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  • Bush meat trade threatens African primate species
    23 april 2003 19:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Man's avarice for bush meat is threatening to extinct the closest of his cousins -­ the primates, according to a report published by Traffic, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and World Conservation Union (IUCN) unit that monitors international trade in wildlife products. Full text...

  • Eight killed as buildings collapsed in Nigeria
    23 april 2003 18:41:00
    Lagos- Nigerian (PANA) -- Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) officials Wednesday confirmed that eight people died from one of the three buildings which collapsed after a rainstorm hit Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos last weekend. Full text...

  • South African NGO heads for Baghdad Zoo
    23 april 2003 14:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A private South African mission to assess the condition of animals in Iraq's National Zoo has become the first NGO to enter the battered Gulf country from neighbouring Kuwait. Full text...

  • Nairobi hosts 3-day Global Greens summit
    22 april 2003 17:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Some 300 delegates from 23 countries around the world Tuesday convened the Global Green Movement Summit here co-hosted Kenya's Green Belt Movement, Global Green Movement and the Green Group of the European Parliament. Full text...

  • Kenya explores new ways to conserve forest
    22 april 2003 16:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is exploring the possibility of using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for domestic consumption and reducing total dependence on forestland for energy sources, the minister of environmental conservation said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cape Town hosts African Water Council
    22 april 2003 13:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- More than 50 delegates of the Union of African Water Suppliers (UAWS) began their Scientific and Technical Council meeting here Tuesday, to prepare for the UAWS Congress due next February in Ghana. Full text...

  • UDNP allots $22m for bio-diversity project in Algeria
    21 april 2003 16:12:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The UNDP has announced plans to invest initially $3. Full text...

  • Re-elected Lagos governor targets end to flooding
    21 april 2003 15:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Lagos governor Bola Tinubu, re-elected to another four-year term Sunday, has vowed to tackle flooding of the Nigerian economic nerve centre, following havoc wreaked by flooding in recent days. Full text...

  • 23 chimps return to DR Congo national park
    20 april 2003 18:37:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Conservationists have returned 23 chimpanzees to DR Congo's Kahuzi Biega national park after retrieving them from city dwellers who had domesticated the wild animals. Full text...

  • Hunting of monkey, turtles outlawed in Equatorial Guinea
    19 april 2003 19:30:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea's Environment Ministry has declared illegal the hunting of monkeys and turtles on the country's Bioko Island, a move designed to protect the species threatened by hunters and smugglers, sources close to the ministry said. Full text...

  • Experts meet on West Africa's "protected areas"
    19 april 2003 19:03:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 100 researchers and conservationists from Africa and other parts of the world are participating in an ongoing international meeting on the management of protected areas in West Africa, at the northern Benin town of Parakou, the national news agency, ABP, reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria seeks to expand wetland sites
    18 april 2003 15:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has begun the process of increasing its wetland sites from only one in Hadeija-Nguru in northern Jigawa state to other potential areas in the southern Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • Int'l mission to rescue Iraqi zoos
    17 april 2003 14:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An international team of veterinary and conservation experts departed South Africa Wednesday on an emergency mission to assess the condition of animals in Baghdad's zoos. Full text...

  • South Africa prepares to host 5th World Parks Congress
    16 april 2003 07:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Minister of Environment, Mohamed Valli Moosa said plans were on track for the hosting of the 5th World Parks Congress (WPC) in Durban later this year. Full text...

  • Plan to protect big apes in Central Africa, Asia discussed
    15 april 2003 22:28:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A survival plan to protect big apes threatened with extinction in the Congo and the rest of Central Africa will be implemented soon, Congolese Minister of Forestry, Economy and Environment, Henri Djombo, said in Brazzaville on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNEP urges immediate rehabilitation of Iraqi marshlands
    15 april 2003 19:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nairobi-based UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) has urged that the post-war rehabilitation of Iraq include the Marshlands of Mesopotamia. Full text...

  • Rising Lake Malawi water swallows village
    15 april 2003 15:48:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Rising Lake Malawi waters have destroyed 107 households at Dalamkwanda village in the central lakeshore district of Salima. Full text...

  • Benin needs 25 billion CFAF to check Cotonou coastal erosion
    14 april 2003 19:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin would require some 25 billion CFA francs to tackle coastal erosion in its commercial city Cotonou, according to a study commissioned by the Environment, Housing and Planning ministry. Full text...

  • Mudslides distress thousands in central Malawi
    14 april 2003 12:08:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A series of mudslides, induced by days of continuous downpours, have destroyed over 1,000 homes and displaced more than 3,000 persons in Malawi's central lakeshore district of Salima, local administrator Gift Rapozo said Monday. Full text...

  • East Africa plans for more geothermal power generation
    14 april 2003 11:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Representatives from 10 East African countries have drawn a plan to dramatically increase the supply of geothermal electricity by 1,000 mw by the year 2020. Full text...

  • Siltation threatens Lake Baringo in Kenya
    12 april 2003 16:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Siltation is threatening the existence of Lake Baringo, the Kenyan central Rift-Valley water mass made famous by its crocodile and hippo population, an officer from the Kenyan Marine and Fisheries Research institute (KEMFRI) warned Saturday. Full text...

  • Heavy rainstorm hits northern Swaziland
    11 april 2003 13:05:00
    Matsamo- Swaziland (PANA) -- A heavy rainstorm destroyed a number of homes and maize fields in northern Swaziland on Thursday evening, leaving several people homeless. Full text...

  • Court finds owner guilty of cruelty to elephants
    11 april 2003 09:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Nearly four years after shocking television footage alerted the world to the appalling abuse of wild elephants in South Africa, a court has found their owner Riccardo Ghiazza guilty of cruelty. Full text...

  • Kenya to seek mining expertise in South Africa
    10 april 2003 13:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A team of Kenyan environmentalists and mineral experts led by a deputy environment minister, Wangari Mathai, leave Nairobi next week on a fact-finding mission to South Africa to learn how that country has dealt with the environmental challenges posed by titanium mining. Full text...

  • Swaziland contemplates water rationing
    10 april 2003 13:07:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy has advised the public to use water sparingly, warning that most of Swaziland's dams were slowly drying up because of persistent drought. Full text...

  • 4 die in Malawi floods, landslides
    09 april 2003 09:22:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least four people have been killed following several days of heavy rains that unleashed floods and landslides on Malawi's northern mountainous district of Rumphi, officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Poor rains compromise crop yields in Namibia
    08 april 2003 15:29:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- More than 345,000 Namibians are currently relying on relief food from the government Emergency Management Unit (EMU) following massive crop failures that preceded the last planting season. Full text...

  • Germany to fund environmental programmes in Madagascar
    08 april 2003 12:01:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Germany and Madagascar signed on Monday a financing agreement worth 1. Full text...

  • S. Africa in major operation to return giant stingray to sea
    08 april 2003 10:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa carried out a major operation on Tuesday morning to transfer a giant stingray from the Cape Town Aquarium back to the ocean after residents in the town of Struisbaai complained bitterly that the fish that had lived in the harbour for the past 20 years and had become a "friendly pet". Full text...

  • UNEP recommends study of depleted Uranium in Iraq
    07 april 2003 18:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As coalition forces press on with the military campaign in Gulf War II, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has recommended that a scientific assessment of sites targeted with weapons containing depleted uranium (DU) be conducted in Iraq as soon as conditions permit. Full text...

  • Flood cripples Malawi's coal mine
    07 april 2003 16:01:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Flood caused by three weeks of persistent rain has inundated mining equipment at Malawi's Mchenga Coal Mine in the country's northern district of Rumphi, officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Benin wins World Bank Green Award 2003
    07 april 2003 15:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The World Bank has selected the Beninese Ministry of Environment, Housing and Urban Development as winner of the bank's "Green Award 2003" for its efforts toward sustainable environmental development. Full text...

  • Kenya hosts geothermal experts meeting
    07 april 2003 08:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 200 key government decision- makers, experts and private-sector representatives are meeting at the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi to discuss a comprehensive strategy for geothermal development in East Africa. Full text...

  • Environment expert seeks ban on wooden caskets in Kenya
    06 april 2003 14:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- It sounds stranger than fiction, but a Kenyan assistant minister for environment is prevailing on the government to ban burying the dead in wooden coffins, comparing the cutting of trees to make coffins to "creating disaster to help a tragedy. Full text...

  • Effects of bad weather kill 16 persons in Algeria
    06 april 2003 10:17:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The effects of bad weather in the central and eastern regions of Algeria have left at least 16 persons dead and caused substantial damage to property in the past four days, Algerian civil protection services confirmed here Sunday. Full text...

  • Poachers kill seven elephants in Uganda
    05 april 2003 16:36:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Poachers in a Uganda game reserve have killed seven adult elephants, taking away their tusks in the south-west of the country. Full text...

  • EU begins border inspections for flower exports
    03 april 2003 19:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The European Union has started inspecting flower imports from African countries, including Zambia, as a way of clamping down on bugs and pests, according to the Export Board of Zambia (EBZ). Full text...

  • Madagascar establishes 5-year environmental programme
    03 april 2003 16:47:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A new five-year environmental programme estimated at US$150 million commences this year in Madagascar with World Bank support, official sources said Thursday in Antananarivo. Full text...

  • WWF Launches Radio Project for Africa
    02 april 2003 21:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has announced the launching of an environmental news service for radio stations across Africa in its bid to improve the public's access to environmental information and news. Full text...

  • UNEP says US-Iraq war may degrade region's environment
    02 april 2003 21:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) has expressed concern that the current armed conflict in Middle East pitting the US against Iraq may further damage the region's already highly stressed environment. Full text...

  • Mozambique extremely vulnerable to natural disasters, says PM
    02 april 2003 20:26:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique remains extremely vulnerable to natural disasters, a situation worsened by global climate change, Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mozambican authorities trying to resettle flood victims
    01 april 2003 19:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Municipal authorities in the central Mozambican city of Beira and the country's National Disasters Management Institute, are stepping up efforts to resettle more than 15,000 people displaced by floods that also killed at least three people in the area last week. Full text...

  • Over 150,000 hectares of forest damaged in Ethiopia annually
    01 april 2003 16:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation and Research (IBCR) said Tuesday that some 150,000 to 200,000 hectares of forest land were being destroyed in the country annually. Full text...

  • Zambian MPs oppose lease of parks to foreign group
    01 april 2003 16:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Fourteen Zambian parliamentarians Tuesday rejected the government's plan to lease two game parks in their region over a 25-year period to a South African company for US$4 million. Full text...

  • Floods cause 90 million rand of damage in South Africa
    01 april 2003 13:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- West Cape Provincial authorities on Tuesday said that the flash floods that hit the south-western part of South Africa last week caused damage estimated at 90 million rand (more than US$1. Full text...

  • SADC reviews toxic chemicals impact on daily life
    31 march 2003 16:55:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Eight member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Monday began a five-day workshop in Lusaka on the impact of poisonous chemicals, commonly known as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), on everyday life, including agriculture. Full text...

  • 2 die in Mozambican floods
    31 march 2003 16:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least two people were killed in floods that followed torrential rains that hit central Mozambican port city of Beira, from Wednesday to Friday last week, the national news agency (AIM) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius inaugurates new dam to boost farm irrigation
    31 march 2003 16:14:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth at the weekend inaugurated a new dam in the country's central Midlands to boost farm irrigation in the northern region. Full text...

  • UNEP worries over pollution from conflagration in Iraq
    31 march 2003 13:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Toxic smoke from burning oil wells in southern Iraq and oil-filled trenches and bomb-ignited fires in Baghdad clearly indicate that the current conflict may further damage the region's currently stressed environment, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned in a statement Monday. Full text...

  • Malians burn 6 million tonnes of firewood annually
    28 march 2003 20:12:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Firewood consumption in Mali amounts to about six million tonnes per year, translating into the deforestation of hundreds of thousands of hectares, an official report revealed in Bamako. Full text...

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