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  • Walvis Bay gets new waste disposal facility
    15 june 2001 21:38:00
    Walvis Bay- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma Friday unveiled a major Waste disposal facility for the country's Walvis Bay port city and commended the Municipal Council for its pivotal role in the town's development. Full text...

  • Mars encounter, solar eclipse and winter solstice mark 21 June
    15 june 2001 19:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- On June 21, Mars will make its closest approach to Earth since 1988, with the distance between the two planets narrowing to just 67 million km, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) said. Full text...

  • SADC environmental brief stresses need for information
    15 june 2001 14:34:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) policy brief issued here this week calls on policy makers in private and public sectors to access up-to-date information in order to identify priority environmental issues. Full text...

  • Anti-poaching operation was teamwork, says Mozambican police
    14 june 2001 23:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican police has confirmed that the arrest of Mozambican poachers Monday was the culmination of a joint operation between the Mozambican and South African police forces. Full text...

  • Corrupt practices paralyse Mozambican environment ministry
    14 june 2001 22:43:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Ministry for Environmental Co-ordination (MICOA) has been largely paralysed since the start of the year because donors have withheld funds on the grounds of financial mismanagement. Full text...

  • Metals continue to kill flamingos
    14 june 2001 21:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Flamingos on the shores of Lakes Nakuru and Bogoria in Kenya have been dying in their hundreds due to high levels of heavy metals that have polluted the waters. Full text...

  • Sub-regional workshop on persistent organic pollutants
    14 june 2001 10:01:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 40 experts from 14 Francophone sub-Saharan African countries open a sub-regional workshop Thursday in Yaounde on the catalytic roles of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP). Full text...

  • Regional environmental body visits Cape Verde
    13 june 2001 21:55:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde President Pedro Pires Tuesday received a delegation from the Sahel Drought Control Commission (CILSS) led by the Executive Secretary Musa Mbenga. Full text...

  • Experts meet on Cape Verde environmental policy
    11 june 2001 21:32:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A national seminar opened Monday on the Santiago island, to discuss Cape Verde's environmental policy. Full text...

  • Four-wheel drive vehicles to be banned on beaches
    11 june 2001 17:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has announced draft regulations to control the off-road use of vehicles for recreational purposes on the coast. Full text...

  • Diplomat rates Freetown as filthy and fly infested
    11 june 2001 08:41:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The head of Sierra Leone's missions in the US and Canada, John Leigh has described Freetown as "very filthy with over fifty million flies", and called on the health ministry and municipal authorities to "clear this health hazard in this city". Full text...

  • South African scout badge offends US animal group
    10 june 2001 18:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A US group advocating animal welfare has taken exception to the fisherman merit badge of the South African Scouts Association, urging for its withdrawal. Full text...

  • Chad moves to check desertification in the south
    08 june 2001 11:45:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The government of Chad and the Regional Centre for Environmental Education and Training to Combat Desertification (CREFELD) have signed an agreement for CREFELD to set up station at the southern town of Sarh. Full text...

  • South Africa and Lesotho to sign conservation agreement
    08 june 2001 07:44:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and Lesotho are set to sign an agreement on the conservation of the Maloti- Drakensberg area. Full text...

  • Namibia to ratify SADC shared water protocol
    07 june 2001 20:53:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia plans to ratify the revised Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocol on shared water courses so as to be it in line with the United Nations convention. Full text...

  • Human activity threatens Kenya's forests
    07 june 2001 17:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kakamega Forest, the only surviving equatorial rain forest in Kenya and home to rare species of birds, snakes and primates is on the brink of extinction due to human activity. Full text...

  • Mali adopts new water management act
    07 june 2001 16:48:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali has enacted a law on water management setting strict rules for the use, conservation and protection of water resources to meet the present and future needs of the population, an official statement said. Full text...

  • South Africa urged to start phasing out methyl bromide
    07 june 2001 08:46:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A meeting to review the ratification of the Montreal Protocol has called on South Africa, Africa's biggest user of methyl bromide, to solicit for multilateral funding for technical assistance to phase out the use of the chemical. Full text...

  • Annan wants due attention for housing in development agenda
    06 june 2001 21:10:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Wednesday called for the integration of housing issues in the agenda for economic and social development, especially in the efforts to reduce poverty in the world. Full text...

  • Minister wants to turn Mauritius into paradise
    06 june 2001 17:14:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian environment minister Rajesh Bhagwan said that he hoped "that when we meet on World Environment Day next year, Mauritius would have got rid of all its eye-sores, polluting industries and damaged lagoons. Full text...

  • Minister wants to turn Mauritius into paradise
    06 june 2001 17:13:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian environment minister Rajesh Bhagwan said that he hoped "that when we meet on World Environment Day next year, Mauritius would have got rid of all its eye-sores, polluting industries and damaged lagoons. Full text...

  • Mauritius to invest 670 million rupees in environmental projects
    06 june 2001 16:36:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime minister Anerood Jugnauth announced Tuesday night that the government has devised 72 projects worth 670 million rupees (29. Full text...

  • Nigeria to ratify Convention on ozone protection
    06 june 2001 15:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has approved the country's ratification of the Vienna Convention on the protection of the ozone layer, according to the Minister of State for Environment, Ime Okopido. Full text...

  • Annan Launches Major Study of World's Environment
    05 june 2001 21:26:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- A major project to study the state of the world's environment and its impact on human health and economic well-being was launched Tuesday in New York by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Full text...

  • Zambian woman honoured for chimp care
    05 june 2001 21:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A Zambian woman has been nominated for the prestigious 2001 Audi Terra Nova Award for her commitment to care for injured and unwanted chimpanzees. Full text...

  • Burundian minister worried by ecosystem destruction
    05 june 2001 20:08:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi was once nicknamed "the Switzerland of Africa" because of its ever-green hilly terrain and numerous lakes. Full text...

  • Kenyans observe World Environment Day
    05 june 2001 17:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyans Tuesday joined the rest of the continent to observe the 2001 World Environment Day, with leaders and environmentalists decrying that there is an environmental crisis facing the country that needs to be given attention. Full text...

  • Minister launches clean-up operation in Western Cape
    05 june 2001 14:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Environmental and Cultural Affairs Minister Glen Adams Tuesday officially launched a Western Cape Clean-up Operation to coincide with World Environment Week. Full text...

  • Moroccans to celebrate World Environment Day
    05 june 2001 14:33:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco Tuesday observed World Environment Day within the framework of a programme of local and regional activities developed by the ministry of Land, Urban Development, Housing and Environment. Full text...

  • World Environment Day activities kick off in Kenya
    05 june 2001 10:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan top fashion models, attired in materials and accessories made from recycled plastic, rubber and other waste products, took to the catwalk Monday evening as part of week-long activities marking the World Environment Day Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN says Governments are neglecting urban poverty
    05 june 2001 09:29:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Poverty, traditionally associated with the rural folks, is increasingly becoming an affliction among city dwellers who now constitute half of world population, according to a report by the Nairobi, Kenya-based UN Centre for Human Settlement (Habitat). Full text...

  • Benin spends 1.2 percent of GDP on pollution
    04 june 2001 19:36:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin spends 1. Full text...

  • Kenyan schools unveil water project
    04 june 2001 15:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two Kenyan Schools have launched an ambitious science-based project on the treatment and conservation of water. Full text...

  • Kenyan schools launch water purification project
    04 june 2001 10:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Following five months of scientific experiment, students of the Nairobi-based Alliance High School and the French School over the weekend, jointly launched a water treatment and conservation project. Full text...

  • Famine Hits Western Sudan
    03 june 2001 19:57:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Stacks of dry grass and firewood have suddenly filled up marketplaces in the western Sudanese towns of Mellit and Fashir. Full text...

  • Flood victims blame forced relocation for plight
    03 june 2001 11:09:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- More than 30,000 villagers who were displaced by floods last February in Malawi are blaming the Illovo Sugar Company for forcing them to relocate on riverbanks after it leased vast tracts of their upland localities. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to impose heavy fines for environmental damage
    02 june 2001 13:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe is drafting new environmental laws which will be harsher on polluters, a senior government official said Saturday. Full text...

  • Hunger looms in Somalia following poor rains
    01 june 2001 19:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Friday warned that tens of thousands of Somalis could face acute hunger as poor rains in south-central regions threaten the country's main grain harvest. Full text...

  • 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...

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