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  • UN member states to unveil new initiative to reduce poverty
    06 october 2012 14:41:50
    New York, US (PANA) - When delegates gather in India for the 11th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) next week, a new initiative will be unveiled to help countries meet some of their obligations under the legally-binding treaty to reduce poverty. Full text...

  • New tool to help join-up policies to cut poverty, conserve biodiversity
    05 october 2012 10:37:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As thousands of delegates gather in India for the 11th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) next week, a new initiative will be unveiled to help countries meet some of their obligations under the legally-binding treaty, while also reducing poverty, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said Friday. Full text...

  • World Bank gives Niger FCFA 102b for environment
    04 october 2012 11:45:28
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved US$203 million for Niger to enable the West African country to complete the Niger Basin Water Resources Development and Sustainable Ecosystems Management Programme, the government said in a statement. Full text...

  • Gambia again bans re-export of wood
    01 october 2012 13:51:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Gambia has placed a permanent ban on the re-export of wood from the West African country, the government announced in a statement received here by PANA Monday. Full text...

  • Nepali forestry activist receives Wangari Maathai Award
    28 september 2012 08:46:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The first-ever Wangari Maathai Award was given Thursday to a forestry activist from Nepal, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, to recognise his efforts to promote community forest management. Full text...

  • Nigerian official warns Lake Nyos in Cameroon could collapse
    27 september 2012 15:11:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday raised the alarm on the possibility of the collapse of Lake Nyos in Western Cameroon. Full text...

  • Forests vital resource in sustainable development, says FAO chief
    25 september 2012 14:05:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva has stressed the important role of forestry in sustainable development. Full text...

  • Rights groups seek probe of toxic waste dumping in Cote d'Ivoire
    25 september 2012 13:08:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International and Greenpeace have called for a probe, in the UK, of Trafigura, the multinational company behind the 2006 dumping of toxic waste in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Flood displaces 73,000 in Nigerian state
    25 september 2012 12:46:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 73,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Nigeria's central state of Kogi, according to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). Full text...

  • Locally controlled forestry: Guide to mutually-beneficial results
    24 september 2012 06:25:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The most detailed discussions to date between investors and forest rights-holders have resulted in new guidance for investments that can create a ‘triple win’ of returns for investors, livelihood security for local communities and protection for forests, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said Monday. Full text...

  • Flood in northern Cameroon displaces 6,000
    23 september 2012 11:58:19
    Maga, Cameroon (PANA) - Flooding that has affected six of Cameroon's 11 districts has left 6,000 people displaced in Maga, the most affected district. Full text...

  • Maurtanian govt offers 200 plots of land to disabled people
    20 september 2012 17:53:31
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – On the basis of an agreement signed Wednesday involving the ministry of Housing, the Department of Social Affairs, Infancy and Family and the Mauritanian Federation of the National Disabled People's Associations (FMANPH), the Mauritanian government has offered 200 plots of land to the disabled persons for housing purposes, PANA learnt Thursday from official sources. Full text...

  • Mauritius organizes campaign on energy efficiency
    20 september 2012 16:28:58
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian government is to organize a one-week campaign on energy efficiency from 24-30 September with the slogan: "More with less energy", an official source told PANA here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Worst flooding in 80 years affects millions in Niger
    20 september 2012 15:33:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International aid agency Oxfam on Thursday warned that devastating floods in Niger are affecting more than 500,000 people, most of whose basic needs are not being met. Full text...

  • Workshop on sustainable energy in Africa begins in Kenya
    19 september 2012 22:52:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Leading experts in energy from the African Union, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the private sector and development partners are in Nairobi, Kenya, for a three-day workshop from Wednesday to brainstorm on ways to explore how the continent can harness more of its resources to deliver sustainable energy for Africans. Full text...

  • President Paul Biya consoles flood victims in northern Cameroon
    19 september 2012 16:32:39
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroonian President Paul Biya, was due in Garoua, the capital of the Northern Province, Wednesday to console victims of the massive floods that reportedly left 14 people dead and uprooted 20,000 others from their homes, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Fresh floods displace about 13,500 in 30 communities in north-eastern Nigeria
    18 september 2012 21:26:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A new wave of floods have hit the north-eastern Nigerian State of Taraba with the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) registering 13,428 internally displaced people in 30 communities that have been submerged by flood waters. Full text...

  • Mauritius hosts int'l hydrographic conference
    18 september 2012 14:34:55
    Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius (PANA) - The ninth Conference of the Southern Africa and Islands Hydrographic Commission (SAIHC) opened Tuesday at Flic en Flac, western Mauritius, with some 30 delegates participating. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt constitutes committee on impact of floods on citizens
    15 september 2012 17:26:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government Saturday announced the constitution of a special committee to assess the impact of flooding on the people, especially in North Central Nigeria. Full text...

  • Kikwete tells African ministers to tackle rich nations on global warming
    14 september 2012 16:45:15
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has challenged African environment ministers to put industrial nations to task for their slow action to reverse degradation of the global environment and the rising global warming. Full text...

  • Greenpeace urges SA to emulate Japan on phase-out of nuclear energy
    14 september 2012 15:02:24
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Greenpeace Africa has urged South Africa to emulate Japan which has announced it will phase out nuclear energy by 2030 and increase renewable energy by 30% in the electricity mix. Full text...

  • Africa’s youth demand guidance for their role in sustainable development
    14 september 2012 12:20:45
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa’s youth Friday called on the continent’s leadership to urgently come up with clear guidelines on the constructive participation of citizen stakeholder groups in the sustainable development of Africa. Full text...

  • AMCEN session agrees to promote environmental education for all
    14 september 2012 08:32:22
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - African environment ministers due to end a three-day meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, Friday, have declared their resolve to develop an action plan for environmental education and training that will cover formal and non-formal education in their countries. Full text...

  • Death toll from Niger floods hits 81
    13 september 2012 18:16:16
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The death toll from the floods that ravaged Niger in the last couple of days has risen to 81, according to a report published here Tuesday by the Niger office of the humanitarian organisation, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA-Niger). Full text...

  • GEF chief underlines transformation in environmental management
    13 september 2012 15:57:01
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) – The world needs a transformational change to the way global environment is managed and such change will be most needed to Africa, Global Environment Facility (GEF) chairperson and chief executive, Naoko Ishii, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UNEP hails Africa’s role in reversing depletion of ozone layer
    13 september 2012 14:11:47
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Thursday paid tribute to all African countries for their contribution to the success of the Montreal Protocol adopted in 1987 to phase out substances that deplete the ozone layer. Full text...

  • Cash-strapped AMCEN trust fund worries African environment ministers
    13 september 2012 11:13:09
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) is seeking to beef up its cash-strapped Trust Fund with improved infusion of funds by member countries, PANA learnt here Thursday. Full text...

  • AMCEN approves Burkina Faso’s proposal on Great Green Wall for Sahara
    12 september 2012 16:12:35
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) – Following the validation of the Pan-African Agency of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative last month, a move is being made here to transform it into a specialised agency of the African Union Commission (AUC). Full text...

  • Poor financing cripples Africa’s environment action plan
    12 september 2012 07:34:48
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - Despite increased attention given to the NEPAD Environment Initiative over the past decade, securing adequate funding for it remains a serious challenge, according to a review of the plan's implementation due to be discussed here at the 14th session of the African Ministerial Council on Environment (AMCEN). Full text...

  • Africa roots for upgraded, strengthened UNEP
    11 september 2012 16:04:05
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) – The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) should be strengthened and upgraded as an organisation if the forthcoming 67th session of the General Assembly agrees with Africa’s proposal, according to a draft decision to be put before the African Ministerial Council on Environment (AMCEN) here this week. Full text...

  • African experts propose additional flagship programmes for post Rio+20
    11 september 2012 15:51:25
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) – African environment experts, meeting here Tuesday, have come up with a list of 10 flagship programmes they say is vital for supporting the continent in meeting outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in June this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Full text...

  • Nigeria to launch anti-desertification project in Oct.
    11 september 2012 13:45:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Beset with a desert encroachment at the rate of 0.6 km per year, Nigeria will next month launch a project that will help combat the menace, in collaboration with other African countries. Full text...

  • Africa's 3rd longest river threatens 500 communities in Nigeria
    11 september 2012 13:05:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - River Niger, Africa's third longest river after the Nile and the Congo River, threatens 500 communities located along its plains in Nigeria, as its swells to the highest level in 29 years, according to Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Full text...

  • Environment ministers to clear way for Africa’s post Rio+20 process
    11 september 2012 12:12:04
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa’s sustainable development agenda being pursued in the wake of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) needs enhanced political visibility, according to a draft declaration hammered out here Tuesday at the experts' meeting preceding the 14th session of the African Ministerial Council on Environment (AMCEN). Full text...

  • Workshop on waste management in Africa opens in Mauritius
    10 september 2012 20:10:58
    Flic-en-Flac (Mauritius) - A four-day regional workshop on waste management, which brings together representatives of governments, local communities, civil society and operators of cemeteries from 21 sub-Saharan African countries opened on Monday in Wolmar, Western Mauritius. Full text...

  • Nigeria flooding: NEMA orders evacuation along River Niger plains
    10 september 2012 17:32:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning alert over the risk of flooding from the Kainji and Jebba dams along the River Niger, ordering an immediate evacuation of citizens living in communities along the River Niger plains. Full text...

  • Green economy takes hold in African countries
    10 september 2012 14:54:11
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) – In the light of the growing interest in green economy transition, African countries are seeking external support to have consolidated, reliable and up-to-date environment information that could feed into national planning processes, according to a working document prepared for the African Ministerial Council on Environment (AMCEN) meeting here this week. Full text...

  • African nations slow to ratify global treaty on genetic resources
    10 september 2012 12:30:09
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - Though in need of financial support to protect their environment, African countries are slow to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) from the utilisation of genetic resources, the continent’s environment experts meeting here were informed Monday. Full text...

  • SA cabinet lifts moratorium on controversial gas exploration method
    10 september 2012 12:08:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane's announcement over the weekend, that the Cabinet has lifted the moratorium on the use of the controversial hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to explore for shale gas in the Karoo desert, has brought the issue back to the spotlight. Full text...

  • Experts meet ahead of African environment ministers gathering in Tanzania
    10 september 2012 10:02:57
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - African countries need to continue working in harmony and understanding as they seek ways to tackle environmental challenges caused by climate change, according to experts attending the 14th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) here. Full text...

  • Heavy rains cause floods in Senegal
    07 september 2012 22:16:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Several districts of the Senegalese capital, Dakar, are flooded after heavy rains lashed the city on Friday afternoon. Full text...

  • 'Forests under local control increase incomes, sustainability'
    07 september 2012 14:51:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The current model for investment in forests must be turned on its head in order to increase the incomes of many of the billion forest-dependent people worldwide, according to a new report released Friday at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s World Conservation Congress being held in Jeju, South Korea. Full text...

  • One billionth certified emission reduction issued under KP
    07 september 2012 14:44:45
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The one billionth certified emission reduction (CER) credit, under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), will be issued Friday, marking an impressive milestone for the world’s leading greenhouse gas offset mechanism. Full text...

  • Tanzania’s weather agency forecasts high rainfall
    06 september 2012 14:11:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – An above-normal rainfall is expected to drench many parts of Tanzania between October and December 2012 with a possible outbreak of waterborne diseases, the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) cautioned in a forecast Thursday. Full text...

  • Rainbow Warrior opens doors to Durban public
    06 september 2012 13:13:45
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Greenpeace’s latest and most environmentally-friendly ship -- the Rainbow Warrior -- has opened its doors to the public in Durban, South Africa, as Greenpeace Africa looks back at the COP 17 summit in the East coast city. Full text...

  • Action urged on climate change crisis
    06 september 2012 11:56:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and the Africa Group have urged countries around the world to fulfill their responsibility to address the climate change crisis. Full text...

  • Mali PM lays foundation stone for water pumping station
    05 september 2012 22:25:26
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's Prime minister, Cheick Modibo Diarra, on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for a 9.4 billion FCFA water pumping station in Kabala, south-western Bamako. Full text...

  • Focus shifts to Doha as Bangkok concludes climate change talks
    05 september 2012 17:45:03
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The latest round of the UN climate change talks ended Wednesday in Bangkok, Thailand, with some progress made but still with mixed feelings as to whether Full text...

  • Negotiators at Bangkok climate talks make progress ahead of Doha conference
    05 september 2012 11:44:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A week-long informal climate talks in Bangkok, Thailand, ended Wednesday with concrete progress on key issues across all three negotiating groups that met, setting a firmer base for decisions that will be made at the UN Climate Change Conference this year, in Doha, Qatar. Full text...

  • Africa environment ministers to meet in Arusha
    05 september 2012 10:47:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African ministers responsible for environment issues will hold their 14th conference 10-14 September 2012 in Arusha, Tanzania, to deliberate on, among other things, implementation of agreements reached at the UN Sustainable Development Conference held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last June. Full text...

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