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  • UN: UNFCCC chief urges greater support for developing countries
    01 may 2014 17:19:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Ms. Christiana Figueres, has called for greater international support to help developing countries harness local knowledge and ingenuity to deal with climate change. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Financial shifts put spotlight on social, environmental impacts of large dams
    01 may 2014 08:34:17
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While disputes continue over large dams being built in Brazil, Ethiopia and DR Congo, among others, three big shifts in flows of finance have rendered recent efforts to limit the environmental and social impacts of large dams marginal, researchers have said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia gears for water 'super power' status (A PANA feature by Kennedy Abwao)
    30 april 2014 22:19:14
    Bahir Dar, Ethiopia (PANA) - The narrow road that leads to the beachfront from the ancient city of Bahir Dar betrays little less than the new significance of the waters on Lake Tana beneath. Full text...

  • Congo: Workshop on meteorology observation systems in Central Africa opens
    30 april 2014 22:05:09
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A five-day sub-regional workshop to adapt the meteorological information and observation systems (WIGOS-WIS) for Central Africa has opened in Brazzaville, says a statement issued by the Congolese ministry of Transport and Civil aviation. Full text...

  • Zambia: Raise support now for accelerating global climate action, says UN climate chief
    30 april 2014 16:31:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Communities across the developing world have a wealth of local knowledge and ingenuity to adapt more successfully to climate change but they urgently need greater international support to unlock their ambitions. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: African Union moots watchdog body to curb fisheries decline
    30 april 2014 16:15:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called for urgent measures to revive depleted fisheries resources in Africa as it works out plans to build a fisheries regulatory body. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Overcoming chronic housing deficit in Nigeria, by Abudu Babalola, PANA Correspondent, Lagos
    30 april 2014 09:44:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Shortly after securing a job with a private company in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, Tunde Adedayo, a 40-year-old graduate of Mechanical Engineering, moved to secure accommodation in the bustling city. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Climate change poses greater risk to Egypt than dam on River Nile - Ethiopian experts
    29 april 2014 19:10:27
    Bahir Dar, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian water experts said on Tuesday an upstream electric power dam along the River Nile would not affect Egypt’s water survival compared to the risks posed by climate change. Full text...

  • Zambia: First African Water Integrity summit kicks off in Lusaka
    29 april 2014 16:20:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Water sector stakeholders from Western, Southern and Eastern Africa are meeting in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, to address the urgent need to promote water integrity in the region and to jointly fight water corruption, which reduces economic growth, discourages investments and decelerates poverty reduction. Full text...

  • UN: ILO urges greater control of harmful chemicals in work place
    28 april 2014 22:51:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) says that while chemicals can be useful, necessary steps should be taken to prevent and control potential risks for workers, workplaces, communities and the environment. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Mobile radiation levels within the safety limits'
    28 april 2014 14:13:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Information and Communications Technology Minister, Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, said on Monday that the amount of radiation emitted from telecommunication towers in the island is well below the hazardous levels established by international standards. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan working to step up afforestation after S. Sudan separation
    26 april 2014 09:23:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan says it is working to step up afforestation to make up for forest cover loss following the separation in 2011 of South Sudan, which was the main forest of the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: Rotary, UNESCO train professionals on water, sanitation
    24 april 2014 15:16:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The first class of five Rotary-sponsored scholars Thursday graduated with the Master of Science degrees in water education from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, in Delft, Netherlands, Rotary International announced in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt gets US$23m facility to fight climate change effects
    24 april 2014 12:41:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has received US$23 million in four years from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) to implement climate change, biodiversity and land degradation projects. Full text...

  • US: UN urges protecting planet from 'heavy burden of humankind'
    22 april 2014 20:50:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is urging greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for worldwide changes in attitude and practice to curb the negative impact of human activity on the planet. Full text...

  • Malawi: Floods kill girl, displace hundreds
    22 april 2014 14:08:32
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Heavy floods have swept to death a four-year-old girl and destroyed several houses and crop fields in Malawi's northern border district of Karonga. Full text...

  • Congo: Brazzaville to host conference on fight against poaching
    22 april 2014 11:39:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - An international conference on the fight against poaching will be held in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, in May, According to Henri Djombo, the Congolese Minister of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief condemns attack on DRC national park director
    17 april 2014 21:48:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has condemned the attack against the chief warden of Virunga National Park, and urged the international community to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in protecting not only its World Heritage sites but also those who safeguard them. Full text...

  • Zambia: Brazil unveils plans to offset emissions ahead of FIFA World Cup
    16 april 2014 16:20:05
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The globe's biggest sporting event - the FIFA World Cup – is aiming to offset its greenhouse gas emissions this summer in a move that should inspire more event organizers to undertake high-profile climate action. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Study urges development-focused policies to address drivers of deforestation
    16 april 2014 06:49:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Despite the official recognition of the role of forests in Tanzania’s economic development, unplanned conversion of forests for agriculture, production of wood fuel and extraction of timber for commercial trade is impeding the realisation of development goals, with a quarter of forests predicted to disappear by 2018, according to a new study. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes latest climate report
    14 april 2014 14:30:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the findings of a UN report on the mitigation of climate change, released on Sunday in Berlin, Germany, and urged all countries "to act swiftly and boldly" to reach a "global, ambitious and legal climate agreement in 2015". Full text...

  • Tanzania: Rains wreak havoc on transport, homes and factories
    14 april 2014 11:11:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanians were Monday assessing the damage caused by downpours over the weekend which have claimed at least five lives, four of them in the eastern Morogoro Region, and almost isolated Dar es Salaam city, the country’s seaside commercial capital. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ship carrying whale meat barred from SA port
    14 april 2014 08:49:17
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - The cargo ship Alma, which is carrying 2, 000 tons of endangered Fin Whale whale meat from Iceland, will not enter the South African port of Durban this week following an international outcry. Full text...

  • Zambia: IPCC presents assessment on measures to mitigate climate change
    13 april 2014 11:00:16
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the group of the world’s leading climate change scientists, on Sunday released in Berlin, Germany, its 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change. Full text...

  • Zambia: NGOs say new IPCC report shows climate action delivers benefits, not burdens
    13 april 2014 10:41:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Activists around the world have welcomed the latest UN climate science panel’s report, released Sunday, which lays out the solutions to the climate crisis, giving governments a clear case for urgent action. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Downpour drives TAZARA trains to a halt
    11 april 2014 18:34:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) –The Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA) management here Friday announced a week-long suspension of passenger and train services after torrential rain eroded part of the railroad embankment at Kurasini, eight kilometres from the terminus. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja contributes US$5m to feasibility study on Lake Chad restoration
    11 april 2014 15:39:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government has contributed US$5million to the feasibility study aimed at restoring the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Blustery weather hits coastal regions
    11 april 2014 11:21:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Heavy rainfall and gusty winds were set to hit coastal Tanzania for three days from Friday, the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) has warned. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU releases 33m Euros to finance rights to land programme in Africa
    10 april 2014 17:40:25
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will finance a programme to improve food security and nutrition for vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa with 33 million Euros, according to official sources here Thursday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Govt. sets up fund to facilitate access to water
    09 april 2014 18:12:35
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The Cape Verdean government is to set up a fund, called the social access fund (FAS), to make water and good sanitation available to some 2,000 vulnerable families, according to official sources. Full text...

  • DRC: DR Congo to improve great apes conservation policy
    09 april 2014 15:23:23
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) is to take advantage of the experience of participants at a workshop on the conservation of great apes to establish a good policy to ensure the conservation of these species in DR Congo, Benoît Kisuki, director in charge of scientific and technical studies at ICCN, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma launches US$2.5 billion housing project
    06 april 2014 12:17:00
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma, on Sunday officially opened the US$2.5 billion Cornubia Integrated Human Settlements Development Project in Ottawa, north of Durban. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Authorities to launch national e-waste collection campaign for households
    04 april 2014 16:48:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Local Government Minister, Herve Aimée, said Friday that the volume of e-waste generated in Mauritius ranges between 7,000 and 8,000 tonnes yearly, saying that a National e-waste collection campaign for households will be launched soon throughout the island. Full text...

  • Zambia: UNECA top official calls for greening Africa’s economy
    04 april 2014 15:16:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Carlos Lopes, says time has come for Africa to make the switch to a green economy. Full text...

  • Congo: South Korean firm to help Congo solve its drainage problems
    03 april 2014 18:05:27
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Korean Environment Corporation (KECO) plans to help Congo find solutions to its drainage problems, according to a communique published here Thursday by the Congolese Energy and Hydraulic Ministry. Full text...

  • Zambia: Oil, gas industry tasked on climate change
    03 april 2014 12:10:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - UN’s top climate change official Christiana Figueres Thursday called on the oil and gas industry to undertake a radical transformation towards a new, sustainable energy mix in order to align itself with the physical and political realities of climate change. Full text...

  • Togo: NGO invests in e-waste recycling
    01 april 2014 18:30:07
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togo's anti-pollution non-governmental organization (NGO), the Social Action for Integral Development (ASDI), has said it will help improve the health and welfare of Togolese people by collecting and recycling electrical and electronic wastes, PANA learnt here Tuesday from sources close to the NGO. Full text...

  • UN: Member states meet on protecting marine biodiversity
    01 april 2014 16:55:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN member states on Tuesday began a series of meetings at the UN headquarters in New York, to discuss the need for an international instrument that would regulate the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond countries’ national jurisdiction. Full text...

  • Zambia: UNFCCC calls for leading projects tackling climate change
    31 march 2014 12:41:30
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Bonn-based UN Climate Change secretariat on Monday opened applications for leading projects tackling climate change as part of wider efforts to mobilize action and ambition as national governments work toward a new universal climate agreement in 2015. Full text...

  • Zambia: Greenpeace nudges world leaders on clean, safe energy
    31 march 2014 10:29:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The environmental organisation Greenpeace has urged world leaders to accelerate the transition to clean and safe energy, as the UN climate panel Monday issued a new warning on the looming climate chaos. Full text...

  • Zambia: IPPC report warns of widespread climate change impacts
    31 march 2014 09:28:30
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A new report, released Monday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has warned that climate change impacts are already widespread across all continents and oceans and rapidly worsening. Full text...

  • Zambia: Cape Town scoops Earth Hour City Challenge for its carbon cutting credentials
    28 march 2014 13:23:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Cape Town in South Africa has won this year’s Earth Hour City Challenge, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Mauritania Minister meets Ethiopian PM on Africa green wall
    26 march 2014 23:00:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Mauritanian Environment miAmedi Camara has met the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemarian Desalegn, to seek Addis Ababa’s support and implementation of the Pan African Green Wall Initiative, state media reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam sees world 'woefully unprepared' for climate impacts on food
    25 march 2014 09:02:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Climate change could put back the fight against hunger by decades but the global food system is woefully unprepared to cope with the challenge, said international agency Oxfam in a paper published Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN marks World Water Day
    22 march 2014 19:35:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Saturday marked the World Water Day, with officials highlighting the key role that water and energy play in economic development and the eradication of poverty worldwide. Full text...

  • UN: Ban hails impact of UN climate change treaty
    20 march 2014 22:51:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged stakeholders to use the occasion of the 20th anniversary to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to "rediscover the commitment that brought the Convention to life". Full text...

  • Zambia: Kyoto Protocol’s joint supervisory committee agrees 2014 plan
    19 march 2014 09:23:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The committee responsible for supervising the Kyoto Protocol’s Joint Implementation (JI) mechanism has adopted a plan to sustain the mechanism through 2014 and beyond, while contributing to its ongoing evolution as an effective tool for climate change mitigation. Full text...

  • UN: FAO launches first-ever database on global land use
    18 march 2014 14:22:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisaton (FAO) has launched a new database which gathers under one roof previously scattered information about land cover, how much land is covered by croplands, trees, forests, or bare soils, which are crucial to establishing a good global understanding of the physical characteristics of the Earth’s surface. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police arrest 3 suspects for killing rhinos
    16 march 2014 17:09:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Wildlife rangers in Kenya have arrested three suspected poachers who have been handed to the Police in Nanyuki, 160 kilometres outside the capital city of Nairobi, over the killing of rhinos in Ol Pejeta, a private game sanctuary, an official said Sunday. Full text...

  • Togo: Volta basin Authority ministers meet in Lomé
    15 march 2014 14:12:56
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The fifth meeting of the council of ministers from the Volta basin Authority (ABV) is due to open on Monday in the Togolese capital, Lomé, PANA learnt from official sources on Saturday. Full text...

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