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  • 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...

  • Burundi loses 75 ha of land to erosion in 20 years
    04 september 2012 12:45:34
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi has lost 75 hectares of land in the past 20 years to the combined effects of erosion, population pressure, poverty, climate change and mismanagement, PANA learned during a validation workshop of the national strategy of fight against environmental degradation. Full text...

  • UN study identifies political leadership as key in managing disaster risk
    04 september 2012 08:36:43
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Political leadership is more important than a city’s wealth when it comes to protecting the lives and economic assets of cities and towns from disasters, according to a new study of a major urban safety campaign launched by the UN two years ago. Full text...

  • Regional meeting on locust threat opens in Nouakchott
    03 september 2012 20:56:31
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Experts of member countries of the Commission of Fight against Locusts (CLCPRO)-West Africa Chad and Maghreb started a three-day workshop on Monday in Nouakchott to develop a 3-month plan to contain the locust threat in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Nigeria, GEF launch US$18.5m joint project to dispose toxic waste
    03 september 2012 19:44:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - To effectively tackle the release of chemicals into the marine, vegetations and underground through contaminated equipment-related facilities, the Nigerian government and the Global Environmental Fund (GEF) on Monday launched the Polychlorinated Biophenyl (PCBs) Management Project in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Global awards scheme seeks African pioneers
    03 september 2012 13:51:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The world’s leading green energy awards scheme is seeking entries for its 2013 Awards which will meet, or beat, the high standards of the current winner, an African social enterprise. Full text...

  • SA marks International Vulture Awareness Day
    31 august 2012 12:38:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Birds of Prey Programme (EWT-BoPP) of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, its partners and associates including provincial conservation bodies and several other NGOs involved in vulture research and conservation in South Africa are preparing to mark this year's International Vulture Awareness Day. Full text...

  • Greener cities crucial to African food security, says FAO
    30 august 2012 16:30:10
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Africa's urban population is growing faster than that of any other region, but many of its cities are not keeping pace with the increasing demand for food that comes with that growth, reveals a new FAO publication. Full text...

  • Govts meet in Bangkok to prepare for UN climate change conference
    30 august 2012 15:12:52
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Government representatives began a week-long meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday to prepare the agenda they will take to the next UN climate change conference in Doha, Qatar. Full text...

  • SEFA approves first grant for conceptualization of green tech financial facility
    27 august 2012 11:39:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), a joint initiative of the Danish government and the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department (ONEC) of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has approved its first grant of US$825,000 to finance the concept phase of the Green Tech Financial Facility, according to an AfDB statement. Full text...

  • Angola, South Korea sign environmental pact
    15 august 2012 11:41:01
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Angolan and South Korean Ministries of Environment have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in environmental protection and conservation of natural resources. Full text...

  • UN chief launches new initiative to protect oceans
    12 august 2012 19:07:20
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday launched a new initiative to protect the oceans and the people whose livelihoods depend on them. Full text...

  • UN launches sustainable development network for global problems
    10 august 2012 09:10:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday launched a new independent global network of research centres, universities and technical institutions to help find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental, social and economic problems. Full text...

  • East Africa needs preventive maintenance ethic in public water utilities
    09 august 2012 08:37:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Managers of public water utilities in East African countries need to be professional and seek excellence for their clientele, since frequent breakdowns and shoddy workmanship on water supply systems retard the region’s development, according to an expert in this field. Full text...

  • UK to help Kenya explore green energy
    07 august 2012 18:50:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The British government Tuesday pledged to help Kenya fully exploit its potential to generate renewable energy, which the East African nation intends to use as the main engine for its economic growth. Full text...

  • AI, CEHRD dismiss Shell's oil spill probe in Nigeria
    03 august 2012 17:09:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The investigation process initiated by Shell into the oil spill in restive Niger Delta of Nigeria was Friday dismissed as "a shame" by Amnesty International (AI) and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD). Full text...

  • UNEP welcomes Nigeria's move to clean-up oil contamination in Ogoniland
    01 august 2012 17:23:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Environment Progarmme (UNEP) on Wednesday welcomed the decision by the Nigerian government to clean up a major oil contamination in Ogoniland region, in the south eastern part the country. Full text...

  • Congo Basin countries to improve forest monitoring
    26 july 2012 19:45:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new regional initiative will help 10 Central African countries to set up advanced national forest monitoring systems, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced in a news dispatch Thursday. Full text...

  • Mild earthquake hits Rodrigues
    26 july 2012 18:23:10
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - An earthquake, measuring of 5.8 on the Richter scale, Thursday struck off the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, specifically the small Island of Rodrigues, according to the meteorological services of Mauritius. Full text...

  • 10 Central African countries agree to improve forest monitoring
    26 july 2012 12:43:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - A new regional initiative will help 10 Central African countries to set up advanced national forest monitoring systems, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced Thursday. Full text...

  • UNESCO adds 20 new sites to global network of biosphere reserves
    12 july 2012 06:56:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has added 20 new sites to its global list of biosphere reserves, bringing the total to 599 in 117 countries. Full text...

  • 20 new Biosphere Reserves added to UNESCO’s MAB programme
    11 july 2012 17:49:24
    Paris, France (PANA) - The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), meeting in Paris from 9 to 13 July, has added 20 new sites, including two transboundaries, to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). Full text...

  • Gambian parliamentary speaker raises concern over deforestation
    05 july 2012 12:52:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambian parliamentary Speaker Abdoulie Bojang has expressed concern over the level of deforestation in the West African nation. Full text...

  • UNESCO, NGO seek funds to support workers at DRC wildlife reserve
    05 july 2012 07:22:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and a non-governmental organisation have launched an emergency appeal to support the staff and rebuild the headquarters of a key wildlife reserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which was recently attacked by poachers. Full text...

  • Nigeria's economic capital braces for downpour
    25 june 2012 09:19:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's economic capital city of Lagos, already soaked by incessant rainfall, is bracing up for a seven-day rain that will surely test the limits of the flood-prone city's drainage system. Full text...

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