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  • Kenyan fishermen locked in hyacinth quarrel
    30 july 2001 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A row has emerged in Kenya's beach district of Kendu Bay over the removal of water hyacinth from Lake Victoria. Full text...

  • Experts say Africa to suffer most from global warming
    30 july 2001 12:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Kaus Topfer Monday urged environmentalists and all those working to improve their natural habitats to close ranks in a bid to forestall the imminent effects of global warming. Full text...

  • Nairobi records unusually chilly wet spell
    28 july 2001 10:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Nairobi residents have had to cope with unusually early rains and cold conditions in the past week, with weathermen warning them to brace for harsher conditions. Full text...

  • UNEP on Africa's possible gains from Kyoto Protocol
    27 july 2001 21:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Although the negative effects of climate change would affect Africa disproportionately, the continent stands to gain from the latest deal on the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said Friday. Full text...

  • UNEP highlights africa's possible gains from Kyoto
    27 july 2001 16:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Although the negative effects of climate change would affect Africa disproportionately, the continent stands to gain from the results of the recent Kyoto protocol on climate change, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said Friday. Full text...

  • Animal disease experts join forces in South Africa
    27 july 2001 10:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Prominent animal disease specialists and wildlife conservationists from various countries this week joined forces in South Africa to address the issue of diseases transmitted between domestic livestock, wild animals and humans. Full text...

  • Bonn climate conference adopts final text
    26 july 2001 21:21:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- The compromise text proposed by the chairman of the UN Conference on Climatic Change, Dutch Environment minister Jan Pronk, was officially adopted Wednesday afternoon. Full text...

  • Okavango River Basin commission meets
    26 july 2001 19:54:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The standing committee of the Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) met last week in Luanda, Angola in its 7th ordinary session, a release said Thursday. Full text...

  • Southern Africa set for battle with locusts
    26 july 2001 19:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A regional locust control outfit in Southern Africa is about to move out against red locusts before they form swarms. Full text...

  • Old passenger ship sinks off South Africa
    26 july 2001 13:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A giant passenger ship, which was being towed from the US to India to be dismantled for scrap, sank early Thursday off the Eastern Cape coast. Full text...

  • Vessel sinks off Mozambican coast
    25 july 2001 19:28:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Bad weather has been blamed for the sinking Monday night of a cargo vessel with 14 crewmembers off the Zangoene coast in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza. Full text...

  • Renewed effort to curb illegal trade in wildlife
    25 july 2001 09:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Five southern and eastern African states have agreed to harmonise their wildlife enforcement laws in a renewed effort to combat illegal trade in wild plants and animals. Full text...

  • Bonn conference saves Kyoto Protocol in extremis
    24 july 2001 21:23:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- The Bonn Conference on climatic change succeeded Monday in reaching a compromise on a text removing obstacles that have so far prevented the coming into force of a UN framework agreement on the Kyoto Protocol. Full text...

  • African delegates welcome compromise on climate change
    24 july 2001 20:57:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- African delegates at the Bonn conference on climatic change have expressed "general satisfaction" with the forum after reaching an agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gas. Full text...

  • UNEP promises to strengthen collaboration with AU
    24 july 2001 15:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Environment Programme was prepared to strength its collaboration with African institutions in order to become a full partner in major initiatives on the continent, UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said Tuesday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Moroccan NGOs get conservation grants
    24 july 2001 13:04:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The UN development programme has given a total of 168,791 US dollars to enable four Moroccan NGOs undertake biodiversity conservation programmes in humid zones. Full text...

  • Pretoria hails Kyoto Protocol
    24 july 2001 10:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has welcomed the news of the agreement on the Kyoto Protocol, which was reached in Bonn on Monday. Full text...

  • G-77 wants Jan Pronk's proposals amended
    23 july 2001 23:09:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- The Group of 77 has taken exception to a number of points in proposals presented last Saturday by the Chairman of the UN Conference on Climatic Change, Dutch Environment minister Jan Pronk. Full text...

  • South African weather bureau re-launched
    23 july 2001 17:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Weather Bureau has been re-launched to ensure that it will cater for the needs of communities such as subsistence farmers, fishermen and vulnerable communities in rural areas. Full text...

  • Minister decries rising trade in endangered species
    23 july 2001 14:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's minister for state in the Presidency Marsden Madoka on Monday decried the rising illegal trade in live animals in the east, central and southern African region. Full text...

  • Namibia weather forecast for Monday
    22 july 2001 17:50:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Here is the weather forecast for Monday 23 July, as issued Sunday by the Namibian Meteorological Service (NMS). Full text...

  • Development threatens conservation project
    22 july 2001 15:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A massive construction work at the Lekki Peninsula Conservation Project, near Nigeria's economic capital of Lagos, has depleted the population of animals and birds on the peninsula, according to the Project Manager, Alade Adeleke. Full text...

  • Delegates optimistic after a week of debates
    22 july 2001 12:13:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- The outcome of the UN conference on climatic changes which is seeking ways to save the Kyoto Protocol adopted in 1997 has raised guarded optimism from several delegates. Full text...

  • African delegate criticizes US position
    21 july 2001 19:56:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- Togolese Environment and Forest Resources minister, Koffi Santy Sany Adade, has deplored the decision by the United States not to ratify the Kyoto protocol, indicating that such position "worries Africa as it is likely to discourage men of goodwill". Full text...

  • UNEP director visits Ethiopia
    21 july 2001 11:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Klaus Toepfer, is set to pay a two-day working visit on Monday to Ethiopia, a UNEP press release said Saturday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Francophone countries speak out at climate change meeting
    20 july 2001 23:33:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- Francophone African countries attending the conference on climatic changes in Bonn on Friday demanded the speedy translation of documents to enable them follow issues more efficiently. Full text...

  • Expert urges Africa to use "pugnacity" at conference
    19 july 2001 23:23:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- Africa would reap gains during the Bonn conference if it displayed "competence and pugnacity", a UNEP official observed in Bonn Thursday. Full text...

  • CILSS calls for domestic and alternative energy in Sahel
    19 july 2001 13:30:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A workshop to launch the Regional Programme for the Promotion of Domestic and Alternative Energy in the Sahel (PREDAS) is afoot in Ouagadougou, with a view to adopting a comprehensive strategy for the programme. Full text...

  • Volunteers rescue penguins after Table Bay oil spill
    19 july 2001 09:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Volunteers are working around the clock to clean 60 oiled penguins which were rescued this week in and around Cape Town's Table Bay. Full text...

  • Dutch minister optimistic over accord on climate change
    18 july 2001 23:03:00
    Bonn- Germany (PANA) -- Dutch environment minister Jan Pronk, who is chairing the UN Conference on Climatic Changes in Bonn, on Wednesday underscored the desire of participating countries to reach an agreement on certain problems raised by this thorny issue. Full text...

  • Grazing pollutes Addis Ababa water supply
    18 july 2001 20:29:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Residents of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, were Wednesday assured of clean water supply after the city's water and sewage authority removed scum from Legedadi dam. Full text...

  • Fishermen sing praises for troublesome weed
    18 july 2001 17:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Despite the World Bank and the three East African governments' efforts to remove the invasive water hyacinth from Lake Victoria, the local fishing population seem to have fallen in love with the once troublesome weed. Full text...

  • European Commission supports flood victims
    17 july 2001 20:56:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The European Commission announced Tuesday an additional support of 840,000 Euros (about 722,000 US dollars) for the victims of the floods that hit the central region of Mozambique early this year. Full text...

  • Conservationist wins Gandhi King Award for Non-violence
    16 july 2001 19:29:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A leading Tanzanian conservationist, Jane Goodall, has been awarded the prestigious Gandhi King Award for Non-Violence for her outstanding work in protecting and conserving nature in the country. Full text...

  • Wildlife body warned over marauding elephants
    16 july 2001 17:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Residents in Kenya's Buret district have issued a 14-day ultimatum to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) that oversees wildlife management and conservation in the country, to drive stray elephants in the area or have them killed. Full text...

  • Floods disrupt traffic in Lagos
    15 july 2001 19:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Traffic was held up for hours on a major thoroughfare in Nigeria's commercial capital city of Lagos Sunday, after a downpour left the roads flooded and impassable. Full text...

  • Djenne residents oppose proposed dam construction
    13 july 2001 08:37:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- An association of inhabitants of Djenne, a world cultural heritage town in central Mali, are resisting government plans to construct a 22 million F CFA irrigation dam at Tallo. Full text...

  • Aquarium trade killing fragile reefs
    12 july 2001 22:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Marine environmentalists at the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya are calling for a fresh ban on coral reef harvesting, following threats to the fragile reefs by aquarium owners. Full text...

  • High stakes for Namibia in UN climate change convention
    12 july 2001 21:25:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- As one of Africa's driest countries, Namibia is extremely vulnerable to climate change, hence is staking highly on the forthcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. Full text...

  • Conference on Africa's capacity to monitor coastal environment
    12 july 2001 20:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A five-day UNESCO-sponsored conference to enhance the capacity of African countries to observe, monitor and forecast their coastal and marine environment will be held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi from 19 to 23 November. Full text...

  • Flooding kills two in Abidjan
    11 july 2001 23:07:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian capital, Abidjan, is "drowning" in more than a month of unremitting rains, reports say. Full text...

  • Residents protest against translocation of elephants
    11 july 2001 21:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Residents of locations bordering Kenya's Meru National Park are up in arms against the government for translocating 56 elephants from Laikipia in Rift Valley to the area. Full text...

  • Kenya said to pursue growth at expense of the environment
    11 july 2001 19:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Rapid population growth, coupled with the country's development drive, are feared to be destroying the environment in Kenya at an alarming rate. Full text...

  • Low oxygen in Lake Victoria threatens marine life
    11 july 2001 15:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Marine life in Lake Victoria, the large water mass shared by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, is under threat due to gradual reduction of oxygen in the lake, a US scientist disclosed Wednesday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Ecologists from central Africa meet in Bujumbura
    10 july 2001 23:11:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The contact group of the Conference on Ecosystems in Central Africa's Dense and Humid Forests (CEFDHAC) Tuesday began a workshop in Bujumbura, on the elaboration of field projects. Full text...

  • Could Mozambique sue the US over climate change?
    10 july 2001 21:47:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A US law professor has told a conference here that victims of disasters related to climate change, such as the catastrophic floods that hit Mozambique in February 2000, have a good case in law for suing the US government for billions of dollars. Full text...

  • Prime Minister visits flood-hit Limbe victims
    10 july 2001 21:26:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian Prime Minister Peter Mafany Musonge and his wife, have visited Limbe, in the country's south-western province where flood and mudslide have killed at least 21 people and rendered thousands homeless. Full text...

  • Kenya to set up marine safety body
    10 july 2001 19:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya plans to establish a marine regulatory body with a view to de-linking its Marine Safety Department from the Kenya Ports Authority, officials said. Full text...

  • Malawi needs sharpshooters to cull crocodiles
    10 july 2001 15:34:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's tourism, parks and wildlife ministry is seeking 20 sharpshooters to cull crocodiles which have been menacing people and crops. Full text...

  • UNEP officials signal reduction in gas emission
    09 july 2001 15:29:00
    Nairobi-Kenya (PANA) -- Voluntary actions by industry, governments and organisations are leading to small but significant reductions in emissions of global warming gases worldwide, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Energy Council (WEC) officials said. Full text...

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