Environment -
  • Beninese mark national tree-planting day
    01 june 2001 14:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Beninese commemorated Friday the 17th national tree day putting emphasis on afforestation as a source of income. Full text...

  • Local Sudanese authority bans use of charcoal, firewood
    31 may 2001 20:17:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- In a bid to check the depletion of Sudan's forests, authorities in Khartoum have warned restaurants and bakeries against using charcoal and firewood as cooking fuel. Full text...

  • Lesotho herdboys named for Global 500 Honour Awards
    31 may 2001 08:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Environment Programme Thursday announced the nomination of Khohlooa, Matholoana and Likobo Herdboys of Lesotho to the Global 500 Honour Roll for their outstanding contributions in protecting the environment. Full text...

  • Plight of sharks under the spotlight
    30 may 2001 18:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Conservation officials from around the world are gathered in Cape Town for a workshop to focus on the protection and management of African shark populations. Full text...

  • Seychelles pledges protection of world natural heritage
    29 may 2001 20:14:00
    Victoria- Seychelles (PANA) -- The authorities in Seychelles have reaffirmed their commitment to protecting the country's flora and fauna, that form part of the world natural heritage. Full text...

  • Climate change blamed for rising health problems
    25 may 2001 11:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Climate change coupled with environmental degradation, has created an ideal condition for the emergence, resurgence and spread of infectious diseases world- wide, a study by the US-based Centre for Health and Global Environment has affirmed. Full text...

  • Arab environment ministers meet Tuesday in Rabat
    24 may 2001 12:31:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The executive board of the council of environment ministers from Arab countries will Tuesday convene its 6th ordinary session in Rabat to examine the Arab Zone Free Exchange, trade, environment and the impact of the Abu Dhabi declaration. Full text...

  • Expert Says Africa Most Vulnerable to Rising Earth Temperatures
    23 may 2001 22:44:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Sub-Saharan Africa would be most affected by the negative impact of the warming of the earth's surface temperature on agricultural production, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Robert Watson has said. Full text...

  • Sustainable development of Lake Victoria basin deepens
    23 may 2001 10:04:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- In a move to check environmental degradation around Lake Victoria Sweden, Norway, France, the World Bank and the East African Development Bank have teamed up to support a broad and long-term development of the lake's basin. Full text...

  • South Africa wins gold medal at Chelsea flower show
    22 may 2001 13:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Old Mutual- Kirstenbosch Exhibit Monday night received South Africa's 24th gold medal in the Floral Pavilion Exhibits category at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show in London. Full text...

  • Armyworms threaten crops in eastern Ethiopia
    21 may 2001 16:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Armyworms have invaded large areas of land in four regional States of eastern Ethiopia devouring grain and other crops, the press reported Monday. Full text...

  • USAID wants bylaws to protect natural resources
    21 may 2001 13:38:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The office of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Malawi has expressed concern over the government's delays in approving bylaws that would favour the conservation of natural resources. Full text...

  • Sustainable solutions wanted for the management of ecosystems
    21 may 2001 12:22:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 50 experts are expected to participate in a conference on Low Impact Operation (EFI) in Central Africa slated for Thursday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • UNEP launches worldwide initiative to save great apes
    21 may 2001 07:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Monday launched a major international project to save the Great Apes from extinction in Africa and Asia. Full text...

  • UNEP launches worldwide initiative to save great apes
    21 may 2001 07:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Monday launched a major international project to save the Great Apes from extinction in Africa and Asia. Full text...

  • World Bank and UNEP sign agreement on POPs
    18 may 2001 21:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Bank and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed an agreement that will strengthen their collaboration on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), which was finalised last December and will be signed and adopted on 22-23 May. Full text...

  • Mauritius bus company goes environment-friendly
    18 may 2001 20:43:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius National Transport Corporation has ordered 25 environment-friendly buses from the Indian firm, Ashok Leyland. Full text...

  • UNEP says World's Most Important Wetlands Ruined by Drainage
    18 may 2001 15:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Around 90 percent of the Mesopotamian marshlands, commonly referred to as the fertile crescent, in the Middle East has been lost as a result of drainage and damming, a study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has revealed. Full text...

  • Kenya Suspends Excision Of Forest Land
    16 may 2001 11:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Government has halted the proposed excision of 167,000 acres of Kenya's forests until court cases filed against the move are determined, it was officially announced Wednesday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Authorities Pull Plug on Coelacanth Expedition
    16 may 2001 09:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Just hours after a team of South African divers began beaming live images of prehistoric coelacanth fish off St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal, conservation authorities have pulled the plug on their operation. Full text...

  • South Africa Floral Ambassadors Leave for London Show
    16 may 2001 09:02:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A consignment of 40 genera of indigenous South African flora, packed at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, was transported Wednesday to the world famous Chelsea Flower Show in London. Full text...

  • Namibia's hunting season opens
    15 may 2001 22:03:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The authorities in Windhoek have announced the opening of the 2001 Namibian hunting season, specifying game open to hunting. Full text...

  • FAO warns on unused pesticides
    15 may 2001 09:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned about the threat posed by more than 500,000 tonnes of old and unused pesticides on the health of millions of people and the environment in nearly all developing countries. Full text...

  • Convention on POPs Ready for Signing
    14 may 2001 18:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A convention which scientists say will deliver a healthier world for people and wildlife is set to be signed 22-23 May in Stockholm by more than 100 countries. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa gets laboratory to detect pollution
    14 may 2001 11:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A 2. Full text...

  • Opposition party on South Africa's sewerage problem
    13 may 2001 17:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), has alleged that sewerage is seeping into drinking water in all the country's nine provinces. Full text...

  • UNEP moves against hyacinth to regain Nairobi's rivers
    10 may 2001 17:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) has announced a water hyacinth harvesting competition aimed at rehabilitating rivers in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Rural inhabitants trade sweat for food
    10 may 2001 13:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Unlike the Iraqis who traded oil for food and the Soviets in the early 90s had to trade personal jewellery, including wedding rings, for apples, the inhabitants of a tiny Senegalese village close to Ross Bethio, 300 km from Dakar, have traded sweat for food. Full text...

  • Dutch experts help Benin manage wetlands
    08 may 2001 15:29:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A delegation of Dutch experts are in Benin for the launching of exchange activities on wetlands, Cotonou sources hinted Tuesday. Full text...

  • Lusaka City bosses haunted by garbage, money and time
    07 may 2001 13:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Lusaka city council authorities are increasingly growing jittery over their inability to secure land on which to dump the mountains of garbage as the July date for hosting the OAU summit gets closer. Full text...

  • Report alleges plan to dump toxic waste in Africa
    07 may 2001 13:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A report on toxic wastes trade and dumping episodes has revealed alleged plans by the US and some European countries to dump 29 million tonnes of toxic wastes in 11 African countries, the local press said in Lagos Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania seeks funding to conserve rare species
    05 may 2001 18:35:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Tanzanian government is seeking financial assistance to help preserve some rare plant and toad species now in danger of extinction in an area straddling the Kihansi hydropower in Iringa, southern Tanzania. Full text...

  • Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire work on greenhouse gas emissions
    05 may 2001 16:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese and Ivorian ministers of Environment, Lamine Ba and Gilbert Bleu-Laine, have made a final review of a regional project on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through improved energy efficiency in buildings. Full text...

  • Dioila women join Mali's reforestation effort
    04 may 2001 22:23:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 20 women of the Balimaya association for mutual assistance in Dioila, 250 km from Bamako, recently drilled in techniques of nursing trees to promote reforestation. Full text...

  • Caracal custodians appear in South African court
    04 may 2001 21:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The owners of the Kalahari Raptor Centre (KRC) Friday appeared in the Kuruman Magistrates Court to answer charges of transporting and keeping three caracals without a permit. Full text...

  • Workers stumble on Italian chemical weapons cache in Ethiopia
    04 may 2001 21:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A cache of weapons, including chemicals, dating back to the five-year Italian occupation of Ethiopia in the 1930s, were found early this week at the town of Ambalaghe, some 710 km north of Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Flooding displaces thousands in Western Kenya
    04 may 2001 09:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 1,500 families in the Nyando area in Kisumu District, Western Kenya have been displaced by floods following two days of heavy rains in the Lake Victoria Basin. Full text...

  • Benin sets up a national authority for chemical weapons
    03 may 2001 22:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin Thursday set up an authority to be in charge of implementing the UN Convention on chemical weapons. Full text...

  • South Africa joins anti-GM lobby
    03 may 2001 19:15:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- In the run up to its hosting next year's Earth Summit, South Africa appears to have put itself in a bad light with environmentalists by pushing for curbs on the labelling of genetically modified (GM) foods. Full text...

  • Call for improved environmental data management
    03 may 2001 14:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A senior Zambian official on Thursday stressed the need to improve co-ordination of the management of data and information to enable the government address the country's environmental concerns. Full text...

  • Initiative to clean Athi River near Nairobi
    30 april 2001 08:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNDP announced Sunday that it was supporting an initiative to clean up the Athi River basin in the Nairobi area and other nearby rivers. Full text...

  • Benin finds way to get rid of wrecked vehicles
    27 april 2001 21:07:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has embarked on a 50 million dollar environmental project designed for efficient management of discarded vehicles and enabling craftsmen to salvage usable parts from junk-yards. Full text...

  • Cotonou hosts oceanographic data workshop
    26 april 2001 23:17:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- At least 50 scientific researchers and engineers have started a two-day meeting in Cotonou to discuss plans for launching the second phase of Benin's network of Oceanographic data and information for Africa (ODINAFRICA- II). Full text...

  • Waterfree, Odourless Toilet System Launched
    26 april 2001 22:35:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A new waterfree and odourless toilet system, regarded as an alternative for costly central sewage systems, was launched Thursday in the Namibian capital, Windhoek. Full text...

  • Mauritius appeals to the US over Kyoto Protocol
    26 april 2001 09:03:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Environment minister Rajesh Bhagwan has appealed to the United States government to revise its stand over the Kyoto Protocol before the resumption of the sixth meeting of the conference slated for July in Germany. Full text...

  • Human activities threaten life in Zambezi basin
    25 april 2001 22:36:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Zambezi River basin, shared by eight Southern Africa Development Community countries, is increasingly endangered, according to a new report. Full text...

  • Experts discuss environmental impact assessment
    24 april 2001 23:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The sixth environmental impact assessment symposium entered its second day in Cotonou Tuesday involving about 100 experts from member states of the International Francophonie Organisation The theme of this year's meeting which ends on Friday are "energy choices: from impact assessment to strategic environmental assessment". Full text...

  • Floods destroyed 71,000 hectares of crops
    24 april 2001 18:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A total of 71,000 hectares of crops were destroyed bye floods that hit central Mozambique this year leaving about 99,500 families at risk of hunger, reports Tuesday's issue of the daily paper "Noticias". Full text...

  • Liberia gets a million dollars for forest re-assessment
    24 april 2001 15:13:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) and an international conservation group have approved nearly one million US dollars (997,359 Euro) grant to fund a forest re-assessment project in Liberia. Full text...

  • Activist opposes new Kenyan govt plan for forests
    23 april 2001 13:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A world renowned environmentalist has lashed out at the Kenya government and accused it of diverting attention from its plan to excise parts of the natural forests by announcing that it is processing title deeds for all public forests. Full text...

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