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  • South Africa: Cape Town ravaged by massive fire
    02 march 2015 14:58:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A devastating fire is sweeping through the mountains surrounding Cape Town, destroying several homes and thousands of hectares of vegetation, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Malawi: 2 children dead as lightning strikes 5 in Malawi
    02 march 2015 13:38:40
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Two children are reported to have died in a remote village in the southern tea-growing district of Thyolo, some 40 kilometres from the Malawi commercial capital, Blantyre, after being struck by a bolt of lightning. Full text...

  • Kenya: Threat of species' extinction real as World Wildlife Day is marked
    02 march 2015 10:37:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ahead of this year's World Wildlife Day to be marked 3 March by governments, conservation groups and citizens around the world, the celebrations may be muted as many of the planet's species face the threat of extinction. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Heavy rains wash away houses across Tunisia
    28 february 2015 16:19:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Heavy rains and landslides have caused the collapse of houses in several Tunisian regions, near the border with Algeria, sources close to the services of the Tunisian civil protection said on Saturday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Land redistribution, a burning issue 20 years after the collapse of Apartheid (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    28 february 2015 06:29:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than 20 years after the collapse of Apartheid and the liberation of South Africa, land reform remains a burning issue and the government this week warned that sweeping changes are now necessary. Full text...

  • Mauritius: EU supports water sector in Rodrigues
    27 february 2015 09:38:03
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Rodrigues Regional Assembly (RRA) Friday received a grant of 1.44 million Euros from the European Union (EU) to support water sector development in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on the island that is dependent on Mauritius, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB supports 27 African countries to advance climate-smart initiatives
    26 february 2015 19:19:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB)'s support to Africa through the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) increased exponentially in 2014 to include one regional and 25 national investment plans, with an additional nine poor countries being funded for renewable energy solutions, according to a new report released Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Text for global climate agreement in Paris officially published
    26 february 2015 17:07:04
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The negotiating text for the global climate agreement to be reached in Paris in December this year has been released, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Experts predict intense rainfall in Rwanda, Eastern African region
    25 february 2015 16:00:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An intense rainfall that could trigger flash floodings are expected in many parts of the Eastern African, including the Southwestern and Northeastern Rwanda between March and May 2015, weather experts warned in a statement issued Wednesday here. Full text...

  • Senegal: AMI, AWF sign partnership deal to train journos in wildlife conservation
    24 february 2015 16:55:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Media Initiative (AMI) has entered into an agreement with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) with the aim of solidifying media involvement in wildlife conservation efforts on the continent, AMI said in a statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Sudanese appointed acting chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    24 february 2015 16:17:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Sudanese Ismail El Gizouli has been appointed acting chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to replace Rajendra Pachauri from India who stepped down amid claims that he sexually harassed a subordinate, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says 2015 pivotal for finalizing universal climate change agreement
    23 february 2015 22:52:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday in New York said this year is pivotal for global action on climate change, emphasising that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015. Full text...

  • UN: WFP delivers vital supplies for Malawi flood victims
    23 february 2015 19:34:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the delivery Full text...

  • Sudan: Nile riparian countries fail to agree on main issues
    22 february 2015 18:06:07
    Khartoum, Sudan(PANA ) – The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) countries have failed to agree on a mechanism of taking decision on use of common water resources, and on notification to member states in case one of them wanted to establish a project, as well as on previously concluded agreements on water sharing in the region. Full text...

  • Togo: Interpol urged to back fight against illegal wood trade in West Africa
    16 february 2015 16:56:05
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – A four-nation meeting of West African forest and environment management officials, held Sunday in the Togolese capital, Lomé, has called on the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to back the fight against illegal trade in wood within the framework of environmental security. Full text...

  • UN: States agree key document for climate change agreement
    13 february 2015 20:57:08
    New York, US (PANA) - A key milestone on the route to a new, universal agreement on climate change was reached on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland, with a week of UN-facilitated discussions among over 190 states. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners seek US$30 million for flood response, recovery in Mozambique
    13 february 2015 19:56:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies joined the wider humanitarian community and non-governmental organizations in Mozambique to launch on Friday a US$30.1 million response and recovery proposal to meet the needs of more than 160,000 people affected by hard-hitting floods in the Zambezia Province of central Mozambique. Full text...

  • Zambia: Geneva meeting agree negotiating Text for global climate agreement
    13 february 2015 14:29:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Geneva climate change talks concluded Friday after seven days of negotiations with governments, successfully preparing the negotiating text for the 2015 global climate agreement set to be reached in Paris, France, at the end of 2015. Full text...

  • Mauritius: IOC seeks role in AU maritime strategy
    12 february 2015 09:40:18
    Ebony, Mauritius (PANA) - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has expressed its willingness to work closely with the African Union (AU) for the effective implementation of the security aspect of the African integrated maritime strategy by 2050 (AIM 2050). Full text...

  • Kenya:Cape Verde hosts African Meteorology Conference
    10 february 2015 10:50:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa are meeting in Praia, Cape Verde, to coordinate and accelerate regional efforts to strengthen resilience to extreme weather hazards and adapt to climate change, according to an official press statement obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • Senegal: Capo Verde hosts African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology
    09 february 2015 18:51:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Coordination and acceleration of regional efforts to strengthen African countries' resilience to extreme weather hazards and adaptation to climate change will be the focus of the Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) to be held from 10-14 February in Cape Verde, the meeting organizers said Monday. Full text...

  • Congo: US helps Central African countries fight poaching, maritime piracy
    07 february 2015 16:10:05
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Robin D. Meyer, the director of affairs for Central Africa at the US State department, currently on a visit to Brazzaville, said on Friday that the US was supporting Central African countries in their fight against poaching and maritime piracy, the Congolese public radio reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN climate talks kick off in Geneva Sunday
    07 february 2015 10:32:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The first round of UN Climate Change talks in 2015 begin in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sunday where governments will continue work to advance the draft text of a new, universal climate change agreement which they are due to conclude at the end of this year in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Zambia: Geneva UN Climate negotiations not expected to produce finalized draft text
    06 february 2015 15:51:59
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As countries negotiate the shape of the 2015 Paris Agreement at the first UN climate session for this year taking place 8-13 February in Geneva, Switzerland, Christiana Figueres, the UN’s top climate official says the Geneva meeting is not expected to produce a finalized draft text. Full text...

  • Congo: Russia to help Congo combat poaching
    04 february 2015 10:43:15
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Russian Federation will support Congo to organise the 27-30 April international conference on illegal logging and illegal trade in wildlife products, Russian Ambassador in Congo Valery Mikhaylov has announced. Full text...

  • Tanzania: WFP highlights need for aid as more downpours are forecast for Malawi
    03 february 2015 19:51:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The situation in flood-hit areas of Malawi is expected to get worse as heavy downpours are forecast in the southern Africa region in the coming days, a spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday at a press briefing in Geneva. Full text...

  • UN: WMO says 21st century 'hottest' on record as global warming continues
    03 february 2015 08:28:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says devastating Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius celebrates World Wetlands Day
    02 february 2015 18:26:36
    Pointe d’Esny, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius Agro-industry and Food Security Minister Mahen Seeruttun Monday said despite their value wetlands are the most declining and devastated ecosystem in Mauritius and elsewhere in the world. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Plastic packages banned
    02 february 2015 11:22:09
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso has banned the use of non-biodegradable plastic packages with effect from 21 Feb., and anyone who contravenes the ban risks 2-5 years imprisonment, in addition to a hefty fine, according to director of Environmental Protection Paul Savadogo. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: USAID donates money to victims of volcanic eruption
    29 january 2015 13:45:50
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has released US$ 50,000 to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Cape Verde, to enable it assist local authorities in meeting the emergency needs of the victims of the volcanic eruption on 23 November, says a USAID communiqué Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Govt. unveils plan to fight desertification
    29 january 2015 13:05:57
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana says it will soon align its national action plan (NAP) to combat desertification with the United Nations' Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) ten-year strategy. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Cape Verde thanks Angola for assistance during volcanic eruption
    27 january 2015 14:35:58
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The Cape Verdean minister of foreign relations, Jorge Tolentino, on Monday delivered a thank-you message from the Cape Verdean president, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, to his Angolan counterpart, José Eduardo dos Santos. Full text...

  • Senegal: Greenpeace urges African leaders to promote transparency in maritime fishing
    26 january 2015 17:53:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Greenpeace, an independent global campaigning organisation acting to protect and conserve the environment, on Monday urged African leaders to adopt emergency and concrete measures for greater transparency aimed at elimination of illegal maritime fishing. Full text...

  • Senegal: Three Sahelian countries to get US$25 million in drought insurance claims
    23 january 2015 17:21:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited, a financial affiliate of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) of the African Union (AU), said Friday it will pay US $25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries of the Sahel this month. Full text...

  • South Africa: Rescued lionesses welcomed at new African home
    23 january 2015 12:59:21
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Two rescued lionesses are settling into their new home at the Born Free Foundation’s Big Cat Rescue and Education Centre at Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa, following an epic 6,000-mile journey across two continents earlier this week. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 10,000 tons of plastic waste to be recycled annually in Cameroon
    21 january 2015 20:29:31
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroon will next month launch a programme to recycle 10,000 tons of plastic waste annually in the main cities such as Douala and Yaoundé. Full text...

  • UN: UN disaster reduction chief hails "major milestone" in earthquake risk assessment
    21 january 2015 18:51:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has welcomed Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius plans Early Warning System for storm surge in 2015
    21 january 2015 16:49:41
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius plans to set up an Early Warning System for incoming storm surge, swells and tsunamis before the next cyclonic season that starts mid November 2015 with funding from the Global Environment Fund and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Full text...

  • Tanzania: AWF to help tackle rising sanitation demands in Seychelles
    20 january 2015 14:36:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Water Facility (AWF) has approved a 1.07-million-euro grant for the development of a 10-year Integrated Comprehensive Sanitation Plan for Seychelles, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Flood disrupt schooling in Malawi
    18 january 2015 15:44:37
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A total of 415 schools have been affected by the severe flooding ravaging parts of Malawi, with 234 either having their roofs blown off or submerged, Vice President Saulos Chilima said on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: Major floods in Malawi, Mozambique force thousands to flee their homes – UN
    17 january 2015 05:13:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies are gearing up for relief efforts in Malawi and neighbouring Full text...

  • Malawi: Malawi's death toll climbs to 176 as violent rainstorms continue
    16 january 2015 16:27:23
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The death toll in Malawi's raging floods has climbed to 176 with hundreds others still missing especially in the southern Lower Shire Valley, Vice President Saulos Chilima confirmed Friday in Blantyre. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Met services issue cyclone warning class III over Rodrigues
    15 january 2015 14:34:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Meteorological Services Thursday issued a cyclone warning class III in the country as tropical cyclone ‘Bansi’, which hit the Island nation earlier this week, approached Rodrigues, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Malawi: Mutharika declares 10 districts 'disaster areas' over violent flood
    15 january 2015 07:05:20
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Peter Mutharika has declared ten of the country's 28 districts 'disaster areas' following the devastating flood that has engulfed almost half of the southern African country. Full text...

  • Malawi: 12 more die in violent flood
    15 january 2015 06:55:12
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Twelve more people have been killed across Malawi after they were washed away by flood, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Strong waves, winds to lash Tanzanian coast
    14 january 2015 20:36:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Residents of Indian Ocean coastal areas in Tanzania are advised to take necessary precautions in view of strong northerly winds and large waves that are likely to gust across the country during the next three days, the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) warned late on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Mutharika declares 10 districts 'disaster areas' due to floods in Malawi
    13 january 2015 17:42:08
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Peter Mutharika has declared 10 of the country's 28 districts 'disaster areas' following devastating floods that have engulfed almost half of the southern African country. Full text...

  • Malawi: Flash floods wreck havoc in Malawi, claim at least 21 lives
    13 january 2015 17:28:29
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - At least eight people were killed Tuesday in the southern district of Mulanje, about 100 km south of Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre, after flash floods washed them away their homes, a district administration official has confirmed. Full text...

  • Botswana: Normal rainfall forecast
    13 january 2015 12:11:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Department of Meteorological Services on Tuesday forecast normal rainfall, especially in the north and eastern areas of the country, for the remainder of the season. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Cyclone warning issued
    12 january 2015 07:34:03
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Meteorological Services Monday announced a cyclone warning class II in the country as tropical cyclone ‘Bansi’ approaches the island from the North-west, PANA reported from here. Full text...

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