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  • Cape Verde: Cape Verde thanks Angola for assistance during volcanic eruption
    27 january 2015 14:35:58
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The Cape Verdean minister of foreign relations, Jorge Tolentino, on Monday delivered a thank-you message from the Cape Verdean president, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, to his Angolan counterpart, José Eduardo dos Santos. Full text...

  • Senegal: Greenpeace urges African leaders to promote transparency in maritime fishing
    26 january 2015 17:53:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Greenpeace, an independent global campaigning organisation acting to protect and conserve the environment, on Monday urged African leaders to adopt emergency and concrete measures for greater transparency aimed at elimination of illegal maritime fishing. Full text...

  • Senegal: Three Sahelian countries to get US$25 million in drought insurance claims
    23 january 2015 17:21:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited, a financial affiliate of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) of the African Union (AU), said Friday it will pay US $25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries of the Sahel this month. Full text...

  • South Africa: Rescued lionesses welcomed at new African home
    23 january 2015 12:59:21
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Two rescued lionesses are settling into their new home at the Born Free Foundation’s Big Cat Rescue and Education Centre at Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa, following an epic 6,000-mile journey across two continents earlier this week. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 10,000 tons of plastic waste to be recycled annually in Cameroon
    21 january 2015 20:29:31
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroon will next month launch a programme to recycle 10,000 tons of plastic waste annually in the main cities such as Douala and Yaoundé. Full text...

  • UN: UN disaster reduction chief hails "major milestone" in earthquake risk assessment
    21 january 2015 18:51:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has welcomed Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius plans Early Warning System for storm surge in 2015
    21 january 2015 16:49:41
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius plans to set up an Early Warning System for incoming storm surge, swells and tsunamis before the next cyclonic season that starts mid November 2015 with funding from the Global Environment Fund and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Full text...

  • Tanzania: AWF to help tackle rising sanitation demands in Seychelles
    20 january 2015 14:36:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Water Facility (AWF) has approved a 1.07-million-euro grant for the development of a 10-year Integrated Comprehensive Sanitation Plan for Seychelles, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Flood disrupt schooling in Malawi
    18 january 2015 15:44:37
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A total of 415 schools have been affected by the severe flooding ravaging parts of Malawi, with 234 either having their roofs blown off or submerged, Vice President Saulos Chilima said on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: Major floods in Malawi, Mozambique force thousands to flee their homes – UN
    17 january 2015 05:13:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies are gearing up for relief efforts in Malawi and neighbouring Full text...

  • Malawi: Malawi's death toll climbs to 176 as violent rainstorms continue
    16 january 2015 16:27:23
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The death toll in Malawi's raging floods has climbed to 176 with hundreds others still missing especially in the southern Lower Shire Valley, Vice President Saulos Chilima confirmed Friday in Blantyre. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Met services issue cyclone warning class III over Rodrigues
    15 january 2015 14:34:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Meteorological Services Thursday issued a cyclone warning class III in the country as tropical cyclone ‘Bansi’, which hit the Island nation earlier this week, approached Rodrigues, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Malawi: Mutharika declares 10 districts 'disaster areas' over violent flood
    15 january 2015 07:05:20
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Peter Mutharika has declared ten of the country's 28 districts 'disaster areas' following the devastating flood that has engulfed almost half of the southern African country. Full text...

  • Malawi: 12 more die in violent flood
    15 january 2015 06:55:12
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Twelve more people have been killed across Malawi after they were washed away by flood, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Strong waves, winds to lash Tanzanian coast
    14 january 2015 20:36:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Residents of Indian Ocean coastal areas in Tanzania are advised to take necessary precautions in view of strong northerly winds and large waves that are likely to gust across the country during the next three days, the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) warned late on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Mutharika declares 10 districts 'disaster areas' due to floods in Malawi
    13 january 2015 17:42:08
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Peter Mutharika has declared 10 of the country's 28 districts 'disaster areas' following devastating floods that have engulfed almost half of the southern African country. Full text...

  • Malawi: Flash floods wreck havoc in Malawi, claim at least 21 lives
    13 january 2015 17:28:29
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - At least eight people were killed Tuesday in the southern district of Mulanje, about 100 km south of Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre, after flash floods washed them away their homes, a district administration official has confirmed. Full text...

  • Botswana: Normal rainfall forecast
    13 january 2015 12:11:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Department of Meteorological Services on Tuesday forecast normal rainfall, especially in the north and eastern areas of the country, for the remainder of the season. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Cyclone warning issued
    12 january 2015 07:34:03
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Meteorological Services Monday announced a cyclone warning class II in the country as tropical cyclone ‘Bansi’ approaches the island from the North-west, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UK: Shell pays out US$84m over Niger Delta oil spills
    07 january 2015 08:16:39
    London, UK (PANA) - Oil giant Shell’s long-overdue compensation pay out to a community devastated by oil spills in the Niger Delta is an important victory for the victims of corporate negligence, the Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to control tree felling
    06 january 2015 09:41:39
    Pamplemousses, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius' Agro-Industry Minister Mahen Seeruttun said Tuesday that legislation and policies would be reviewed to better control the felling of trees and encourage land owners to plant more trees in order to preserve the island's natural ecosystems. Full text...

  • Malawi: Death toll reaches 5 as violent rainstorm continues in Malawi
    05 january 2015 14:32:32
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The death toll from the violent rainstorm buffeting Malawi has reached five, after a 10-year-old girl was electrocuted and a 42-year-old man was crushed to death by a falling wall in the capital, Lilongwe, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: China gives US$ 3.3 million to Mauritania for Nouakchott's sanitation
    26 december 2014 14:03:07
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - China will help to finance the cleanliness of Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, with the sum of 10 billion Ouguiya (about US$3.3 million), the Mauritanian government announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tremor causes fear, damage in Blida region of Algeria
    23 december 2014 19:55:09
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - An earth tremor of magnitude 4.9 rocked Algeria's Blida region early Tuesday (at around 09:00 hrs local time) and caused damage to buildings in the locality of Chebli Hammam Melouane, said sources at the Research Centre for Astrophysics and Geophysics. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Africa’s largest wind power project for construction in Kenya
    22 december 2014 11:04:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Africa’s largest wind power project is to be constructed in Lake Turkana, Kenya, with financial support from Africa Development Bank (AfDB), European Investment Bank (EIB), host government and other international financial institutions, the bank said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Radio frequency exposures below global safety limit in Africa'
    19 december 2014 12:47:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Radio frequency (RF) exposures near mobile antennas have remained consistently well below international safety limits in African countries, compared to Europe, Americas and Asia, according to a GSMA and International Finance Corporation (IFC) report, Full text...

  • Peru: Pace of progress on climate deal worry observers
    16 december 2014 14:07:25
    Lima, Peru (PANA) – After two weeks of negotiations, governments meeting for the UN Climate Conference in Lima, Peru, have agreed on clearer elements of the new global deal, but observers are concerned that the conference hardly progressed on the rules for a new agreement that is supposed to be signed in Paris next year. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief hails delegates for climate change agreement in Lima
    15 december 2014 04:53:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday hailed the outcome of a UN-backed climate conference concluded in Lima, Peru, praising delegates for setting the groundwork for a more conclusive agreement to be reached in 2015. Full text...

  • UN: Negotiators reach agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions
    15 december 2014 04:45:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Sunday announced that negotiators from around the world Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Footballer sentenced for calling for aid for Volcano victims
    14 december 2014 11:26:26
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – Cape Verdian footballer, Kuka, who plays for Portuguese first division club, Estoril Praia, has been sentenced by the League of Clubs after unveiling a T-shirt on Saturday calling for aid for the victims of the volcanic eruption on the island of Fogo. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Eruption causes damages worth 50m euro to Cape Verde
    13 december 2014 15:41:37
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - Cape Verde Prime Minister José Maria Neves said that damages caused by the volcanic eruption on the island of Fogo have surpassed the 50-million-euro mark. Full text...

  • Peru: Negotiators struggle to reach agreement on global climate treaty in Lima
    12 december 2014 17:48:00
    Lima, Peru (PANA) – As the two-week UN Climate Conference drew to its close Friday, negotiators were expected to work a long night in view of the hurdles that governments gathered in Lima, Peru, still face in preparing the ground for a meaningful and effective global deal to be agreed in Paris next year. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses more action on climate change
    12 december 2014 07:34:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the more action that is taken today on climate change, the more likely countries will push for stronger agreements tomorrow. Full text...

  • Peru: Crunch time in Lima for ministers to thrash out key issues on climate deal
    11 december 2014 18:53:47
    Lima, Peru (PANA) – With two days to go before negotiators crafting a new global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions wind up business in Lima, Peru, fears have emerged that not much would be accomplished on key issues after two weeks of talk, leaving the difficult work for 2015 when the new agreement is to be adopted in Paris. Full text...

  • Peru: Renewable energy to the resscue as for electricity in Southern, Eastern Africa swells
    11 december 2014 11:46:36
    Lima, Peru (PANA) - As demand for electricity is expected to triple in Southern Africa and quadruple in Eastern Africa over the next 25 years, countries at threat are being encouraged to utilise renewable energy. Full text...

  • Peru: 'Negotiate for a strong new climate agreement' – ECA official urges Africa
    10 december 2014 19:12:26
    Lima, Peru (PANA) – As pressure builds on ministers meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, to come up with a draft Paris agreement to be adopted next year, a senior official of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has urged African nations here to have the resolve to negotiate for a balanced global climate agreement. Full text...

  • Peru: Green Climate Fund hits US$10 billion threshold at COP20 in Lima
    10 december 2014 17:03:27
    Lima, Peru (PANA) – The UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) goal of US$10 billion has been reached here as the annual UN negotiations drew to a close this week, following latest contributions by the governments of Australia and Belgium. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Heavy snowfall disrupts traffic, isolates villages in Algeria
    10 december 2014 14:46:11
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) - Villages were isolated and traffic disrupted by heavy snowfall and torrential rains recorded in the last 24 hours in many Algerian regions, especially in the centre and eastern parts of the country, PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Peru: UN Secretary-General urges negotiators in Lima to deliver draft text on climate change
    09 december 2014 18:50:47
    Lima, Peru (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged negotiators from around the world who have convened in Lima, Peru, to deliver a balanced, well-structured and coherent draft text for the 2015 agreement on climate change to be adopted in Paris. Full text...

  • Peru: UN University calls on govts to prepare for human mobility
    09 december 2014 15:39:08
    Lima, Peru (PANA) - As governments debate the shape of a new climate agreement, to be adopted in Paris next year, at the UN Climate Conference (COP 20) in Lima, Peru, the United Nations University has called on governments to prepare for human mobility in response to climate stressors. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Guinea Bissau grants Cape Verde US$ 75,000 for victims of volcanic eruption
    09 december 2014 14:35:52
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - The Foreign Minister of Guinea Bissau, Mario Lopes da Rosa, on Monday presented a cheque of US$ 75,000 to the Government of Cape Verde as part of efforts made to help victims of the ongoing volcanic eruption in the Cape Verdean island of Fogo. Full text...

  • Peru: Draft texts released at Lima climate talks ahead of Ministerial meeting
    09 december 2014 06:56:56
    Lima, Peru (PANA) – Two new draft texts at the UN climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, intended to make progress on a robust climate action agreement due to be signed in Paris, France, next year, have been released here, ahead of the ministerial high-level segment meeting beginning Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says Earth at 'tipping point', urges climate reform
    08 december 2014 22:42:25
    New York, US (PANA) - UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa, on Monday warned that the planet earth is moving towards the tipping point, calling on world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustainable manner. Full text...

  • Peru: NGOs accuse rich countries of wobbling over request to scale up climate change
    07 december 2014 12:18:48
    Lima, Peru (PANA) – As the first-week of the UN climate negotiations drew to a close in Lima, Peru, developed countries at the talks have been accused of baulking at specific measures that would have them scale up climate action now. Full text...

  • Peru: 'Issues still to be resolved at Lima climate talks before high-level negotiations begin'
    06 december 2014 14:46:58
    Lima, Peru (PANA) - Technical negotiations during the first week of the climate talks in Lima where governments are meeting for the 20th session of conference of parties (COP20) have mostly gone smoothly. Full text...

  • Peru: Environmental activists tell UN climate talks to build clean community energy
    06 december 2014 14:34:21
    Lima, Peru (PANA) – One week before the UN climate talks conclude in Lima, Peru, Friends of the Earth International activists have urged governments to start building clean, sustainable community-based energy solutions. Full text...

  • Peru: Climate change adaptation, funding - priority for West Africa
    05 december 2014 19:47:57
    Lima, Peru (PANA) - Climate change adaptation and its funding is a top priority for the West African sub-region, according to a joint publication of the Permanent Inter-State Committee to Fight against Drought in the Sahel (CILSS) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Peru: New finance required to avoid shortfall in climate adaptation funding after 2020
    05 december 2014 18:45:52
    Lima, Peru (PANA) – Even if global gas emissions were cut to the level required to keep global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius this century, the cost of adapting to climate change in developing countries is likely to reach two to three times the previous estimates of US$70-100 billion per year by 2050, a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report released here Friday has warned. Full text...

  • Peru: Norway pledges US$230 million for climate fund
    05 december 2014 17:02:01
    Lima, Peru (PANA) – Norway announced Friday a US$ 230 million donation to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as the UN Climate Change Conference continued meeting in the Peruvian capital, Lima, to advance work on a new global climate agreement to be secured in Paris next year. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO kicks off Global Year of Soils 2015
    05 december 2014 12:24:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - "Healthy soils are critical for global food production, but we are not paying enough attention to this important 'silent ally'," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said Thursday, on the eve of the World Soil Day, to be celebrated on 5 December. Full text...

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