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  • Tripoli hosts meeting on oil and gas technologies
    03 june 2002 23:20:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Representatives of several Western oil companies continued a three-day meeting in Tripoli Monday, to discuss oil and gas technologies, environmental protection and prospects of the energy sector in Libya. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches environment protection campaign
    03 june 2002 20:57:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Protection of the environment is neither a luxury nor optional, it is compulsory, Mauritius Minister of the Environment Rajesh Bhagwan has said. Full text...

  • Kenyan firms need tax incentives to preserve the environment
    03 june 2002 16:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ahead of the celebration of the World Environment Day Thursday, some Kenyan entrepreneurs have proposed tax incentives to Companies with good environment management policies. Full text...

  • Libya hosts conference on ground water in Africa
    03 june 2002 09:17:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A three-day international conference on the management of the ground water in Africa opened Sunday in Tripoli at the behest of the Libyan Water Authority in conjunction with UNESCO. Full text...

  • Malian, Guinean experts urge preservation of River Niger
    31 may 2002 23:37:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Experts from Mali and Guinea meeting in the Malian town of Koulikoro (70 km from Bamako) at the 5th session of the Upper Niger Hydro-ecological Management Project have urged for more funding for the project. Full text...

  • Nairobi City Council to refine sewage for irrigation
    30 may 2002 22:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya, (PANA) -- The Nairobi City Council intended to refine sewage water for urban farming if talks with the UN Habitat to fund a pilot project on irrigation succeeds. Full text...

  • Heat wave in Sudan keeps sniffing dogs off de-mining operation
    30 may 2002 22:16:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- High temperatures have slowed down the activity of dogs sniffing for mines buried in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) of the Nuba Mountains region in southwestern Sudan, observers monitoring the cease-fire in the area indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan gets OAU grant to restore forests
    29 may 2002 21:38:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The OAU has offered Sudan some 138,000 US dollars to complete the rehabilitation of forests in the country's Eastern District of Kasala, damaged by thousands of Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees in the region. Full text...

  • El Nino expected in Indian Ocean region in September
    29 may 2002 16:34:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Island nations in the Indian Ocean region are expected to be affected by the 'El Nino" climatic phenomenon by next September, Mauritian meteorologists disclosed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sustainable Development summit's preparations underway
    29 may 2002 14:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The fourth and final preparatory committee meeting of the World Summit on Sustainable Development has started in Bali, Indonesia. Full text...

  • Senegal's minister for African environmental ties
    28 may 2002 17:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's youth, environment and public hygiene Minister Modou Fada Diagne on Monday urged African countries to enhance co-operation in environment protection to promote sustainable development. Full text...

  • Kenyan families benefit from renewable energy project
    27 may 2002 20:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 1,500 families in Kenya's Meru North District have benefited from an African Rural Energy Enterprise Development Project sponsored by UN Development Programme (UNDP). Full text...

  • South Africa's decision to resume whaling criticised
    27 may 2002 12:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Conservationists have expressed shock at South Africa's decision to vote for the resumption of commercial whaling at the meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Japan last week. Full text...

  • Liberia, UNDP sign biodiversity pact
    24 may 2002 19:05:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Liberian government and UNDP have signed an agreement to assist Liberia develop a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP), an environmental commission official said Friday in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Kenya calls for global environmental ethics
    24 may 2002 18:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Environment Minister, Joseph Kamotho, said Friday that humanity should repair the huge damage it has done to the environment, or face the consequences of increasing natural disasters. Full text...

  • Nigeria gets environment grant from UN agency
    24 may 2002 13:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Global Environment Facility (GEF), a UN agency, has granted Nigeria 15 million dollars for the acquisition of environment-friendly technology in the foam and air conditioning trade sector, a Nigerian official said. Full text...

  • UNEP Issues Alert on Africa's Environmental Health
    22 may 2002 23:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Poor land use, unchecked logging and bad fishing practices are some of the issues the African continent has to address urgently in order to avert a major crisis already facing it, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) warned Wednesday in a statement. Full text...

  • UNEP Report Details Dire State of Global Environment
    22 may 2002 22:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 70-percent of the Earth's land surface could be affected by the impacts of roads, mining, cities and other infrastructure developments in the next 30 years unless urgent action is taken, the UN Environment Programme, UNEP, said Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa moves to check air, water, soil pollution
    22 may 2002 17:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Mary Metcalfe, Local Minister of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Land Affairs in South Africa's Gauteng Province, has outlined priorities for the 2002-2003 financial year with minimisation of air, water and soil pollution high on her agenda. Full text...

  • Kenyan students discuss biotechnology options
    22 may 2002 12:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Some 200 students from schools in and around Nairobi gathered at the United Nations Complex at Gigiri, on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Wednesday, in a brainstorming session on various aspects of biotechnology. Full text...

  • Reunion to attend Johannesburg Earth Summit
    22 may 2002 09:44:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion's President Paul Verges will represent the "European peripheral" regions at the August World Earth Summit in South Africa, Reunion's Communication Service said in a statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya on the verge of making chemicals, drugs from herbs
    21 may 2002 22:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is on the brink of making a breakthrough in the manufacture of pesticides, crop storage chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs from extracts of the Neem tree, a leading environmentalist disclosed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Algeria to spend 971 million dollars on environment
    20 may 2002 21:50:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria will soon launch a 971 million US dollar programme aimed at improving the country's environmental situation, the minister of the environment Cherif Rahmani told a seminar in Algiers Sunday. Full text...

  • IFAW moves to the rescue of Zimbabwe's drought-stricken wildlife
    20 may 2002 16:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) reported Monday that it was helping to keep water holes filled in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, one of Africa's largest game reserves, following southern Africa's worst drought in ten years. Full text...

  • Kenya to exploit its natural resources' economic value
    20 may 2002 11:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's minister for environment, Joseph Kamotho, said Monday that the government recognised the economic value of its natural resources, particularly forests, and was in the process of integrating the values into the national accounting system. Full text...

  • Floods disrupt schooling, cause accidents in Kenya
    20 may 2002 09:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Floods have made schools inaccessible to hundreds of pupils in Kenya's parts of Lake Victoria basin a fortnight after they re-opened for a second term. Full text...

  • Environmentalists complain about damage from elephants
    18 may 2002 18:51:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Four Southern African countries have expressed concern over the destruction of the eco-system by an exploding elephant population. Full text...

  • Algerian capital to have 11 desalination plants
    30 april 2002 23:57:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The authorities of the Algiers prefecture have decided to provide the Algerian capital with 11 sea water desalination plants of 1500 cubic metre each to make up for the acute water shortage in the area. Full text...

  • Heavy rains pound Kenyan cities
    30 april 2002 19:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Heavy rains pounded Nairobi, its environs and other parts of Kenya Monday night, leaving floods in many places. Full text...

  • Authorities crackdown on illegal fishing in Lake Victoria
    29 april 2002 11:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan fishing authorities Monday said they burnt outlawed nets and other fishing gears that local fishermen were caught using at the weekend on Lake Victoria, shared by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Full text...

  • Scientist warns of Lake Victoria's degradation in East Africa
    26 april 2002 09:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An environmental scientist with the Nairobi based International Centre for Research in Agro-Forestry (ICRAF) has warned that Lake Victoria is threatened by urban and industrial pollution as well as rampant soil erosion at its water sources. Full text...

  • First regional conservation forum set for Kenya
    26 april 2002 08:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Some 120 delegates from eastern Africa and beyond gather in Nairobi Tuesday to deliberate on the need to form partnerships in implementing conservation initiatives. Full text...

  • Drought threatens millions in southern Africa
    25 april 2002 21:10:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A major disaster could occur if desperately needed food aid does not arrive in the drought ravaged southern African region in the next three months, the United Nations warned in Johannesburg Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya launches new conservation project
    25 april 2002 19:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A forestry and natural resources conservation project has been launched within the Arabuko Sokoke forests in Kenya's coast province. Full text...

  • Cameroonian forests on rapid depletion course
    23 april 2002 19:47:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Clearance for agricultural purposes, illegal logging and bush fires cause the depletion of 100,000 hectares of forest yearly in Cameroon, a forum on local forest management heard in Yaounde Cameroon, which had 22. Full text...

  • Africa Braces for World Summit on Sustainable Development
    23 april 2002 18:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About 50 African experts Tuesday started a four-day consultation in Dakar on how Africa's contribution to the forthcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development could be enhanced. Full text...

  • Djibouti releases Ethiopia's chemical containers
    22 april 2002 19:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Djibouti port authorities have at last agreed to release containers of 220 tonnes of chemicals imported last year from Britain by Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation. Full text...

  • Poor forest management could cost Cameroon World Bank aid
    20 april 2002 15:21:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The World Bank has threatened to drop aid to Cameroon if the government does not act quickly to prosecute offending logging companies and root out corruption in the industry. Full text...

  • Aged, overweight crocodiles find Ugandan fishermen easy prey
    20 april 2002 10:23:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- An increasing population of aged and overweight crocodiles on the shores of Lake Victoria in eastern Uganda have turned to preying on people, especially fishermen, killing over 64 since September last year. Full text...

  • UN Conference adopts Global Guidelines on Genetic resources
    19 april 2002 15:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ministers from 166 countries and other stakeholders attending a conference on the environment wound up their deliberations at The Hague Friday, after charting a course for global action on biological diversity for the decade. Full text...

  • African conference pledges to reduce water scarcity
    17 april 2002 18:14:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The African water conference ended in Accra Wednesday with a declaration calling for a series of concrete actions to reduce by 75 percent the number of Africans without access to safe water by 2025. Full text...

  • Kenya, Uganda squabbling over lake borders
    17 april 2002 14:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan and Ugandan officials are mutually accusing one another of allowing fishermen to encroach each other's fishing boundaries and islands on Lake Victoria. Full text...

  • UNEP Warns of Impending Deluge from Melting Glacial Lakes
    17 april 2002 09:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Nearly 50 lakes, high in the Himalayas, could burst their banks sending millions of gallons of deadly floodwaters swirling down valleys, putting at risk tens of thousands of lives, the UN Environment Programme warned Wednesday citing various reports from scientists. Full text...

  • President Gbagbo proposes ECOWAS Forest Summit
    17 april 2002 00:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo called Tuesday in Dakar for a Forest Summit under the aegis of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), "to check the degradation of forest resources and settle land disputes in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Water hyacinth threatens life around Niger River
    16 april 2002 17:26:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Nearly 20 years after it was introduced in Niger, apparently because of the beauty of its flowers, water hyacinth, has invaded the Niger River area threatening aquatic life. Full text...

  • Kenya loses seven White Rhinos to Trypanosomiasis
    16 april 2002 12:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has lost seven of 20 white rhinos donated to the country by South Africa eight years ago, the local media reported Tuesday quoting the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS). Full text...

  • Algeria, Libya cooperate in water management
    16 april 2002 11:26:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria and Libya have announced plans to form a technical committee charged with studying the rational use of their common water resources in Algeria's south-east Debdeb-Ghedames region, a reliable source in Algiers said. Full text...

  • Row brews over Kenya's monkey conservation project
    15 april 2002 11:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- About 200 families have threatened to reclaim the ancestral lands they gave up last year in Kenya's Tana River district of Coast province to pave way for the conservation of a rare species of monkeys. Full text...

  • Algeria gets 99 million-dollar water supply loan
    15 april 2002 10:54:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria and the Arab Social Development Fund signed Sunday a loan agreement under which Algiers will get 30 million Kuwaiti dinars (99 million USD) to finance a major water supply project. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Commission gives Mauritius oil spill cleaner
    15 april 2002 09:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has given an oil spill combat equipment to the Mauritius Ports Authority under the Western Indian Ocean Islands Regional Oil Spill Contingency Planning Project. Full text...

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