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  • ADF makes case for domestic policy reforms in mining
    25 october 2012 14:50:32
    Addis, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Development Forum (ADF), which ended its meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has urged African countries to undertake all-round domestic policy reforms in the mining and other sectors as the continent seeks to imbue activities in Africa with a much greater development role. Full text...

  • SA man stages toenail protest over rhino killings
    25 october 2012 11:15:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A South African man has mailed his toenails to the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria because he is upset with the escalating number of rhino killed by poachers. Full text...

  • Forest in Africa must play significant role in accelerating growth - OECD
    24 october 2012 19:43:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa has been urged to address forests in the broader context of sustainable development by ensuring that they play significant role in accelerating growth. Full text...

  • UN calls for measures to tackle alarming loss of forests in Africa
    24 october 2012 17:46:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, has described as alarming for Africa the loss of some 3.4 million hectares of forests between 2000 and 2010. Full text...

  • African countries urged to join efforts in managing e-waste
    23 october 2012 17:23:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Participants in the Urban Recycling Forum, an event held on the sidelines of the eighth ongoing African Development Forum (ADF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have called for an African joint solution to electronic-waste (e-waste) management. Full text...

  • Africa's natural resources not a curse to the continent - Ethiopian Premier
    23 october 2012 11:46:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa must categorically and unequivocally reject the notion that its natural resources are a curse to the continent, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Tuesday while addressing the 8th African Development Forum taking place in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • 'Africa's natural resources must benefit the people'
    22 october 2012 21:46:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa should consider deliberately including relevant stakeholders such as local communities, grassroots organizations and civil society in decision making processes as one way of ensuring that natural resources benefit the people of Africa, a forum in Addis Ababa has heard. Full text...

  • AfDB urges Africa to find solutions to natural resources management
    22 october 2012 20:22:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has urged a meeting of the eighth African Development Forum (ADF VIII) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to collectively find solutions for an integrated approach to natural resources management. Full text...

  • Senegalese fishermen launch platform to protect their rights
    22 october 2012 11:00:33
    Warang, Senegal (PANA) - Senegalese fishermen, fish packers and sellers from different communities in the country have formed a platform to protect their rights. Full text...

  • Africa steps up preparations for Doha Climate Change negotiations (Feature)
    22 october 2012 08:58:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ahead of the next round of the UN negotiations on climate change in Doha, Qatar, in November, Africa is keen to advance its position well in order to achieve the desired outcomes on key issues such as finance and adaptation. Full text...

  • Africa steps up preparations for Doha Climate Change negotiations (Feature)
    21 october 2012 19:49:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ahead of the next round of the UN negotiations on climate change in Doha, Qatar, in November, Africa is keen to advance its position well in order to achieve the desired outcomes on key issues such as finance and adaptation. Full text...

  • REDD +: Congo basin countries seek more funding from donors
    21 october 2012 19:21:01
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The countries of the Congo Basin are seeking more funding from donors to enable them to implement REDD + and preserve their forests. Full text...

  • East African Environment Ministers discuss anti-pollution taxation
    21 october 2012 18:41:47
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - East African Environment Ministers have ended a meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, to discuss a set of radical policy proposals to deal with environmental pollution, including the introduction of a pay-as-you-pollute taxes, according to a statement from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Saturday. Full text...

  • 'Strengthen role of science in negotiations of climate change process'
    20 october 2012 16:51:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Second Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA II) ended on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with participants urging African negotiators and researchers to step up efforts to further strengthen the role of science in the negotiations process. Full text...

  • Africa to push for 'adaptation' at Doha Climate Change Conference
    20 october 2012 10:19:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – As the forthcoming UN Conference on Climate Change scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar, draws near, Africa is looking at advancing its development agenda within a changing climate. Full text...

  • 'Climate change is serious threat for Africa's development'
    19 october 2012 22:05:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Climate change represents serious threat for the development plans and priorities for African countries, participants in the second climate change and development conference (CCDA-II) said on Friday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Angolan province to plant 8,500 trees in reforestation programme
    19 october 2012 16:10:28
    Kamacupa, Angola (PANA) - The Angolan Institute of Forests Development (IDF) in Kamacupa, 82 kilometres east of Bié Province, will plant about 8.500 trees in eight months as part of the Full text...

  • Ethiopia salutes late Zenawi on role to advance Africa’s cause on climate change
    19 october 2012 15:34:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A Conference on Climate Change and Development, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has paid tribute to Ethiopia’s late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, for the pivotal role he played to have a united voice for Africa in climate change negotiations. Full text...

  • Conference on Climate Change, Development in Africa opens in Ethiopia
    19 october 2012 11:23:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Second Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-II) opened Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the chairmanship of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Full text...

  • UNDP unveils ambitious global strategy to protect biodiversity
    18 october 2012 17:07:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday unveiled a robust environmental strategy to address unprecedented levels of global biodiversity loss. Full text...

  • Flood disaster: Nigeria President's country home submerged
    17 october 2012 15:30:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The country home of Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke in the oil-rich Bayelsa state has almost been submerged by water following the massive flooding that hit the community and others in the state. Full text...

  • UNFCCC moves to help with emission reduction projects
    16 october 2012 15:07:02
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - In an effort to bring the benefits of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to under-represented countries, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) secretariat, in collaboration with the Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD), has established a CDM support office in Lomé, Togo, to help the governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to engage in the development of CDM projects. Full text...

  • ECOWAS commiserates with Nigeria over floods
    15 october 2012 14:19:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has commiserated with the government and people of Nigeria over the devastating floods that have claimed lives and caused substantial damage to property in different parts of the country. Full text...

  • Floods kill 91 in Niger
    12 october 2012 15:13:42
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The recent floods in Niger have killed 91 people and caused significant damage, the cabinet director of the Prime Minister of Niger, Aghaly Abdoulkader, said Friday in an address to mark the International Day of disaster risk reduction. Full text...

  • Nigerian president inaugurates flood relief committee
    11 october 2012 18:52:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Abuja inaugurated the national committee on flood relief and rehabilitation, vowing that his government would do everything possible to cushion the pain of the flood victims. Full text...

  • Jonathan tours flood-ravaged areas of Nigeria
    10 october 2012 16:38:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will Thursday begin the first-phase of an inspection tour of States affected by the flood disaster in the country. Full text...

  • UNEP says South Africa 2010 carbon footprint just 60% of projected figure
    09 october 2012 14:42:02
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – World Cup host South Africa 2010’s carbon footprint was far lower than projected, due to fewer visitors than expected, carpooling and Park and Ride schemes, and efficient stadia that cut energy use by an estimated 30 percent, according to a report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • Nigeria to spend 17.6b naira to mitigate effects of 'unprecedented' flooding
    09 october 2012 07:39:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is to spend a total of 17.6 billion naira to mitigate the effects of ''unprecedented'' flooding that has left thousands homeless, swept away farmlands and destroyed roads and bridges, President Goodluck Jonathan announced Tuesday morning (US$1=157 Naira). Full text...

  • UN member states to unveil new initiative to reduce poverty
    06 october 2012 14:41:50
    New York, US (PANA) - When delegates gather in India for the 11th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) next week, a new initiative will be unveiled to help countries meet some of their obligations under the legally-binding treaty to reduce poverty. Full text...

  • New tool to help join-up policies to cut poverty, conserve biodiversity
    05 october 2012 10:37:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As thousands of delegates gather in India for the 11th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) next week, a new initiative will be unveiled to help countries meet some of their obligations under the legally-binding treaty, while also reducing poverty, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said Friday. Full text...

  • World Bank gives Niger FCFA 102b for environment
    04 october 2012 11:45:28
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved US$203 million for Niger to enable the West African country to complete the Niger Basin Water Resources Development and Sustainable Ecosystems Management Programme, the government said in a statement. Full text...

  • Gambia again bans re-export of wood
    01 october 2012 13:51:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Gambia has placed a permanent ban on the re-export of wood from the West African country, the government announced in a statement received here by PANA Monday. Full text...

  • Nepali forestry activist receives Wangari Maathai Award
    28 september 2012 08:46:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The first-ever Wangari Maathai Award was given Thursday to a forestry activist from Nepal, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, to recognise his efforts to promote community forest management. Full text...

  • Nigerian official warns Lake Nyos in Cameroon could collapse
    27 september 2012 15:11:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday raised the alarm on the possibility of the collapse of Lake Nyos in Western Cameroon. Full text...

  • Forests vital resource in sustainable development, says FAO chief
    25 september 2012 14:05:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva has stressed the important role of forestry in sustainable development. Full text...

  • Rights groups seek probe of toxic waste dumping in Cote d'Ivoire
    25 september 2012 13:08:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International and Greenpeace have called for a probe, in the UK, of Trafigura, the multinational company behind the 2006 dumping of toxic waste in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Flood displaces 73,000 in Nigerian state
    25 september 2012 12:46:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 73,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Nigeria's central state of Kogi, according to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). Full text...

  • Locally controlled forestry: Guide to mutually-beneficial results
    24 september 2012 06:25:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The most detailed discussions to date between investors and forest rights-holders have resulted in new guidance for investments that can create a ‘triple win’ of returns for investors, livelihood security for local communities and protection for forests, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said Monday. Full text...

  • Flood in northern Cameroon displaces 6,000
    23 september 2012 11:58:19
    Maga, Cameroon (PANA) - Flooding that has affected six of Cameroon's 11 districts has left 6,000 people displaced in Maga, the most affected district. Full text...

  • Maurtanian govt offers 200 plots of land to disabled people
    20 september 2012 17:53:31
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – On the basis of an agreement signed Wednesday involving the ministry of Housing, the Department of Social Affairs, Infancy and Family and the Mauritanian Federation of the National Disabled People's Associations (FMANPH), the Mauritanian government has offered 200 plots of land to the disabled persons for housing purposes, PANA learnt Thursday from official sources. Full text...

  • Mauritius organizes campaign on energy efficiency
    20 september 2012 16:28:58
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian government is to organize a one-week campaign on energy efficiency from 24-30 September with the slogan: "More with less energy", an official source told PANA here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Worst flooding in 80 years affects millions in Niger
    20 september 2012 15:33:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - International aid agency Oxfam on Thursday warned that devastating floods in Niger are affecting more than 500,000 people, most of whose basic needs are not being met. Full text...

  • Workshop on sustainable energy in Africa begins in Kenya
    19 september 2012 22:52:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Leading experts in energy from the African Union, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the private sector and development partners are in Nairobi, Kenya, for a three-day workshop from Wednesday to brainstorm on ways to explore how the continent can harness more of its resources to deliver sustainable energy for Africans. Full text...

  • President Paul Biya consoles flood victims in northern Cameroon
    19 september 2012 16:32:39
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroonian President Paul Biya, was due in Garoua, the capital of the Northern Province, Wednesday to console victims of the massive floods that reportedly left 14 people dead and uprooted 20,000 others from their homes, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Fresh floods displace about 13,500 in 30 communities in north-eastern Nigeria
    18 september 2012 21:26:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A new wave of floods have hit the north-eastern Nigerian State of Taraba with the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) registering 13,428 internally displaced people in 30 communities that have been submerged by flood waters. Full text...

  • Mauritius hosts int'l hydrographic conference
    18 september 2012 14:34:55
    Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius (PANA) - The ninth Conference of the Southern Africa and Islands Hydrographic Commission (SAIHC) opened Tuesday at Flic en Flac, western Mauritius, with some 30 delegates participating. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt constitutes committee on impact of floods on citizens
    15 september 2012 17:26:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government Saturday announced the constitution of a special committee to assess the impact of flooding on the people, especially in North Central Nigeria. Full text...

  • Kikwete tells African ministers to tackle rich nations on global warming
    14 september 2012 16:45:15
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has challenged African environment ministers to put industrial nations to task for their slow action to reverse degradation of the global environment and the rising global warming. Full text...

  • Greenpeace urges SA to emulate Japan on phase-out of nuclear energy
    14 september 2012 15:02:24
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Greenpeace Africa has urged South Africa to emulate Japan which has announced it will phase out nuclear energy by 2030 and increase renewable energy by 30% in the electricity mix. Full text...

  • Africa’s youth demand guidance for their role in sustainable development
    14 september 2012 12:20:45
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa’s youth Friday called on the continent’s leadership to urgently come up with clear guidelines on the constructive participation of citizen stakeholder groups in the sustainable development of Africa. Full text...

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