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  • World Parks Congress adopts more conservation strategies
    17 september 2003 15:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The 5th World Parks Congress ended Wednesday with policymakers, conservationists and environment ministers adopting the Durban Accord comprising strategies for preserving protected areas around the world. Full text...

  • Court fines Japanese for poaching rare South African plants
    17 september 2003 14:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A Japanese national has been fined 75,000 rand by the Regional Court in Oudtshoorn near here for illegal possession of 564 rare Haworthia plants. Full text...

  • African fund assists Burkina Faso's water supply
    17 september 2003 12:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Burkina Faso has obtained a loan of 15 million Units of Account (UA), or US$21. Full text...

  • Cameroon to host regional forestry headquarters
    16 september 2003 17:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon has agreed to host the Conference of Central African Forest Ministers (COMIFAC) secretariat following the signing of a headquarters agreement between the government and COMIFAC. Full text...

  • Freak rainstorm in Malawi leaves Dutch volunteer missing
    16 september 2003 15:04:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- An army helicopter was Tuesday deployed to Malawi's southern district of Mulanje to join a search team for a 30-year-old Dutch volunteer nurse who has been missing since Saturday in Mulanje Mountain where she went hiking. Full text...

  • WHO, UNEP keen on health dangers from ozone depletion
    16 september 2003 11:54:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The UN health and environmental bodies Tuesday launched a set of new educational materials in an effort to protect children from the risks of developing malignant and non-malignant skin cancers, cataracts and other UV-caused conditions which causes an estimated 66,000 deaths annually. Full text...

  • Earthlife Africa tackles South African nuclear giant
    16 september 2003 10:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Earthlife Africa has lodged an application with the High Court in Cape Town asking it to review and set aside the environmental impact assessment (EIA) authorization granted to Eskom to build a demonstration module Pebble Bed Modular Reactor at Koeberg north of here. Full text...

  • Kenya ponders long-term flood control plan
    15 september 2003 16:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's National disaster management committee is working on a long-term plan to find a lasting solution to perennial flood problems in some parts of the country, a Red Cross official said in Nairobi Monday. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana to attend World Parks Congress
    15 september 2003 14:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana arrives in Durban on Tuesday to attend the 5th World Parks Congress. Full text...

  • Prehistoric discoveries in Gabon's Lopé reserve
    15 september 2003 14:35:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Several prehistoric sites (cut stones, rupestrian art, furnaces) in central Gabon's Lope reserve indicate that there was very early human settlement in the area, according to researchers working under the Conservation and Rational use of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (ECOFAC). Full text...

  • ADB to finance water harnessing study in Niger
    15 september 2003 12:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) --African Development Fund (ADF) board of directors have approved a grant of 0. Full text...

  • Beached American owned vessel salvaged in Cape Town
    15 september 2003 09:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The American owned Sealand Express ship which ran aground in Cape Town last month has been brought into harbour after being refloated over the weekend. Full text...

  • Kenya commissions oil disposal plant at Mombasa port
    13 september 2003 12:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan shipping authorities and stakeholders in the marine industry have commissioned an oil waste discharge plant in the country's main seaport of Mombasa to reclaim and recycle petroleum by-products. Full text...

  • Kenya ups patrol to curb poaching, forest degradation
    13 september 2003 11:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan forestry authorities Saturday announced heightened patrols of the Mount Kenya forest to curb an "alarming rate" of poaching and degradation of the flora and fauna of the forest by unscrupulous persons. Full text...

  • DR Congo warns airlines over export of protected species
    10 september 2003 22:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese environment ministry has instructed air transport companies to refrain from ferrying protected animal species, particularly parrots, okapi, bonobos monkeys, zebras, white rhinoceros and hippopotamus. Full text...

  • Mauritania appointed to UN desert control body
    10 september 2003 15:35:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania has been appointed to lead a subsidiary organ for the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Environment and Rural Development Minister Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Valili Abidine has said. Full text...

  • World Bank to increase environmental lending
    10 september 2003 14:03:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Bank is to increase its environmental lending to 1. Full text...

  • Durban congress focuses on nature reserves
    10 september 2003 13:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The plenary sessions at the World Parks Congress in Durban focused Tuesday on the community and protected areas, as well as how nature reserves are "Working at Scale". Full text...

  • Kaduna flood victims get relief supplies
    10 september 2003 11:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has sent relief materials to victims of this week's massive flooding in the northern city of Kaduna, which officially killed two people. Full text...

  • Nigeria reviews implementation of ozone protocol
    09 september 2003 16:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Manufacturers in Nigeria converged on the commercial city of Lagos Tuesday to review the implementation of the Montreal Protocol on the ozone layer, to which Nigeria is a signatory. Full text...

  • Protected areas worldwide reach 100,000
    09 september 2003 14:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- More than 100,000 protected areas have been established across the world, according to a report released Tuesday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) at the 5th World Park Congress underway in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Durban Congress to draw from Madagascar's experience
    09 september 2003 14:11:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- At the invitation of the World Conservation Union (UICN), President Marc Ravalomanana is to brief the 5th World Congress on Parks holding in Durban, on Madagascar's experience in environment protection. Full text...

  • Safe management of South African wildlife on a tightrope
    09 september 2003 11:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The safe management of South African wildlife balances on a tightrope, as the country's newest environmental legislation - the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Bills - fails to rein in those in charge of managing the nation's fragile ecology and wilderness areas. Full text...

  • Mbeki says natural resources, biodiversity a priceless heritage
    09 september 2003 10:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Natural resources and biological diversity are a priceless heritage the world can ill afford to lose, President Thabo Mbeki has said. Full text...

  • Flood displaces thousands in Nigerian northern city
    08 september 2003 19:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A relentless downpour in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna has displaced thousands of people and submerged hundreds of houses, according to Nigerian Red Cross officials. Full text...

  • Nairobi-based research institute understudies poor breeders
    08 september 2003 16:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) says it has completed a global study to identify significant populations of poor livestock keepers in the world, and to make an assessment of how these are likely to change over the next 30-50 years. Full text...

  • World Bank to support nature tourism in Africa
    08 september 2003 13:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Bank and the Development Bank of Southern Africa have pledged continued support for countries, institutions and communities seeking a balanced approach to sustainable nature tourism development, according to a joint report by the two banks. Full text...

  • World Parks Congress gets underway in Durban
    08 september 2003 11:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The future of the world's parks, nature reserves and other protected areas was under the spotlight on Monday with the opening of the fifth World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Chad draws anti-oil production pollution plan
    07 september 2003 10:48:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chadian authorities have drawn a national plan to deal with the accidental spillage of hydrocarbons during oil exploitation, which started 15 July 2003. Full text...

  • Benin moves to preserve red-bellied monkey
    06 september 2003 18:11:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has initiated a plan to preserve the red-bellied monkey 'Cercopithecus erythogaster,' official sources hinted here. Full text...

  • Chissano, WWF chief hold discussions in Maputo
    06 september 2003 17:57:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has pledged continued support for efforts in Mozambique to protect the southern African country's biodiversity. Full text...

  • South African elephants transferred to Limpopo park
    05 september 2003 16:04:00
    Massingir- Mozambique (PANA) -- The arrival of seven elephants on Thursday concluded the second phase of the transfer of animals from South Africa's Kruger Park to the Limpopo National Park (PNL) in Mozambique. Full text...

  • Toothfish poachers escorted to Cape Town
    05 september 2003 14:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and Australia on Friday celebrated a dramatic joint operation when their ships sailed into Cape Town after a 21-day high seas chase which resulted in the capture of a Uruguayan boast suspected of poaching millions of rands worth of Patagonian Toothfish. Full text...

  • Uruguayan Toothfish poachers escorted to Cape Town
    05 september 2003 14:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and Australia on Friday celebrated a dramatic joint operation when their ships sailed into Cape Town after a 21 day high seas chase which resulted in the capture of a Uruguayan boast suspected of poaching millions of rands worth of Patagonian Toothfish. Full text...

  • Floods kill four Sudanese refugees in Uganda
    05 september 2003 12:56:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Four Sudanese refugees and 60 domestic animals were killed when floods from a seasonal river swept through their settlement in north-western Uganda's Arua district. Full text...

  • EAC extends regional environmental project
    04 september 2003 22:19:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The East African Community (EAC) announced Thursday it had extended a regional project to reverse the deterioration of Lake Victoria, which continues to choke under increasing human activity. Full text...

  • Authorities seize 282 parrots at Kinshasa airport
    04 september 2003 19:39:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The authorities at Kinshasa-Ndjili international airport seized 282 parrots Thursday bound for export. Full text...

  • US supports South Africa's arbour week with 14,000 trees
    04 september 2003 11:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The US government has contributed 14,000 trees in support of South Africa's national arbour week that began 1 September. Full text...

  • SADC journalists form network on climate
    03 september 2003 21:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Journalists from the 14 countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have formed a network on climate reporting (SADC-NCJ) focusing on weather and climate related information in the region. Full text...

  • Open Africa project expands with 1000-km route
    03 september 2003 13:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Nature Conservation has just added over a thousand kilometres to the Open Africa project -- a tourism route that envisages linking the splendours of Africa in a network that stretches from the Cape to Cairo. Full text...

  • Kibaki encourages protection of biological resources
    02 september 2003 14:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has urged African government to improve the management of protected areas by making conservation an integral component of their national development agenda. Full text...

  • Partnership conference to focus water crisis in Africa
    02 september 2003 11:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The water crisis in Africa will be the focus of a partnership conference scheduled here 8-13 December between African governments and representatives of the international community. Full text...

  • South Africa to push for poverty eradication at Cuba conference
    01 september 2003 19:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and the African Group at the 6th Conference of Parties (COP-6) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which opened Monday in Havana, Cuba will push for poverty eradication in Africa, along with the protection of its natural resources. Full text...

  • African bank cancels water projects in Nigeria
    01 september 2003 14:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has decided to cancel 80 percent of water projects in Nigeria following complaints that they were unsuccessful. Full text...

  • 46 percent of Burkinabes live below poverty line
    31 august 2003 19:07:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- About 46. Full text...

  • South Africa attends UNCCD conference
    31 august 2003 10:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma arrived in Havana, Cuba Sunday morning to ahead of the 6th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) holding 1-3 September in the Cuban capital. Full text...

  • Mali records adequate rainfall, say weather experts
    30 august 2003 20:39:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Raindrops recorded in August went from "normal to surplus on the entire Malian territory, except for a few localities where there was a shortfall," according to the information bulletin of the Malian weather department and multidisciplinary group for the monitoring of agriculture, pastures and water places. Full text...

  • Residents panic over false volcano alarm in Comoros
    30 august 2003 18:56:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Residents of Moroni and neighbouring villages ran helter-skelter early Saturday after a false hearing a false alarm on an imminent eruption of the Kartala volcano. Full text...

  • Lightning strikes three dead in western Kenya
    30 august 2003 11:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lightning killed three people in western Kenya on Friday, The East African Standard, reported here Saturday. Full text...

  • Fish population dips 30 percent in Lake Tanganyika
    29 august 2003 10:14:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Lake Tanganyika, whose waters are among the world's richest in fish, has registered a 30-percent decline in its fish population over the last 80 years, according to a study cited by a periodical of the US Embassy here. Full text...

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