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  • 10th conference of Abidjan Convention held in Congo
    13 november 2012 12:21:31
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The 10th Conference of the Parties to the Abidjan Convention relating to the protection, management and development of the marine and coastal environment of the Atlantic coast of Africa opened in Pointe-Noire, Congo, Monday, with the participation of ministers from over 20 African countries. Full text...

  • Environment ministers from 5 SADC member States meet in Zambia
    12 november 2012 15:57:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Environment ministers from Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are slated to meet Wednesday in Livingstone, Zambia, to dialogue on fostering trans-national collaboration and cooperation among the states. Full text...

  • Gauteng Civil Society marches for Nuclear-free SA
    11 november 2012 10:49:41
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Thousands of people from civil society groups across Gauteng on Saturday took part in a march to protest against South Africa’s nuclear expansion plans. Full text...

  • 4 Africa-based projects selected by UNFCCC secretariat
    07 november 2012 14:16:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The UN Climate Change secretariat Wednesday announced that nine projects, four of them based in Africa, have been selected in the latest round of public-private “lighthouse activities” in developing countries which combat climate change and help the urban poor. Full text...

  • International community tasked on post-2015 development priorities
    06 november 2012 08:37:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children Fund (UNICEF), UN Women, Government of Finland, WaterAid and the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation have called on the international community to place equality, human rights and sustainability as the foundation of the post-2015 development priorities. Full text...

  • UNEP highlights cost of deforestation on Kenya's economy
    05 november 2012 16:57:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has lost US$ 68 million as a result of deforestation, which costs the national economy some 3.6 percent of its overall wealth, a new report by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and Kenya's Forestry Services revealed Monday. Full text...

  • African law enforcers, lawyers call for stiffer penalties for poachers
    02 november 2012 16:41:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Top legal minds came together in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday for a judicial discussion surrounding the need to enforce harsher penalties for wildlife-related crimes. Full text...

  • Nigerian state prepares for 'ripple effect' of hurricane Sandy
    31 october 2012 09:18:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The government of Lagos State, one of Nigeria's coastal states, is bracing for the 'ripple effect' of Hurricane Sandy that has caused deaths and massive devastation in the US, according to the state's Commissioner for Waterfront Development and Infrastructure Adesegun Oniru Full text...

  • Kenya intensifies crackdown on Ivory poachers
    30 october 2012 16:46:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Wildlife authorities have intensified their vigilance against suspected Ivory poachers in Kenya following a series of discoveries of Ivory hauls in Thailand, the wildlife body said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa holds first hunting conference
    30 october 2012 11:31:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Africa’s first-ever hunting conference got underway at Sun City in South Africa's North West province on Monday, with the aim of encouraging dialogue between the Department of Environmental Affairs and the hunting community. Full text...

  • Attendants pile corpses on roof tops as floods "sack" Nigerian mortuary
    28 october 2012 10:34:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The floods that caused havoc across Nigeria has "sacked" the General Hospital, Patani, in Patani Local Government Area of the Southern Delta State, forcing officials to stack corpses evacuated from the morgue on an emergency platform constructed between the ceiling and roof of the endangered health institution. Full text...

  • Shell Petroleum donates US$ 1m to Nigeria's Flood Relief Fund
    27 october 2012 15:05:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has donated US$ 1 million towards relief efforts in support of persons displaced by floods in 24 states across Nigeria, the oil giants said in a press statement, issued Thursday and received by PANA here Saturday. Full text...

  • UN agencies, Congolese govt sign US$ 4m agreement towards REDD process
    26 october 2012 18:20:48
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government and the United Nations agencies Friday signed a Co-operation agreement for the National Programme in support of Congo’s REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) project. Full text...

  • ADF makes case for domestic policy reforms in mining
    25 october 2012 14:50:32
    Addis, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Development Forum (ADF), which ended its meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has urged African countries to undertake all-round domestic policy reforms in the mining and other sectors as the continent seeks to imbue activities in Africa with a much greater development role. Full text...

  • SA man stages toenail protest over rhino killings
    25 october 2012 11:15:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A South African man has mailed his toenails to the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria because he is upset with the escalating number of rhino killed by poachers. Full text...

  • Forest in Africa must play significant role in accelerating growth - OECD
    24 october 2012 19:43:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa has been urged to address forests in the broader context of sustainable development by ensuring that they play significant role in accelerating growth. Full text...

  • UN calls for measures to tackle alarming loss of forests in Africa
    24 october 2012 17:46:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, has described as alarming for Africa the loss of some 3.4 million hectares of forests between 2000 and 2010. Full text...

  • African countries urged to join efforts in managing e-waste
    23 october 2012 17:23:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Participants in the Urban Recycling Forum, an event held on the sidelines of the eighth ongoing African Development Forum (ADF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have called for an African joint solution to electronic-waste (e-waste) management. Full text...

  • Africa's natural resources not a curse to the continent - Ethiopian Premier
    23 october 2012 11:46:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa must categorically and unequivocally reject the notion that its natural resources are a curse to the continent, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Tuesday while addressing the 8th African Development Forum taking place in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • 'Africa's natural resources must benefit the people'
    22 october 2012 21:46:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa should consider deliberately including relevant stakeholders such as local communities, grassroots organizations and civil society in decision making processes as one way of ensuring that natural resources benefit the people of Africa, a forum in Addis Ababa has heard. Full text...

  • AfDB urges Africa to find solutions to natural resources management
    22 october 2012 20:22:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has urged a meeting of the eighth African Development Forum (ADF VIII) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to collectively find solutions for an integrated approach to natural resources management. Full text...

  • Senegalese fishermen launch platform to protect their rights
    22 october 2012 11:00:33
    Warang, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese fishermen, fish packers and sellers from different communities in the country have formed a platform to protect their rights. Full text...

  • Africa steps up preparations for Doha Climate Change negotiations (Feature)
    22 october 2012 08:58:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ahead of the next round of the UN negotiations on climate change in Doha, Qatar, in November, Africa is keen to advance its position well in order to achieve the desired outcomes on key issues such as finance and adaptation. Full text...

  • Africa steps up preparations for Doha Climate Change negotiations (Feature)
    21 october 2012 19:49:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ahead of the next round of the UN negotiations on climate change in Doha, Qatar, in November, Africa is keen to advance its position well in order to achieve the desired outcomes on key issues such as finance and adaptation. Full text...

  • REDD +: Congo basin countries seek more funding from donors
    21 october 2012 19:21:01
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The countries of the Congo Basin are seeking more funding from donors to enable them to implement REDD + and preserve their forests. Full text...

  • East African Environment Ministers discuss anti-pollution taxation
    21 october 2012 18:41:47
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - East African Environment Ministers have ended a meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, to discuss a set of radical policy proposals to deal with environmental pollution, including the introduction of a pay-as-you-pollute taxes, according to a statement from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Saturday. Full text...

  • 'Strengthen role of science in negotiations of climate change process'
    20 october 2012 16:51:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Second Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA II) ended on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with participants urging African negotiators and researchers to step up efforts to further strengthen the role of science in the negotiations process. Full text...

  • Africa to push for 'adaptation' at Doha Climate Change Conference
    20 october 2012 10:19:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – As the forthcoming UN Conference on Climate Change scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar, draws near, Africa is looking at advancing its development agenda within a changing climate. Full text...

  • 'Climate change is serious threat for Africa's development'
    19 october 2012 22:05:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Climate change represents serious threat for the development plans and priorities for African countries, participants in the second climate change and development conference (CCDA-II) said on Friday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Angolan province to plant 8,500 trees in reforestation programme
    19 october 2012 16:10:28
    Kamacupa, Angola (PANA) - The Angolan Institute of Forests Development (IDF) in Kamacupa, 82 kilometres east of Bié Province, will plant about 8.500 trees in eight months as part of the Full text...

  • Ethiopia salutes late Zenawi on role to advance Africa’s cause on climate change
    19 october 2012 15:34:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A Conference on Climate Change and Development, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has paid tribute to Ethiopia’s late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, for the pivotal role he played to have a united voice for Africa in climate change negotiations. Full text...

  • Conference on Climate Change, Development in Africa opens in Ethiopia
    19 october 2012 11:23:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Second Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-II) opened Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the chairmanship of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Full text...

  • UNDP unveils ambitious global strategy to protect biodiversity
    18 october 2012 17:07:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday unveiled a robust environmental strategy to address unprecedented levels of global biodiversity loss. Full text...

  • Flood disaster: Nigeria President's country home submerged
    17 october 2012 15:30:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The country home of Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke in the oil-rich Bayelsa state has almost been submerged by water following the massive flooding that hit the community and others in the state. Full text...

  • UNFCCC moves to help with emission reduction projects
    16 october 2012 15:07:02
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - In an effort to bring the benefits of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to under-represented countries, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) secretariat, in collaboration with the Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD), has established a CDM support office in Lomé, Togo, to help the governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to engage in the development of CDM projects. Full text...

  • ECOWAS commiserates with Nigeria over floods
    15 october 2012 14:19:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has commiserated with the government and people of Nigeria over the devastating floods that have claimed lives and caused substantial damage to property in different parts of the country. Full text...

  • Floods kill 91 in Niger
    12 october 2012 15:13:42
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The recent floods in Niger have killed 91 people and caused significant damage, the cabinet director of the Prime Minister of Niger, Aghaly Abdoulkader, said Friday in an address to mark the International Day of disaster risk reduction. Full text...

  • Nigerian president inaugurates flood relief committee
    11 october 2012 18:52:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Abuja inaugurated the national committee on flood relief and rehabilitation, vowing that his government would do everything possible to cushion the pain of the flood victims. Full text...

  • Jonathan tours flood-ravaged areas of Nigeria
    10 october 2012 16:38:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will Thursday begin the first-phase of an inspection tour of States affected by the flood disaster in the country. Full text...

  • UNEP says South Africa 2010 carbon footprint just 60% of projected figure
    09 october 2012 14:42:02
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – World Cup host South Africa 2010’s carbon footprint was far lower than projected, due to fewer visitors than expected, carpooling and Park and Ride schemes, and efficient stadia that cut energy use by an estimated 30 percent, according to a report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • Nigeria to spend 17.6b naira to mitigate effects of 'unprecedented' flooding
    09 october 2012 07:39:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is to spend a total of 17.6 billion naira to mitigate the effects of ''unprecedented'' flooding that has left thousands homeless, swept away farmlands and destroyed roads and bridges, President Goodluck Jonathan announced Tuesday morning (US$1=157 Naira). Full text...

  • 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...

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