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  • Experts Launch Africa's Climate Change Project
    12 february 2002 09:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Environmental experts gathered in Nairobi Monday to launch UNEP's new programme for Africa on the Assessments of Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change (AIACC). Full text...

  • House prices rise in South Africa
    12 february 2002 07:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The average price of houses in South Africa was about 27,500 last year, which is 12. Full text...

  • Kenya lifts ban on fishing on Lake Naivasha
    11 february 2002 18:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities have temporarily lifted a fishing ban on Lake Naivasha for a fortnight so as to establish the rate of fish regeneration in the fresh water mass. Full text...

  • Forest fires threaten Kenyan tourist site
    10 february 2002 10:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Fire has been raging for the past three days inside Kenya's world famous Menengai crater, creating panic and fear among residents of Nakuru town, the Rift-Valley provincial capital. Full text...

  • Committee On UN Development Conference Ends Meeting
    09 february 2002 16:32:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- After two weeks of discussions, the meeting of the UN Committee working on the agenda for the forthcoming Conference on sustainable development ended Friday in New York, with proposals that should form the basis of negotiations at subsequent preparatory sessions. Full text...

  • Reunion in a state of disaster after cyclone Dina
    09 february 2002 11:43:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The French government Friday declared Reunion in a state of natural disaster, less than three weeks after the island was struck by cyclone Dina. Full text...

  • Expert decries management of hazardous wastes in Africa
    07 february 2002 17:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of the African Urban Management Institute, Oumar Cisse, has deployed the low capacity of African countries to manage hazardous wastes. Full text...

  • NGOs join preservation of Kenyan forest resources
    07 february 2002 09:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a move to improve security and conserve endangered flora and fauna species in the Mount Kenya National Park and Forest Reserve, two international charitable NGOs have announced plans to provide equipment and train personnel of Kenyan Wildlife Services operating in the park. Full text...

  • Hippos run amok in Malawi, destroy crops
    06 february 2002 17:57:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Hippopotami have gone on rampage in Malawi's central lakeshore district of Salima, destroying an undisclosed hectarage of rice and maize fields, according to a local official who said the destruction exacerbated the acute food situation in the area. Full text...

  • Ireland donates 2.6 million dollars for Africa's environment
    02 february 2002 11:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ireland has announced an offer of three million euros (about 2. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Marine Deaths Blamed On Algae Bloom
    02 february 2002 09:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An unusual algae bloom is suspected to have caused the alarming death rate of big ocean species on the east African coast, experts have said. Full text...

  • Mauritius farmers, fishermen want compensation
    01 february 2002 16:54:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Confederation of Mauritian market gardeners has convened a meeting for Saturday at the University of Mauritius as it seeks compensation from the government following the havoc wreaked by cyclone Dina last week. Full text...

  • Thousands of crayfish flee red tide in South Africa
    31 january 2002 16:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Conservation officials have launched an operation to save tens of thousands of crayfish which have crawled out of the sea following a red tide at Eland's Bay north of Cape Town. Full text...

  • Soweto set for face-lift ahead of World Summit
    31 january 2002 10:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Spin-offs are already evident in Soweto ahead of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) slated for August 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya outlines policy on disaster management
    31 january 2002 10:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities Thursday unveiled a disaster management policy paper, with officials saying the document would soon be tabled in Parliament for debate and possible adoption. Full text...

  • Zambia's Wildlife gets 325,000 dollars boost from EU
    30 january 2002 23:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The European Union has given the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) about 325,000 US dollars (1. Full text...

  • Meteorologist assesses impact of explosions in Lagos
    30 january 2002 13:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- More deaths could have been recorded in the aftermath of Sunday's military depot explosions in Lagos if it had rained since then, according to a meteorologist. Full text...

  • Kenya bans fishing in Lake Victoria
    29 january 2002 23:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in Kenya Tuesday imposed a partial ban on the fishing of an endangered fish species on its side of Lake Victoria between April and June this year. Full text...

  • Ugandan power project costs 40 million USD due to delays
    29 january 2002 21:47:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A five years delay to construct a 250 megawatts power dam on River Nile in Uganda cost its American investors, AES Power, 40 million US dollars to develop. Full text...

  • Reunion to be declared disaster zone, says minister
    28 january 2002 19:18:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- French overseas territories minister Christian Paul concluded a 24-hour visit in Saint Denis by saying that the Indian Ocean Island natural would soon be declared a natural disaster zone following the devastation caused by cyclone "Dina". Full text...

  • Sudanese Court Rules Against Polythene Bags
    27 january 2002 18:54:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Manufacturers of plastic shopping bags in Sudan lost their case Sunday after the constitutional court here upheld a ban by some regional authorities on the use of the synthetic material. Full text...

  • Lightning kills 2 in Congo
    24 january 2002 23:15:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Two people died and ten others were seriously injured Wednesday after lightning struck Ouesso Airport, some 900 km north of Brazzaville, according to Radio Congo. Full text...

  • US Embassy project irks northern Nairobi residents
    24 january 2002 22:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US government has met stiff opposition after residents rallied neighbourhood support to petition the Kenyan government to stop the ongoing construction of its new embassy building in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Paris dispatches support to Reunion after cyclone
    23 january 2002 23:48:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin Wednesday ordered the dispatching an airforce plane with 200 experts to Reunion where cyclone Dina caused untold casualties Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cyclone Dina kills five in Mauritius
    23 january 2002 23:18:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Mauritius was Wednesday recovering from the passage of tropical cyclone Dina, which killed five people and caused considerable damage to houses, telephone and power lines. Full text...

  • Poor control of imports makes Cameroon an atmospheric polluter
    23 january 2002 16:05:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Due to laxity in enforcing its own laws and negligence of the international conventions it has signed, Cameroon is turning into a serious polluter of the atmosphere. Full text...

  • Cyclone Dina wreaks havoc on Reunion
    23 january 2002 13:34:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Bad weather conditions on Tuesday hampered relief workers and security officials from visiting Reunion's eastern an northern coastal areas, which were badly affected by the tropical cyclone Dina. Full text...

  • Geologists warn of Earthquakes in Kenya
    22 january 2002 23:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Geologist and other scientists currently attending a Disaster Management Forum in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa warn that the country should prepare for a possible devastating earthquake. Full text...

  • EU reaches out to victims of DR Congo volcano
    22 january 2002 23:03:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has disbursed 5 million euros (4. Full text...

  • Lightning injures 15 pupils in Kenya
    22 january 2002 11:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Fifteen pupils of a primary school in Trans Mara district, south western Kenya, were injured Monday evening when lightning struck the school during a downpour. Full text...

  • Pretoria to assist victims of DRC volcano eruption
    22 january 2002 08:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Government is preparing an emergency humanitarian assistance for the victims of last week's volcanic eruption in the eastern city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Flights cancelled as cyclone approaches Mauritius
    22 january 2002 07:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways announced late Monday that it had cancelled all its flights to and from Mauritius due to a cyclone approaching the Indian Ocean island. Full text...

  • Hazardous Chemicals High on Agenda of Colombia Meet
    22 january 2002 07:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A pioneering new initiative to protect the world's people and its environment from hazardous chemicals is one of key issues facing ministers meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, next month. Full text...

  • Coincidences between Reunion and DR Congo volcanoes
    21 january 2002 19:22:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Scientists monitoring the Piton de la Fournaise volcano in Reunion Island and the Nyragongo volcano in DR Congo intimate some remarkable coincidences between the two eruptions. Full text...

  • Dina cyclone threatens Reunion
    21 january 2002 18:52:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion has since Monday morning been in a state of alert, as a tropical cyclone, Dina, heads for the island. Full text...

  • Cyclone "Dina" threatens Mauritius
    21 january 2002 08:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A warning class three would soon be issued in Mauritius following a severe tropical cyclone "Dina" that represents a direct threat to the Indian Ocean Island nation. Full text...

  • Cyclone Dina near Mauritius
    20 january 2002 21:19:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Meteorological services in Mauritius announced Sunday afternoon that a cyclone warning class one was in force in the island. Full text...

  • British flight due in Kigali Sunday with aid supplies
    20 january 2002 14:26:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A flight funded by the British government as part of a 2 million-pound (2. Full text...

  • Volcano Eruption Turns Goma into Ghost Town
    19 january 2002 20:04:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is virtually a ghost town as lava and molten rock, rolling down from Mount Nyiragongo, destroyed everything in its path. Full text...

  • Abdoulaye Wade to visit disaster zones Saturday
    18 january 2002 21:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is on Saturday scheduled to tour the northern district of Podor where off-season rains killed 28 people between 9-11 January, his office said in a news release issued in Dakar Friday. Full text...

  • Floods, army worms disasters face Malawi
    18 january 2002 20:54:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- An outbreak of army worms has destroyed some 5,000 hectares of maize fields in Malawi's central lakeshore district of Salima, agriculture officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Annan Pledges Assistance Over Volcanic Eruptions in DR Congo
    18 january 2002 19:16:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has expressed concern over Thursday's volcanic eruptions near Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and pledged assistance to mitigate consequences of the disaster. Full text...

  • Liberia accedes to major environmental conventions
    18 january 2002 16:28:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia has acceded to three international conventions and one protocol on sustainable management of the environment, an official at the foreign ministry in Monrovia said Friday. Full text...

  • Conservationist says logging threatens Liberian forest
    18 january 2002 16:15:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A visiting conservationist has warned that the "alarming rate" of logging in Liberia threatens its status as the "single most important forest" in the West African region, press reports said Friday. Full text...

  • WWF enters partnership with Zambian tour operator
    18 january 2002 09:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has gone into partnership with Star of Africa (SOA), a major investor in the Zambian tourism sector, to support a local wetlands project. Full text...

  • Reunion volcano still under close watch
    18 january 2002 07:56:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Despite a decrease in seismic activity on Reunion Island, the authorities as well as scientists remain on the lookout for any further eruption. Full text...

  • Sub-Antarctic fur seals head home from South Africa
    17 january 2002 15:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Two Sub-Antarctic fur seal pups that strayed into the South African coast four months ago, are being returned home after being rehabilitated in Cape Town. Full text...

  • African Experts Discuss Biotechnology Options
    16 january 2002 22:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Does Ethiopia, the original home of coffee reserve the right to reject genetically modified coffee exported to the country from elsewhere under the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)? Would it be right to ship potatoes from European biotech laboratories to Peru, the original home of the crop? How would poor countries in Africa handle concerns about the harmful effect of genetics on living organisms, when they lack the capacity to asses such effects? These are some of the many questions tasking experts from over 40 African countries who began a three-day meeting in Nairobi Wednesday aimed at equipping African countries to better handle the advantages and risks of products and materials generated by the biotechnology industry. Full text...

  • S. Africa's fire dept officials warn of danger of new fires
    16 january 2002 12:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African fire department officials Wednesday marked the second anniversary of one of the most devastating fires in South African history by warning that it could happen again. Full text...

  • Mbeki, Zuma volunteer for clean-up campaign
    16 january 2002 08:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki and his deputy, Jacob Zuma, have volunteered to help repair damaged schools, cut grass and clean premises before the new school year begins. Full text...

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