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  • 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...

  • Move to halt human-animal conflict in Kenya
    28 march 2003 14:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan environment ministry officials on Friday moved fast to halt an on-going animal-human conflict in the country's Mount Kenya region by ordering the immediate relocation of several public utility facilities which had been constructed on traditional animal migratory routes. Full text...

  • Environmentalists want charcoal production streamlined
    28 march 2003 08:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Environmental experts from the East and Central Africa have called for the streamlining of charcoal production within national energy policies, saying the move could prove beneficial in terms of environmental control as well as revenue. Full text...

  • S. African minister slams illegal fishing in its waters
    27 march 2003 13:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Environment Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa has reiterated government's commitment to rigorously fight illegal fishing, root out illegal Patagonian toot fish trade and protect the country's marine resources. Full text...

  • Namibian MPs debate environmental impact of textile plant
    27 march 2003 12:01:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Emotions ran high in Parliament here Thursday between the opposition DTA/UDF Coalition and the ruling Swapo when an opposition MP raised environmental questions about a 100-million dollar textile factory in Namibia. Full text...

  • Authorities want parts of Western Cape declared disaster area
    27 march 2003 08:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Western Cape authorities have asked the South African government to declare a flooded region in the province as a disaster area, after flash floods earlier this week left hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed, with thousands of people fleeing the area. Full text...

  • Ministers visit flood-devastated South African town
    26 march 2003 07:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Mop up operation was continuing Wednesday in the Western Cape town of Montague which has been devastated by flash floods with hundreds of homes destroyed and thousands of people displaced. Full text...

  • Mozambican River bursts its bank, thousands stranded
    11 march 2003 19:52:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- River Save, on the boundary between southern and central Mozambique, has burst its banks and flooded the towns of Nova Mambone in Inhambane province, and Machanga in Sofala province, leaving thousands of people stranded, the national news agency (AIM) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Global Environmental Fund props Namibian community projects
    11 march 2003 16:46:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia Tuesday became the fourth country within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to benefit from the Small Grants Programme (SGP) of the Global Environmental Fund (GEF), with the launching here of a 200,000- dollar fund for grassroots micro-projects. Full text...

  • Kenya to supply water to arid regions
    11 march 2003 09:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Water Development Ministry said it would implement several water projects in parts of the country's North Eastern Province and Turkana District in the north-west to bring the precious commodity closer to inhabitants of the drought-prone areas. Full text...

  • Millions of kids die due to lack of clean water, says UNICEF
    11 march 2003 08:38:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Worried by the fact that more than 1. Full text...

  • Cyclone 'Kalunde' still threatens Mauritius
    10 march 2003 18:09:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian meteorological Services warned Monday that tropical Cyclone 'Kalunde' was still gusting at 375-km per hour north-east of the Rodrigues Island. Full text...

  • Mbeki sympathises with Mozambique over Cyclone disaster
    10 march 2003 16:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has sent a sympathy message to the Mozambican government over the death of 19 people and devastation caused by Cyclone Japhet last week, an official statement said Monday. Full text...

  • Fishing in Lake Victoria under threat
    10 march 2003 12:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lake Victoria's US$1 billion annual fishing industry is under serious threat following massive silt deposits into the world's second-largest freshwater lake. Full text...

  • Kenya maintains ban on mangrove harvesting
    10 march 2003 10:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will maintain a ban placed on mangrove harvesting in 1996 until the country can regain a comfortable hectarage of the forest along its Indian Ocean coastline. Full text...

  • Cyclone Japhet floods claim more lives in Zimbabwe
    07 march 2003 17:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Six people were killed and scores of homes swept away Friday by Cyclone Japhet floods in Zimbabwe, State television reported. Full text...

  • Cyclone Japhet death toll rises to 11 in Mozambique
    07 march 2003 17:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The deaths caused by Cyclone Japhet in the Mozambican provinces of Inhambane and Manica now stands at 11, with seven others missing in Sofala province, the Mozambican news agency (AIM) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Hyacinth control succeeds on Lake Victoria
    07 march 2003 13:15:00
    Kisumu- Kenya (PANA) -- The weevils introduced into Lake Victoria five years ago are on the verge of depleting the water hyacinth weed, the invasive species hitherto threatening to choke the world's second-largest freshwater lake. Full text...

  • Government assists Cyclone victims in Mozambique
    06 march 2003 20:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's National Disasters Management Institute (INGC), has started channelling relief supplies to some 23,000 victims of Cyclone Japhet in the southern province of Inhambane, national news agency (AIM) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya to draw from Libya's experience in water harnessing
    06 march 2003 19:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya plans to draw from Libya's experience to harness the East African country's untapped water resources, acting Labour and Human Resource Development Minister Najib Balala said here Thursday. Full text...

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