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  • Mauritius: Experts meet in Mauritius on marine, coastal management
    23 june 2014 15:37:43
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Environment Minister Deva Virahsawmy Monday, said climate change is having serious repercussion on the economic competitiveness of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and is affecting them on their respective sustainable development pathways. Full text...

  • Belgium: Director of Virunga national park received at the European Commission
    19 june 2014 21:02:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Prince Emmanuel De Mérode, director of the Congolese national park of Virunga, in Kivu region, on Thursday called on the European Commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs, according to a statement issued by the EU. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to host conference on environment in Africa
    19 june 2014 20:50:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will on Monday host a meeting on the management of environment and security in Africa (MESA). Full text...

  • US: US NGO provides water to save elephants in Mali
    18 june 2014 21:19:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A US non-governmental organization, Wild Foundation, has completed water projects in Haribomro, Inadiatafane and Bambara-Maoudé in the Timbuktu region of northern Mali to provide water to elephants. Full text...

  • Libya: International meeting on environment and oil industry opens
    17 june 2014 20:55:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The second international conference on the oil industry devoted to the assessment of the environmental impact of the oil industry opened on Tuesday in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Côte-d’Ivoire: King Hassan II Great World Water Prize launched
    16 june 2014 19:48:25
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Morocco and the World Water Council (WWC) have launched the fifth edition of the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize, according to a statement issued on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN climate talks end in Bonn
    15 june 2014 16:48:28
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The two-week long UN climate change negotiations focusing on urbanization and land use as pathways to raise the pre-2020 ambition, ended on Sunday in Bonn, Germany, with governments requesting that the elements of a draft global treaty due to be signed in Paris in 2015 be made available by July in advance of the next meetings in Bonn this October. Full text...

  • Senegal: Malian President calls for action to save Niger River
    15 june 2014 14:37:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on Sunday called on the international community to save the river Niger from the harmful effects of the creeping Sahara desert, warning that this vital source of water may disappear. Full text...

  • Congo: French company to build wood social houses in Congo
    13 june 2014 17:12:05
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The French company, Kymppi, which specializes in building wood houses, will set up shop in the Congolese western region of Cuvette, sources at the Congolese ministry of Forest economy and Sustainable development told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Norway accepts amendment to Kyoto Protocol for second commitment period
    13 june 2014 16:36:17
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Norway has become the 11th Party to the Kyoto Protocol (KP), formally accepting the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, in 2012, which paved the way for the KP's second commitment period. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Bush fire ravages forest, agricultural areas
    12 june 2014 15:56:55
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A total of 25 bush incidents, nine of which occurred in forest areas and 16 in areas of cereal crops, destroyed about 300 hectares of land during the first 11 days of June, the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture said. Full text...

  • Congo: Authorities plan new forest policy
    12 june 2014 15:01:54
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government, in partnership with the United nations food and agriculture organization (FAO), plans to implement a new forest policy adapted to the international norms in a bid to tackle the challenges linked to the sustainable management of the forests, a communiqué released Thursday in Brazzaville indicated. Full text...

  • Zambia: Civil society questions if UN Climate Deal will help food security in Africa
    11 june 2014 15:51:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Civil society observers gathered in the German city of Bonn for the UN climate change negotiations, have warned that new climate rules could threaten even greater hunger in Africa, if they were not carefully crafted to protect the rights of small-scale farmers. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks member states on Law of the Sea
    09 june 2014 22:23:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the upcoming 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the landmark treaty, known as the "Constitution for the Oceans", UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday encouraged member states to recommit to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Full text...

  • Mali: Floods hit 400 households in Bamako
    09 june 2014 16:02:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Some 400 households in Bamako, the Malian capital, have been affected by the heavy rains which fell here Monday, according to a communique issued by the Malian ministry of Health and Public Hygiene. Full text...

  • Tanzania: LDCs want Obama to affirm US commitment at climate change talks
    05 june 2014 16:19:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Success of upcoming global negotiations on climate change, scheduled for Lima, Peru, in 2014 and Paris, France, in 2015, will depend on the proactive and early participation of presidents and prime ministers in the process, according to Gambia’s Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resources, Parks and Wildlife, Pa Ousman Jarju. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, others task people on World Environment Day
    05 june 2014 14:31:47
    New York US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday urged individuals, Full text...

  • US: UN forum seeks to mobilise investment, action for sustainable energy for all
    04 june 2014 19:45:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Over 1,000 participants from government, business, international Full text...

  • Tanzania: LDC Group calls for urgent action to limit global temperature increases
    03 june 2014 18:19:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Calling for urgent action to save the world’s poorest, the Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDG) Group at the UN climate change negotiations Monday urged governments to make use of the latest science to limit global temperature increases to a level that will save the poorest countries in the world. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Small Islands States should unite against natural catastrophes'
    03 june 2014 13:46:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Philippe Boullé, technical adviser on sustainable development to the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), said Tuesday that Small Islands States cannot act alone on natural catastrophes because they are too small. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AU warns states to tread cautiously on nuclear power plants
    30 may 2014 15:49:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has cautioned against a rush to nuclear power plants because of the financial burden such projects are likely to have on the economies of countries. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Indian Ocean Islands raise voice on Sustainable Development
    27 may 2014 16:35:08
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) – The Secretary-General of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), Jean-Claude de L'Estrac, said Tuesday that the IOC will raise its "insular" voice at the third international conference of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), scheduled for September in Samoa Islands, "so that our interests be taken on board in the world development agenda for the period 2015-2030". Full text...

  • UN: Global weather agency warns on rising greenhouse gas emission
    27 may 2014 16:03:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has crossed a new threshold, warning that time is running out to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions. Full text...

  • Senegal: NGO deplores poor access to water, sanitation in Africa
    26 may 2014 16:10:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The deputy executive director of the international NGO, Wateraid, Girish Menon, on Monday deplored the failure of African government policies on access to water and sanitation, one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Full text...

  • Senegal: African water week opens in Senegal
    26 may 2014 15:05:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The fifth African water week opened here Monday, bringing together delegations from several African and European countries and international non-governmental organizations operating in the domain of water and sanitation. Full text...

  • Congo: Forum recommends development of green economy in Central Africa
    23 may 2014 20:30:26
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Participants at the 5th edition of the International Green Business Forum, who met on 20-22 May in Congolese southern city of Pointe-Noire, have recommended the development of a green economy in the sub-region, Radio Congo reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: African water week to open in Dakar on Monday
    23 may 2014 14:55:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The fifth African water week will be held from 26 to 31 May in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on the initiative of the African ministers Council of Water (AMCOW) in collaboration with the African Union (AU), says a statement obtained by PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Africa still lags behind in achieving Water and Sanitation for All MDG
    22 may 2014 20:38:43
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation is unlikely to be attained by many African countries as they are still facing a huge infrastructure gap which constrains the continent’s ability to unleash the full potential of its vast water resources. Full text...

  • Environment: International community urged to preserve biodiversity
    22 may 2014 20:28:24
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Henri Djombo, on Thursday in Pointe-Noire urged the international community to preserve biological diversity, saying that biological resources were subjected to stronger human pressures which have contributed to their exhaustion. Full text...

  • US: UN adopts new global platform to tackle wildlife, forest crime
    21 may 2014 21:43:33
    New York, US (PANA) - In response to the rising levels of illicit trafficking of fauna and flora, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has adopted a new global platform taking aim at tackling all form of organised crime from poaching to timber smuggling and money laundering. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Four die in storm
    20 may 2014 12:38:22
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Four people died and two others were injured in a storm in the city of Kairouan and the outskirts in central Tunisia, official sources said Tuesday in Tunis. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC sign agreement on biodiversity conservation
    15 may 2014 21:03:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Countries responsible for the conservation of biodiversity within the the Greater Virunga, shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on Thursday signed a cooperation agreement to protect endangered species. Full text...

  • UN: UNODC says wildlife crime worth US$10 billion annually
    14 may 2014 15:32:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has urged the international community to "come together at the highest political level" to halt the escalation of wildlife and forest crime. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'Knowledge about weather, climate is crucial'
    13 may 2014 21:26:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Advance knowledge about the weather and climate is crucial to all sectors, in particular for agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction and water resources management, Gambia’s Minister of Fisheries and Water Resource said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNDP chief says community initiatives key to wildlife management
    12 may 2014 09:39:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Community-based natural resource management is key to a long-term solution to elephant poaching and illegal wildlife trade, according to UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark. Full text...

  • UN: WTO urges tourists to protect migratory birds
    10 may 2014 18:40:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Tourism Organisation (WTO) on Saturday highlighted the role sustainable tourism can play in conserving one of the world's true natural wonders, the spectacular movements of migratory birds along their flyways. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNDP chief calls for global action to save African wildlife
    10 may 2014 14:45:12
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Strengthened governance is critical to combating the global menace of illegal trade in wildlife products, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said in Dar es Salaam on Saturday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Govt. seeks int'l support to stop elephant poaching
    09 may 2014 17:16:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Concerned that its tourism industry is at risk of collapse due to a surge in poaching, Tanzania Friday appealed for international support to save and protect the endangered elephant herd. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges more leadership to curb climate change
    05 may 2014 22:15:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Monday that too many stakeholders are still "sitting on the fence", and challenged participants at a climate conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to help him build "persuasive political arguments" to convince policymakers that the time for bold action is now. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges world leaders to tackle climate change
    04 may 2014 22:13:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, urged world leaders and stakeholders to consider concrete actions to tackle climate change "before it is too late". Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Winter 2014 is expected to be normal'
    03 may 2014 07:46:00
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The winter season that starts mid-May in Mauritius is expected to be a normal season, according to the seasonal climate forecast prepared by the Mauritius Meteorological Services (Met Services). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Uganda, Seychelles, Swaziland get US$1.3 m for Climate Smart Agriculture
    02 may 2014 18:28:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has signed an agreement, worth US$ 1.3 million, with the governments of Uganda, Seychelles and Swaziland to scale up their Climate Smart Agriculture, PANA reported Friday, quoting official sources here. Full text...

  • Belgium: Brussels to host ACP conference on climate change
    02 may 2014 18:19:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A high-profile international conference on climate change will be held from 5 to 7 May, 2014, in Brussels, the Belgian capital, in bid to explore ways and means to improve the exchange of information and enhance the cooperation between ACP-regions, official sources disclosed here. Full text...

  • 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...

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