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  • 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...

  • Ethiopia: Climate change poses greater risk to Egypt than dam on River Nile - Ethiopian experts
    29 april 2014 19:10:27
    Bahir Dar, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian water experts said on Tuesday an upstream electric power dam along the River Nile would not affect Egypt’s water survival compared to the risks posed by climate change. Full text...

  • Zambia: First African Water Integrity summit kicks off in Lusaka
    29 april 2014 16:20:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Water sector stakeholders from Western, Southern and Eastern Africa are meeting in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, to address the urgent need to promote water integrity in the region and to jointly fight water corruption, which reduces economic growth, discourages investments and decelerates poverty reduction. Full text...

  • UN: ILO urges greater control of harmful chemicals in work place
    28 april 2014 22:51:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) says that while chemicals can be useful, necessary steps should be taken to prevent and control potential risks for workers, workplaces, communities and the environment. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Mobile radiation levels within the safety limits'
    28 april 2014 14:13:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Information and Communications Technology Minister, Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, said on Monday that the amount of radiation emitted from telecommunication towers in the island is well below the hazardous levels established by international standards. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan working to step up afforestation after S. Sudan separation
    26 april 2014 09:23:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan says it is working to step up afforestation to make up for forest cover loss following the separation in 2011 of South Sudan, which was the main forest of the country. Full text...

  • Senegal: Rotary, UNESCO train professionals on water, sanitation
    24 april 2014 15:16:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The first class of five Rotary-sponsored scholars Thursday graduated with the Master of Science degrees in water education from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, in Delft, Netherlands, Rotary International announced in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt gets US$23m facility to fight climate change effects
    24 april 2014 12:41:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has received US$23 million in four years from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) to implement climate change, biodiversity and land degradation projects. Full text...

  • US: UN urges protecting planet from 'heavy burden of humankind'
    22 april 2014 20:50:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is urging greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for worldwide changes in attitude and practice to curb the negative impact of human activity on the planet. Full text...

  • Malawi: Floods kill girl, displace hundreds
    22 april 2014 14:08:32
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Heavy floods have swept to death a four-year-old girl and destroyed several houses and crop fields in Malawi's northern border district of Karonga. Full text...

  • Congo: Brazzaville to host conference on fight against poaching
    22 april 2014 11:39:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - An international conference on the fight against poaching will be held in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, in May, According to Henri Djombo, the Congolese Minister of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief condemns attack on DRC national park director
    17 april 2014 21:48:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has condemned the attack against the chief warden of Virunga National Park, and urged the international community to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in protecting not only its World Heritage sites but also those who safeguard them. Full text...

  • Zambia: Brazil unveils plans to offset emissions ahead of FIFA World Cup
    16 april 2014 16:20:05
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The globe's biggest sporting event - the FIFA World Cup – is aiming to offset its greenhouse gas emissions this summer in a move that should inspire more event organizers to undertake high-profile climate action. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Study urges development-focused policies to address drivers of deforestation
    16 april 2014 06:49:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Despite the official recognition of the role of forests in Tanzania’s economic development, unplanned conversion of forests for agriculture, production of wood fuel and extraction of timber for commercial trade is impeding the realisation of development goals, with a quarter of forests predicted to disappear by 2018, according to a new study. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes latest climate report
    14 april 2014 14:30:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the findings of a UN report on the mitigation of climate change, released on Sunday in Berlin, Germany, and urged all countries "to act swiftly and boldly" to reach a "global, ambitious and legal climate agreement in 2015". Full text...

  • Tanzania: Rains wreak havoc on transport, homes and factories
    14 april 2014 11:11:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanians were Monday assessing the damage caused by downpours over the weekend which have claimed at least five lives, four of them in the eastern Morogoro Region, and almost isolated Dar es Salaam city, the country’s seaside commercial capital. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ship carrying whale meat barred from SA port
    14 april 2014 08:49:17
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - The cargo ship Alma, which is carrying 2, 000 tons of endangered Fin Whale whale meat from Iceland, will not enter the South African port of Durban this week following an international outcry. Full text...

  • Zambia: IPCC presents assessment on measures to mitigate climate change
    13 april 2014 11:00:16
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the group of the world’s leading climate change scientists, on Sunday released in Berlin, Germany, its 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change. Full text...

  • Zambia: NGOs say new IPCC report shows climate action delivers benefits, not burdens
    13 april 2014 10:41:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Activists around the world have welcomed the latest UN climate science panel’s report, released Sunday, which lays out the solutions to the climate crisis, giving governments a clear case for urgent action. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Downpour drives TAZARA trains to a halt
    11 april 2014 18:34:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) –The Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA) management here Friday announced a week-long suspension of passenger and train services after torrential rain eroded part of the railroad embankment at Kurasini, eight kilometres from the terminus. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja contributes US$5m to feasibility study on Lake Chad restoration
    11 april 2014 15:39:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government has contributed US$5million to the feasibility study aimed at restoring the Lake Chad Basin. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Blustery weather hits coastal regions
    11 april 2014 11:21:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Heavy rainfall and gusty winds were set to hit coastal Tanzania for three days from Friday, the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) has warned. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU releases 33m Euros to finance rights to land programme in Africa
    10 april 2014 17:40:25
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will finance a programme to improve food security and nutrition for vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa with 33 million Euros, according to official sources here Thursday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Govt. sets up fund to facilitate access to water
    09 april 2014 18:12:35
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The Cape Verdean government is to set up a fund, called the social access fund (FAS), to make water and good sanitation available to some 2,000 vulnerable families, according to official sources. Full text...

  • DRC: DR Congo to improve great apes conservation policy
    09 april 2014 15:23:23
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) is to take advantage of the experience of participants at a workshop on the conservation of great apes to establish a good policy to ensure the conservation of these species in DR Congo, Benoît Kisuki, director in charge of scientific and technical studies at ICCN, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma launches US$2.5 billion housing project
    06 april 2014 12:17:00
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma, on Sunday officially opened the US$2.5 billion Cornubia Integrated Human Settlements Development Project in Ottawa, north of Durban. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Authorities to launch national e-waste collection campaign for households
    04 april 2014 16:48:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Local Government Minister, Herve Aimée, said Friday that the volume of e-waste generated in Mauritius ranges between 7,000 and 8,000 tonnes yearly, saying that a National e-waste collection campaign for households will be launched soon throughout the island. Full text...

  • Zambia: UNECA top official calls for greening Africa’s economy
    04 april 2014 15:16:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Carlos Lopes, says time has come for Africa to make the switch to a green economy. Full text...

  • Congo: South Korean firm to help Congo solve its drainage problems
    03 april 2014 18:05:27
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Korean Environment Corporation (KECO) plans to help Congo find solutions to its drainage problems, according to a communique published here Thursday by the Congolese Energy and Hydraulic Ministry. Full text...

  • Zambia: Oil, gas industry tasked on climate change
    03 april 2014 12:10:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - UN’s top climate change official Christiana Figueres Thursday called on the oil and gas industry to undertake a radical transformation towards a new, sustainable energy mix in order to align itself with the physical and political realities of climate change. Full text...

  • Togo: NGO invests in e-waste recycling
    01 april 2014 18:30:07
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Togo's anti-pollution non-governmental organization (NGO), the Social Action for Integral Development (ASDI), has said it will help improve the health and welfare of Togolese people by collecting and recycling electrical and electronic wastes, PANA learnt here Tuesday from sources close to the NGO. Full text...

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