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  • Flood kills eight in Northwestern Tunisia
    17 january 2003 23:19:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Eight people were killed during floods that hit Tunisia last weekend, according to an assessment made by the Tunisian press. Full text...

  • Organisations size up Durban summit on sustainable development
    17 january 2003 15:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Representatives of community- based organisations from South Africa and the Southern African region at large are meeting in Durban to reflect on last year's World Summit on Sustainable Development and on ways to forge concerted action towards regional development. Full text...

  • Malawi floods spread to two more districts
    17 january 2003 13:54:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's devastating floods, which have displaced thousands of people and destroyed crops in seven districts, have now hit two more districts in the perennial flood-prone southern Lower Shire Valley of the country. Full text...

  • Metal scrap trade booms following DR Congo volcano eruption
    17 january 2003 12:51:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Trade in vehicle scraps and other factory goods destroyed during DR Congo's volcanic eruption a year ago appears to be flourishing between the country and neighbouring Uganda. Full text...

  • Moves to protect sea birds from long-line fisheries
    16 january 2003 15:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) has drafted a National Plan of Action for reducing the incidental catch of seabirds in long-line fisheries. Full text...

  • Volunteer programme assists conservation in South Africa
    16 january 2003 11:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Wildlands Trust volunteer programme, widely seen as affording participants a chance to deeply experience a country and its people, is currently taking a second batch of environmental volunteers in KwaZulu-Natal province. Full text...

  • Mozambique hires helicopter for emergency services
    15 january 2003 20:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's National Disasters Management Institute has hired a helicopter from South Africa to carry food and other emergency supplies to areas in the northern province of Nampula badly hit by tropical depression "Delfina" earlier this month. Full text...

  • Northern, central Mozambique provinces on flood alert
    14 january 2003 18:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The National Water Board (DNA) in Mozambique has issued flood warnings for several rivers due to continuing heavy rains in northern and central parts of the country. Full text...

  • Governments earmark 573 m dollars for halving CFCs in Third World
    14 january 2003 16:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- One hundred and forty governments have adopted a 573-million US dollar package to halve the production of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in developing countries by the year 2005, according to a release from the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • Floods affect Tunisia after heavy downpour
    13 january 2003 22:16:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Heavy rains occurred in Tunisia last weekend causing floods in various areas, particularly the country's north-west. Full text...

  • African experts discuss persistent organic pollutants
    13 january 2003 18:44:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- About fifty environmental experts from Mauritania, as well as West African and Maghrebi countries are meeting here to draw up an inventory of persistent organic pollutants in Mauritania and the sub-region. Full text...

  • Yacht crew takes Earth Summit scroll to Rio
    13 january 2003 12:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- This year's Cape-to-Rio yacht race, which began in Cape Town at the weekend has special significance because a scroll with a report back on last year's Earth Summit in Johannesburg is on its way to Brazil. Full text...

  • Floods hit seventh district in Malawi
    13 january 2003 10:32:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least 3,000 families in the northern mountainous district of Rumphi have been rendered homeless following devastating floods over the weekend, a senior government official said Monday. Full text...

  • Reclamation of Nigeria's popular beach begins
    12 january 2003 14:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Construction giant Julius Berger has started the reclaiming Nigeria's popular Bar Beach, which has almost disappeared due to relentless surge of the Atlantic Ocean. Full text...

  • Cape Verde launches solid waste collection project Monday
    11 january 2003 20:51:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde is to launch an urban solid waste collection project in the nation's capital Praia Monday, official sources said Saturday. Full text...

  • Muluzi declares Malawi "State of Disaster"
    11 january 2003 11:00:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Making an appeal for emergency aid, Malawi President Bakili Muluzi declared Saturday that his country was in a "state of national disaster" following severe flooding that has left seven deaths and thousands homeless, in addition to destroying property. Full text...

  • Muluzi declares 'state of disaster' in Malawi
    11 january 2003 10:00:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Making an appeal for emergency aid, Malawi President Bakili Muluzi declared Saturday that his country was in a "state of national disaster" following severe flooding that has left seven deaths and thousands homeless, in addition to destroying property. Full text...

  • Congo hosts meeting for River Congo basin
    10 january 2003 20:32:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A meeting of development partners of the River Congo Basin has been going on in Brazzaville since Wednesday to prepare for upcoming consultations on the basin scheduled to be held in Paris, France, from 21 to 23 January. Full text...

  • Storm death toll rises in Mozambique
    09 january 2003 21:50:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The death toll related to tropical storms that have hit Mozambique over the past few days has risen to seven, the "Noticias" daily reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Tropical storm reported in Indian Ocean
    09 january 2003 19:06:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A moderate tropical storm named "Ebula" was reported Thursday morning around 900 km northeast of Rodrigues Island, 350 km northeast of Mauritius, according to meteorological sources in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Mountain fires threaten Cape Town suburb
    09 january 2003 18:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- More than 300 firefighters and volunteers have been fighting raging mountain fires threatening multi-million dollar houses in the popular Cape Town suburb of Camps Bay. Full text...

  • UNESCO sees underground water as solution to Africa's crisis
    09 january 2003 14:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Solutions to the water crisis in Africa and other continents may lay hidden underground, says UNESCO in a report obtained in Nairobi. Full text...

  • UNEP assists African nomads to conserve environment
    09 january 2003 11:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has launched a multi-million-dollar project to help nomads and communities in three African countries conserve native flowers, shrubs and trees, and boost their prospects. Full text...

  • Two woodcutters axe forest ranger to death in Ethiopia
    09 january 2003 08:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Two illegal woodcutters axed a forest ranger to death when he tried to prevent them from felling trees at a local state forest reserve in Ethiopia's in Kindo Ayesha district of Wolayita Zone, an Amharic language news paper reported here Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo to adopt action plan against organic pollutants
    08 january 2003 22:39:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese Environment minister Henri Djombo has launched a draft national action plan against persistent organic pollutants (POPs), an official source told PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Floods death toll reaches seven in Malawi
    08 january 2003 11:31:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- As the death tool reached seven from floods hitting six of Malawi's 27 districts, president Bakili Muluzi has planned an aerial survey of the devastated areas in a military helicopter Thursday. Full text...

  • UNEP leads international efforts to unravel soil secrets
    08 january 2003 09:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Scientists are to "go below ground" in seven tropical countries to search for the largest source of untapped life left on Earth in one of the biggest-ever efforts to collect and catalogue Tropical Bugs, Beetles, Fungi, Nematodes, Termites and Other Soil Dwelling Life Forms, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says in a press release. Full text...

  • Fuel-laden German-registered ship submerged in Sal bay
    07 january 2003 15:36:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- "Kemr Wieder," a ship belonging to a German national and carrying three tons of fuel, has been under water in Palmeira bay, Sal island, for over a week, Cape Verde's weekly "Horizonte" has reported. Full text...

  • Agency issues flood alert in Central Mozambique
    06 january 2003 19:03:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican National Water Board (DNA) has warned of possible flooding in the Licungo river basin in the country's central province of Zambezia. Full text...

  • Malawi floods kill two, injure many
    05 january 2003 10:03:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least two people were confirmed dead while several others were injured after two rivers in the central lakeshore district of Salima burst their banks following three days of a heavy downpour. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's early waning system ignores grassroots knowledge
    04 january 2003 12:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's early warning system has come under severe criticism for ignoring the accumulated experience of peasants and pastoralists in predicting natural disasters. Full text...

  • Mozambique prepares draft plan for limpopo national park
    03 january 2003 18:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican authorities have completed a draft plan for the management of what used to be "hunting areas 16 and 17" in Gaza province, now the the core of the three-nation Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Full text...

  • Crocodile instils fear along Bujumbura's lakeshore
    02 january 2003 22:18:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A huge crocodile recently killed five fishermen and swimmers along the shores of Lake Tanganyika west of Bujumbura, reviving memories of the terror the reptile has caused for several years now. Full text...

  • Storm "Delphina" hits Mozambican coastline
    02 january 2003 20:31:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Residents of Mozambique's east coast spent the New Year holidays under heavy rains and violent winds, caused by cyclone "Delphina" which has started to clear, according to Reunion specialised regional meteorological Centre (CMRS). Full text...

  • US Congressman visits Ethiopia on environmental issues
    02 january 2003 12:19:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- US Congressman Frank R. Full text...

  • Remnants of cyclone 'Delfina' may hit Mozambique
    02 january 2003 09:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Weather Bureau officials have warned that remnants of tropical cyclone "Delfina" could hit northern Mozambique by late Thursday. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau owes CILSS 28 million CFA francs
    02 january 2003 08:32:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau owes 28 million CFA francs in contribution arrears to the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), according to sources at the country's Agriculture Ministry. Full text...

  • Heavy rain ushers New Year in Kampala
    01 january 2003 20:04:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A heavy rain heralded the New Year in Kampala, with hundreds of residents suffering material losses at their business premises and homes in the Ugandan capital. Full text...

  • WWF, EU to protect Mediterranean ecosystem
    01 january 2003 18:30:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the European Union have launched a project in four countries to protect the Mediterranean coast. Full text...

  • 2 die in northern Malawi floods
    30 december 2002 16:06:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least two people have died from flush floods that destroyed many houses and displaced some 300 families in Malawi's northern border district of Karonga, officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Swazi tourism upbeat in festive season
    30 december 2002 09:49:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The authorities in Swaziland have reported an influx of foreign tourists coming in for the Christmas season and, more especially the Incwala ceremony, with Oshoek border gate recording more than 24,000 arrivals between 21 and 26 December. Full text...

  • NGO drags Ugandan government to Court over plastic bags
    28 december 2002 19:28:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Green Watch, an environmental NGO has petitioned a Kampala High Court accusing the Ugandan government of failure to control the manufacture and use of polythene bags in the country. Full text...

  • African lions feared endangered
    28 december 2002 12:49:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Lions, traditionally regarded as kings of the forest could become extinct in the major regions of Africa, according to research findings on African wildlife published by the 'New Scientist'. Full text...

  • Swiss government to set warning system on Nyiragongo volcano
    28 december 2002 12:41:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Swiss government has offered to set up a warning system in the Congolese town of Goma to alert the local population on any significant volcanic activity in the region, sources at the ministry of Environment indicated Friday in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Mauritius authorities end cyclone alert
    27 december 2002 19:12:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Weather officials in Mauritius Friday allayed fears of possible havoc after cyclone 'Crystal' brushed past the island at a distance of more than 100 km, causing no damage. Full text...

  • Wetland management training underway in Mauritania
    24 december 2002 21:16:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian ministry of Rural Development and Environment and the NGO Wetlands are conducting a seminar in Nouakchott on the management of wetlands, regarded as world heritage. Full text...

  • Severe tropical storm approaching Mauritius
    24 december 2002 18:07:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- "Crystal," a severe tropical storm, gusting at 20 km/h was approaching Mauritius Tuesday, according to meteorological officials. Full text...

  • ICRC boosts water supply in Burundian capital
    23 december 2002 23:53:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The water plant supplying Bujumbura will increase its capacity by over 53 percent thanks to funding from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the tune of 1. Full text...

  • Morocco restricts movement of oil tankers in its waters
    21 december 2002 18:39:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- To prevent an ecological disaster similar to the one caused by the "Prestige" oil tanker in neighbouring Spain, Morocco has tightened regulations guiding the passage of such vessels within its exclusive economic zone. Full text...

  • Morocco unveils $120-million plan to fight natural disasters
    19 december 2002 14:14:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco has designed a 1. Full text...

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