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  • UNEP plans to expand its Kenya headquarters
    10 december 2001 19:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya-based UN Programme (UNEP) plans to expand its headquarters in Nairobi with the first phase of the project projected to cost 12 million US dollars. Full text...

  • Nile Basin States launch environment project
    10 december 2001 17:17:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Water ministers from the 10 Nile Basin states decided to launch an environment project sponsored by the World Bank and other international donors, a Sudanese ecologist said in Khartoum Monday. Full text...

  • Fresh water conference ends in Bonn
    10 december 2001 13:43:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- A five-day conference on fresh water ended in Bonn over the weekend with delegates affirming that access to safe drinking water was a basic human right. Full text...

  • Kenyan officials arrest rhino horn dealer
    08 december 2001 18:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A team of intelligence officers from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has arrested one person who was found in possession of three fresh rhino horns at a hotel in the port town of Mombasa. Full text...

  • Nigeria ties water with health care
    07 december 2001 23:03:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- Nigeria's minister of Water Resources, Muhtari Shehu Shagari said on Friday in Bonn that water and health matters in Africa were intimately connected, citing how cholera was dealing a high death toll in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Africans agree on management of common water bodies
    07 december 2001 20:21:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- Delegates of African countries attending the conference on fresh waters in Bonn are agreed on inter-state management of water bodies running through their countries. Full text...

  • EAC plans management body for Lake Victoria
    07 december 2001 17:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania plan to set up a body to manage and harmonise activities concerning Lake Victoria, whose water mass is shared by the three countries, an official said. Full text...

  • Africa worried about the funding of actions taken in Bonn
    07 december 2001 14:25:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- African delegates at the Bonn, Germany conference on fresh water expressed concern Friday over the lack of funding for a future programme of action as agreed at the meeting. Full text...

  • NGOs call for govt commitment in water management
    06 december 2001 23:22:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- Representatives of several African non- governmental organisations at the Bonn conference on fresh water Thursday called upon the African governments to demonstrate political commitment to the management of water resources. Full text...

  • Africa gives qualified 'yes' to water privatisation
    06 december 2001 22:09:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- Many African delegations at the ongoing Bonn Conference on Fresh Water wished that water resources in Africa were privatised at a "more bearable" pace. Full text...

  • African ministers call for water and hygiene policy
    06 december 2001 16:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African ministers rose Thursday from the International Conference on Fresh Water in Bonn, Germany with a declaration calling for a clear policy on water and hygiene. Full text...

  • Harare Air Pollution Exceeds WHO Standards
    05 december 2001 21:49:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in the Zimbabwe capital, Harare, said Wednesday air pollution in the city had exceeded World Health Organisation recommended levels by 400 percent. Full text...

  • Kenya loses four endangered Rhinos to poachers
    05 december 2001 18:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Four rhino carcasses have been discovered by officers of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) - the official wildlife conservation body - in the world-famous Tsavo National Park in the eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • FAO notes commitment to forest development
    05 december 2001 13:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A growing number of countries are carrying out measures to sustainably develop the world's forests which have seen various kind of destruction recently, the Food and Agriculture Organisation said in a report. Full text...

  • Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda pursue Lake Victoria eco-system plan
    05 december 2001 10:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Environment minister Joseph Kamotho has hinted that the country would, together with its two east African neighbours Uganda and Tanzania, soon embark on Phase 2 of a project protecting Lake Victoria from pollution. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches biodiversity protection programme
    05 december 2001 07:42:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Fishing minister Sylvio Michel has announced the launch of a programme for the protection of marine biodiversity, aimed at fighting pollution, the depletion of marine resources and the alteration of the coast line. Full text...

  • NGO denounces illegal shark fishing near Mozambique
    04 december 2001 21:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Conservation NGO -- the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) -- has denounced the increase in illegal fishing of sharks and other marine species in the Bazaruto Archipelago, off the coast of Mozambique's southern province of Inhambane. Full text...

  • Reimbursement received for Cape Town oil spill
    04 december 2001 20:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Conservation groups have welcomed the final reimbursement of expenses incurred in emergency relief efforts following a major oil spill last year off Cape Town. Full text...

  • Union denounces ban on plastic bags in South Africa
    04 december 2001 20:31:00
    Johannesburg- South African (PANA) -- A South African trade union has disapproved an impending ban on plastic shopping bags saying the move has put several jobs on the line. Full text...

  • 270,000 tonnes of solid waste produced yearly in Bamako
    04 december 2001 19:58:00
    Bamako- Mali (Mali) -- Some 270,177 tonnes of solid waste and 56,522 cubic metres of liquid waste are produced yearly in Bamako, Mali, while barely 45 percent of the refuse are disposed of outside the city, municipal officials said. Full text...

  • UNEP calls for sustainable management of water reservoirs
    04 december 2001 16:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nairobi-based UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has called for sustainable management of the world's water reservoirs, saying the rate at which water resources are being depleted bodes ill for humanity. Full text...

  • One million Rwandans lack decent shelter
    04 december 2001 07:48:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Close to one million Rwandans from 192,000 families live in sub-standard settlements, according to an official study. Full text...

  • TV programme raises 1,500 million dollars for Algerian victims
    03 december 2001 13:59:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A special fund-raising programme on Algerian television last Thursday collected 101,000 million Algerian dinars (about 1,500 million US dollars) to help victims of the floods that hit the country on 10 November 10. Full text...

  • Experts, ministers to take stock of sustainable development
    30 november 2001 22:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Some 400 experts on oceans and the coastal marine environment, including 20 ministers, are expected to attend a five-day stock-taking conference at UNESCO headquarters from Monday. Full text...

  • Conservation helps to increase Namibia's black rhino population
    30 november 2001 07:51:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's black rhinoceros population has dramatically increased to more than 100 after being severely threatened by poachers in the 1970s and 1980s. Full text...

  • Mozambique elevates game reserve into national park
    29 november 2001 22:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government has elevated Coutada 16 game reserve in the southern province of Gaza to the status of a national park, Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi told reporters in Maputo on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya observes Turtle Day
    29 november 2001 13:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's training centre for scouts this week held a national training day on the protection of turtles and the environment along the country's 2000-km Mediterranean Sea coast. Full text...

  • Libya trains youth to protect sea turtles
    28 november 2001 23:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan Boy Scouts training centre held at the Jouddayim Woods (30 km west of Tripoli), a national training day for the protection of sea turtles and their 2,000-km long habitat alongside the Mediterranean Sea. Full text...

  • Netherlands donates $2.1 million to UNEP's environment fund
    28 november 2001 23:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Dutch government has boosted the coffers of the Nairobi-based UN Development Programme with an additional donation of 2. Full text...

  • State TV launches fund raising for Algerian flood victims
    28 november 2001 22:56:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian State Television Wednesday launched a fund-raising telephone show in support of the country's recent flood victims. Full text...

  • Environmentalists turn recycled plastic paper into fencing posts
    28 november 2001 20:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two Kenyan environmentalist have undertaken a unique project which they say is set to revolutionalise the waste plastic paper recycling industry and combat the wanton decimation of the country's forest cover at the same time. Full text...

  • Mauritius to build database on erosion problems
    28 november 2001 14:49:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has commissioned a study to identify the causes of increasing erosion, the Indian Ocean island nation's environment minister Rajesh Bhagwan told parliament Tuesday night. Full text...

  • Malian flood victims get US relief
    27 november 2001 22:23:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- US Ambassador to Mali, Michael Ranneberger has donated 20 million CFA francs to victims of the recent flood disaster in Mali's southern town of Selingue, some 160-km from Bamako. Full text...

  • Ghanaian agency urges protection of marine turtles
    27 november 2001 21:32:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Wildlife Division of Ghana's Forestry Commission Tuesday called for the protection of marine turtles in the country. Full text...

  • Kenyan environmental body takes on afforestation
    27 november 2001 16:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lake Victoria Environment Management Programme, or LVEMP, intends to introduce a fast-maturing eucalyptus species in Kenya but the seed price could prohibit its plan. Full text...

  • HABITAT moves to restore glamour in Kenya's Nakuru town
    26 november 2001 15:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nairobi-based United Nations Centre for Human Settlement (UNCHS) or HABITAT is currently involved in efforts to salvage Nakuru town's lost glamour. Full text...

  • Residents oppose trans-location of elephants in Kenya
    24 november 2001 16:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Residents near Meru National Park on the eastern part of the country are opposed to the government's plan to translocate more than 6,000 elephants from Laikipia district, in Rift Valley, to their area. Full text...

  • Benin organises two-week campaign on pollution
    23 november 2001 15:35:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's Environment, Housing and Town Planning Ministry will organise, with other concerned services, a two-week campaign on air pollution starting Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan authorities move to conserve forests
    23 november 2001 12:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in Kenya's Central province have announced stringent measures aimed at conserving and managing forests threatened with extinction due to illegal logging. Full text...

  • Benin gets over $12 million loan for firewood project
    22 november 2001 21:03:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The African Development Fund, an arm of the African Development Bank (ADB), has loaned Benin about 12. Full text...

  • UNEP Chief gets second four-year term
    22 november 2001 20:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the Nairobi-based UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has been re-elected for a second term. Full text...

  • Toepfer wins second term as UNEP executive
    22 november 2001 20:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Klaus Toepfer, has been re-elected for a second four-year term at the helm of the Nairobi-based agency. Full text...

  • Kenya wildlife authorities to relocate jumbos
    22 november 2001 14:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is to relocate more than 6,000 elephants in Marmanet and Rumuruti forests areas of Laikipia district in the Rift Valley, to Meru Game Reserve on the east. Full text...

  • Scientists discuss Africa's marine environment
    22 november 2001 13:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Africa needs to pay greater attention to its marine environment, given the strategic role of the prime ecosystem in efforts to achieve sustainable development of the continent. Full text...

  • Lusophone environmental ministers meet in Maputo
    22 november 2001 12:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Environment ministers from the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) are scheduled to meet in Maputo Thursday to discuss, among other matters, priorities for future co-operation within the body. Full text...

  • UNDP environmental experts visit Libya
    20 november 2001 20:15:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's director of environmental resources and urban planning, Dr Htewish Faraj Htewish Tuesday held talks in Tripoli Tuesday with a visiting UNDP environmental official, Safyane Al-Tal, who is leading a delegation of ecological experts. Full text...

  • Algeria to clear flood damage in three months
    20 november 2001 13:03:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Clearing operations are expected to last three months in the aftermath of the devastating flood that killed at list 729 people, with 170 others still missing in Algeria, officials said in Algiers. Full text...

  • Africa's last giraffe populations endangered in Niger
    19 november 2001 16:39:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A wildlife specialist has warned that the last giraffe populations in West Africa, notably in Niger, are in danger of extinction following the termination of a project to protect them. Full text...

  • FAO warns against toxic wastes dumping in Africa
    19 november 2001 14:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has expressed concern over the dumping of prohibited and outdated pesticides in Africa and other developing regions of the world. Full text...

  • Mozambican water authorities warn of pending floods
    19 november 2001 07:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- As the rain season begins in Southern Africa, Mozambique's Southern Regional Water Board (ARA-Sul) has warned people living near river banks to take precautionary measures against possible floods affecting them. Full text...

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