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  • Report encourages community role in forest conservation
    07 march 2002 15:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The fate of the world's forests is inextricably linked to that of more than 500 million poor people living in and around forested areas, two leading forestry organisations says in a report released Thursday in London. Full text...

  • Increased deforestation linked to heightened poverty in Zambia
    05 march 2002 22:16:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- High poverty levels, estimated at 80 percent of the total population, have been identified as the main cause of widespread deforestation and land degradation in Zambia. Full text...

  • Four Africans for 2002 environment awards
    05 march 2002 12:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Four Africans are among finalists announced for this year's Whitley Laing Foundation conservation awards programme, according to a press release from organisers of the awards. Full text...

  • UNEP unveils projects for developing countries
    04 march 2002 12:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Scientists working under the United National Environment Programme (UNEP) have developed several new initiatives aimed at mitigating the impact of climate change on developing countries. Full text...

  • Weatherman warns of El Nino's pending visit to Nigeria
    03 march 2002 15:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An unusual heat has crept into Nigeria, indicating the looming sign of El Nino, five years after the devastating weather pattern engulfed the globe, destroying lives and property, weather experts said. Full text...

  • Benin Studying Agenda 21 for Johannesburg World Summit
    02 march 2002 13:37:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- More than 50 of Benin's executives from the government agencies on environment, housing and town planning ministry are currently reviewing the country's national report on the implementation of Agenda 21. Full text...

  • Packs of jackals strike terror in Burundi
    02 march 2002 11:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Scores of jackals have gone on the rampage in the forest and mountain areas of rural Bujumbura, biting at least 20 persons in recent times, villagers from the vicinity have said. Full text...

  • National report on the River Volta Basin validated
    01 march 2002 17:00:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A national report written by Togo on the Volta River Basin has been validated at a workshop attended by some one hundred environmental specialists and representatives of international organisations and NGOs at the ECOWAS Fund in Lome. Full text...

  • Guinea Conakry governor determined to "clean" his city
    01 march 2002 15:39:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The governor of garbage-strewn Conakry, M'Bemba Bangoura, Friday vowed to turn the Guinean capital into "a clean city" by using all means at his disposal. Full text...

  • South African crayfish in search of oxygen
    01 march 2002 13:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Up to 1,000 tons of crayfish have crawled out of the sea at South Africa's Elands Bay, north of Cape Town because of a lack of oxygen in the water caused by rotting plankton. Full text...

  • Tanzania averts extinction of rare toad
    28 february 2002 23:49:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian authorities said Thursday that they had averted a possible extinction of a rare and endemic toad whose survival was threatened by the damming and diversion of water from its natural habitat. Full text...

  • Kenya wildlife service moves to check human/animal conflict
    25 february 2002 14:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) Monday concluded a two-day trans-location of a herd of elephants, which had terrorised people in the southern semi-arid district of Kajiado. Full text...

  • Kenyan lioness keen on adopting another antelope
    25 february 2002 09:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan lioness, which has adopted two baby oryxes in less than two months in the expansive Samburu Game Reserve, some 250 Km north east of Nairobi, is hunting for a third one, conservation officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritian NGO urges preservation of a resort
    25 february 2002 07:20:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian NGO, SAPO (Soli darité-Anti-Pollution-Ouest), Monday urged tourism promoters to help preserve the Bénitiers Islet, on the western coast of the country. Full text...

  • Botswana to enact environment act
    22 february 2002 19:22:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana government is about to enact an environment management act aimed at integrating the conservation of natural resources into the development process. Full text...

  • Chemical containers leaking at Djibouti port
    22 february 2002 17:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ten leaking containers loaded with toxic pesticides are creating a serious threat to human health and the environment at the port of Djibouti, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in Addis Ababa Friday. Full text...

  • Repeat of El-Nino rains predicted in Eastern Africa
    22 february 2002 13:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Unusually heavy rains and floods are expected in Eastern Africa during the long rains between March and May, weather experts warned Friday. Full text...

  • Senegalese green party opposes felling of trees in Dakar
    21 february 2002 22:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Rally of Senegalese Environmentalists (RES) was Thursday barred from staging a protest against the felling of trees along Dakar's Leopold Sedar Senghor Avenue. Full text...

  • Most Africans to be deprived of drinking water in 2025
    21 february 2002 22:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Between three and four billion people, most of them Africans, will not have access to clean and potable water by 2025, according to a French company, Suez. Full text...

  • Kenya's lioness-adopted baby oryx in stable condition
    21 february 2002 19:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The baby oryx, adopted by a lioness on Valentine's Day only to be separated after two days by game wardens in Kenya's expansive Samburu National Park, is in good health, conservation officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Namibian ports toe ISO line
    21 february 2002 18:47:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibia Ports Authority (Namports) has embarked on a project to bring the ports of Walvis Bay and Luderitiz in line with standards set by the International Standard Organisation (ISO), a voluntary environmental management outfit. Full text...

  • Experts discuss pollution of Lake Victoria
    20 february 2002 20:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Environment experts and scientists from three East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, Wednesday began a three-day seminar in Kenya's highlands town of Eldoret, on the pollution of Lake Victoria. Full text...

  • Tanzania pledges new law to govern forests
    19 february 2002 20:24:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A meeting focussing on forestry issues in the African continent opened Monday in Arusha, Tanzania with the government pledging to amend in May the country's laws governing the exploitation of forests in order to stop rapid deforestation. Full text...

  • Population growth depletes Namibia's natural resources
    18 february 2002 23:17:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A recent research project by 30 students from Namibia's two high institutions of learning has linked the fast depletion of natural resources in a given country to the fast expansion of its population. Full text...

  • Experts meet in Kenya for workshop on climate change
    18 february 2002 22:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of experts from the Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) converged in Nairobi Monday for a two day workshop on climate change and its ramification on global weather. Full text...

  • Mauritius alert as cyclone moves closer
    18 february 2002 20:10:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has been in a state of alert since Sunday in anticipation of a tropical storm called Guillaume which was said to be 440 km north-northeast of the Indian Ocean island. Full text...

  • Lioness in Kenyan Park seeks another antelope to adopt
    18 february 2002 12:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The lioness which adopted a second baby antelope on Valentines Day is looking for another one to mother after game wardens separated her from the 'baby', local newspapers reported Monday. Full text...

  • Official urges against compromising community water needs
    17 february 2002 14:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- International Water Secretariat (SIE) chief executive Raymond Jost has warned that privatisation of the water sector in Africa would serve no meaningful end if it fails to meet the needs of grassroots communities. Full text...

  • Ethiopia drafts guidelines on wildlife conservation
    16 february 2002 10:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia is preparing a national wildlife policy as a basic guideline for improving conservation of wildlife resources with the ultimate goal of boosting the economy, Agriculture Vice Minister Gebremedhin Belay has said. Full text...

  • Reunion prepares for sustainable development conference
    15 february 2002 20:58:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Stakeholders on the environment in Reunion have begun preparations to draft proposals for presentation at the Johannesburg conference on sustainable development. Full text...

  • Pretoria announces initiative to study prehistoric fish
    15 february 2002 13:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government says it has provided 10 million rand (869,000 US dollars) to start the South African Coelacanth Conservation and Genome Research Programme. Full text...

  • Cameroonian scientists fear extinction of wonder plant Gnetum
    15 february 2002 11:05:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Scientists in the country have expressed fears for the survival of Gnetum Spp, a wild plant with proven nutritional and medicinal values, currently under intense and uncontrolled exploitation in central and southern Cameroon. Full text...

  • Mauritians raise funds for cyclone victims
    14 february 2002 20:40:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- "Tele-solidarity," a campaign to raise funds for people stricken by the recent cyclone in Mauritius, has mobilised some two million rupees (about 66,670 US dollars), the organisers said Thursday. Full text...

  • UNEP study reports decline in Dugong population
    14 february 2002 12:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has expressed concern about the survival of the rare marine dugong or sea cow, after a study said the population of the species was on the decline. Full text...

  • Namibian research Foundation poised to promote development
    14 february 2002 08:48:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Thirty-five years on, the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) has conceded that it still has numerous challenges in the search for ways to sustain resources and development. Full text...

  • Toyota launches Conservation project in KwaZulu-Natal
    13 february 2002 10:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Toyota South Africa has extended its successful Urban Conservancy Project (UCP), launched in the Free State Province in 1996, to KwaZulu-Natal. Full text...

  • Senegal, France end joint Military operation
    13 february 2002 09:39:00
    Tambacounda- Senegal (PANA) -- French and Senegalese Armed Forces have concluded a joint operation in Senegal's eastern city of Tambacounda, for the protection of the environment. Full text...

  • Sudan, Ethiopia to Exchange Data on Blue Nile Water
    12 february 2002 20:06:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to exchange information on water flow on the Blue Nile and Atbara rivers with a view to enhancing irrigation farming in Sudan. Full text...

  • Study Says Fish Stocks in Lake Victoria Declining
    12 february 2002 19:45:00
    Kampala- Uganda(PANA) -- Fish stocks in Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh-water lake in the world, have diminished by nearly a third, according to a latest study by East African fisheries researchers. Full text...

  • WFP solicits more help for Goma volcano victims
    12 february 2002 12:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme says it requires additional nine million dollars to to feed some 350,000 people displaced by the recent Nyiragongo volcano eruption in eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • 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...

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