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  • Earthquakes: Jonathan commiserates with China, Iran, Pakistan over victims
    20 april 2013 19:37:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, has commiserated with President Xi Jinping and the people of China over the massive devastation and loss of many lives caused by the earthquake which occurred in the country’s Sichuan Province Saturday. Full text...

  • UN forum endorses measures to improve sustainable forest management
    20 april 2013 18:11:57
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Forum on Forests concluded its 10th session in Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday after agreeing on a series of measures to improve the sustainable management of forests and deciding to consider setting up a voluntary global fund to support this endeavour. Full text...

  • UN, World Bank set up advisory board for sustainable energy
    19 april 2013 15:50:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong, on Friday named members of the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, which is expected to kick off a major new phase of activity for this global public-private partnership. Full text...

  • 'Policy narratives limit climate resilience in world’s dry regions'
    19 april 2013 11:46:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Partial narratives that underpin policy making prevent people in arid regions from fulfilling their potential to provide food and sustain resilient livelihoods in a changing climate, according to findings of an international study published Friday by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • AfDB grants US$ 9 million for Zimbabwe's water, sanitation project
    17 april 2013 17:09:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has unveiled a US$ 9.04 million grant for Zimbabwe's Urgent Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation Project (UWSSRP) Phase One which aims at increasing the ''reliability, quality and availability of water'', PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya to achieve 10% forest cover by 2030
    15 april 2013 13:21:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya can meet the UN's requirement of a 10 percent forest cover even before the set deadline of year 2030 through concerted efforts from the government, corporate organisations and individual efforts, says Green Belt Movement Executive Director Pauline Kamau. Full text...

  • Sweden to give US$6.7m for ECOWAS climate programme
    15 april 2013 13:00:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Sweden is to provide US$6.7 million over four years to support West Africa's programme to reduce the region’s vulnerability to climate change. Full text...

  • UN, World Economic Forum seek outstanding climate-friendly projects to fund
    12 april 2013 12:59:41
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF), on Friday opened calls for applications for “Momentum for Change: Financing for Climate-friendly Investment.“ Full text...

  • Heavy rains trigger flooding in Rwanda
    12 april 2013 12:09:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A downpour this week in the Nyabihu district in north-west Rwanda has caused massive flooding that damaged farms and destroyed 42 houses, the public radio reported on Friday. Full text...

  • UN honours activists, filmmakers, photographers for work on forest sustainability
    10 april 2013 21:44:17
    New York, US (PANA) - A political activist working to safeguard the Amazon rainforest and a businessman considered the "grandfather" of the Turkish environmental movement are among the winners of UN awards honouring individuals who have done extraordinary work to spotlight the special relationship between forests and people. Full text...

  • Major forest blaze in eastern Libya now under control
    09 april 2013 15:04:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A massive fire fighting operation, mounted by a coalition of Libyan, Italian and British operatives, has brought the devastating forest fire in Libya's mountainous region of Ras Al-Hialal under control, the Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, told a news conference here Monday. Full text...

  • World Bank partners Alcantara to host Connect4Climate dialogue
    08 april 2013 15:13:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - From 9-12 April, 2013, the World Bank and Alcantara will co-host a series of panel discussions, entitled "Alcantara Dialogues - Connect4Climate: Re-think, Re-Design, Re-new", at the Temporary Museum for New Design during Milan's Design Week (April 9-14, 2013) in Italy. Full text...

  • IOC launches three surveys on management of natural risks in Indian Ocean
    05 april 2013 21:59:34
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has launched three surveys in a bid to strengthen public policies and coordinate civil security, draft exceptional emergency procedures and improve the management of natural risks in the south-west islands of the Indian Ocean, official sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Land deals in Africa: Report sheds light on demand for accountability
    05 april 2013 06:48:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - People who feel wronged by large scale land deals in Africa are taking a variety of steps to seek justice, according to new research that examined the accountability of public authorities that preside over such deals and asks whether legal empowerment offers citizens scope to expect fairer outcomes. Full text...

  • UN member states to meet on forest sustainability
    04 april 2013 21:53:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN member states and observer nations will meet in Istanbul, Turkey, from 8-19 April under the auspices of the UN Forum on Forests for its 10th session to consider a range of measures to improve sustainable forest management, a UN statement in New York said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo, World Bank to spend over US$32m on forest management
    29 march 2013 11:42:39
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government and the World Bank - through the International Development Association (IDA) - Thursday in Brazzaville launched a forest and economic diversification project, estimated to cost US$32.6 million . Full text...

  • Report warns of ways climate change threatens food security of urban poor
    28 march 2013 06:57:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Policies to increase food security in the global South focus too much on rural food production and not enough on ensuring poor people can access and afford food, especially in urban areas, said a report published Thursday by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • India, Kenya to boost wildlife cooperation
    21 march 2013 14:27:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Indian and Kenyan officials have agreed to strengthen their ties in wildlife conservation and management after talks between the Indian High Commissioner here, Sibabrata Tripathi, and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director, William Kiprono. Full text...

  • FAO calls for total eradication of deforestation
    21 march 2013 13:20:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - On the first International Day of Forests, celebrated by the UN Thursday, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva has proposed that countries support a Zero Illegal Deforestation target. Full text...

  • UNESCO conference on climate change education opens in Mauritius
    20 march 2013 16:36:51
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) – A three-day experts’ meeting on climate change, sponsored by UNESCO, kicked off Wednesday in the northern Mauritius city of Balaclava. Full text...

  • Developing nations to pioneer system to track climate change adaptation, development
    19 march 2013 07:45:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - New systems for tracking the social impacts of efforts to adapt to climate change could soon be in place in Africa and South Asia, according to the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • UNESCO meeting on Climate Change education in Africa holds in Mauritius
    18 march 2013 12:57:43
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A UNESCO Regional Expert Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Africa will hold at the Intercontinental Resort, northern Mauritius, 20-22 March. Full text...

  • Think-tank alliance identifies 8 shifts needed for sustainable development
    13 march 2013 18:55:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A new international alliance of research institutes has identified eight major shifts that must take place for humanity to achieve sustainable development, the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • 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...

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