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  • 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...

  • Pretoria launches project to protect pre-historic fish
    13 april 2002 09:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has launched a major programme to research and protect an extremely rare pre-historic fish, which lives off the South African coast. Full text...

  • Mauritanian victims of off-season rains get FAO aid
    12 april 2002 08:46:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have signed an agreement for emergency assistance to farmers and breeders who suffered severely losses during an off-season rain last January. Full text...

  • Africa's Water Problems Hamper Development
    11 april 2002 19:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The forty worst water-famished countries in the world, in many of which an individual lives on just two gallons a day for all uses, can never escape poverty and achieve sustainable development without first addressing their water scarcity. Full text...

  • Group accuses Britain of destroying Africa's rainforest
    11 april 2002 11:58:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Volunteers of a UK-based environmental campaign group, Greenpeace, Wednesday stormed a Cabinet Office in London following revelations that government was about to install in the building, hundreds of new doors and windows made of wood from Africa's last rainforests. Full text...

  • Kenya's main export fish species on the decline
    08 april 2002 17:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan official says recent studies conducted on Lake Victoria, the water mass shared by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, indicate that the stocks of the main export fish, the Nile perch, were on the decline. Full text...

  • Industrial waste poses environmental threat in Addis Ababa
    07 april 2002 10:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nearly 2290 manufacturing industries operating in Addis Ababa and its outskirts have become a major environmental hazard to the Ethiopian capital, an expert study revealed Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenya bans borehole drilling in the Rift Valley
    06 april 2002 14:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities have imposed a total ban on the drilling of boreholes for irrigation purposes in the Naivasha area of the Rift Valley Province. Full text...

  • Zuma opens new dam in Swaziland
    05 april 2002 14:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma says the coming World Summit on Sustainable Development will be meaningless for Africans if it focuses only on classic environmental or green issues. Full text...

  • Ugandan conservationists criticise animal exportation
    05 april 2002 09:48:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Wildlife experts and conservationists have mounted pressure on Uganda Wildlife Authority to suspend the exportation of live animals. Full text...

  • Bangui's baby chimp moved to safety in Lusaka
    04 april 2002 17:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- International conservationists announced Thursday they had successfully mounted a rescue mission to save a badly beaten orphan baby chimpanzee from the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Desertification conference to focus Southern Africa
    04 april 2002 16:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Desertification 2002 Conference scheduled next week in Cape Town will place unprecedented attention on desertification in Southern Africa, an expert on desert research said. Full text...

  • Lake Victoria community takes issue with fishing ban
    03 april 2002 20:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Following a ban on the fishing of Omena in Lake Victoria, the local community can hardly afford the soup of dried fish that is eaten with the staple ugali (maize meal). Full text...

  • UN world summit organiser suspended over misconduct
    17 march 2002 18:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Jaqui Brown, the suspended chief executive of the UN world summit's civil society secretariat, will on Monday appear before a disciplinary hearing on charges of misconduct. Full text...

  • Developing countries' NGOs meet ahead of Earth Summit
    17 march 2002 12:59:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has called on countries of the South to review their partnership with developed countries on global environment, to eliminate the disadvantage of poor nations. Full text...

  • Kenya rehabilitates 11,000 acres of degraded forestland
    17 march 2002 11:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan environment ministry officials have said that its forestry department, in collaboration with the Lake Victoria Environment Programme (LVEMP), has in the past five years rehabilitated 11,000 acres of degraded land in the north Rift Valley district of Uasin Gishu District. Full text...

  • Liberian honoured for championing environmental protection
    15 march 2002 17:51:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A leading Liberian conservationist, Silas Siakor, has been awarded the prestigious Whitley Conservation Award for his contributions to the protection and preservation of the natural forests in Liberia. Full text...

  • Waste management in Cote d'Ivoire to cost 56 billion FCFA
    14 march 2002 16:51:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Environment minister Gilbert Bleu Laine has said the country would by 2010 need an estimated 56,000 million francs CFA (74. Full text...

  • Foreign Fleets Deplete Fish Stocks in West Africa
    14 march 2002 16:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Catches of some key fish stocks have been falling sharply off the West Coast of Africa with the decline being linked to over-fishing by foreign fleets, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan official urges end to wildlife-related conflicts
    14 march 2002 11:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Vice-President George Saitoti Thursday urged stakeholders in the country's wildlife sub-sector to seek sustainable methods of resolving wildlife-related conflicts in parts of the country. Full text...

  • Botswana plans culling its elephant herd
    13 march 2002 23:50:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana will seek CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) permission during the organisation's forthcoming conference to cull excess elephants for ivory. Full text...

  • British Environment Secretary visits projects in South Africa
    12 march 2002 21:46:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett is currently visiting South Africa to assess the country's efforts to build a sustainable future. Full text...

  • Kenya plans census in game sanctuaries
    12 march 2002 12:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), in conjunction with a local wildlife conservation and management body, has organised week long wild game census covering the northern Kenya districts of Laikipia, Samburu and Isiolo. Full text...

  • HABITAT upgrading eight African cities
    12 march 2002 07:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Nairobi-based UN settlement agency Habitant, has announced an ambitious programme to upgrade the standards of living of slum dwellers in eight African cities. Full text...

  • Africa's cleaner production practitioners to meet in Tanzania
    11 march 2002 22:51:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Decision makers in cleaner production and sustainable consumption from 16 African countries will meet this week in Arusha, Tanzania, to prepare a regional input for the forthcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Third Water Forum to focus on global solutions
    11 march 2002 15:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Third World Water Forum, to take place in Kyoto, Japan, in March 2003 will highlight action being taken to implement solutions to global water problems. Full text...

  • Strong tropical cyclone hits Madagascar
    11 march 2002 13:51:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Tropical cyclone 'Harry' Sunday morning hit the eastern coast of Madagascar, notably the north- eastern town of Antalaha. Full text...

  • Africa gets ecological management branch
    11 march 2002 09:33:00
    Sousse- Tunisia (PANA) -- The biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Management has set up a branch for Africa. Full text...

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