ban constitutes Advisory Group on sustainable transport
    09 august 2014 18:59:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has constituted a high-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, to promote accelerated implementation of sustainable transport aligned closely with the objectives of inclusive and equitable growth. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Horn of African countries lack famine prediction system: IGAD
    08 august 2014 21:03:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Famine-prone and drought-afflicted Horn of African states have not built food shortages prediction systems, which have been worsened by climate change effects, a group of experts from the region concluded at the end of a week-long meeting in Addis Ababa Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Agricultural land area gives way to housing projects
    07 august 2014 14:27:04
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - According to official environment statistics, the land area occupied by sugarcane, tea plantations and forestry in Mauritius have decreased considerably at the expense of built-up areas during the past years, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Togo: Germany grants Togo 5m euros to protect biodiversity
    07 august 2014 11:45:07
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Germany has granted 5 million euros to Togo for a project to protect its forests and biodiversity, PANA learnt Thursday from official sources in Lomé. Full text...

  • Sudan: Floods kill 17 in Sudanese capital, leave thousands homeless
    05 august 2014 16:54:47
    Khartoum, Sudan ( PANA ) - Seventeen people were killed and thousands rendered homeless in the Sudanese national capital, Khartoum, following heavy rains and floods that devastated vast areas of the city since the weekend, officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Gaborone calls for calm following earthquake in SA
    05 august 2014 15:47:37
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has allayed earthquake fears that caused anxiety across the nation, following ground movements felt in the southern part of the country following an earthquake in South Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa shaken by powerful earthquake
    05 august 2014 12:07:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa has been shaken by a powerful earthquake, the tremors of which were felt in several major centres, including Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Full text...

  • Guinea: Water scarcity triggers anger
    04 august 2014 11:18:17
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The persistent scarcity of potable water in the Guinean capital, Conakry, has triggered widespread anger and frustration among the residents, in particular those living on the hills and who have no access to water provided by the public utility company Guinean Water Society (GWS), PANA reported from Conakry. Full text...

  • Benin: President Yayi rallies countrymen for successful reforestation programme
    01 august 2014 20:26:40
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Benin President Boni Yayi on Friday rallied his countrymen to ensure the success of an environment programme to plant trees to stop the creeping desertification dubbed "Ten Million People, Ten Million Trees." Full text...

  • UN: 'Rights to safe water, sanitation must not remain mirage for millions of Kenyans'
    30 july 2014 20:48:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, says while Kenyans have rights to safe water and sanitation on paper, it is now time to turn the law into reality for the millions who do not enjoy these fundamental rights. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Lake Bam may disappear
    30 july 2014 10:12:01
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Lake Bam, which is the biggest lake in Burkina Faso with a capacity of 41.3 million cubic metres and a surface area of 2,610 sq km, may disappear due to human activities, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Mobile usage in Africa offers fresh opportunities in recycling
    29 july 2014 13:57:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – As mobile use grows sporadically in Africa, environmental concerns have emerged with respect to how to properly dispose of faulty or damaged devices, Pyramid Research, the global telecommunications private monitoring firm, said Tuesday, quoting Ventures Africa, a bi-monthly pan-African business magazine. Full text...

  • Senegal: CODESRIA hosts South-South Conference on Climate Change
    25 july 2014 17:43:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Dakar-based Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Friday hosted an international conference on ''Inequality and Climate Change: Perspectives from the South''. Full text...

  • Nigeria: NEPAD agency to launch information portal on sustainable energy
    24 july 2014 16:55:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is set to launch its first information portal on sustainable energy in Africa, to be known as the Africa Information and Communication Network (AICN), according to a statement from the South Africa-based Agency, made available to PANA here on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Mary Robinson as special envoy for climate change
    14 july 2014 18:22:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has appointed former Irish President, Ms. Mary Robinson, as his Special Envoy for Climate Change to mobilize political will and action ahead of the climate summit that the UN chief will convene in September. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC organises forum on conservation of natural resources in African mountains
    14 july 2014 12:29:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa’s experts in conservation and management of natural resources are due to meet 22-24 October 2014 in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss how they would promote collaboration among different stakeholders for a regional framework on sustainable mountain development, it was announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: USAID opens new environment management office in Kenya
    11 july 2014 10:17:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has opened a new Environment and Natural Resource Management office in Kenya to support the government's goals with a focus on climate change, water tower restoration, wildlife management and anti-trafficking as well low carbon resilient development. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Some 215 tons of non-biodegradable plastic bags seized in Cameroon
    10 july 2014 18:19:54
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - About 215.39 tons of non-biodegradable plastic bags have been seized in Cameroon in the past two months following a ban on the production and sale of the product, according to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN-REDD Programme approves nearly US$35.5 million for national projects
    10 july 2014 16:24:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board on has approved US$ 35,481,763 in REDD+ readiness funds which will be allocated to Argentina, Cote d’Ivoire and Mongolia, among other countries. Full text...

  • Botswana: Vultures face extinction in Botswana
    09 july 2014 12:10:03
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s ecosystem and bird tourism is under threat following reports that the country’s vulture’s population is facing extinction due to poisoning. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Climate Change Information Centre Launched
    03 july 2014 11:24:50
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has set up a Climate Change Information Centre in Port-Louis, as a one-stop shop on the issue of climate change, its causes, its consequences and how the population can face or adapt to it, the officer in charge of the centre said. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda approves documents on "renewed" Kyoto climate change protocol
    01 july 2014 16:54:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Rwandan cabinet on Tuesday approved all documents related to the ratification of the "renewed Kyoto protocol" signed in 1997. Full text...

  • US: Ban adopts lion cub to support efforts against wildlife trafficking
    29 june 2014 21:42:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has adopted a lion cub in the Nairobi Full text...

  • Kenya: UN chief hails Kenya for supporting environmental conservation effort
    28 june 2014 15:20:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has hailed Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Government for supporting the global effort in environmental conservation. Full text...

  • E. Guinea: Ban hails AU Summit's resolve to fight climate change
    27 june 2014 10:20:06
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has praised African leaders for their commitment to the fight against climate change, ahead of a key summit in September to try to bridge global differences over a binding climate change treaty. Full text...

  • Kenya: EC, UNEP strengthen cooperation
    26 june 2014 16:57:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, and EU Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce the collaboration between the European Commission and UNEP in the field of environment and climate change. Full text...

  • Kenya: East Africa joins anti-timber trade fight
    26 june 2014 12:47:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - High-level government representatives from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania Thursday announced their intention to work together, along with INTERPOL and UN agencies, to curb the illegal timber trade that is stripping East Africa of one of its most valuable natural resources. Full text...

  • Kenya: Mongolia's Sanjaasuren elected UNEA president
    25 june 2014 15:13:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren, the Minister of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia, has been elected the first president of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). Full text...

  • Cameroon: FDA grants Cameroon 52b CFAF loan to deal with floods in Yaounde
    25 june 2014 14:16:52
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - The French Development Agency (FDA) has granted Cameroon a 52.4b CFA francs loan with which to fight against floods in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital. Full text...

  • UN: UNEP meeting raises red flag on plastic waste
    25 june 2014 08:32:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Concern is growing over the threat that widespread plastic waste poses to marine life, with conservative estimates of the overall financial damage of plastics to marine ecosystems standing at US$13 billion each year. Full text...

  • UN: Report says illegal trade in wildlife, timber products funding armed groups
    24 june 2014 21:55:02
    New York, US (PANA) - A new joint UN-INTERPOL report says global environmental crime, worth more than US$200 billion annually, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, notably in sub-Saharan Africa, Full text...

  • Kenya: Environmental crime threatening sustainable development, says UNEP
    24 june 2014 17:16:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global environmental crime, worth up to US$213 billion each year, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, UNEP and Interpol, said in a report Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Germany provides 1m euros for endangered wildlife protection
    24 june 2014 11:57:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Germany has pledged a 1-million-euro grant to Tanzania in support of government efforts to protect endangered wildlife in the 50,000-square-kilometre Selous Game Reserve, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Prime minister concerned about environmental crisis
    23 june 2014 21:08:07
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Prime minister, Mehdi Jomâa, on Monday expressed disappointment about the environmental situation in the country, and said emergency measures to tackle the problem would be strictly implemented. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Experts meet in Mauritius on marine, coastal management
    23 june 2014 15:37:43
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Environment Minister Deva Virahsawmy Monday, said climate change is having serious repercussion on the economic competitiveness of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and is affecting them on their respective sustainable development pathways. Full text...

  • Belgium: Director of Virunga national park received at the European Commission
    19 june 2014 21:02:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Prince Emmanuel De Mérode, director of the Congolese national park of Virunga, in Kivu region, on Thursday called on the European Commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs, according to a statement issued by the EU. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to host conference on environment in Africa
    19 june 2014 20:50:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will on Monday host a meeting on the management of environment and security in Africa (MESA). Full text...

  • US: US NGO provides water to save elephants in Mali
    18 june 2014 21:19:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A US non-governmental organization, Wild Foundation, has completed water projects in Haribomro, Inadiatafane and Bambara-Maoudé in the Timbuktu region of northern Mali to provide water to elephants. Full text...

  • Libya: International meeting on environment and oil industry opens
    17 june 2014 20:55:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The second international conference on the oil industry devoted to the assessment of the environmental impact of the oil industry opened on Tuesday in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Côte-d’Ivoire: King Hassan II Great World Water Prize launched
    16 june 2014 19:48:25
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Morocco and the World Water Council (WWC) have launched the fifth edition of the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize, according to a statement issued on Monday. Full text...

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