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  • 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...

  • Cape Verde says Portuguese caused environmental problems
    06 june 2002 19:13:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde has accused colonial masters Portugal of being responsible for the environmental degradation on the archipelago. Full text...

  • Niger sets up rural fuelwood markets to check desertification
    06 june 2002 18:13:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Rapid population growth in Niger has significantly increased the pressure on energy products, especially firewood, obliging the authorities to design a new forestry policy under which markets for firewood have been set up in the rural areas. Full text...

  • Abidjan to adopt new garbage management programme
    06 june 2002 17:46:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government has hinted of plans to adopt a national programme on waste management, besides opening a new garbage dump in the suburbs of the economic capital Abidjan. Full text...

  • Libyan water board marks 30th anniversary
    06 june 2002 16:18:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan National Water Board marked its 30th anniversary on Wednesday, alongside the commemoration of World Environment Day. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea's ecology under threat
    06 june 2002 15:08:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea's ecology is under threat in the long term, observers warn, because of the abusive felling of trees and possible marine contamination. Full text...

  • West Africa seeks household energy plan
    06 june 2002 14:44:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A three-day regional forum on biomass and other alternative energy sources is underway in Ouagadougou to define a plan for the development of household energies in West Africa. Full text...

  • Yaounde gets pollution control Centre
    06 june 2002 10:18:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- An environmental pollution control Centre was inaugurated Wednesday in Yaounde, as part of activities to mark the World Environment Day in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Kenya pushes for safer environment
    06 june 2002 10:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government and other stakeholders have pledged to work for a cleaner environment as the world marked the Environment Day Wednesday. Full text...

  • Angolan Minister calls for healthier environment
    06 june 2002 10:01:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Fisheries and Environment Minister, Fatima Jardim Wednesday urged the civil society to strive for purer and healthier environment, to ensure sustainable development. Full text...

  • Minister decries air pollution in Mauritius
    06 june 2002 07:30:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius is suffering from serious air pollution traced to crushing, smoke from cars, industrial activities and refuse-incinerating plants, according to Environment Minister Rajesh Bhagwan. Full text...

  • Ben Ali for new environmental solidarity mechanism
    05 june 2002 23:33:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Wednesday urged governments to create new solidarity mechanisms dealing with problems that impede environmental protection and development. Full text...

  • Kenya creates environmental management body
    05 june 2002 21:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has established an environmental management body with a mandate to punish those who violate the country's environmental policies. Full text...

  • Uganda conservationists struggle to save River Nile
    05 june 2002 21:00:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan celebrated Wednesday's World Environment Day at Jinja, the source of River Nile 80-km south-east of Kampala under the theme "Save Uganda Waters". Full text...

  • Combating pollution in Cairo is not yet a priority
    05 june 2002 19:54:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptians are too involved in their work and social activities or simply enmeshed in poverty to care about environmental issues. Full text...

  • Annan Urges Global Cooperation in Protection of Environment
    05 june 2002 18:35:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said a greater sense of mutual responsibility is needed if the task of protecting the environment is to be achieved. Full text...

  • Garbage abounds in Accra on World Environment Day
    05 june 2002 18:32:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- As Ghana observed World Environment Day, the problem garbage disposal remained acute in Accra, the country's capital, whose population is estimated at two million people. Full text...

  • UN launches oceans atlas on World Environment Day
    05 june 2002 17:54:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Amid growing concerns over continuing deterioration of marine and coastal ecosystems, the UN and several scientific agencies Wednesday in Paris launched an Internet-based Oceans Atlas aimed at promoting the sustainable development of oceans. Full text...

  • Several Nigerian States face environment disasters
    05 june 2002 17:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Seven out of 10 persons living in the oil-rich coastal area of Nigeria's south-western Ondo state have fled due to oil pollution. Full text...

  • IFAW protests South Africa's plan to resume ivory trade
    05 june 2002 16:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said Wednesday that its innovative protest postcard campaign had been a resounding success for conservationists determined to retain the moratorium on trade in ivory. Full text...

  • Expedition confirms impact of global warming on Mountains
    05 june 2002 15:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An expedition dispatched to the Himalayas to chronicle the environmental health of one of the world's most famous mountain ranges, has noted startling evidence of the impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • Scientists agree on new strategy to observe earth
    04 june 2002 22:54:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Space agencies and the scientific community Tuesday agreed to use new parameters to improve satellite observation of the environment through the Integrated Global Observing System (IGOS). Full text...

  • Kenya moves slowly to protect its thinning forests
    04 june 2002 21:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At the initiative of the UN Environment Programme, some 400 seedlings were planted Tuesday at Kereita in a bid to reforest Kenya's Aberdare mountain range that has been denuded of its natural canopy. Full text...

  • Govt urges Zambians to protect the environment
    04 june 2002 18:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources Levison Mumba, Tuesday called on his compatriots to take positive steps at reversing environmental damage. Full text...

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