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  • Girl drowns in flash flood as downpour soaks Khartoum
    14 august 2002 20:16:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A 13-year-old girl drowned in a flash flood after a downpour pounded Khartoum for three hours on Tuesday night. Full text...

  • Tanzanian capital joins UN-HABITAT water project
    14 august 2002 14:27:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- UN-HABITAT executive director Prof. Full text...

  • South African expedition inquires after Giant Sable antelope
    14 august 2002 13:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An expedition from the Centre for Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria left Wednesday for Malange, Angola to establish if the Giant Sable antelope has survived the civil war. Full text...

  • Mauritius NGO claims present-day world is widely polluted
    13 august 2002 17:21:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The local NGO, MAUDESCO (Mauritius council for development environmental studies and conservation) said Tuesday that ten years after Rio and despite hundreds of seminars and conferences already held, the world is more than ever polluted. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives executive of Lake Chad Basin Commission
    13 august 2002 13:33:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Heavy rains hit Algerian town of Tamanrasset
    13 august 2002 13:28:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Heavy rains were recorded in the Algerian town of Tamanrasset, regional capital of Hoggar, 2,000 km south of Algiers, causing floods and the closure of several basic facilities. Full text...

  • World Wildlife Fund launches SOS planet campaign for WSSD
    13 august 2002 09:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has launched a global multi-media campaign to urge political leaders to take appropriate action to safeguard planet earth at the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan seals deal on water desalination plant
    12 august 2002 16:57:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has concluded a seven-million US-dollar contract with a Lebanese firm to construct a water desalination plant at Port Sudan, the official Sudan News Agency reported Monday. Full text...

  • South African, Swiss foundations enter cooperation agreement
    12 august 2002 15:02:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African National Research Foundation and the Swiss National Science Foundation have signed an agreement to further scientific and technological cooperation between them. Full text...

  • World scientists warn on impact of vast pollution cloud
    12 august 2002 08:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A vast blanket of pollution stretching across South Asia is damaging agriculture, modifying rainfall patterns, including those of the mighty Monsoon, and putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk, according to a study commissioned by UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • Gabon raising big rodents for meat to discourage poaching
    11 august 2002 18:32:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- In their joint effort to turn poachers away from game parks, three central African countries have embarked on a project to raise big size rodents relished by the urban population. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to move animals from drought stricken areas
    11 august 2002 12:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean national parks authorities Sunday announced plans to translocate thousands of animals, particularly elephants, from drought-stricken areas to regions with adequate water and grazing. Full text...

  • Earth tremors hit Sudanese capital
    10 august 2002 18:43:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Earth tremors in Central Khartoum at 15. Full text...

  • Flood kills two in Abidjan
    09 august 2002 17:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian civil defence said Friday that flood from heavy rains in Abidjan Tuesday and Wednesday, killed at least two people in the city. Full text...

  • Donors pledge $2.92 billion to Global Environment Fund
    09 august 2002 11:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Klaus Toepfer, has commended the donor community for pledging to increase their donation to its Global Environment Facility (GEF) fund. Full text...

  • Cameroon's forests deplete at a pace of 0.6 percent a year
    08 august 2002 21:49:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's forests, which cover 195,980 sq km of the country's 475,000-sq km surface area, are shrinking at a rate 0. Full text...

  • Rainfall deficit causes concern in Senegal
    08 august 2002 20:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The rainy season, which started in June in Senegal has been characterised by a serious deficit compared to last year, and to the average recorded between 1961 and 1990. Full text...

  • Nigeria to maximise use of biological resources
    08 august 2002 17:08:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria is re-evaluating its vast biological resources to promote industrial development, especially in pharmaceuticals and food security, Science and Tehnology Minister Turner Isoun, has said. Full text...

  • HABITAT Chief calls for sustainable urbanisation
    08 august 2002 16:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the Nairobi-based UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), has called for greater support for sustainable urbanisation, saying it is the key to development. Full text...

  • Gabonese leader to turn 10% of country into nature reserve
    07 august 2002 23:29:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese leader Omar Bongo has expressed his wish to transform 10 percent of the country's land into a nature reserve, Gabonese television has reported. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire stresses dissemination of data on biodiversity
    07 august 2002 22:58:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire has endorsed several conventions, including one in December 1994 on biodiversity, in line with its commitment to the recommendations of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Full text...

  • WSSD to address issue of funding
    07 august 2002 22:44:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) coming up 26 August to 4 September in Johannesburg, South Africa would address funding problems developing countries face implementing resolutions from the Rio preceding Rio Summit. Full text...

  • Algeria reaches out to flood victims in Mali
    07 august 2002 20:42:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria is to send two plane loads of food supplies, blankets and medicines to victims of floods that hit parts of Mali recently. Full text...

  • Forestry workers in Congo urged to conserve the fauna
    07 august 2002 19:56:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Participants at a workshop on the management and conservation of fauna in Congo have urged forestry companies to join the bandwagon of environmental protection, with particular attention to wild life. Full text...

  • Desert encroaches on Côte d'Ivoire as forest cover disappears
    07 august 2002 17:10:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- At independence in 1960, Côte d'Ivoire was literally a wooded country. Full text...

  • Charcoal production destroys Congolese ecosystem
    07 august 2002 16:57:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Charcoal is commonly used as fuel by the vast majority of low-income Congolese households unable to pay for electrical or natural gas powered appliances. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso pushes for speedy implementation of Agenda 21
    07 august 2002 16:14:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso plans to use the world summit on sustainable development to push for funding for the speedy implementation of Agenda 21, an official at the National Council for the Management of Environment (CONAGESE) says. Full text...

  • Water continues to be a rare commodity in Cape Verde
    07 august 2002 16:09:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Water continues to be a rare commodity for human consumption in Cape Verde but also an impediment to the archipelago's agricultural production and livestock development, says a report to be submitted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in late August. Full text...

  • NGOs criticise Chad-Cameroon pipeline for environmental risks
    07 august 2002 12:36:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Persistent concerns are being raised about environment protection as well as health and social development issues that are potentially associated with the Chad- Cameroon pipeline, scheduled to begin operation late 2003. Full text...

  • Cape Verde authorities positive about Agenda 21
    06 august 2002 23:52:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Ahead of the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the authorities and civil society in Cape Verde have positively appraised implementation of 'Agenda 21' in the archipelago, ten years after the recommendations were made at the Rio summit. Full text...

  • Nine whales die after being stranded on Cape Verdian beach
    06 august 2002 23:50:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Nine whales got stranded Monday on the beach of the municipality of Porto Novo in the Cape Verdian island of Santo Antao, the Cape Verdian News Agency (Inforpress) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • WWF stresses new approach to river management
    06 august 2002 23:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ahead of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has in a report urged for a new approach to managing river basins, insisting this was crucial for sustainable use of the world's limited freshwater resources. Full text...

  • Poverty undermines the protection of the environment
    06 august 2002 22:00:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The ministry of Public Investments and Regional Development in Cameroon has conceded that poverty was compromising efforts at protecting the environment, with 42. Full text...

  • Cameroon gets ready for Johannesburg Summit
    06 august 2002 20:36:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's delegation to the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) would feature 13 ministries, the authorities indicated at a preparatory meeting held in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Dar es Salaam upbeat about water supply in view of privatisation
    06 august 2002 18:58:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Water supply and sanitation in Dar es Salaam could improve next year when the Tanzanian government leases the running of the Dar es Salaam Sewerage Authority (DAWASA) to an international private operator. Full text...

  • Cyclists complete England-South Africa ride ahead of WSSD
    06 august 2002 18:38:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A group of four international cyclists have completed a 253-day ride from England to South Africa in time for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), slated to start later this month. Full text...

  • Controversy simmers in South Africa over use of Fluoride
    05 august 2002 19:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Just weeks before the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), moves by the South African government to add fluoride to water supplies have caused a big stir over safety. Full text...

  • Partnership to improve rural sanitation in Africa
    05 august 2002 10:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African company Tshole Holdings and Canadian company SciCorp Systems have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the joint venture "SciCorp Africa" that will manufacture SciCorp's biologic line of waste and wastewater treatment products for South Africa and the region. Full text...

  • CITES proposes new trade rules for wild plants, animals
    17 june 2002 14:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), of Wild Fauna and Flora in Geneva, Switzerland, says it has received from member governments, 54 proposals to amend the lists of species subject to trade controls or prohibitions. Full text...

  • Ugandan leader blames depleting woods for dwindling Nile waters
    15 june 2002 15:10:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- President Yoweri Museveni has said that far from over use of its waters, the real danger facing Africa's longest river, River Nile, is poor management of its catchment area. Full text...

  • Pest control campaign launched in Yaounde
    14 june 2002 22:00:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Authorities in Yaounde Friday launched a pest control campaign as part of efforts to clean up the Cameroonian capital city. Full text...

  • Ex-government workers launch conservation initiative
    14 june 2002 20:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In an unprecedented move, 86 former employees of the Kenyan Environment and Natural Resources Ministry, have formed a self-help group to assist the authorities in the rehabilitation of depleted forest areas in the Mt Kenya District of Meru Central. Full text...

  • More Accra residents displaced as downpour continues
    14 june 2002 18:05:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Floods forced hundreds of families out of their homes Friday as heavy rain pounded Ghana's coastal cities of Accra and Tema continuously since Thursday night. Full text...

  • Water, a rare commodity in Ouagadougou
    13 june 2002 20:28:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The shortage of water in the Burkinabe capital has reached appalling proportions in the past few months, mainly because of the emptying of dams that supply the town with potable water, but also due to poor rains since the beginning of the season. Full text...

  • Vandals destroy 18 ha of tree plantations near Niamey
    13 june 2002 17:20:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A group of villagers destroyed 18 hectares of trees owned by an agricultural research institute at Saga outside Niamey, Niger's capital, according to a report published by the daily, Le Sahel. Full text...

  • French NGOs brace up for Rio+10 Summit
    11 june 2002 20:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Some 80 French NGOs have banded under a group called "Jo'burg 2002" to prepare for the Earth Summit slated for 26 August to 4 September in Johannesburg, South Africa, sources close to the group disclosed Tuesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Dams restore hope in Senegal's Nema Ba village (Feature)
    10 june 2002 16:24:00
    Foundiougne- Senegal (PANA) -- The makeshift dam Nema Ba vilagers had constructed in central Senegal's Foundiougne district to check the intrusion of saline water into their arable lands was short-lived. Full text...

  • Experts say ground water offers hope for Africa's water crisis
    07 june 2002 13:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Water experts from some 20 countries have drawn up the first continental survey of transboundary aquifers in Africa that, according to UNESCO, may be the solution to the region's water crisis. Full text...

  • Ventures threaten Liberia's lone national park
    06 june 2002 20:40:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Human activities constitute a Major threat to the survival of Liberia's only national park, the Sarpo National Park, according to an official in the forestry agency. Full text...

  • Mbeubeuss, an ecological bomb near Dakar
    06 june 2002 20:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Daily, residents of Dakar, Senegal's capital create 1,000-1,200 tonnes of household waste that has been collected by a Swiss company for the past 25 years. Full text...

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