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  • 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...

  • Zambia: Negotiations towards new global climate agreement in 2015 on track
    14 march 2014 16:55:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Countries who were meeting in the German city, Bonn, this week have started fleshing out how a new universal agreement on climate change might look by the deadline of Paris 2015 as part of worldwide efforts to keep a global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius this century. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Authorities implement Early Warning System for Storm surges
    13 march 2014 16:45:53
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will implement an Early Warning System (EWS) for storm surges while the population at risks will be informed accordingly and safe evacuation ensured by public institutions, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Experts predict heavy rainfall in the Greater Horn of Africa
    06 march 2014 13:01:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Meteorological experts gathered this week in Entebbe, Uganda, have predicted heavy rainfall with flood risks for the equatorial parts of the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) between March and May 2014. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govts to meet in Bonn to continue work on 2015 Paris climate agreement
    05 march 2014 17:21:01
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - This year's UN climate change negotiations kick off in the German city of Bonn next week, marking the beginning of an intense year of conferences and summits designed to lead to a meaningful, universal agreement in Paris in late 2015. Full text...

  • Lesotho: AU celebrates Africa Environment, Wangari Maathai Day
    04 march 2014 10:58:51
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has marked this year's Africa Environment and Wangari Maathai Day in Maseru, Lesotho, the AU Commission said. Full text...

  • US: UN marks inaugural World Wildlife Day
    03 march 2014 18:09:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday marked the first ever World Wildlife Day, with a warning that nature is under threat, while stressing the need to protect biological diversity and halt environmental crimes. Full text...

  • Mali: IDA grants 27.2b FCFA for Senegal River basin development
    28 february 2014 19:10:26
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The International Development Association (IDA) has granted member states of the Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS) a loan, worth 27.2 billion francs CFA, to enable them develop the Senegal River basin, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Senegal: IDB gives Senegal 17.5b CFA francs for waste management
    28 february 2014 00:04:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has granted 17.5 billion CFA francs to the Senegalese government to enable the West African country to improve its waste management, PANA learnt here Thursday from official sources. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Authorities launch Climate Change Action Plan
    21 february 2014 14:16:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Environment and Sustainable Development Minister, Deva Virahsawmy, Thursday launched a Climate Change Information, Education and Communication Strategy and Action Plan, which aims to enhance awareness and understanding necessary to create a climate conscious culture for achieving a sustainable future in the island. Full text...

  • Mauritania: French waste management Company Pizzorno stops work
    20 february 2014 20:57:05
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A French waste management company, Pizzorno, which collects waste in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, has abandoned its contract with the Nouakchott Town Hall following a court ruling in a dispute with workers. Full text...

  • Congo: Oil firms urged to further reduce gas flaring
    18 february 2014 12:43:17
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese environmentalists Tuesday urged the heads of oil companies operating in the country to further reduce gas flaring to deal with pollution-related risks facing people living in oil production areas, PANA learnt from here. Full text...

  • Zambia: Minister breaks ranks with govt over mining licence
    13 february 2014 08:52:22
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo has broken ranks with the government over the mining licence given to an Australian firm for a copper project in the lower Zambezi National Park. Full text...

  • France: African NGOs to attend London summit on ivory
    12 february 2014 20:02:19
    Paris , France (PANA) - Several environment organizations will on Thursday participate in a summit to be hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron to call for a permanent ban on international and domestic markets of ivory and as well as the destruction of all ivory stockpiles confiscated by governments. Full text...

  • Kenya: US bolsters fight against wildlife crime
    12 february 2014 16:29:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The US on Wednesday announced a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. Full text...

  • Niger: Authorities launch war against dirt
    12 february 2014 14:53:10
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Authorities in Niger on Wednesday launched a national environmental campaign across the country, in an attempt to ensure a clean country, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Burundi: Heavy rains kill 60, make 10,000 homeless in Burundi
    11 february 2014 12:35:49
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Floods caused by torrential rains which lashed the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, late on Sunday have left over 60 people dead and made 10,000 homeless according to the Red Cross. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Experts discuss implementation plan for African strategy on meteorology
    11 february 2014 09:44:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Director for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union (AU) Commission Abebe Haile Gabriel has said the development of the Implementation Plan for the integrated African strategy on meteorology is 'cardinal' as it would improve the generation of climate information on the African continent. Full text...

  • Burundi: 51 killed in flash flood
    10 february 2014 17:45:09
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - At least 51 persons were killed Sunday night by flash flood, triggered by heavy rains in the northern suburbs of the capital city, Bujumbura, according to the provisional death toll released Monday by the Burundian Ministry of Public Security. Full text...

  • US: Togo commended for efforts to combat wildlife trafficking
    07 february 2014 14:43:01
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has commended Togo for its ''major strides'' to combat international wildlife trafficking, including the recent arrest of three major illegal wildlife traffickers in Togo. Full text...

  • France: 3 tons of illegal ivory destroyed in Paris
    06 february 2014 20:27:03
    Paris, France (PANA) - The French Minister of Ecology, Philippe Martin, on Thursday supervised the destruction of three tons of illegal ivory France confiscated between 1987 and 2007 valued at nearly one million euros. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Air and seaports closed to traffic as Cyclone Edilson threatens
    05 february 2014 17:19:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian authorities have closed the seaport in Port-Louis and the airport in the south of the island to traffic until further notice as cyclone "Edilson" marches towards the country, a PANA correspondent has reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Shell fined US$5b for oil spill
    05 february 2014 14:38:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) has fined the Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch oil firm Shell US$5 billion for the 2011 Bonga oil spill in the country's oil-producing Niger Delta region, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Authorities issue "Cyclone warning II"
    05 february 2014 13:57:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritius Meteorological Service on Wednesday issued a cyclone warning, class II, following the presence of tropical cyclone "Edilson" in the northern part of the island, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Kadhafi regime's chemical weapons destroyed
    05 february 2014 11:03:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya said Tuesday it had destroyed its entire stock of chemical weapons, including mustard gas, which was acquired by the country's former regime. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Cyclone warning issued
    04 february 2014 14:01:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Meteorological Services Tuesday announced that a tropical cyclone is evolving to the North-west of the island of St-Brandon, about 500km to the North of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Mauritius: World Wetlands Day celebrated Monday
    03 february 2014 14:36:59
    Clemencia, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius on Monday celebrated the World Wetlands Day at Clemencia, a small village in the south-eastern part of the island, where farmers cultivate watercress in wetlands, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • US: Ban appoints former New York Mayor as envoy on cities, climate change
    01 february 2014 16:53:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change to galvanize urban action to reduce greenhouse emissions ahead of the UN climate summit this coming September. Full text...

  • Zambia: Police arrest 6 environmental activists
    31 january 2014 13:06:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Police in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, Friday arrested six environmental activists who staged a peaceful protest outside the Pamodzi Hotel, where Zambian Vice President Guy Scott was having a meeting with a delegation from Australia and Ministers from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Full text...

  • Zambia: Environmental organizations condemn Minister’s approval of mining project
    26 january 2014 16:38:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambia Community Natural Resources Management Forum (ZCBNRM), representing over 100 environmental organizations in Zambia, has registered its disappointment with the decision of the Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Harry Kalaba, to approve the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of the Kangaluwi Mining Project by Zambezi Resources Limited, saying the project has been rejected by many stakeholders and will be a national tragedy. Full text...

  • Senegal: Int’l ecovillage summit scheduled for Senegal December 2014
    22 january 2014 17:04:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The next World Summit of “ecovillages”, or environment-friendly villages, will be held in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, from 10 to 15 December, 2014, organizers told PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Famous polar bear dies at Johannesburg zoo
    16 january 2014 12:03:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Johannesburg Zoo Thursday announced the death of one of its two famous polar bears, named Geebee. Full text...

  • UN: Top climate official wants investors to move out of high-carbon assets
    15 january 2014 14:34:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The UN top climate change official, Christiana Figueres, has urged investors to accelerate their portfolios as one crucial step towards a low-carbon economy that can better cope with the threats and seize the opportunities from climate change. Full text...

  • Zambia: 'Climate diplomacy can build trust needed to secure common future'
    13 january 2014 18:08:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A former chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) group at the UN climate change negotiations, Pa Ousman Jarju, has said diplomacy is the key to unlocking the treasure chest of ambition needed to tackle climate change. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Environment expert warns against ‘urban fantasies’ in Africa
    13 january 2014 09:34:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Plans to reshape cities across Africa in the style of Dubai and Singapore threaten to deepen social inequalities and could prove costly to both investors and city authorities, according to a paper to be published in the April 2014 edition of 'Environment and Urbanization' journal. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. seeks financial grant to tackle desertification
    08 january 2014 10:18:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Worried by the high level of desertification, particularly in northern part of the country, the Nigerian government has decided to seek financial grants from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank and the Jaiz Bank to tackle the problem. Full text...

  • Mauritaina launches campaign against plastics materials
    06 january 2014 22:30:46
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The the Mauritanian Environment and Sustainable Development Ministry on Monday launched a campaign to confiscate all materials made of non-degradable plastic in the markets of Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Burundi: Illegal structures to be demolished
    06 january 2014 14:26:20
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Burundian government has warned that, after 10 January, 2014, all illegal houses and those built without due regards for the town planning regulations, will be demolished, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

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