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  • AfDB reiterates support for Lake Chad Basin Heritage Project
    26 july 2018 15:49:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has reiterated support for Lake Chad Basin Heritage Project, saying it will continue its support for an environmental initiative to protect the shrinking Lake Chad - a source of water to millions of people in central and West Africa. Full text...

  • UNESCO designates 24 new biosphere reserves
    26 july 2018 06:38:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - Protecting mangroves, tropical rain forests and other biodiversity hot spots, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) bumped up its World Network of Biosphere Reserves by 24 new sites on Wednesday, which means that 686 unique natural sites in total are being preserved globally. Full text...

  • 2018 World Water Week to focus on Africa
    25 july 2018 16:57:55
    Stockholm, Sweden (PANA) - The 2018 World Water Week will take place from 26 to 31 August in Stockholm, Sweden, under the theme: “Water, ecosystems and human development.” Full text...

  • How to restore the ocean’s oxygen? A New tool for policy makers (A UNESCO Feature)
    21 july 2018 11:53:23
    Paris, France (PANA) - Oxygen is declining in the ocean. Since the 1960s, the area of low oxygen water in the open ocean has increased by 4.5 million km2 and over 500 low oxygen sites have been identified around the world. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt invites expert probe after eight mysterious rhino deaths
    13 july 2018 15:56:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have invited international wildlife experts to initiate a probe following the surprise death of eight black rhinos transferred to a new park in Nakuru, central Kenya, the Tourism Minister Najib Balala, said on Friday. Full text...

  • Salvage expert plans to drag iceberg to Cape Town
    13 july 2018 13:10:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Although heavy winter rains have brought some relief to drought-stricken Cape Town, famous salvage expert Nick Sloane is pressing ahead with his plan to “capture” an iceberg and drag it to South Africa. Full text...

  • Fragile countries risk being ‘stuck in a cycle of conflict, climate disaster,’ Security Council told
    12 july 2018 06:36:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Climate change ­– and the shortages of water and food that come from it – is becoming increasingly linked to conflict, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that countries most vulnerable to drought and crop failure are also most vulnerable to conflict and fragility. Full text...

  • Environment watchdog fingers China for ozone destruction
    09 july 2018 12:15:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A global environment investigating agency said on Monday it has evidence showing that significant and unexplained emissions of the ozone-destroying chemical CFC-11 in the atmosphere is emanating from China. Full text...

  • Rwanda's former high-security prison buildings to give way to modern housing
    07 july 2018 14:37:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Municipality workers have arrived at a former high-security prison in Muhima, a suburb of Kigali city, where they will demolish the old prison buildings, last used in the late 1930s, so the land can be exploited for modern housing and commercial buildings, PANA reports in Kigali. Full text...

  • AfDB approves African Water Facility Plans for 2018
    04 july 2018 15:06:49
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the work plan and budget of the African Water Facility (AWF) for 2018. Full text...

  • Cameroon hosts workshop on implementation of SDG 6 in french-speaking Central Africa
    04 july 2018 14:52:34
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - A three-day (4-6 July, 2018) workshop at which participants will share their experiences concerning the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) dedicated to water and sanitation (SDG 6) in french-speaking Central Africa opened on Wednesday in Douala, Cameroon. Full text...

  • World’s largest desert Lake Turkana lands on World Heritage site danger list
    29 june 2018 15:05:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake, has been declared in danger because of the environmental impact of constructing a hydro-electric dam upstream on Ethiopia’s Omo River, UNESCO World Heritage Committee announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Two rights groups demand 'thorough' investigations into Gambia sand winning deaths
    20 june 2018 07:50:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Two human rights groups on Wednesday urged the Gambian authorities to thoroughly investigate the alleged excessive use of force by police causing the deaths of two anti-sand mining demonstrators last Monday. Full text...

  • FAO calls for pro-active, long-term planning against droughts
    15 june 2018 11:03:54
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for a fundamental shift in the way drought is perceived and managed in the Near East and North Africa region. Full text...

  • Wilderness Safaris cut down plastic use in Botswana
    15 june 2018 08:54:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Pan-African ecotourism-company Wilderness Safaris’ conversation efforts in Botswana have won the prestigious National Energy Globe Award. Full text...

  • MDB climate finance hits record high of US$ 35.2 billion in 2017
    14 june 2018 13:22:02
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Climate financing by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) rose to a seven-year high of US$ 35.2 billion in 2017, up by 28 per cent on the previous year. Full text...

  • FAO helps countries lay the groundwork for climate-resilient initiatives
    11 june 2018 11:35:35
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting 10 projects in countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South America to lay the groundwork for climate-resilient adaptation initiatives, funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF)'s Readiness Programme. Full text...

  • World must unite against ‘preventable tragedy’ of ocean pollution: UN chief
    09 june 2018 07:51:59
    New York, US (PANA) - From carrying your own water bottle, to volunteering for a local clean-up, everybody needs to do something to stop plastic pollution from getting into the world’s oceans, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for World Oceans Day. Full text...

  • Mauritius to ban disposal of plastic at sea
    08 june 2018 10:58:11
    Reduit, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius is finalising a regulation that will ban the disposal of all forms of plastic into the sea, the Mauritian Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping MInister Premdut Koonjoo said on Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius to wage war against plastic pollution
    06 june 2018 08:34:50
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Acting President Mr Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory has called on the population to join hands to wage war against plastic pollution in a message on Tuesday night at the launch of activities marking World Environment Day 2018. Full text...

  • Rwanda to enforce legislation banning use of plastic bags
    05 june 2018 16:31:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Environment minister Vincent Biruta said here Tuesday that he will propose a legislation to enforce the country's ban on plastic shopping bags in order to save the environment. Full text...

  • The world is being ‘swamped’ by harmful plastic waste, says UN chief
    05 june 2018 04:16:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The world must unite to “beat plastic pollution” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for World Environment Day on Tuesday, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, “now outnumber stars in our galaxy”. Full text...

  • From a small seed, a mighty trunk may grow (Feature by FAO)
    03 june 2018 03:57:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Women are the backbone of rural economies, particularly in Africa, but they are much less likely to be involved in the decision-making. Full text...

  • ACP group of states and EU reaffirm common stance on climate change
    01 june 2018 16:31:30
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Representing 107 countries from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the European Union, and committed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the ACP-EU Council of Ministers on Friday issued a joint declaration in Brussels which reaffirms their commitments to strengthen the global response to the threat of Climate Change from all countries. Full text...

  • UN agencies fight against environmental risks that cause 12.6 million deaths a year
    31 may 2018 19:45:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Two United Nations agencies are combining their expertise to counter the growing threat of extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, which cause more than 12.6 million deaths a year, it was announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN rights experts urge Kenya to protect activists testifying in lead pollution case
    30 may 2018 19:17:04
    Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - Four United Nations human rights experts are calling for greater protection for Kenyan activists who have testified against a local lead-smelting plant accused of environmental pollution. Full text...

  • Rights body hail ban on Chinese mining firm, seeks justice
    30 may 2018 11:00:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Wednesday hailed the Mozambican government’s decision to suspend the mining operations of Chinese mining company, Haiyu, following irresponsible practices. Full text...

  • AfDB, Global Green Growth Institute partner to fast-track green growth in Africa
    25 may 2018 19:57:39
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the Bank's Annual Meetings in Busan, South Korea, to promote programmes, projects, joint studies and research activities to accelerate green growth options for African countries. Full text...

  • Not so fast on fracking, UN agency tells developing countries
    25 may 2018 05:18:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The hydraulic extraction of natural gas, commonly known as fracking, produces cleaner energy than oil and coal, but it is not necessarily in the best interests of the world’s poorest countries, UN development experts said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Additional storm system likely to impact Djibouti after Cyclone Sagar
    24 may 2018 18:54:56
    Djibouti, Djibouti (PANA) - Four days after Cyclone Sagar brought torrential rains on 19-20 May, floodwaters continue to affect several areas of Djibouti City, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Climate and disaster risk financing gets fresh boost from AfDB
    24 may 2018 13:11:52
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, and the Bank’s Board of Governors on Wednesday held a high-level session on “Climate and Disaster Risk Financing”, focusing on the Role of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the Africa Disaster Risk Financing Program (ADRiFi) in Busan, South Korea. Full text...

  • African Ministers discuss innovative financing mechanisms to respond to climate change
    24 may 2018 13:10:49
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - Ministers of Finance, Agriculture and Governors of Central Banks from African countries have called for further innovative financing mechanisms to deal with the impact of climate change, which has led to economic losses from cycles, conflict, insecurity and cross-border political instability in the Sahel region. Full text...

  • Heavy rains bring welcome relief to Cape Town
    24 may 2018 13:02:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Heavy rains are lashing drought-stricken Cape Town which is in danger of running out of water, but reports say the rains are bringing welcome relief for farmers and feeding many of the dams that service the urban areas. Full text...

  • Gov'ts slow to address road freight transport emissions reductions – NGO
    24 may 2018 09:22:09
    Cologne, Germany (PANA) - Despite its significant contribution to global warming, the road freight transport sector is often neglected in government policies, according to the Climate Action Tracker's (CAT), an environmental NGO. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Water and Sanitation Project: Relief for Chitungwiza Residents (An AfDB feature)
    24 may 2018 06:29:14
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - “For every drop of water you waste, you must know that somewhere on earth, someone is desperately looking for a drop of water!”, according to Novelist and thinker Mehmet Murat Ildan, whose warning could be referring to the likes of 39-year-old Mercy Chimusoro of Zengeza 3 Extension D, Chitungwiza, and her family. Full text...

  • Kenyan manufacturers, environment bodies seal waste PET bottles joint management deal
    22 may 2018 15:09:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) have announced an agreement towards a joint management of PET bottles in the country. Full text...

  • Rich variety of life on earth essential, says UN chief Guterres
    22 may 2018 05:37:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, which falls on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Horn of Africa reeling after Cyclone Sagar pounding
    21 may 2018 15:12:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Around 20,000 people were affected by flooding in Djibouti, more than 10,000 people were displaced in Somaliland, and homes and fishing boats were destroyed in Puntland after Cyclone Sagar pounded the Horn of Africa, the Norwegian Refugee Council,(NRC), said Monday Full text...

  • Flooding, heavy rains threaten to starve people in East Africa - Report
    18 may 2018 13:46:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The heavy downpour over several consecutive weeks in many parts of Kenya, southern Somalia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda are expected to continue for the next week with the risk of flooding, says a new report released Friday by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fews Net), one of the leading providers of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Full text...

  • Climate change: An 'existential threat' to humanity, UN chief warns
    16 may 2018 04:13:41
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - None of the world’s challenges loom as large as climate change, the United Nations chief told a major climate action summit on Tuesday, reiterating his belief that global warming poses an “existential threat” to humanity. Full text...

  • ZimFund brings joy to Ruwa residents (An AfDB feature)
    15 may 2018 09:22:21
    Ruwa, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's Ruwa residents, troubled over the years by frequent sewage bursts, heaved a sigh of relief as authorities at the Inlet Works began work at the Chiremba Sewage Pump Station, to rehabilitate the facility under the second phase of ZimFund water and sanitation project. Full text...

  • UNESCO hosts youth conference on how to save the planet
    14 may 2018 05:33:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - Some 70 selected young leaders from over 60 countries have gathered at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, for a conference aimed at promoting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Full text...

  • Save our planet by protecting migratory birds and their ‘epic journeys,’ urges UN chief
    12 may 2018 09:16:59
    New York, US (PANA) - As they make their global journeys, migratory birds not only set birdwatchers’ binoculars agog, they also help the planet maintain its essential ecological balance. Full text...

  • UNESCO celebrates 1st International Day of Light
    12 may 2018 08:31:16
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO will welcome leading scientists on 16 May, 2018, for the First edition of the International Day of Light, as it celebrates the role light plays in "our" daily lives. Full text...

  • US donates $ 51,000 USD to rain damage relief efforts in Rwanda
    11 may 2018 10:49:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The US embassy has donated $51,000 to the Rwandan Government to assist with relief efforts in east and western Rwanda following recent flooding in the region, according to an official statement made available on Friday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Over 270,000 people displaced by floods in Kenya
    09 may 2018 17:07:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - More than 50,680 households, with about 271,000 people, have been displaced by floods across Kenya, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), and this figure is expected to increase to 280,000 by 14 May, based on projections of continued rainfall in flood-prone areas. Full text...

  • Integrated Urban Development in Africa: Challenges and Lessons (An AfDB feature)
    09 may 2018 13:03:44
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) will organize an African Regional Workshop on “Integrated Urban Development in Africa: Challenges and Lessons Learnt” on 14-16 May, 2018, in Abidjan, the headquarters of the bank. Full text...

  • Mali seeks to strengthen climate risk and early warning systems
    08 may 2018 19:16:01
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A new initiative to strengthen multi-hazard early warning systems and to boost resilience is underway in Mali, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Full text...

  • Climate change takes a toll in Uganda (UN Environment feature)
    08 may 2018 18:47:42
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Behind Uganda’s lush beauty, climate change is looming large. Dubbed "the Pearl of Africa" for its stunning nature, this verdant East African nation is struggling to deal with the prolonged dry seasons and more intense rainfalls that have become the new normal. Full text...

  • Rwanda offers humanitarian relief to landslide victims
    08 may 2018 16:32:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan government delegation led by Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Tuesday expressed solidarity with victims of a massive landslide in western Karongi, where so far 18 bodies recovered and laid to rest. Full text...

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