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  • 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...

  • Cameroon: Govt bans non-degradable plastic bags
    04 january 2014 18:31:20
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroonian Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development Minister Hélé Pierre Saturday directed manufacturers, sellers and users of non-biodegradable plastic bags to stop using the product by 31 March 2014. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Cyclone warning class II in force
    01 january 2014 14:15:41
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Meteorological Service has issued a cyclone warning class II for the island after the latest satellite imagery analysis showed a re-intensification of tropical cyclone Bejisa. Full text...

  • Warning issued for tropical cyclone in Mauritius
    31 december 2013 11:19:32
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Meteorological Service Tuesday issued a cyclone warning class I for the country, as tropical cyclone Bejisa approaches the island. Full text...

  • Cyclone Bejisa sited in the Indian Ocean, could hit Mauritius Tuesday
    30 december 2013 14:41:59
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – A tropical cyclone, named Bejisa, has been sited at in the Indian Ocean, the Mauritian Meteorological Services announced Monday afternoon. Full text...

  • Togolese civil society gets 208m FCFA for environment project
    24 december 2013 14:08:06
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The World Environment Fund (WEF) has given, through the UNDP, 208 million FCFA (US$434,000) to 11 civil society organisations in Togo for projects to protect the country's environment, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Former leaders of Ghana, Norway appointed special envoys on climate change
    23 december 2013 18:30:51
    New York, US PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appointed former President of Ghana, John Kufour, and former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, as his Special Envoys on Climate Change. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso admitted into Forest Carbon Partnership Facility
    20 december 2013 21:26:46
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Burkina Faso, benefitting from the close support of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank, has successfully become a member of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). Full text...

  • 3-class alert over Rodrigues cyclone
    20 december 2013 12:50:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Meteorological Services warned Friday that a 3-class cyclone will hit the island of Rodrigues, located about 350 kilometres to the north-eastern region of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Weather forecasters warn cyclone Amara will hit parts of Mauritius shortly
    19 december 2013 12:17:21
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Meteorological Services on Thursday warned that the island of Rodriguez, located about 350 kilometres to the north-eastern region of Mauritius, will soon be hit by a violent cyclone, following the presence of tropical Cyclone, Amara, in the Indian Ocean. Full text...

  • Tropical cyclone, Amara, spotted in the Indian Ocean
    17 december 2013 14:19:21
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – A tropical cyclone, named Amara, has been localized in the Indian Ocean, the Mauritian Meteorological Services announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Donkeys in Botswana get Xmas gift
    17 december 2013 08:59:43
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The London-based NGO Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) Tuesday announced a project to tag donkeys in Botswana’s northern town Maun with special reflective ear-tags to avoid road traffic accidents. Full text...

  • EU calls for court dedicated to crime against fauna in Congo
    11 december 2013 20:34:22
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The EU representative in Congo, Marcel Van Opstal, on Wednesday called for the setting up of a court dedicated to check crimes against fauna and guarantee that the law is fully applied. Full text...

  • Eastern Nile Basin countries end meeting without conclusive pact
    10 december 2013 08:32:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia said they have managed to resolve a considerable part of their differences over the erection of an Ethiopian water dam, the Renaissance Dam, which could affect water flow to the countries. Full text...

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