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  • Some Zambian families shut themselves during eclipse
    21 june 2001 22:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Some families in Lusaka Thursday afternoon shut up themselves for fear that they may get blind even if they did not look directly to the sun when the eclipse of the sun appeared over Zambia. Full text...

  • South Africans in awe as eclipse sweeps through
    21 june 2001 21:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Millions of South Africans watched in awe on Thursday as the moon's shadow swept across the country, casting semi-darkness over most regions. Full text...

  • SADC ministers review action on environment strategy
    21 june 2001 20:53:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Ministers for environment and land matters in the Southern Africa Development Community meet at the weekend in Windhoek to review progress made in implementing the subregion's environment management strategy. Full text...

  • Eclipse linked with Botswana Chief's death
    21 june 2001 17:59:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The death of a second Botswana traditional chief in five days overshadowed the eclipse of the sun Thursday. Full text...

  • Chiluba joins thousands to watch solar eclipse in Lusaka
    21 june 2001 17:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba was among hundreds of thousands of people, including some 20,000 foreign tourists, that witnessed a three-and-a-half minute grand spectacle of the total eclipse of the sun in Lusaka Thursday afternoon. Full text...

  • WFP says Ethiopia needs more food assistance
    21 june 2001 17:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has said more pledges were needed to continue assisting internally displaced people in Tigraye State. Full text...

  • Kenya's Health ministry in rage over garbage collection
    21 june 2001 17:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's ministry of Health has threatened to sue the Nairobi city council for failure to ensure proper garbage collection. Full text...

  • Regional conference on lead petrol
    21 june 2001 15:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A regional conference on the elimination of lead-contaminated petrol in sub-Saharan Africa will open next Tuesday in Dakar, the Senegalese News Agency (APS) reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Table Mountain tahrs face death
    21 june 2001 10:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Friends of the Tahr, a Cape Town-based group, has appealed for help to save the lives of the remaining 50 or so Himalayan tahrs that live on Table Mountain in the city. Full text...

  • Southern Africa hardest hit by oil spills
    21 june 2001 09:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Oil spills continue to be the scourge of the world's marine environment and only an internationally co-ordinated effort can stand between pollution and certain death for many of the planet's most endangered species. Full text...

  • DR Congo issues warning on solar eclipse
    20 june 2001 14:33:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo Health Minister Leonard Mashako Mamba has appealed to his fellow citizens not to look at the solar eclipse expected Thursday with their naked eyes. Full text...

  • South Africa flies environmental flag
    20 june 2001 09:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Environmental Affairs and Tourism minister Valli Moosa has announced South Africa's admission as member of the Foundation for Environmental Education, thus earning the right to fly the internationally acclaimed Blue Flag at its beaches. Full text...

  • Zambia declares solar eclipse holiday
    19 june 2001 20:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has declared Thursday a national holiday to enable workers observe the solar eclipse. Full text...

  • Preparations hot up for SADC conference on environment
    19 june 2001 17:04:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Lands and environment experts from the Southern African Development Community Tuesday began preparations in Windhoek, Namibia ahead of a conference of SADC Environment ministers coming up next Friday. Full text...

  • Sahelian pesticide committee holds 12th meeting
    19 june 2001 16:15:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 12th meeting of the Sahelian Pesticide Committee (SPC), a body instituted by the nine-member States of the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), opened in Bamako Monday to examine applications for the approval of certain pesticides. Full text...

  • King Mohammed to chair Water Council meeting
    19 june 2001 10:20:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco will Thursday chair the 9th session of the Supreme Council on Water and Climate, charged with the country's Water policy decisions. Full text...

  • African delegates urge ratification of Kyoto Protocol
    18 june 2001 18:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Delegates from 13 West and Central African countries have called on their respective governments to ratify the Kyoto (Japan) Protocol on the reduction of environmental pollution, before the "Rio+10," meeting scheduled for 2002. Full text...

  • Halting environmental degradation at the Niger River
    18 june 2001 17:36:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 60 participants from Benin's northern regions of Aliborie and Borgou began a meeting Monday in Cotonou, on how to reverse environmental degradation on the Niger River Basin. Full text...

  • Kenyan official vouches respect for environmental laws
    18 june 2001 17:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Trade and Industry minister Nicholas Biwott Monday stressed the importance Nairobi placed on environmental laws, affirming that the government will not condone businesses that flout such legislation. Full text...

  • Konare donates 150 million CFA to Bamako Park
    18 june 2001 17:15:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare has donated 150 million CFA francs for the improvement of the Bamako Biological Park, as part of activities marking the National Environment Week. Full text...

  • UNEP Urges Political Action to Halt Global Desertification
    17 june 2001 10:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Though knowledge and technical skills exist to halt the destructive trends in land management, the UN environment agency says only political and economic factors would determine application of that knowledge. Full text...

  • 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...

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