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  • Environmentalists use music, photographs to combat climate change
    10 march 2013 07:13:24
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - Young winners from 14 countries including Kenya, Malawi and Morocco have been honoured at a Connect4Climate (C4C) event in Washington DC, US, aimed at using music, photographs, videos to combat climate change. Full text...

  • AfDB hosts ''Climate for Development in Africa'' meeting
    06 march 2013 18:33:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Wednesday began hosting a two-day meeting in Tunisia for the Board of Programme Directors of the ''Climate for Development in Africa Initiative (Clim-Dev). Full text...

  • African, Asian forest experts meet in China to share decade of learning
    05 march 2013 08:31:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Experts in forest governance from ten countries in Africa and Asia are due to meet this week in China to take stock of their successes and frustrations over the past decade and learn how their hosts handle issues in the sector. Full text...

  • Congolese govt. to build 300 houses at 2012 explosion site
    02 march 2013 15:22:46
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government is to build 300 houses at Mpila, in north-east of Brazzaville, the capital, where ammunition explosions took place on 4 March, 2012, according to the Congolese Minister of Territory Planning, Jean Jacques Bouya. Full text...

  • President Jonathan, Clinton arrive for dedication of Eko Atlantic City
    21 february 2013 13:34:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan and former US President Bill Clinton arrived in Nigeria's economic nerve centre of Lagos Thursday for the dedication of the new 5-million-square-metre Eko Atlantic City. Full text...

  • Nigeria President tasked on ECOWAS Court ruling on Niger Delta pollution
    19 february 2013 12:04:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has written to Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure enforcement of the ruling by the ECOWAS Court of Justice in a case related to oil pollution in the Niger Delta. Full text...

  • Environment ministers meet to discuss threats to wildlife
    19 february 2013 09:39:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Environment Ministers have gathered in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to discuss the state of the world's environment, amid worries over the intensified poaching of elephants, rhinos and illegal trade in wildlife. Full text...

  • Sudan Elected Chair UNEP Governing Council
    18 february 2013 22:19:27
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan was on Monday elected chair of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Governing Council. Full text...

  • Togo launches integrated disaster and land management project
    16 february 2013 13:58:07
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Togo on Saturday launched a four-year project for an integrated management of disasters and lands. Full text...

  • Spanish company to manage Congolese forests
    15 february 2013 16:03:53
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Spanish Ambassador to Congo, Antonio de Maxarambroz Bernabeu, on Friday announced that the Spanish private company, Toxa, which specializes in forest management, will help Congo manage its forests, PANA learnt here from the Congolese ministry of Forestry and Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • UNFCCC partners EADB to open regional centre in Uganda for CDM projects
    13 february 2013 15:48:44
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat and the East African Development Bank (EADB) have signed a partnership agreement to establish a regional collaboration centre in Kampala, Uganda, in an effort to increase participation in clean development mechanism (CDM) projects. Full text...

  • Mauritius crippled by heavy rains
    13 february 2013 14:09:26
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Heavy rains which started on Tuesday evening, pounding the length and breadth of Mauritius, has virtually crippled the Island nation, according to a PANA Correspondent here. Full text...

  • Pan-African conference on land resource management opens in Rwanda
    12 february 2013 21:49:55
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Experts from 19 African countries on Tuesday began a three-day Pan- African conference aimed at taking stock of the sustainable management of land resources and the protection of natural forests and ensure sustainable fisheries, official sources in Kigali told PANA. Full text...

  • UN launches international cooperation on water management
    12 february 2013 08:11:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday launched the International Year of Water Cooperation, which seeks to provide a platform for countries to collaborate in the management of this precious resource in the interest of peace and development. Full text...

  • Chad ratifies comprehensive nuclear test-ban treaty
    11 february 2013 11:11:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The Republic of Chad has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), becoming the 159th State to do so, a UN statement said on Monday. Full text...

  • US supports anti-poaching initiatives in Tanzania
    06 february 2013 08:25:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - US Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes has cautioned Tanzania’s wildlife management authorities about the sharp rise in illegal wildlife poaching across the country. Full text...

  • Man convicted of killing shark in SA
    05 february 2013 10:27:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - In a landmark ruling, a court in Western Cape, South Africa, has convicted and sentenced a man for killing a Great White shark. Full text...

  • 'World is losing US$ 260b from poor water, sanitation' - President Sirleaf
    31 january 2013 11:03:52
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Nobel Peace Prize winner and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, on Wednesday warned that economic losses, due to poor water and sanitation access globally, are costing US$ 260 billion every year. Full text...

  • Gabon to set up 43 small forestry enterprises
    29 january 2013 12:20:39
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Gabonese Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Gabriel Tchango announced Tuesday in Libreville the creation of 43 Gabonese small forest enterprises involved in a Central Africa’s large project for sustainable management of forests and poverty reduction. Full text...

  • Death toll in SA, Mozambique flood rises to 69
    29 january 2013 10:53:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The death toll in the flooding that has ravaged South Africa's Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces as well as neighbouring Mozambique has risen to 69 by Tuesday, as relief efforts continue. Full text...

  • UN General Assembly sets up working group on Rio+20 follow-up
    23 january 2013 12:59:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly Wednesday in New York established an “open working group” consisting of 30 countries from the various regions to advance action to implement a Rio+20 recommendation to develop a set sustainable development goals. Full text...

  • Innovative street improvement initiative comes to Cape Town
    23 january 2013 10:03:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - 'Your Street Challenge', an initiative to improve the condition of streets around the world, is coming to Cape Town this weekend to coincide with the city’s Design Indaba. Full text...

  • 'Proposed fossil fuel projects to impact negatively on global atmosphere'
    22 january 2013 17:33:27
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A report released Tuesday by Greenpeace warns of an enormous increase in the impact on the global atmosphere resulting from the fossil fuel industry, which is planning 14 massive coal, oil and gas projects that would raise global carbon dioxide (CO2) emission from fossil fuels by 20 percent in 2020. Full text...

  • Interpol urged to help crack down on global wildlife poaching syndicates
    10 january 2013 19:03:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has called on the national security machinery to help the wildlife body to deal effectively with the growing poaching in the East African nation. Full text...

  • Adequate rainfall expected in Botswana
    10 january 2013 08:55:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana meteorological services department Wednesday said the northern and western parts of the country could get ''above-normal rainfall'' during the January to March 2013 period. Full text...

  • International cartels linked to mass elephant killings in Kenya
    09 january 2013 09:55:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Wildlife Services (KWS) has linked the upsurge in elephant poaching to international cartels waiting for the outcome of the upcoming global meeting on the conservation of endangered species. Full text...

  • Gambia needs to reduce vulnerability to climate change
    03 january 2013 19:39:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia’ Minister of Forestry and Environment Fatou Ndeye Gaye said Thursday that the country needs to reduce its vulnerability to climate change by strengthening climate change adaptive capacity and the willingness to face the challenges of this global threat. Full text...

  • Wind-fuelled fire wreaks havoc in SA
    02 january 2013 09:55:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Raging fire, fuelled by a strong wind, left thousands of people homeless and forced planned celebrations to be cancelled in Cape Town, South Africa, on New Year's eve. Full text...

  • Landslide in western Kenya leaves 14 dead
    30 december 2012 17:14:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The death of four youngsters on Saturday night brings to 14 the number of people killed by landslide in western Kenya over the last two days. Full text...

  • US computer firm intensifies battle against e-waste in Africa
    28 december 2012 11:49:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Computer maker Hewlett Packard (HP) has established an electronic waste processing plant to deal with Kenya’s 3,000 tonnes of e-waste, including computer parts and mobile phone devices from other electronic companies in Africa, its top environmental executive said Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania drops bid to sell 100 tonnes of ivory stockpiles
    27 december 2012 12:56:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tanzania has withdrawn an application for the right to sell 100 tonnes of ivory stockpiles to Japan and China, in what conservationists feared could re-ignite fresh poaching of endangered elephants. Full text...

  • UN declares 21 March International Day of Forests
    22 december 2012 10:32:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The United Nations General Assembly has declared 21 March as International Day of Forests. Full text...

  • Gambia, UNDP hold workshop on climate change
    19 december 2012 19:00:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A validatory workshop on a new project geared towards ''Enhancing resources of coastal areas and countries to climate change'', Wednesday got underway in The Gambia, PANA reported, quoting official sources. Full text...

  • US appoints facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership
    19 december 2012 13:25:14
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - Matthew Cassetta, currently the cultural affairs officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, has been appointed as the next facilitator of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). Full text...

  • 'Climate change a threat to MDGs'
    18 december 2012 13:33:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa needs strengthened partnership within its youth organisations to implement Millennium Development Goals-based projects that are now threatened by climate change, the Coordinator of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Mr Mithika Mwenda, said in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Tuesday. Full text...

  • Global rights body hails ECOWAS Court ruling on Niger Delta pollution
    15 december 2012 17:43:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International Saturday hailed the ECOWAS Court's ruling which found the Nigerian government and multinational corporations responsible for years of pollution in the Niger Delta. Full text...

  • Botswana develops environment web portal
    13 december 2012 18:46:21
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has set up a web-based environmental Information System (EIS), as part of government’s commitment toward making environmental information accessible to planners, the public and decision makers. Full text...

  • Angolan authorities 'satisfied' with Antelope conservation project
    13 december 2012 13:42:41
    Malanje, Angola (PANA) - Angolan authorities have expressed their satisfaction with the ongoing project to protect the extinction-threatened giant sable antelope in the Kangandala National Park, Angola’s northern Malanje province. Full text...

  • Doha climate talks open gateway to greater action on climate change
    08 december 2012 20:01:23
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – The UN Climate Change secretariat has called on countries to swiftly implement what has been agreed in Doha so that the world can stay below the internationally agreed maximum two degrees Celsius temperature rise. Full text...

  • Doha UN climate talks end with mixed reactions
    08 december 2012 19:35:27
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – The two-week UN Climate Change Conference ended here Saturday night, agreeing on an eight-year second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the only international-legally-binding instruction, but with no consensus on climate finance for developing countries and real cuts in emission targets. Full text...

  • Qatar calls for final push as climate negotiations continue Saturday
    08 december 2012 10:34:03
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – President of the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18), Abdullah Bin Al-Attiyah, early Saturday urged government ministers and heads of delegations in Doha to come to a conclusion with a balanced package as the two-week climate talks scheduled to end Friday, dragged on into Saturday. Full text...

  • Developed countries urged to commit to US$ 60 billion climate finance
    07 december 2012 16:11:50
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – As negotiators meet Friday in Doha, Qatar, the final day of the UN climate change conference, ministers from developed countries have been urged to bring trust into the negotiations by committing US$ 60 billion in public finance for climate to developing countries to be made available by 2015. Full text...

  • Campaigners at UN climate talks in Doha protest, reject draft text
    07 december 2012 13:13:01
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) – With only a few hours remaining before the UN climate negotiations concludes in Doha, Qatar, some hundreds of campaigners on Friday called on countries to reject the draft text, PANA reported. Full text...

  • New AfDB report on how African countries will access Green Climate Fund
    07 december 2012 11:15:36
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - A new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with Vivid Economics, has made concrete proposals that will facilitate access by African countries to the Green Climate Fund. Full text...

  • Africa's chief negotiator warns Doha climate talks stalemate risky
    07 december 2012 10:23:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa's top negotiator, Emmanuel Dlamini, has warned that failure to strike a clear treaty to govern future of climate change action around the world will result into a permanent loss of credibility. Full text...

  • Lead-poison in Nigeria: Campaigners want Jonathan to release cleanup fund
    06 december 2012 17:29:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government’s failure to produce promised funding to address the worst lead poisoning outbreak in modern history is leaving thousands of children to die or face life-long disability, the Nigerian Youth Climate Action Network (NYCAN) and Human Rights Watch said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Initiative launched to support women in fighting climate change
    06 december 2012 13:00:58
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - The UN Climate Change Secretariat, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, has launched a new initiative to recognise the critical role of women in fighting climate change. Full text...

  • Qatar's leadership at climate negotiations sought, as finance remains unresolved
    06 december 2012 12:48:59
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - The failure of developed countries to commit themselves to providing mid-term assistance to developing countries for climate change remains a crunch issue in Doha, with civil society groups Thursday calling on Qatar - which holds the presidency of the 18th Conference of Parties (COP 18) - to provide leadership and inject energy into the negotiations. Full text...

  • UN-based media organisation launches UNEARTH News
    06 december 2012 11:39:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Award-winning MediaGlobal News, an independent news organisation based at the UN headquarters in New York, Thursday announced the online launch of UNEARTH News, a new and distinct voice reporting on the human dimensions of climate change, and its impact on developing countries. Full text...

  • African civil society group tasks EU on funding climate change programmes
    06 december 2012 08:54:11
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Representatives of the African civil society groups coalescing under the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) at the climate talks in Doha, Qatar, have asked the European Union (EU) member states to allocate at least 25 percent of Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) revenues to climate finance, especially targeting critically needed adaptation funding. Full text...

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