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  • 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...

  • 'Illegal ivory seized in France to be destroyed'
    07 december 2013 18:17:25
    Paris, France (PANA) – French Ecology Minister Philippe Martin has told African leaders participating in a roundtable discussion on the fight against poaching of endangered species held in Paris on Saturday that the stock of about three tons of ivory seized recently in the country will be destroyed soon. Full text...

  • UN says 15,000 people need relief in Niger flood-hit region
    03 december 2013 22:21:37
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday said more than 15,000 people urgently need relief aid in south-east Niger after the Komadougou River, which most of the year was practically dried out, burst its banks and flooded communities. Full text...

  • Typhoon Haiyan: UN agencies stress breastfeeding support for mothers in affected areas
    28 november 2013 19:13:46
    Manila, Philippines (PANA) - UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) Thursday called on those involved in the response to the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) disaster to promote and protect breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children. Full text...

  • Public-private partners pledge to fund sustainable energy for all - UN
    28 november 2013 18:57:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and the World Bank have announced a concerted effort by governments, international agencies, civil society and the private sector to scale up efforts to provide sustainable energy to all. Full text...

  • FAO calls for bolstering of forest producer organizations
    25 november 2013 16:33:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Strengthening forest producer organizations should contribute significantly to reducing poverty, improving livelihoods and enhancing economic development of smallholder forest owners and farmers, FAO said in a statement from its headquarters in Rome, Italy, Monday. Full text...

  • Ban welcomes deal at UN-led climate change talks
    24 november 2013 19:39:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the agreement reached at the UN-led climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, which was concluded on Saturday, is an "important stepping stone" towards a universal legal agreement in 2015. Full text...

  • Major step taken toward universal climate change pact as UN climate talks end
    24 november 2013 19:25:45
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - The two-week UN Climate Change Conference ended Saturday in Warsaw, Poland, with a major step taken towards a universal climate agreement to be signed in 2015. Full text...

  • Outcome on REDD+ reached at Warsaw UN Climate talks
    22 november 2013 17:28:59
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – Negotiators at the UN Climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, have agreed on the rules on financing forest protection in developing nations, a breakthrough in the negotiations scheduled to end Friday. Full text...

  • Africa urged to turn to the private sector for climate finance
    22 november 2013 13:12:07
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - With the UN Climate Change Conference heading to a close, the issue of climate finance remains a sticking point here, and developed countries want Africa to turn to its private sector. Full text...

  • ICT is latest initiative to be recognised by UNFCCC
    22 november 2013 12:03:33
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become the latest initiative to be included under the Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities by the Bonn-based UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) secretariat, which recognises and honours remarkable projects around the globe tackling climate change. Full text...

  • NGOs at UN climate talks in Warsaw walk out
    21 november 2013 17:05:12
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) – With a day to go before the two-week UN climate negotiations ends in Warsaw, Poland, over 800 observers from NGOs and social movements on Thursday walked out of the negotiations, accusing rich industrialised countries of jeopardising international climate action. Full text...

  • 'Injection of financial resources into Green Climate Fund vital'
    21 november 2013 11:49:14
    Warsaw, Poland (PANA) - The Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Héla Cheikhrouhou, who is in Warsaw, Poland, for the annual UN negotiations on climate change, has stressed the urgency to get the financial resources injected into the fund, which is in the final stage of being fully operational. Full text...

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