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  • Expert group peruses guidelines on use of biodiversity
    06 may 2003 14:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Experts representing parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity began meeting here Tuesday in the fourth and concluding workshop on the sustainable use of biological diversity. Full text...

  • Red Cross seeks relief for Comoros flood victims
    05 may 2003 22:36:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross in Reunion Monday appealed for relief aid to the people of Moheli, worst affected by recent floods that hit the Comoros islands. Full text...

  • Kenya pleads for more support to UN Habitat
    05 may 2003 19:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The government in Kenya pledged to increase contribution to the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), and urged other countries to increase predictable funding to make the agency more effective. Full text...

  • UN habitat head wants root causes of slums tackled
    05 may 2003 17:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Underlying factors that nourish and transmit inequality and poverty within slums must be addressed in order to have control over the world-wide phenomenon, the UN Habitat executive director Anna Tibaijuka said here Monday. Full text...

  • Local beliefs protect ecosystem in DR Congo
    05 may 2003 17:45:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- A survey by Congolese NGO 'Faune et Vie' has credited local beliefs and traditions with the effective protection of the ecosystem and bio-diversity in the southwestern province of Equator. Full text...

  • Mauritians on alert for Cyclone Manou
    05 may 2003 10:21:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritians have been put on alert for Cyclone Manou, which is likely to hit the northern part of the island in the next few days. Full text...

  • Kenya hosts UN Habitat governing council's meeting
    05 may 2003 09:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Delegates from 187 member states of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) gathered in Nairobi on Monday to attend the 19th governing council of the UN housing agency. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt launches disaster fund after flood kills 30
    04 may 2003 15:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government has launched a fund for flood victims as heavy rains continue to pound the East African nation, the death toll from flooding reached 30 on Sunday. Full text...

  • 22 die in Kenyan floods
    03 may 2003 15:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's death toll from flooding has reached 22 people, including an MP who drowned while trying to cross a swollen river in his car following heavy rains currently pounding the country. Full text...

  • Researchers find Nairobi too noisy
    02 may 2003 19:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Researchers have found that noise pollution in several parts of downturn Nairobi were in excess of the desirable levels conducive for business, the well being and good health of its residents. Full text...

  • Floods render 700 homeless in north-eastern Uganda
    02 may 2003 15:14:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Floods have rendered at least 700 people homeless in north-eastern Uganda's Kapchorwa district, a legislator from the area revealed Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan MP killed as rains wreak havoc
    01 may 2003 14:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan Member of Parliament, James Mutiso, was swept away to his death by floods Wednesday night as rains continued to wreak havoc in the country. Full text...

  • South African appointed to head Baghdad Zoo
    01 may 2003 13:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony has been appointed to administer whatever is left of the Baghdad Zoo following its ransacking after the overthrow of the Iraqi government. Full text...

  • World Environment Day fete set for Lebanon
    30 april 2003 23:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lebanon, a country whose fabled cedar trees have been revered since the seafaring days of the Phoenicians, will host this year's World Environment Day, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Forestry exploitation compounds poaching in Gabon
    30 april 2003 23:06:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Forestry exploitation is fostering the poaching of wildlife in areas formerly inaccessible to village hunters, according to a study published by the Central Africa regional office of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). Full text...

  • Absence of latrines exposes Ugandans to health hazards
    30 april 2003 21:43:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- About half of the Ugandan population lacks access to pit latrines, Environmental Health Commissioner Paul Luyima noted Wednesday, warning that this poses a serious threat to public health. Full text...

  • Experts discuss convention to manage Lake Tanganyika
    29 april 2003 23:39:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Environmentalists in Burundi are currently discussing a convention on the sustainable management of the waters of Lake Tanganyika, which is shared by Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and DR Congo. Full text...

  • Comoran Island of Moheli declared disaster area
    29 april 2003 23:22:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The Comoros' flood-hit island of Moheli has been declared a disaster area by the local government following heavy rains in the region. Full text...

  • Central Africa launches new forest management initiative
    29 april 2003 22:53:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A new project dubbed Partnership Network for the Sustainable Management of Central African Forests has been launched in Libreville, Gabon. Full text...

  • Environmental crisis threatens NEPAD, says Zambian minister
    29 april 2003 17:20:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Zambia's Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources minister, Patrick Kalifungwa, said Tuesday that growth efforts of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) could only succeed if environmental policies were fully implemented at the regional level. Full text...

  • Coal firm in KwaZulu-Natal initiates conservation project
    29 april 2003 08:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Richard's Bay Coal Terminal in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province -- the largest coal terminal in the world -- is engaged in a unique move to involve a nearby rural community in a conservation project. Full text...

  • Kenyan alkaline Lake Elementaita faces extinction
    28 april 2003 15:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's alkaline Lake Elementaita in the eastern Rift Valley is threatened by silting caused by the massive destruction of vegetation and inappropriate human activity along its shores and catchment area. Full text...

  • Nigeria temporarily reclaims eroded Bar beach in Lagos
    28 april 2003 12:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has reclaimed the nation's foremost Bar beach, lost to the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean, following the completion of a two billion Naira (over US$15. Full text...

  • South African govt outlaws flimsy plastic shopping bags
    28 april 2003 10:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African shoppers will have to find other ways of carrying the items they buy when the law banning thin plastic carrier bags comes into effect in May. Full text...

  • France sends SOS to G8 for Africa's development
    28 april 2003 09:04:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- In their meeting held ahead of the next summit in the French town of Evian for the world's eight most industrialised nations (G8), environment ministers of the G8 have called for expanded co-operation between rich countries and Africa in water and energy sectors. Full text...

  • Destruction rates of Kenya's forests now dropping - UN Report
    27 april 2003 11:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The level of destruction of Mount Kenya's forests, the source of the country's major rivers, has dropped substantially since 1999, a UN report on changes in the state of conservation of the country's forests reveals. Full text...

  • G8 Ministers enlightened on NEPAD's environment constituent
    26 april 2003 21:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese Environment and Public Hygiene Minister Modou Diagne Fada enlightened his counterparts at the G8 countries meeting Saturday in Paris on the progress of the sustainable development constituent of NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa's Development). Full text...

  • Libya, DR Congo sign accord on electricity, water supply
    26 april 2003 20:26:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Authorities in Tripoli and Kinshasa ended their second joint commission meeting here Friday with the signing of a co-operation agreement on electricity and the drainage of the waters of the Congo's Anja dam to the Libya. Full text...

  • Nigerian conservationist saves turtle in rare case
    26 april 2003 16:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A turtle caught by some fishermen in Lekki, near Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, was saved by a local conservationist in a rare display of animal protection in a country where wildlife is yet to become a frontline issue. Full text...

  • South African minister chair sustainable development session
    26 april 2003 11:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa will chair the 11th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in New York, a follow-up to the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Full text...

  • EU earmarks 1 billion Euros for ACP countries' water fund
    25 april 2003 19:53:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Commission has earmarked one billion euros to create a Special Water Fund for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, a communiqué said Thursday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Global Greens want UN headquarters moved from US
    25 april 2003 15:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Delegates to the Global Green Movement summit here on Friday condemned the US occupation of Iraq and urged the UN to move its headquarters from New York to a country which would respect the body's rules and recommendations. Full text...

  • G-8 ministers promise to promote access to water in Africa
    24 april 2003 21:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Development and co-operation ministers from the world's eight most industrialised nations (G-8) ended a two-day meeting here with a promise to help African countries halve the number of people without access to clean potable water by the year 2015. Full text...

  • UNEP focuses environmental degradation in Iraq
    24 april 2003 17:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A new report by the Nairobi-based UN Environment Programme on environmental conditions in post-war Iraq offers a preliminary assessment of the main environmental threats facing that country, and recommends actions for immediate relief and long-term recovery. Full text...

  • Mali hosts workshop to discuss water
    24 april 2003 17:09:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali is hosting a three-day subregional workshop focusing on water as a critical issue in West Africa. Full text...

  • Bush meat trade threatens African primate species
    23 april 2003 19:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Man's avarice for bush meat is threatening to extinct the closest of his cousins -­ the primates, according to a report published by Traffic, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and World Conservation Union (IUCN) unit that monitors international trade in wildlife products. Full text...

  • Eight killed as buildings collapsed in Nigeria
    23 april 2003 18:41:00
    Lagos- Nigerian (PANA) -- Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) officials Wednesday confirmed that eight people died from one of the three buildings which collapsed after a rainstorm hit Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos last weekend. Full text...

  • South African NGO heads for Baghdad Zoo
    23 april 2003 14:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A private South African mission to assess the condition of animals in Iraq's National Zoo has become the first NGO to enter the battered Gulf country from neighbouring Kuwait. Full text...

  • Nairobi hosts 3-day Global Greens summit
    22 april 2003 17:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Some 300 delegates from 23 countries around the world Tuesday convened the Global Green Movement Summit here co-hosted Kenya's Green Belt Movement, Global Green Movement and the Green Group of the European Parliament. Full text...

  • Kenya explores new ways to conserve forest
    22 april 2003 16:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is exploring the possibility of using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for domestic consumption and reducing total dependence on forestland for energy sources, the minister of environmental conservation said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cape Town hosts African Water Council
    22 april 2003 13:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- More than 50 delegates of the Union of African Water Suppliers (UAWS) began their Scientific and Technical Council meeting here Tuesday, to prepare for the UAWS Congress due next February in Ghana. Full text...

  • UDNP allots $22m for bio-diversity project in Algeria
    21 april 2003 16:12:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The UNDP has announced plans to invest initially $3. Full text...

  • Re-elected Lagos governor targets end to flooding
    21 april 2003 15:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Lagos governor Bola Tinubu, re-elected to another four-year term Sunday, has vowed to tackle flooding of the Nigerian economic nerve centre, following havoc wreaked by flooding in recent days. Full text...

  • 23 chimps return to DR Congo national park
    20 april 2003 18:37:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Conservationists have returned 23 chimpanzees to DR Congo's Kahuzi Biega national park after retrieving them from city dwellers who had domesticated the wild animals. Full text...

  • Hunting of monkey, turtles outlawed in Equatorial Guinea
    19 april 2003 19:30:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea's Environment Ministry has declared illegal the hunting of monkeys and turtles on the country's Bioko Island, a move designed to protect the species threatened by hunters and smugglers, sources close to the ministry said. Full text...

  • Experts meet on West Africa's "protected areas"
    19 april 2003 19:03:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 100 researchers and conservationists from Africa and other parts of the world are participating in an ongoing international meeting on the management of protected areas in West Africa, at the northern Benin town of Parakou, the national news agency, ABP, reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria seeks to expand wetland sites
    18 april 2003 15:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has begun the process of increasing its wetland sites from only one in Hadeija-Nguru in northern Jigawa state to other potential areas in the southern Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • Int'l mission to rescue Iraqi zoos
    17 april 2003 14:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An international team of veterinary and conservation experts departed South Africa Wednesday on an emergency mission to assess the condition of animals in Baghdad's zoos. Full text...

  • South Africa prepares to host 5th World Parks Congress
    16 april 2003 07:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Minister of Environment, Mohamed Valli Moosa said plans were on track for the hosting of the 5th World Parks Congress (WPC) in Durban later this year. Full text...

  • Plan to protect big apes in Central Africa, Asia discussed
    15 april 2003 22:28:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A survival plan to protect big apes threatened with extinction in the Congo and the rest of Central Africa will be implemented soon, Congolese Minister of Forestry, Economy and Environment, Henri Djombo, said in Brazzaville on Tuesday. Full text...

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