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  • Africa's environmental problems of catastrophic proportions
    05 june 2003 09:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In the build up to last year's African ministerial conference on the environment (CMAE), a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) painted a rather gloomy picture of environmental prospects for the continent, citing increased pollution, soil degradation, persistent drought, floods and the loss of plant and animal species. Full text...

  • Swazi authorities ration water as rivers, reservoirs run dry
    05 june 2003 08:40:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Swazi government has begun rationing water supply in several towns and rural areas following an acute shortage. Full text...

  • Mounds of garbage in Conakry greet Environment Day
    04 june 2003 20:59:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- On the eve of World Environment Day that falls on 5 June every year, the streets of Conakry and its five communes remained strewn with mounds of garbage that swarms with flies. Full text...

  • Japanese firm joins Kenya to curb illegal fishing
    04 june 2003 19:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Japan's Yamaha Marine Company on Wednesday donated a speed boat to Kenya's fisheries department to patrol Lake Naivasha in its fight against illegal fishing activities. Full text...

  • UNEP releases report on natural underground water
    04 june 2003 15:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ahead of the 2003 World Environment Day celebrations to be observed on 5 June, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Wednesday released a new report which indicates that many of the world's "natural underground reservoirs" upon which two billion people depend for drinking water and irrigation are under increased "stress and stain. Full text...

  • Mozambique gets ADB loan for water supply, sanitation
    04 june 2003 12:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Low-income areas in four Mozambican towns will benefit from a 30. Full text...

  • WHO harps on access to safe drinking water, proper hygiene
    04 june 2003 08:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- To mark the World Environment Day 5 June, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is issuing a Video News Release (VNR) stressing the importance of access to safe drinking water and proper hygiene and sanitation facilities as a key component of healthy environments and sustainable development. Full text...

  • NGO decries over-exploitation of Mozambican forests
    04 june 2003 07:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A leading Mozambican NGO, the Rural Mutual Help Association (ORAM), has accused some business operators of over-exploiting the country's forestry and wildlife resources, particularly in the Sofala, Zambezia and Nampula provinces. Full text...

  • Government tackles urban wastes in Algeria
    03 june 2003 21:17:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian government has stepped up action on the control of household wastes dumped indiscriminately in the country, officials said in Algiers Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyans cite causes of Africa's water, sanitation woes
    03 june 2003 19:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya, (PANA) -- Lack of technology, information, resources and commitment are the major causes of water shortage, sanitation and waste disposal problems in African cities, an environmental workshop heard here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNEP uses fashion in 'Cool' Environment Campaign
    03 june 2003 19:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- From the cat-walk to the consumer, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has taken on the world's leading fashion designers and retail giants in its ongoing efforts to promote "cool" green lifestyles. Full text...

  • G-8 summit adopts action plan for water
    03 june 2003 10:45:00
    Evian- France (PANA) -- The eight most industrialised countries in the world (G-8) meeting in Evian in south-east France have adopted a plan of action for water in which they undertake to increase their financial and technical assistance in this sector to African States. Full text...

  • Chissano worried over water shortages in Mozambique
    02 june 2003 20:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has expressed concern over the persistent water shortage in developing countries, including Mozambique, which he said contributed to the death of many children every year. Full text...

  • Bouteflika calls for international aid to face earthquake
    01 june 2003 20:05:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday appealed for international assistance to help his country cope with the consequences of the earthquake that struck Algiers and its suburbs on 21 May, leaving 2,268 people dead and 10,000 injured. Full text...

  • G-8 Summit to Highlight Water for Africa
    01 june 2003 11:18:00
    Evian- France (PANA) -- Access to safe drinking water for the people of Africa is expected to be a central theme at the summit of the most industrialised countries of the world (G8), which kicks off here Sunday, French officials have disclosed. Full text...

  • Ghanaian Vice president concerned about pollution from mining
    30 may 2003 23:24:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Vice-President Aliu Mahama expressed concern Friday about environmental pollution by mining companies in Ghana, notwithstanding their substantial contribution to the national economy. Full text...

  • Damage from Algiers quake put at millions of dollars
    30 may 2003 20:52:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Over 2,000 people died and more than 10,000 others were injured as a result of the devastating earthquake that hit Algiers and its eastern outskirts on 21 May. Full text...

  • South African team off to assist Baghdad Zoo
    29 may 2003 13:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African emergency relief team left Thursday for Baghdad to save animals and help restore infrastructure at the war-ravaged Baghdad Zoo. Full text...

  • New seism shakes Algiers and suburbs
    29 may 2003 11:05:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A new seism, measuring 5. Full text...

  • East African countries snub proposed wildlife fund
    28 may 2003 19:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Plans to set up a donor-financed 400- million dollar East African Environmental Endowment Fund (EAEF) have stalled after the three countries involved, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda expressed reservations about the fund's legal status. Full text...

  • Windhoek envisages storing water in underground rocks
    28 may 2003 16:40:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Water authorities in Windhoek, Africa's driest capital city, are examining a radical concept of storing excess rainwater in underground rocks for use during drier seasons. Full text...

  • Another earthquake rocks Algiers Wednesday
    28 may 2003 10:27:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Another strong earthquake measuring 5. Full text...

  • Algiers hit by new earthquake
    27 may 2003 22:02:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A new earthquake hit Algeria and its eastern periphery Tuesday levelling buildings already damaged by last Wednesday's tremor. Full text...

  • Hitches delay transfer of rhinos to Zambia
    27 may 2003 16:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Administrative snags have delayed by one day the airlifting of five black rhinos from Kruger National Park in South Africa to a game park in Zambia. Full text...

  • Death toll in Algerian earthquake reaches 2,217
    26 may 2003 17:13:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Latest statistics Monday reflected 2,217 dead and 9,085 injured in the earthquake that struck Algiers and its outskirts Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNEP announces Global 500 environment awards
    26 may 2003 13:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Agriculturist Boureima Wankoye of Niger and "Salle Pedagogique des Zones Arides" of Algeria are among the eight individuals and organisations on the UNEP Global 500 Honour Roll for the year, the UN environment agency announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Algeria earthquake toll rises to 2,162 deaths
    25 may 2003 19:04:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 2,162 persons have died and over 8,500 have been injured in the earthquake that struck Algiers and neighbouring areas on Wednesday, according to the latest figures issued here on Sunday. Full text...

  • Death toll in Algerian earthquake reaches 2047
    25 may 2003 13:23:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The death toll in last Wednesday's earthquake in Algiers has shot up to 2,047, and the number of injured put at 8,628, according to latest official figures. Full text...

  • New death toll from Algiers quake hits 1,875
    24 may 2003 19:54:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The death toll from the earthquake that hit Algiers and its eastern outskirts Wednesday evening has risen to 1,875 fatalities and 8,100 people injured. Full text...

  • Kenyan paper mill to generate power from wood fuel
    24 may 2003 16:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a controversial decision that would undoubtedly elicit criticism from local conservationists, Kenya's largest paper manufacturer plans to construct a 25-megawatt power plant that will exclusively run on wood fuel. Full text...

  • Death toll hits 1,756 in Algerian earthquake
    24 may 2003 12:53:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- As rescue efforts continue, the toll in the earthquake that hit Algiers and its outskirts Wednesday has climbed to 1,756 killed and 7,600 others injured, according to the latest official data issued midday on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ten African nations discuss sustainable development
    23 may 2003 21:30:00
    Nairobi Kenya (PANA) -- Environmentalists from 10 African countries grouped under "Networking for Sustainable Development," began a two-day conference here Friday to discuss and recommend a plan of action on pertinent environment issues on the continent. Full text...

  • Germany props Zambia's park to re-stock black rhinos
    23 may 2003 19:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The German government will next Tuesday relocate two black rhinos from the Frankfurt Zoo to North Luangwa National Park in Zambia where varying species of rhinos have been poached into near extinction. Full text...

  • Two rescued gorillas leave Nigeria for Cameroon
    23 may 2003 16:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two Western lowland gorillas, among the rarest and most endangered species in the world, were flown out of Lagos on Friday to their native Cameroon after being rescued from the clutches of illegal pet traders. Full text...

  • Algerian earthquake update: 1,467 killed, 7,000 wounded
    23 may 2003 16:36:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- By 1 p. Full text...

  • African delegates at WHO Assembly sympathise with Algeria
    23 may 2003 09:25:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- African delegations to the 56th WHO General Assembly underway in Geneva have expressed their condolences to Algeria following last Wednesday's devastating earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people and displaced thousands more. Full text...

  • International Biodiversity Day focuses biosafety
    22 may 2003 19:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Virus-resistant rice, sterile mosquitoes, fast-growing trees and fish, and other living modified organisms (LMOs) are the focus of the new publication, which the World Conservation Union (IUCN) released Thursday at ceremonies marking International Day for Biological Diversity. Full text...

  • Earthquake death toll in Algeria reaches 643
    22 may 2003 16:34:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The death toll in the earthquake that hit Algiers and its outskirts Wednesday evening has climbed to 643 people, with 4,679 others wounded, the interior ministry announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mbeki condoles with Algerian counterpart following earthquake
    22 may 2003 13:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African president and African Union chairman Thabo Mbeki conveyed his "heartfelt condolences" Thursday to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the people of Algeria following an earthquake that rocked Algiers and its environs on Wednesday night, killing more than 500 people and injuring thousands more. Full text...

  • Death toll from Algiers earthquake rises
    22 may 2003 10:07:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The death toll from an earthquake that hit the Algerian capital and its eastern outskirts late Wednesday is now up to 538, with 4,637 injured. Full text...

  • About 500 die in Algiers earthquake
    22 may 2003 08:48:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- An earthquake measuring 5. Full text...

  • OMVS presidents unveil Nouakchott power station
    21 may 2003 21:28:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The presidents of Mali, Senegal and Mauritania Tuesday unveiled the high voltage station of Nouakchott, built to satisfy 35 percent of the electricity needs of the Mauritanian capital. Full text...

  • Zambia gives hesitant nod to Lake Tanganyika treaty
    21 may 2003 20:06:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has tentatively accepted the draft treaty on sustainable management of Lake Tanganyika, shared by four countries and now under serious threat of pollution. Full text...

  • Kenya stands to lose in titanium mining tax bid
    21 may 2003 07:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Government stood to lose a 1. Full text...

  • Wildlife Fund to open office in Kinshasa
    20 may 2003 22:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) plans to shortly open its office in Kinshasa, DR Congo, WWF director for France, Cédric Monceau, said in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • World Bank studies marine pollution in Indian Ocean
    19 may 2003 18:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Bank on Monday said it was engaged in feasibility studies for a $30-billion so-called Marine Electronic Highway to monitor the elimination of oceanic oil spills and marine pollution across the lower parts of the Indian ocean. Full text...

  • Kenya forms civil defence and public safety body
    19 may 2003 16:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The authorities in Kenya have announced the establishment of a civil defence and public safety body to deal with emergencies and other forms of disasters countrywide. Full text...

  • Zambia studies convention on Lake Tanganyika
    19 may 2003 15:33:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Stakeholders and environmental experts in Zambia met here Monday to review the fourth draft convention on the sustainable management of Lake Tanganyika ahead of a regional meeting scheduled next month in Dar-Es-salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Earthquake shakes Cape Town early Monday
    19 may 2003 14:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town was shaken by an earthquake on Monday morning, which the Council for Geoscience confirmed to have registered 3. Full text...

  • Madagascar's cyclone death toll reaches 70
    19 may 2003 09:35:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A week after Cyclone Manou hit the centre-eastern coast of Madagascar, the latest toll issued at the weekend by the National Rescue Committee (CNS) revealed that the disaster has killed 70 people and injured 85, while 19 people are reported missing. Full text...

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