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  • Second round of African climate talks opens in Addis Ababa
    22 march 2018 17:05:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The second African Climate Talks opened in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday with participants discussing issues of climate governance and Africa’s participation in global climate negotiations, weather and climate information services, among other topics. Full text...

  • EU accents access to safe drinking water as essential human right
    22 march 2018 12:29:50
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Recalling that the right to safe drinking water is a human right essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights, the European Union (EU) on Wednesday reaffirmed that all States are expected to fulfil their obligations regarding access to safe drinking water, which must be available, accessible, safe, acceptable, and affordable for all without discrimination. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa hosts talks on climate in Africa
    22 march 2018 12:00:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday hosts the second edition of the African climate talks under the theme, ‘Contributing to the Talanoa dialogue’, on the initiative of the African Centre for climate policy of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Centre for environmental sciences of Addis Ababa University. Full text...

  • As cities boom, forests key to meeting demands for water, food, energy - UN
    21 march 2018 22:56:27
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, forests are critical part of the solution to the unprecedented demand for water, food and energy that these cities will face, senior United Nations officials said on Wednesday, on the International Day of Forests. Full text...

  • Governance key to boosting intra-Africa trade of timber products, says AfDB report
    21 march 2018 19:14:10
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Though Africa hosts a considerable number of timber-exporting countries, most of these exports are primary products, with little value addition, according to a new report by the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank. Full text...

  • WB doles 14.9 billion CFAF to renovate River Niger
    21 march 2018 12:21:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The World Bank, through the International Development Association (IDA), has released US$ 27.8 million (about 14.9 billion CFAF), half of which is a loan and the other a donation, for the economic and environmental renovation of the Niger River. Full text...

  • World Water Forum told nearly 40% of world's population faces lack of water
    21 march 2018 12:02:52
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - The report by the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), presented at the ongoing 8th World Water Forum (WWF) in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, has warned that nearly 40% of the world's population, or 2.5 billion people, live in regions facing water scarcity. Full text...

  • FAO urges investments in urban forests to address pollution, climate change
    21 march 2018 05:52:05
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Investing in green spaces can help transform cities into more sustainable, resilient, healthy, equitable and pleasant places to live, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as it celebrates International Day of Forests on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Anticipating water woes can ease migration burden - FAO
    20 march 2018 10:29:13
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - Global water use has increased by a factor of six over the past century, twice the rate of population growth, and its scarcity is now a looming human challenge due to a host of factors ranging from climate change and pollution to lack of capacity and infrastructure. Full text...

  • Climate change could force over 140 million to migrate within countries by 2050 - WB report
    19 march 2018 20:00:05
    Washington, US (PANA) -- The worsening impacts of climate change in three densely populated regions of the world could see over 140 million people move within their countries’ borders by 2050, creating a looming human crisis and threatening the development process, according to a new World Bank Group report released on Monday. Full text...

  • World Water Council urges gov'ts to make water top priority for the people
    19 march 2018 13:33:56
    Brasilia, Brazil (PANA) - The World Water Council (WWC) on Monday renewed its appeal to governments of all countries to make of the access to water for every human their first priority through the increase in investment budgets in water sustainable infrastructure. Full text...

  • Five die as flash floods sweep away lorry in Kenya
    15 march 2018 14:06:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Five people died on Thursday after being swept away by flash floods while attempting to cross River Enziu in Kitui County, eastern Kenya, as heavy rains pounded the country. Full text...

  • High Level Panel on Water urges fundamental shift to avert devastating consequences
    14 march 2018 18:25:51
    New York, US (PANA) - A High Level Panel on Water consisting of 11 Heads of State and a Special Advisor has issued a New Agenda for Water Action calling for a fundamental shift in the way the world manages water so that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular SDG6, can be achieved. Full text...

  • Natural disasters claim 33 lives in Rwanda
    14 march 2018 18:12:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Lightning, flash floods and rainstorms have claimed at least 33 lives in Rwanda since the beginning of this year, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs said here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Strong winds, heavy rain leave behind damages in Rwanda's capital city, Kigali
    13 march 2018 16:04:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Heavy rains, triggered by strong winds, on Tuesday pounded the Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving behind several damages, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • South Africa declares drought 'national disaster'
    13 march 2018 11:38:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Minister of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Zweli Mkhize, on Tuesday declared that the drought that has gripped the country has been declared a national disaster. Full text...

  • Kenya upscales water tower protection
    12 march 2018 15:15:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan Government is gazetting 70 water towers in different parts of the country in order to ensure that water production is boosted for now and posterity. Full text...

  • Kenya aims at 15 percent forest cover by 2022
    07 march 2018 18:58:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya government on Wednesday launched an ambitious project aimed to extend the country’s forest cover from 7 per cent to 15 per cent by 2022. Full text...

  • Cape Town taps will no longer run dry this year - Official
    07 march 2018 13:45:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town, which has experienced a major drought on Wednesday, received a welcome reprieve with news that its taps will not run dry this year. Full text...

  • Rwanda distributes humanitarian materials to flood-hit families
    06 march 2018 11:01:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan Government, in collaboration with the Rwanda Red Cross, has distributed about $18,000 worth of humanitarian aid to flood-affected households and schools in Rubavu, a district about 160 km from Kigali, in northwest Rwanda, according to an official statement released on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN chief names former New York Mayor Bloomberg Special Envoy for Climate Action
    06 march 2018 06:33:45
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday appointed Michael R. Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York City, as his Special Envoy for Climate Action. Full text...

  • FAO launches new tools for reporting on world’s forest resources
    05 march 2018 16:21:46
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday launched a new online platform for reporting on the status and trends of the world's forest resources. Full text...

  • Illicit market demand fuels commercial poaching in SADC region
    03 march 2018 12:54:24
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Significant strides made in wildlife conservation in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region face severe threat from high levels of commercial poaching and illegal trade, fuelled by the growing demand in the illicit market, the grouping’s Executive Secretary, Stergomena Lawrence Tax said on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN joins call for protection of planet’s big cats
    03 march 2018 08:09:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Big cats, the planet’s most majestic predators, are under increasing threat – mostly caused by human activities – and on this year’s World Wildlife Day, the United Nations is joining the world in raising awareness to their plight and galvanizing support for the many actions already under way to safe these iconic species. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire to take part in first International Solar Alliance summit in India
    01 march 2018 17:52:21
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Côte d'Ivoire's Vice President, Daniel Kablan Duncun, will head the Ivorian delegation to the inaugural summit of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) due to take place from 9-12 March in New Delhi, India, an official source here told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambian minister says gov’t will protect environment
    01 march 2018 12:04:48
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian minister of environment, Lamin Dibba, has said that the government is committed to protecting the natural environment in a bid to contribute to the socioe-conomic development of the country. Full text...

  • GCF approves US$84.5 million for two Zambian projects
    28 february 2018 15:08:27
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board meeting in Songdo, South Korea, has approved a combined total of US$ 84.5 million for two Zambian project proposals in agriculture and energy that Zambia submitted and triggers additional financing. Full text...

  • Southern Africa countries assess impact of severe drought
    27 february 2018 19:49:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – In the aftermath severe rainfall deficits recorded by the end of January 2018 across the Southern African region, countries are undertaking assessments to ascertain the impact, which is expected to be significant, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Three-day international conference on Lake Chad Basin opens in Abuja
    26 february 2018 16:18:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A three-day International Conference on Lake Chad opened on Monday in Abuja with the Nigerian government reiterating its commitment towards all programmes and policies to restore the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • UNESCO commits to safeguarding Lake Chad
    22 february 2018 16:15:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is embarking on a project aimed at rehabilitating wetlands and wildlife corridors of Lake Chad. Full text...

  • Kenya translocates 21 jumbos to curb human-wildlife conflict
    21 february 2018 14:48:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The Kenya Government on Wednesday began translocating 21 elephants from the Mount Kenya region to the Indian Ocean coast in a bid to end human-wildlife conflict. Full text...

  • Storms destroy homes, crops in northeast Rwanda
    14 february 2018 12:07:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Heavy rains have damaged large acres of crops, destroyed 26 houses and affected dozens of people in Ntoma, a village in northeastern Rwanda, officials said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • For Valentine’s Day, UNEP urges everyone to ‘break up’ with single-use plastic
    13 february 2018 06:14:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As many countries prepare to mark Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is calling on people to end their “toxic relationship” with single-use plastic and find “new love,” with more environmentally sustainable options. Full text...

  • Rights body demands justice for Abidjan toxic waste victims
    31 january 2018 15:47:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Eleven years after 540,000 litres of toxic waste were dumped in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital, Abidjan, victims are still in the dark about the potential long-term impacts on their health, Amnesty International said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Drought, conflict drive high humanitarian needs in Horn of Africa
    29 january 2018 16:32:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Persistent drought, complex conflict and political dynamics continue to drive high humanitarian needs and serious protection concerns in the Horn of Africa, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said in a new report released on Monday. Full text...

  • Torrential rains hit Mauritius
    25 january 2018 08:13:13
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Torrential rains have since Wednesday night lashed Mauritius, flooding hundreds of homes in various parts of the island, PANA reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa's Western Cape grapples with crippling drought
    24 january 2018 08:09:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape, which is facing its worst drought in history, has called on President Jacob Zuma to declare a national disaster if the city of Cape Town runs out of water. Full text...

  • Central Africa’s iconic mammals threatened by poachers, armed groups – UNEP
    20 january 2018 08:06:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other magnificent mammals targeted in wildlife conservation areas of Central Africa are under threat of extinction, caught in the crosshairs of armed groups and highly-militarized poachers, the United Nations environment wing warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Near-record warm temperatures fuel deadly, costly weather events in 2017 – UN
    18 january 2018 22:10:20
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The upward trend in global temperatures marked by record-shattering warmth in 2015 and 2016 kept pace last year, with the United Nations weather agency warning Thursday that continued pressure on the Arctic in 2017 will have “profound and long-lasting repercussions on sea levels, and on weather patterns in other parts of the world.” Full text...

  • Indigenous rights must be respected in Kenya’s climate change project, say UN experts
    15 january 2018 18:07:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Three independent experts appointed by the UN have expressed concerns about recent reports that indigenous Sengwer peoples in western Kenya have been attacked and forcibly evicted from their homes. Full text...

  • Rwandan researchers introduce steps to boost climate science
    15 january 2018 12:05:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A team of researchers at University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology (CST) has developed a new bottom–up modeling approach to climate change that will focus on improving the country's research capacity in Astrophysics, Space, an official source confirmed on Monday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN agencies aim to protect 'foundations for life' on Earth
    10 january 2018 22:36:32
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Two United Nations agencies are teaming up in a major new initiative taking on the herculean task of combatting environmental health risks, which claim an estimated 12.6 million lives a year. Full text...

  • Rwanda's volcanoes national park expanded to improve conservation programme
    10 january 2018 15:34:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In a move to improve wildlife conservation programme while protecting the endangered mountain gorillas, Rwanda's volcanoes national park has been expanded to an additional 27.8 hectares, an official source confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwanda Met. Dept. warns of torrential rains
    05 january 2018 10:54:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda Meteorological Department on Friday warned of heavy rains across the country. Full text...

  • Early action key to preventing El Nino, La Nina crises - UN official
    03 january 2018 06:55:12
    New York, USA (PANA) – La Niña is expected to impact weather around the world in 2018, a United Nations relief official has said, urging governments and the international community to act early to mitigate the impacts from this potentially destructive weather pattern and its counterpart, El Niño. Full text...

  • Kenyan authorities begin eviction of ethnic Sengwer community from Mau forest
    28 december 2017 16:29:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A forest-dwelling community in Kenya's Rift Valley region, known as the Sengwer, has accused the government of using forestry guards to force out its members from the forests under the guise of saving forests to fight climate change. Full text...

  • Malawi’s capital gears for better water supply, sanitation
    21 december 2017 18:41:24
    Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) - Half a million residents of Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe, are set to benefit from improved water services and safely managed sanitation through a US$100 million project financed by the World Bank. Full text...

  • Arctic forever changed by rapidly warming climate – UN weather agency
    20 december 2017 22:27:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The Arctic continued in 2017 to warm at double the rate of the global temperature increase, resulting in the second warmest air temperatures, above average ocean temperatures, loss of sea ice, and a range of human, ocean and ecosystem effects, according to the United Nations weather agency. Full text...

  • Three killed in Rwanda's Cassiterite mine collapse
    19 december 2017 15:23:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Three illegal miners were killed when a Cassiterite mine collapsed in Rwanda's northwestern district of Rubavu, according to a senior local administrative official in the region. Full text...

  • Botswana allays advocating for ivory stockpiles sale
    14 december 2017 12:53:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has denied reports alleging that the country will put pressure on Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES) to allow the sale of ivory stockpiles. Full text...

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