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  • Botswana sees job opportunities in culling elephant herds
    27 february 2003 19:53:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Local government councillors in Botswana's Northeast district have called for the culling of elephant herds in order to create jobs and compensate people whose property has been destroyed by the animals. Full text...

  • Flood kills 3, displaces 6,000 in Zimbabwe
    27 february 2003 19:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Government and donor relief agencies said Thursday two more people had been killed by raging floods in northern Zimbabwe, bringing the death toll to three in two days. Full text...

  • Oil sleek reported in Mauritian coast
    27 february 2003 16:16:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A 150-metre oil sleek has been floating in Mahebourg Lagoon in southern Mauritius, according to an environment ministry official in Port Louis on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya becomes an ozone monitoring station
    27 february 2003 16:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A high-tech ozone monitoring station was on Thursday installed in Nairobi, making the east African city a key lynch-pin in an international effort to protect and safeguard the ozone layer - the earth's protective shield - and pollution from events like forest fires and charcoal burning. Full text...

  • Animal charity props operations in troubled Zimbabwe
    27 february 2003 11:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Animal rescuers in Zimbabwe improved their gear this week with the purchase of a high performance off-road vehicle complete with a high-tech radio communications system. Full text...

  • Weather authorities note unusual temperatures in Kenya
    27 february 2003 11:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya experienced unusually high temperatures during the months of January and February 2003, Meteorological Services director Joseph Mukabana affirmed Thursday in a statement, while admitting that this occurred during a period normally hottest and driest in the country. Full text...

  • Floods kill one person, wash away bridges
    26 february 2003 21:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- One person was killed, and two major bridges swept away by floods in northern Zimbabwe Wednesday, police said. Full text...

  • EU allots 500 million euros toward famine in Ethiopia
    26 february 2003 15:29:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has earmarked 500 million euros to support Ethiopia in macro-economic and infrastructure development as well as food security for the next four years, the European Commission head delegate here, Ambassador Yves Gazzo, said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan authorities make biggest ivory seizure
    26 february 2003 14:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In their biggest haul yet in three years, Kenyan authorities last weekend seized 33 raw ivory tusks in the northern tip of the country and arrested five suspects, wildlife sources disclosed Wednesday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • AU celebrates first environment day Monday in Tripoli
    25 february 2003 20:17:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Experts from experts from Libya and other African countries as well as abroad would convene an environment conference here next Monday during celebrations of the African Environment Day, Libya's environment office said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Madagascar hosts regional workshop against oil spillage
    25 february 2003 16:48:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A workshop on a regional plan to combat oil spillage in the Indian Ocean region opened in the Malagasy capital of Antananarivo Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ozone layer shows signs of recovery
    25 february 2003 13:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Leading scientists have reported some positive results in efforts at protecting the ozone layer, but warned that despite signs of recovery, the layer would remain vulnerable in the next decade. Full text...

  • Gambia govt raises concern over the fate of wildlife
    24 february 2003 22:02:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's Department of State for Parks and Wildlife has raised concern over the recent upsurge in illegal killing of birds and wild animals in the country. Full text...

  • Fish stock depletion in Kenyan lake concerns scientists
    24 february 2003 16:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Concerned about the rapid depletion of fish stocks in Kenya's freshwater mass of Lake Naivasha, scientists from the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI) Monday recommended remedial measures, including banning fishing in the lake during breeding seasons. Full text...

  • Malawi hunters kill man-eating lion after seventh victim
    24 february 2003 14:25:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Four hunters in Malawi's northern district of Kasungu killed a marauding lion at the weekend, two months after it broke free from Kasungu National Park and killed seven people. Full text...

  • UNEP probes complaints of waste dumping in Swazi rivers
    21 february 2003 22:50:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is to despatch experts next month to assess the situation in Swaziland in the wake of reports that some manufacturing companies were dumping waste into main rivers in the tiny southern African kingdom, Mbabane sources confirmed Friday. Full text...

  • Earthquake rocks Morocco's Mediterranean coast
    21 february 2003 19:59:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale rocked the Moroccan northeastern region of Nador on the Mediterranean coast Friday morning, according to the National Centre for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST). Full text...

  • Mali moves to ratify Stockholm Convention
    20 february 2003 19:35:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government is in the process of ratifying the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP), after a cabinet meeting approved a bill for transmission to Parliament recommending the ratification. Full text...

  • Nigerian Ogonis seek prompt action after oil spillage
    20 february 2003 13:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Members of the Ogoni community in Nigeria's south-eastern Rivers State have urged Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to take urgent action after an oil well head burst spewed crude oil over large expanse of farmland and polluted water and creeks in the area. Full text...

  • Niger moves to adopt national strategy on renewable energy
    19 february 2003 23:33:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A national forum for the development of a national strategy and action plan on new and renewable energy opened Tuesday in Agadez, 900 km north of the Niger capital Niamey. Full text...

  • Snakes make way for South Africa's Coega Industrial Development
    19 february 2003 19:22:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Hundreds of reptiles have been moved to safety from one of the largest of Coega Industrial Development Zone sites, a 150-hectare area earmarked for an aluminium smelter. Full text...

  • DR Congo losing forest
    19 february 2003 18:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Bateke Plateau forest, some 100 km east of DR Congo capital Kinshasa, is gradually disappearing, according to a study by the Department of Biology of the National Teachers' College (IPN). Full text...

  • Niger's main cities consume 256,000 tonnes of firewood
    19 february 2003 13:38:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's main cities of Niamey, Maradi and Zinder consumed a total of 256,000 tonnes of firewood last year, according to surveys by a domestic energy project in those urban centres. Full text...

  • Liberian prime animal, plant species said threatened
    18 february 2003 18:36:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- An official study on Liberia's biodiversity shows that many of the country's plant and animal species are either "threatened or vulnerable," an environmental workshop heard in Monrovia Tuesday. Full text...

  • Liberia losing two percent of forest annually, says UNDP official
    18 february 2003 17:40:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia is losing about two percent of its estimated 24 million acres of land annually to desertification, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director Marc de Bernis. Full text...

  • Ebola virus decimates gorilla population in Congo
    17 february 2003 21:37:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Ebola virus has killed some 500 gorillas in Lossi Plain, a 320-km square natural reserve located between the northwest Congolese districts of Kelle and Mbomo, informed sources in Libreville indicated Monday. Full text...

  • DR Congo's rare species in flight
    17 february 2003 20:58:00
    Goma- RD Congo (PANA) -- Rare species in DR Congo's Virunga national park are no longer visible along the main road that crosses the reserve, which is a world heritage site. Full text...

  • UNEP launches film depicting threats to coral reefs
    17 february 2003 09:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says the recent launch of a new underwater 3D movie on the increasing threat to the world's valuable coral reefs was a positive step toward conserving that fragile marine life. Full text...

  • DR Congo forests loss causes concern in Bandundu Province
    16 february 2003 14:32:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Loss of forests, resulting in the disappearance of the ecosystem, in DR Congo's Bandundu Province (south-west) is a cause for serious concern local environmentalists. Full text...

  • Mozambique must build capacity for disasters, says minister
    13 february 2003 20:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao Thursday said Mozambique must build the capacity to deal with natural disasters instead of continually declaring a state of emergency. Full text...

  • Cyclone 'Gerry' leaves one dead in Mauritius
    13 february 2003 13:23:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- One person was killed Thursday afternoon when Hurricane Gerry swept past the coast of Mauritius at a speed of 25km/hour, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Cyclone forces cancellation of South African flights to Mauritius
    13 february 2003 07:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) Thursday announced it had cancelled flights to and from Mauritius due to a cyclone approaching the island. Full text...

  • Cyclone 'Gerry' heading towards Mauritius, Reunion
    12 february 2003 16:09:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Cyclone 'Gerry' was dangerously heading towards Reunion and Mauritius and was spotted Wednesday at less than 450 km from the southwestern Indian Ocean islands, the Regional Weather Forecast Station (CMRS) of Reunion warned. Full text...

  • US govt earmarks 53 million USD to protect Congo Basin forests
    11 february 2003 22:59:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The US government is to grant Congo 53 million US dollars to finance the protection of forests within the Congo River basin, the second largest in the world after the Amazon, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Niamey launches public sanitation campaign
    11 february 2003 18:29:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niamey Prefect Barry Bibata Niandou Tuesday launched a campaign to mobilise funds for public sanitation in the Niger capital He said a committee comprising representatives of Islamic Association, the local administration and districts' delegates has been set up to supervise the operation. Full text...

  • Meteorologists spot tropical storms over Indian Ocean
    11 february 2003 17:58:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Rough climatic conditions have hit the Indian Ocean since this week with the appearance of four "climatic systems", two of which have already turned into tropical storms named "Gerry" and "Hape. Full text...

  • EU to help preserve biodiversity in Central Africa
    11 february 2003 15:31:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has pledged financial assistance to a programme aimed at preserving biodiversity in Gabon and DR Congo through the development of animal species across Central Africa, a statement issued in Brussels indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Chimpanzee mauls Ugandan zookeeper
    11 february 2003 14:17:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A zookeeper was Tuesday still in critical condition after being mauled by a chimpanzee that escaped from a zoo in Entebbe last Saturday. Full text...

  • Scientist discovers new species of birds in Seychelles
    10 february 2003 20:40:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Gerard Rocamora, an ornithologist from the Seychelles said he has discovered a new species of birds, on one of the islands of the Seychelles archipelago. Full text...

  • Algeria thinks 'Marshall plan' to prevent water deficit
    10 february 2003 20:07:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Threatened by imminent water shortage estimated at nearly four billion cubic meters by 2020, Algeria plans to mobilise 10 billion cubic meters by then, water resources minister Abdelmadjid Attar said. Full text...

  • US environment official expected in Libreville
    10 february 2003 17:20:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- US Under Secretary of State for Environment Jeffrey Burman, was expected in Libreville Monday on a visit related to the Congo River Basin forest partnership project, diplomatic sources said. Full text...

  • A tropical storm moves towards Mauritius
    10 february 2003 12:01:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A moderate tropical storm named Gerry was Monday 950 km north-west of Mauritius, between Tromelin and Agalega Islands, the Mauritian Meteorological Services said. Full text...

  • Global environmental forum ends in Kenya
    10 february 2003 08:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A global crackdown on mercury pollution, an agreement to help rescue the environment of the Occupied Palestinian Territories and assistance for small island states to reduce their vulnerability to climate change were among the key agreements made at the end of an international environment ministers meeting which ended here at the weekend. Full text...

  • UN-Habitat moots NEPAD city project
    09 february 2003 09:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has proposed the formulation of a pilot project aimed at developing sustainable cities under the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) initiative. Full text...

  • UN agencies meet to consolidate support for NEPAD
    08 february 2003 19:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Five UN agencies met in Nairobi Saturday as part of efforts to consolidate resource support for the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Nigerian women discuss environment, health issues
    07 february 2003 15:19:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian women are meeting in Abuja under the aegis of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) to discuss the strengthening of women's roles in dealing with environment and health issues in the country. Full text...

  • Greece wants reinforced scientific base at UNEP
    07 february 2003 14:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The 22nd session of the governing council of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) ended here Friday with Greece strongly recommending an adequate scientific headquarters for the global environment agency. Full text...

  • Algeria proposes 2004 as International Year of the Deserts
    07 february 2003 10:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Conscious of the need to "raise public awareness and to protect the biodiversity and the traditional knowledge of persons affected by deserts," the Algerian government Friday requested the UN General Assembly to declare 2004 as International Year of the Deserts of the World. Full text...

  • South African students carry out air pollution study
    22 january 2003 19:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Environmental Affairs and Tourism Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi Wednesday stressed the importance of science education in the empowerment of students, saying that "scientifically trained people are intrinsically equipped for learning from experience. Full text...

  • Kenyan wildlife sanctuary experiences visitor boom
    21 january 2003 22:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in the Samburu Game Reserve of northern Kenya say the wildlife sanctuary, now made famous by a Lioness that has continuously adopted Oryx calves since December 2001, has been experiencing a significant increase in revenue collection. Full text...

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