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  • Floods kill two in north-west Rwanda
    02 november 2001 21:46:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Heavy rains in north-west Rwanda have claimed two lives, killed five cows, four goats and left 953 families homeless, official sources in Kigali reported Friday. Full text...

  • Biogas to replace charcoal at Niamey hospital
    01 november 2001 17:34:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- UNICEF and the Niger Basin Authority have signed an agreement on implementation of a project aimed at producing cheap and non-polluting energy from biogas. Full text...

  • Libyan environment meeting urges protection of natural resources
    31 october 2001 12:01:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's first national conference on the environment has called for a national environment protection strategy. Full text...

  • Depleting water reserves worries Mauritius
    30 october 2001 22:57:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- With the rains taking long to come, water reserves in Mauritius' three main tanks are depleting drastically, the MATERA agency reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Report catalogues Kenya's losses in 2000 drought
    30 october 2001 19:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will require at least 480 million US dollars to recover from the unprecedented drought that hit the country last year, according to a report on the disaster launched in Nairobi Tuesday. Full text...

  • Major tropical wind in Mauritius
    29 october 2001 20:22:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius experienced its first strong tropical wind of the season, dubbed "Andre," Sunday, north-east of the country, according to the Meteorological Services. Full text...

  • Madagascar, Seychelles opt for regional fishing pact
    29 october 2001 16:05:00
    Victoria- Seychelles (PANA) -- Intergovernmental consultations are under way in Seychelles to set up a regional organisation for promotion of sustainable development, conservation and management of fish resources in the Indian Ocean region, MATERA news agency has reported. Full text...

  • Kadhafi commends work of local scientists
    29 october 2001 13:11:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Kadhafi has commended his country's capacities, experience, scientific and academic potentialities, saying they are "a source of pride before the world which thought that Libya was an illiterate country with no scientists or experts". Full text...

  • Tripoli hosts national environment conference
    28 october 2001 20:05:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A National conference on environmental issues opened Saturday in Tripoli, chaired by Faraj Htewech, Libyan Secretary in charge of Resources, Environment and Urban Planning. Full text...

  • France helps Ouagadougou out of water shortage
    26 october 2001 19:09:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The National Water and Sanitation Authority in Burkina Faso (ONEA) and the French Development Agency (AFD) have signed a financial agreement to the tune of 4. Full text...

  • France helps Ouagadougou out of water shortage
    26 october 2001 12:43:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The National Water and Sanitation Authority in Burkina Faso (ONEA) and the French Development Agency (AFD) have signed a financial agreement to the tune of 4. Full text...

  • Stocks still meagre despite fishing ban
    24 october 2001 09:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The population of mature fish stocks in Lake Naivasha, experts warn, is still too meagre for commercial exploitation eight months after the government banned fishing in the lake. Full text...

  • Tanzania imports rhinos from South Africa
    23 october 2001 19:39:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- An alarming drop in Tanzania's rhino population has led authorities to seek a breeder stock from South Africa and set up a sanctuary for black rhinos that is protected by armed guards round the clock. Full text...

  • Kenyan lake gets fishing taskforce
    22 october 2001 13:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A special task force has been formed to look into modalities for lifting a fishing ban imposed on Lake Naivasha, one of the two only fresh water lakes in the Rift Valley. Full text...

  • Plotting the road map to sustainable development
    17 october 2001 22:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African Ministers and other stakeholders have started discussions on a continental position ahead of the September 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya moves to protect marine life in Lake Naivasha
    17 october 2001 22:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities Wednesday appointed a task force to evaluate and make recommendations on the management of Lake Naivasha to ensure that the fish stock and waters were not depleted. Full text...

  • Foreigners exploit Somali marine resources
    17 october 2001 20:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Large foreign fishing Companies, capitalising on the decade-long chaos in Somalia are plundering the country's rich marine life and destroying its aquaculture, a Somali civic leader revealed in Nairobi Wednesday. Full text...

  • Grounded cargo ship refloated near Cape Town
    17 october 2001 11:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A giant cargo ship which sank off Scarborough near Cape Town six weeks ago, was refloated following some dramatic rescue operations early Wednesday. Full text...

  • Media in environmental awareness campaign
    17 october 2001 10:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- An environmental awareness campaign on the theme "civil society and environment", dubbed Environment Fortnight, started Tuesday on Benin radio and television. Full text...

  • Colombo hosts meeting on Ozone Layer depletion
    15 october 2001 23:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An international conference to strengthen the protection of the earth's fast depleting Ozone Layer opens in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, the Nairobi-based UN Environment Programme said Monday. Full text...

  • Africa prepares for World Environment Conference
    15 october 2001 19:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African experts and NGOs began wide-ranging consultations in Nairobi Monday, to prepare a continental position for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) scheduled September 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Angolan flood victims get relief
    11 october 2001 09:22:00
    Benguela- Angola (PANA) -- Three humanitarian agencies in Angola, have provided relief materials to some 430 families affected by floods in Dombe Grande Commune of the coastal Benguela province. Full text...

  • Naturalists say "bonobo" monkey species unique to DRC
    10 october 2001 23:34:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The virgin rain forest of the Equator province in DR Congo is the unique habitat of the big monkey, locally called "bonobo", a naturalist association said Wednesday in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Namibia launches SOS for Cape Griffon vulture
    10 october 2001 20:48:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Conservationists and environmentalists in Namibia have begun a campaign to save the Cape Griffon vulture, one of the country's most endangered species currently threatened with extinction. Full text...

  • Namibia to celebrate water day
    10 october 2001 20:40:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- For the driest country in southern Africa, there is indeed a reason to celebrate. Full text...

  • Scientists record whale sightings in South Africa
    08 october 2001 10:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Scientists in a chartered helicopter Monday began recording and photographing all whale sightings along South Africa's Cape coastline to monitor trends in numbers and reproductive parameters of this once severely depleted population. Full text...

  • Polish company discovers timber substitute
    06 october 2001 13:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Polish company has introduced a novel house construction method using plastic, which promises to revolutionise the building industry and save receding national forests. Full text...

  • UNEP includes Zambezi ecosystem in ambitious project
    05 october 2001 20:40:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Zambezi valley ecosystem has been selected as one of a group of ecosystems world-wide to benefit from the 600 million US dollar Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) project of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • DR Congo implements Convention on climatic changes
    05 october 2001 19:25:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo is currently implementing the framework Convention on climatic changes, project coordinator Maurice Matanda Kafunda hinted earlier this week. Full text...

  • Mandela opens giant game reserve
    05 october 2001 12:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Retired South African President Nelson Mandela opened the giant Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park on Thursday saying the world could use it as an example of how to improve relations between nations. Full text...

  • City Cracks Down On Polluters
    04 october 2001 16:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Municipal authorities in Zimbabwe's capital Harare Thursday introduced stringent environmental pollution checks, and stiffer penalties for offenders. Full text...

  • Protecting the environment to fight poverty
    04 october 2001 14:17:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde is reviewing its poverty reduction strategy with the aim of integrating desertification control and biodiversity preservation as essential components of the national plan, a government source said. Full text...

  • Africa's woes blamed on absence of spatial information
    03 october 2001 23:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lack of spatial information is partly to blame for unplanned settlements, slum dwellings, pollution and poverty in Africa, experts meeting in Nairobi have observed. Full text...

  • Arab environment ministers meets 24 October in Cairo
    03 october 2001 16:57:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Arab Environment Ministers were gearing up for the 13th session of their council meeting slated to convene in Cairo 24 October to develop environment friendly actions in the Arab world. Full text...

  • ECOWAS reflects on lasting development
    02 october 2001 23:53:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Delegates from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are currently reflecting in Abidjan on ways to lasting development in the sub region, organisers said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cameroon spends 5 billion CFA F on natural disasters
    02 october 2001 13:40:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Within 10 years, Cameroon has experienced 75 natural disasters which cost the state five billion CFA francs, the secretary of state for regional administration, Adamou Modi, said in Yaounde Monday. Full text...

  • Niger's Ingall date palms under threat
    01 october 2001 23:59:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 10,000 ancient date palms in the Ingall palm grove 850 km north of Niamey are in danger, as wells subside and the oasis in which they were planted gradually silt up, the weekly Sahel Dimanche magazine has warned. Full text...

  • Sand extractors protest government ban
    01 october 2001 16:10:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Some 400 disgruntled sand extractors, who are members of the 1200-strong Lagoon sand extracting owners and employees common front in Mauritius, demonstrated Monday in Port Louis against a government ban on extraction. Full text...

  • South African television documentary wins Award
    01 october 2001 10:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African wildlife television newsmagazine, "50/50" has won the 2001 Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Pal Award. Full text...

  • Residents in fresh bid to clean up Nairobi
    30 september 2001 11:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a fresh bid to clean Nairobi, the city council has issued an order banning the careless disposal of waste, which it says has become a common feature near schools, churches and other institutions. Full text...

  • President Pires to attend COP 5 in Geneva next week
    28 september 2001 15:23:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The president of Cape Verde, Pedro Pires, is to attend the fifth session of the parties conference on the UN convention on desertification control (COP 5) to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1 to 12 October. Full text...

  • Ghanaian capital taken over by refuse
    27 september 2001 18:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian capital, Accra, is being clogged by tons of refuse as city authorities and residents disagree over dump sites. Full text...

  • SADC faces precarious water situation
    26 september 2001 21:43:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The precarious water situation remains a priority issue on the agenda as the 14-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) introduces reforms, a senior official has stated. Full text...

  • UK backs UNEP great apes survival project
    26 september 2001 08:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- International efforts to save the world's remaining great apes has received a big boost following a pledge from the government of the United Kingdom. Full text...

  • Botswana donates hippos to Malaysia
    25 september 2001 19:47:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana has donated four hippopotamus to Malaysia, where they will be used to attract visitors to one of the country's wetlands. Full text...

  • Conservation meeting put off following terror attacks
    25 september 2001 19:47:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A meeting of the World Commission on Protected Areas, planned to be held 1-5 October in Tanzania, has been put off following the recent terrorist attacks in the United States. Full text...

  • UNDP to strengthen ties with Libya
    25 september 2001 17:46:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The United Nations Development Programme has promised to cooperate with Libya in the areas of environmental protection, the preservation of natural resources, and urban planning. Full text...

  • Paper chides Ugandans over Lake Victoria fishing
    25 september 2001 14:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Communities from the three East African countries living around Lake Victoria are at loggerheads over fishing rights. Full text...

  • Kenya to strengthen environmental management
    24 september 2001 16:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya plans new guidelines for strict enforcement of its newly enacted Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act, Environmental Conservation Minister Katana Ngala, announced Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan moves to check farming in forest zone
    24 september 2001 15:28:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese National Forests Authority has announced it is suspending for two years, the issuance of licenses for new agricultural schemes in natural forest zones. Full text...

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