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  • Tanzania: African Wildlife Foundation hails California's move to ban ivory, rhino horn trade
    05 october 2015 19:55:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Board Chair David Thomson has hailed the "bold and critical move" taken Sunday by California Governor Jerry Brown to protect Africa's threatened elephants and rhinos when he signed Assembly Bill 96 into law. Full text...

  • UN: UN highlights importance of public spaces for all
    05 october 2015 16:27:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Habitat Day, which is observed every year on the Full text...

  • Zambia: 146 nations submit climate action plans to UN
    02 october 2015 14:18:56
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A total of 146 countries, representing almost 87 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, have submitted their intended national climate action plans to the United Nations, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) disclosed Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Regional network protects 13% of marine resources in West Africa
    01 october 2015 17:38:09
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - With dedicated efforts, the West Africa Network of Marine Protected Areas (RAMPAO) is currently protecting about 13% of territorial waters found in the region, according to Ousman Sowe, Permanent Secretary of Gambia's Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Water, Forestry and Wildlife. Full text...

  • UN: Central African states strike major global deal to save rain forests
    30 september 2015 21:26:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Six Central African countries have reached an international agreement with four European nations, the UN and the World Bank, for the implementation of a new global initiative dubbed the Central African Forrest Initiative (CAFI), aimed at preventing the loss of forests, which are critical to curbing green house gases. Full text...

  • UN: Breakthrough needed to ensure nuclear-test-ban treaty enters into force – UN chief
    30 september 2015 14:10:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Lamenting the fact that nearly two decades after its negotiation the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) has still not entered into force, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged world leaders gathered at the UN headquarters in New York to demonstrate the necessary political will to usher in a nuclear-weapon-free world. Full text...

  • US: Francophone youth call for sustainable development, solidarity ahead of climate summit
    28 september 2015 20:20:10
    New York, US (PANA) - On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, three representatives of the Francophone youth from Burkina Faso, France and Senegal on Monday handed the Secretary General of the Francophonie International Organization (OIF), Michaëlle Jean, a "Call of young Francophones for a sustainable and inclusive future." Full text...

  • UN: UN experts urge phase-out of hazardous pesticides
    28 september 2015 18:54:15
    New York, US (PANA) - Two UN human rights experts on Monday called for an immediate Full text...

  • US: Paris agreement must address Climate Change vulnerabilities - Pres. Buhari
    28 september 2015 09:59:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The agreement to be reached at the forthcoming 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, should be rules based, predictable, and robust to adequately address Climate Change vulnerabilities, according to Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief urges more efforts to tackle water-related challenges
    27 september 2015 20:32:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Sunday stressed the need for swift action on the newly-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) directly related to the protection and equitable use of the planet’s precious water resources. Full text...

  • Kenya: EU boosts forestry conservation efforts in Kenya
    25 september 2015 18:58:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Villagers from the larger Nakuru County in central Kenya, are fighting the adverse effects of climate change by voluntarily planting more trees and preventing soil erosion to save the ecosystem from the adverse weather effectsunder a European Union-funded project. Full text...

  • UN: Ban highlights importance of urban planning as tool for development
    25 september 2015 18:35:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday stressed the importance Full text...

  • Tanzania: New partnership to promote conservation of Africa's threatened species, ecosystems
    24 september 2015 17:24:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) –Thomson Safaris, a leader in responsible Tanzanian Safaris, has partnered with African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to further its conservation efforts in East Africa, with the aim of enabling travellers to effect positive change and become ambassadors for conservation in Africa. Full text...

  • DR Congo: UN official 'concerned' with environmental deterioration in DR Congo
    23 september 2015 20:38:43
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in DR Congo, Martin Kobler, has expressed fears over the deterioration of the environment in the country. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Methane-powered electricity plant becomes operational next month
    18 september 2015 10:29:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda will start generating electricity from methane gas next month, when the methane-powered electricity plant becomes operational, the local media Friday quoted Jarmo Gummerus, Director of the American energy firm ContourGlobal that built the plant, as saying. Full text...

  • UN: Countries urged to submit climate action plans ahead of UN conference in Paris
    17 september 2015 21:47:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked countries to submit as soon as possible their action plans that will form the basis of the new universal climate Full text...

  • Libya: Govt disburses 12 million dinars for waste management
    17 september 2015 15:50:53
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan interim government will disburse 12 million dinars (about US$8 million) to the Local government ministry to enable it promote waste management across the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya fights poaching with electronic inventory of wildlife trophies
    16 september 2015 21:46:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has launched an electronic inventory of wildlife trophies which would help the East African nation to strengthen its fight against elephant and rhino poaching. Full text...

  • UN: UN welcomes new partnership, leadership for sustainable energy efforts
    16 september 2015 21:33:48
    New York, US (PANA) - A firm foundation to ensure affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all has been built but a solid long-term institutional arrangement is needed, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said on Wednesday, as he welcomed the creation of an international not-for-profit organization to spearhead renewable energy efforts. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks governments on protecting Earth
    16 september 2015 16:22:16
    New York, US (PANA) - A political commitment to manage hydrofluorocarbons under Full text...

  • UN: UN atomic energy chief highlights importance of science, technology for development
    14 september 2015 16:56:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Science and technology are vital to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will be adopted by UN member states next week in New York, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s Director-General Yukiya Amano said Monday underlining the importance of science and technology for development. Full text...

  • Tanzania: African countries move to strengthen cross-border wildlife law enforcement
    07 september 2015 08:56:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Law enforcement and wildlife officials from eight African countries Monday joined three international partners to launch a new programme aimed strengthening the law enforcement response to wildlife crime in Africa at the national and regional level. Full text...

  • Tanzania: ‘Begging bowl’ not an option for Africa at UN climate talks in Paris
    05 september 2015 17:55:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African delegates at a three-day Africa Climate talks ended Saturday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, have called upon African negotiators who will be party to the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in December in Paris not to undermine their negotiating power, but engage with confidence. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Africa urged to position itself for successful climate negotiation in Paris
    05 september 2015 14:09:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Africa Climate Talks concluded here Saturday with a recognition that the continent should position itself for successful negotiations at the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference scheduled for December in Paris, by moving beyond the elitist notion of “climate science” to include local lessons, indigenous knowledge and local practices and learn from what is working. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kagame attends naming ritual for mountain gorillas in Rwanda
    05 september 2015 13:53:55
    Musanze, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Saturday witnessed the 11th annual naming ritual for 24 gorillas, born during the past 12 months in the country's northern Volcanoes National Park, where he urged residents of the neighbourhood to strive for self-sufficiency through utilisation of the abundant natural resources. Full text...

  • Tanzania: African climate negotiators urged to employ WTO Seattle strategy
    05 september 2015 06:58:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African negotiators at the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference have been urged to garner support of activists to block the signing of the anticipated new universal climate change agreement if it is perceived unfavorable to the continent. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Meteorological service forecasts devastative downpour in northern Rwanda
    04 september 2015 17:23:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Meteorological Department warned Friday that the central eastern African country was likely to be lashed by strong winds and heavy rains this weekend after a downpour killed one person and left several others homeless in Musanze district, about 100 km north of the capital, Kigali, Full text...

  • Tanzania: Role of African scientists highlighted at African Climate Talks
    04 september 2015 13:33:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African researchers have been tasked to peer-review and publish their scientific findings, amid a supposed lack of scientific evidence and coordination in Africa to support the data from other countries. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Africa lacks political backing from its leaders in UN climate change negotiations
    03 september 2015 16:19:18
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian Vice President Mohammed Gharib Bilal has challenged Africa to shift from the tendency of relying on developed countries, charging that the problem of African negotiators in the UN climate negotiations leading up to the Paris Climate Change Conference this December is lack of real political backing from visionary leaders in the continent. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Heavy rains destroy residential houses in Northern Rwanda
    03 september 2015 14:51:10
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Torrential rains in Musanze, a district located at around 100 Km from Kigali in the northern Rwanda, have affected several infrastrctures, tearing off the roof of 10 residential houses in a small village called Muhoza, local media reported Thursday quoting a senior local administrative official in the region. Full text...

  • Germany: Government climate action would see warming well beyond 2˚C – Report
    02 september 2015 14:50:13
    Bonn, Germany (PANA) - The climate targets so far submitted to the UN by governments will collectively lead to global emissions far above the levels needed to hold warming to below 2°C, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Durban to host XIV World Forestry Congress 7–11 Sept
    02 september 2015 14:13:16
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - The need for governments, civil society and the private sector to boost investment in forests as a key element for sustainable development will be the focus of the XIV World Forestry Congress taking place in Durban, South Africa, from 7 to 11 September, 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius develops Climate Change Education Kit for students
    02 september 2015 09:23:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has launched a Climate Change Education Kit (Africa Adaptation Programme) that aims to inform and challenge students to develop appropriate skills and qualities for adaptation and survival in a fast changing ecological and environmental configuration, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: Eight countries to sharpen long-term climate change adaptation strategies
    01 september 2015 19:11:22
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN programme, funded by Germany, will help eight developing Full text...

  • UN: UN environment agency unveils low-cost device for air quality monitoring
    01 september 2015 18:33:56
    New York, US (PANA) - A ground-breaking air quality measuring device expected to cost Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda releases first ever Atlas on disasters geodata
    31 august 2015 21:28:25
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A compilation of maps illustrating main recurrent disasters phenomenon in Rwanda, including drought, landslides, floods, earthquakes and windstorms, was published Monday by the Rwandan Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs, PANA reported in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges all countries to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban for a nuclear-free world
    28 august 2015 20:49:32
    New York, US (PANA) - For the fifth International Day against Nuclear Tests, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states, but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNDP launches contest for African journalists on climate coverage
    27 august 2015 16:57:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Thursday launched a storytelling contest for African journalists dubbed ''Voices2Paris'' to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNDP launches contest to amplify climate coverage
    27 august 2015 16:38:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UNDP on Thursday launched a global storytelling contest, Voices2Paris, to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change as well as on the opportunities and solutions seen in actions by individuals and governments alike across vulnerable developing countries worldwide. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses need for 'bold' climate agreement in Paris
    27 august 2015 13:47:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended France’s exemplary leadership on efforts to tackle climate change, affirming that the international Full text...

  • UN: 'What we expect from proposed Climate Change Pact'
    26 august 2015 07:00:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The climate change agreement which world leaders are expected to sign Full text...

  • Rwanda: High-level panel lists measures for managing disasters in Great Horn of Africa
    25 august 2015 17:21:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rising from their meeting Tuesday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, climate change experts from seven countries of the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) region, tasked to work on weather monitoring and prediction, have stressed the need to "move from managing disasters to managing disaster risk”. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Kenya to host 1st Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa Forum
    25 august 2015 11:22:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Kenya will host the first edition of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Forum in the capital city of Nairobi 31 Aug. to 4 Sept. 2015. Full text...

  • Senegal: Kenya to host forum on monitoring environment, security in Africa
    24 august 2015 16:33:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Kenya will host the first Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Forum from 31 August – 4 September in Nairobi to examine how Earth Observation data, through the MESA Project, supports policy, planning and decision making at national, regional and continental. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Climate expert says El Nino will not escalate in 7 Great Horn of Africa States
    24 august 2015 13:43:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Although El Nino will continue to strengthen in the next few months, this will not escalate into a worsening situation in seven members countries of the Great Horn of Africa (GHA) as the warming of the sea's surface in the Indian Ocean will decay, a senior weather expert said Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius installs two fixed ambient air monitoring stations
    21 august 2015 17:59:09
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius Friday installed two fixed ambient air monitoring stations, acquired at the cost of some US$ 290,000, to monitor particle pollution/particulate matter (PM-10 and PM-2.5) and help to establish trends of air quality around the island to identify signs of degradation for timely remedial actions by the government so as to safeguard the health of the population, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African experts meet in Nairobi for Environment, food security assessment
    18 august 2015 14:20:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The first ever session of the forum on Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA), a joint initiative of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU), will hold 31 August to 4 September in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Botswana: Water crisis worsens in Gaborone
    18 august 2015 14:02:51
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone, has been hit by a severe water shortage, the country’s water Utilities Company said here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Major assessment stresses need for sustainable oceans
    14 august 2015 16:22:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Delays in implementing solutions to the problems that have already been identified as threatening to degrade the world’s oceans will lead, unnecessarily, to incurring greater environmental, social and economic costs, according to a UN summary released Friday on the most comprehensive scientific and socioeconomic assessment ever undertaken on the world’s oceans and which is to reinforce the science-policy interface for oceans. Full text...

  • UN: UN Committee stresses vital role of geospatial data to achieving SDGs
    11 august 2015 18:25:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Geographic information about people and the planet is critical to making better decisions and using resources more wisely, and will be vital to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that countries have recently agreed on, according to a UN expert on the issue. Full text...

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