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  • Tanzania: Africa lacks political backing from its leaders in UN climate change negotiations
    03 september 2015 16:19:18
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian Vice President Mohammed Gharib Bilal has challenged Africa to shift from the tendency of relying on developed countries, charging that the problem of African negotiators in the UN climate negotiations leading up to the Paris Climate Change Conference this December is lack of real political backing from visionary leaders in the continent. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Heavy rains destroy residential houses in Northern Rwanda
    03 september 2015 14:51:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Torrential rains in Musanze, a district located at around 100 Km from Kigali in the northern Rwanda, have affected several infrastrctures, tearing off the roof of 10 residential houses in a small village called Muhoza, local media reported Thursday quoting a senior local administrative official in the region. Full text...

  • Germany: Government climate action would see warming well beyond 2˚C – Report
    02 september 2015 14:50:13
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - The climate targets so far submitted to the UN by governments will collectively lead to global emissions far above the levels needed to hold warming to below 2°C, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Durban to host XIV World Forestry Congress 7–11 Sept
    02 september 2015 14:13:16
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - The need for governments, civil society and the private sector to boost investment in forests as a key element for sustainable development will be the focus of the XIV World Forestry Congress taking place in Durban, South Africa, from 7 to 11 September, 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius develops Climate Change Education Kit for students
    02 september 2015 09:23:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has launched a Climate Change Education Kit (Africa Adaptation Programme) that aims to inform and challenge students to develop appropriate skills and qualities for adaptation and survival in a fast changing ecological and environmental configuration, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: Eight countries to sharpen long-term climate change adaptation strategies
    01 september 2015 19:11:22
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN programme, funded by Germany, will help eight developing Full text...

  • UN: UN environment agency unveils low-cost device for air quality monitoring
    01 september 2015 18:33:56
    New York, US (PANA) - A ground-breaking air quality measuring device expected to cost Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda releases first ever Atlas on disasters geodata
    31 august 2015 21:28:25
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A compilation of maps illustrating main recurrent disasters phenomenon in Rwanda, including drought, landslides, floods, earthquakes and windstorms, was published Monday by the Rwandan Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs, PANA reported in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges all countries to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban for a nuclear-free world
    28 august 2015 20:49:32
    New York, US (PANA) - For the fifth International Day against Nuclear Tests, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states, but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNDP launches contest for African journalists on climate coverage
    27 august 2015 16:57:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Thursday launched a storytelling contest for African journalists dubbed ''Voices2Paris'' to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNDP launches contest to amplify climate coverage
    27 august 2015 16:38:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UNDP on Thursday launched a global storytelling contest, Voices2Paris, to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change as well as on the opportunities and solutions seen in actions by individuals and governments alike across vulnerable developing countries worldwide. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses need for 'bold' climate agreement in Paris
    27 august 2015 13:47:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended France’s exemplary leadership on efforts to tackle climate change, affirming that the international Full text...

  • UN: 'What we expect from proposed Climate Change Pact'
    26 august 2015 07:00:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The climate change agreement which world leaders are expected to sign Full text...

  • Rwanda: High-level panel lists measures for managing disasters in Great Horn of Africa
    25 august 2015 17:21:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rising from their meeting Tuesday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, climate change experts from seven countries of the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) region, tasked to work on weather monitoring and prediction, have stressed the need to "move from managing disasters to managing disaster risk”. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Kenya to host 1st Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa Forum
    25 august 2015 11:22:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Kenya will host the first edition of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Forum in the capital city of Nairobi 31 Aug. to 4 Sept. 2015. Full text...

  • Senegal: Kenya to host forum on monitoring environment, security in Africa
    24 august 2015 16:33:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Kenya will host the first Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Forum from 31 August – 4 September in Nairobi to examine how Earth Observation data, through the MESA Project, supports policy, planning and decision making at national, regional and continental. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Climate expert says El Nino will not escalate in 7 Great Horn of Africa States
    24 august 2015 13:43:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Although El Nino will continue to strengthen in the next few months, this will not escalate into a worsening situation in seven members countries of the Great Horn of Africa (GHA) as the warming of the sea's surface in the Indian Ocean will decay, a senior weather expert said Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius installs two fixed ambient air monitoring stations
    21 august 2015 17:59:09
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius Friday installed two fixed ambient air monitoring stations, acquired at the cost of some US$ 290,000, to monitor particle pollution/particulate matter (PM-10 and PM-2.5) and help to establish trends of air quality around the island to identify signs of degradation for timely remedial actions by the government so as to safeguard the health of the population, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African experts meet in Nairobi for Environment, food security assessment
    18 august 2015 14:20:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The first ever session of the forum on Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA), a joint initiative of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU), will hold 31 August to 4 September in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Botswana: Water crisis worsens in Gaborone
    18 august 2015 14:02:51
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone, has been hit by a severe water shortage, the country’s water Utilities Company said here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Major assessment stresses need for sustainable oceans
    14 august 2015 16:22:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Delays in implementing solutions to the problems that have already been identified as threatening to degrade the world’s oceans will lead, unnecessarily, to incurring greater environmental, social and economic costs, according to a UN summary released Friday on the most comprehensive scientific and socioeconomic assessment ever undertaken on the world’s oceans and which is to reinforce the science-policy interface for oceans. Full text...

  • UN: UN Committee stresses vital role of geospatial data to achieving SDGs
    11 august 2015 18:25:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Geographic information about people and the planet is critical to making better decisions and using resources more wisely, and will be vital to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that countries have recently agreed on, according to a UN expert on the issue. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Early Warning System to detect storm surges installed in Mauritius
    11 august 2015 09:02:33
    Vacoas, Mauritius (PANA) - An Early Warning System (EWS) to detect storm surges on a 24-hour basis is now operational at the Mauritius Meteorological Services in Vacoas, in the centre of the island, officials said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Earthquake rocks western Rwanda
    07 august 2015 17:06:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the local magnitude scale early Friday rocked several areas in western Rwanda, leaving four persons injured and six homes reduced to rubble, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs said in the capital, Kigali. Full text...

  • US: Qatar Airways strengthens embargo on African wildlife transportation
    07 august 2015 14:37:42
    New York, US (PANA) - One of the world's leading air carriers, Qatar Airways, has announced the extension of its existing embargo on transporting hunting trophies to encompass all species identified by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora. Full text...

  • Tanzania: US official praises formation of alliance to combat wildlife trafficking
    05 august 2015 20:49:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Wednesday praised the formation of a new coalition of conservation, corporate, foundation and media leaders that will work together with the US government to combat wildlife trafficking in the United States and abroad. Full text...

  • Côte d'ivoire: AU, FAO sign technical cooperation document on climate change
    05 august 2015 20:43:05
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The African Union (AU) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed a technical cooperation project document to support the initiatives on the resilience against climate change in the Horn of Africa and in several Sahel regions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari approves actions to fast-track clean-up of oil polluted area
    05 august 2015 18:40:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - In keeping with his avowed commitment to working for the development and well-being of all Nigerians, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has approved several actions to fast-track the long delayed implementation of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Report on the environmental restoration of Ogoniland in the country's oil-rich Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • US: Obama urges more efforts to fight global warming
    04 august 2015 18:22:59
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has challenged governments to Full text...

  • US: American air carriers ban wildlife 'trophies' on flights
    04 august 2015 15:46:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Three major American air carriers, Delta, American and United Airlines, Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes climate change plan unveiled by Obama
    03 august 2015 21:32:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Clean Power Plan formally unveiled on Monday by US President Barack Obama, saying it shows the determination of the US to address global warming while also saving money and growing the economy. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges more action to tackle illegal wildlife trade
    31 july 2015 16:40:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an irreplaceable part Full text...

  • US: US govt. probes killing of Zimbabwean lion
    31 july 2015 14:37:49
    New York, US (PANA) - A US government agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, on Friday said it will probe the killing of Cecil, a lion in Zimbabwe, by American dentist and hunter, Walter Palmer, to determine if the action violates US laws against illegal wildlife trading. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana bans light plastics
    30 july 2015 21:38:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Minister of Science, Environment, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga, on Thursday announced a ban on the manufacture and sale of light plastics. Full text...

  • Congo: WB to support Congo in fight against poaching
    30 july 2015 10:53:24
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The World Bank will provide technical and financial support to the Congo in the fight against deforestation and poaching, according to Djibrilla Issa, UN representative in the Congo. Full text...

  • Senegal: Implementing good practice climate policies could hold warming close to 2°C - Report
    29 july 2015 12:01:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - If all governments were to implement ambitious climate policies that already exist in some countries – in just nine different areas - they could reduce emissions close to the levels needed to stay on track to hold global warming below 2°C, says a new report by three European research organisations. Full text...

  • Botswana: Illegal immigrants engage in illegal sand mining
    29 july 2015 08:13:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has recorded a high number of illegal immigrants, mostly Zimbabweans, engaging in illegal sand mining. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC,ARCOS sign deal to ensure sustainable natural resource management
    28 july 2015 11:54:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the East African Community (EAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join their efforts in enhancing environment and sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources of the Albertine Rift region and other transboundary ecosystems of East Africa, the EAC secretariat said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Imported lions released into games reserve
    27 july 2015 20:27:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan authorities have released into a games reserve seven lions that were recently imported from South Africa. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: South Africa to host 14th world forestry forum in September
    27 july 2015 12:14:33
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The South African city of Durban will host the 14th world forestry forum on 7-11 September, according to a communiqué issued Monday and obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: President Obama announces tougher ivory trade regulations
    25 july 2015 17:42:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - US President Barack Obama, on official visit to Kenya, announced Saturday a move to tighten regulations around ivory trade in the United States by instating a near complete ban on all ivory commerce. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Ivory detection dogs ready to combat wildlife trafficking in Kenya, Tanzania
    24 july 2015 16:28:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A corps of ivory detection dogs graduated Friday from African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)'s Conservation Canine Programme in Tanzania, having completed two months of intensive training wherein they learned to sniff out ivory hidden in vehicles, buildings and luggage. Full text...

  • UN: WMO says first half of 2015 'hottest six months on record'
    21 july 2015 22:04:59
    New York, US (PANA) - From January to June 2015, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces was the hottest for such period on record, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported on Tuesday, citing new highs across the planet in June, with heatwaves across South Asia, Europe and pockets of the US. Full text...

  • Botswana: Stamps launched to celebrate world's largest wetland in Botswana
    14 july 2015 12:59:27
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The BotswanaPost has launched a series of commemorative stamps displaying the Okavango Delta World Heritage Site, as the site marks its first year after being voted a heritage site. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Climate change threatens Mauritius capacity to meet SDGs' - Minister
    13 july 2015 16:58:26
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Raj Dayal said Monday that climate change is threatening the island nation's capacity to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. introduces '2050 Pathways Carbon Calculator'
    11 july 2015 09:39:53
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Government has introduced “The 2050 Pathways Carbon Calculator” which is a modeling tool, developed with the support of the British Government, that allows Mauritius to analyse how emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) can be reduced while still meeting energy needs. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Green Climate Fund accredits 13 new partnering institutions
    09 july 2015 17:31:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's National Climate and Environment Fund is among 13 new partner institutions which the Board of the Green Climate Fund decided Thursday to accredit as new partners acting as channels through which the Fund will deploy its resources to developing countries. Full text...

  • Chad: AI wants jailed land-grab campaigner released
    09 july 2015 12:36:49
    Ndjamena, Chad: (PANA) - Chadian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release and drop all charges against a human rights defender sentenced to two years imprisonment for peacefully expressing his views on the country's judicial system, Amnesty International said Friday. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean: IOC launches call for proposals for biodiversity project
    09 july 2015 09:11:20
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has launched a call for proposals under the project of biodiversity that covers the Indian Ocean and the coastal regions of Kenya and Tanzania. Full text...

  • Botswana: Filming, photography permits suspended
    09 july 2015 07:31:47
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana is to suspend the issuance of environmental research, filming and photography permits for a month, the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism (MEWT) said here on Thursday. Full text...

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