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  • 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...

  • Mauritius: Early Warning System to detect storm surges installed in Mauritius
    11 august 2015 09:02:33
    Vacoas, Mauritius (PANA) - An Early Warning System (EWS) to detect storm surges on a 24-hour basis is now operational at the Mauritius Meteorological Services in Vacoas, in the centre of the island, officials said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Earthquake rocks western Rwanda
    07 august 2015 17:06:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the local magnitude scale early Friday rocked several areas in western Rwanda, leaving four persons injured and six homes reduced to rubble, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs said in the capital, Kigali. Full text...

  • US: Qatar Airways strengthens embargo on African wildlife transportation
    07 august 2015 14:37:42
    New York, US (PANA) - One of the world's leading air carriers, Qatar Airways, has announced the extension of its existing embargo on transporting hunting trophies to encompass all species identified by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora. Full text...

  • Tanzania: US official praises formation of alliance to combat wildlife trafficking
    05 august 2015 20:49:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Wednesday praised the formation of a new coalition of conservation, corporate, foundation and media leaders that will work together with the US government to combat wildlife trafficking in the United States and abroad. Full text...

  • Côte d'ivoire: AU, FAO sign technical cooperation document on climate change
    05 august 2015 20:43:05
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The African Union (AU) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed a technical cooperation project document to support the initiatives on the resilience against climate change in the Horn of Africa and in several Sahel regions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari approves actions to fast-track clean-up of oil polluted area
    05 august 2015 18:40:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - In keeping with his avowed commitment to working for the development and well-being of all Nigerians, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has approved several actions to fast-track the long delayed implementation of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Report on the environmental restoration of Ogoniland in the country's oil-rich Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • US: Obama urges more efforts to fight global warming
    04 august 2015 18:22:59
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has challenged governments to Full text...

  • US: American air carriers ban wildlife 'trophies' on flights
    04 august 2015 15:46:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Three major American air carriers, Delta, American and United Airlines, Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes climate change plan unveiled by Obama
    03 august 2015 21:32:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Clean Power Plan formally unveiled on Monday by US President Barack Obama, saying it shows the determination of the US to address global warming while also saving money and growing the economy. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges more action to tackle illegal wildlife trade
    31 july 2015 16:40:53
    New York, US (PANA) - Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an irreplaceable part Full text...

  • US: US govt. probes killing of Zimbabwean lion
    31 july 2015 14:37:49
    New York, US (PANA) - A US government agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, on Friday said it will probe the killing of Cecil, a lion in Zimbabwe, by American dentist and hunter, Walter Palmer, to determine if the action violates US laws against illegal wildlife trading. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana bans light plastics
    30 july 2015 21:38:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Minister of Science, Environment, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga, on Thursday announced a ban on the manufacture and sale of light plastics. Full text...

  • Congo: WB to support Congo in fight against poaching
    30 july 2015 10:53:24
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The World Bank will provide technical and financial support to the Congo in the fight against deforestation and poaching, according to Djibrilla Issa, UN representative in the Congo. Full text...

  • Senegal: Implementing good practice climate policies could hold warming close to 2°C - Report
    29 july 2015 12:01:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - If all governments were to implement ambitious climate policies that already exist in some countries – in just nine different areas - they could reduce emissions close to the levels needed to stay on track to hold global warming below 2°C, says a new report by three European research organisations. Full text...

  • Botswana: Illegal immigrants engage in illegal sand mining
    29 july 2015 08:13:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has recorded a high number of illegal immigrants, mostly Zimbabweans, engaging in illegal sand mining. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC,ARCOS sign deal to ensure sustainable natural resource management
    28 july 2015 11:54:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the East African Community (EAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join their efforts in enhancing environment and sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources of the Albertine Rift region and other transboundary ecosystems of East Africa, the EAC secretariat said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Imported lions released into games reserve
    27 july 2015 20:27:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan authorities have released into a games reserve seven lions that were recently imported from South Africa. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: South Africa to host 14th world forestry forum in September
    27 july 2015 12:14:33
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The South African city of Durban will host the 14th world forestry forum on 7-11 September, according to a communiqué issued Monday and obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: President Obama announces tougher ivory trade regulations
    25 july 2015 17:42:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - US President Barack Obama, on official visit to Kenya, announced Saturday a move to tighten regulations around ivory trade in the United States by instating a near complete ban on all ivory commerce. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Ivory detection dogs ready to combat wildlife trafficking in Kenya, Tanzania
    24 july 2015 16:28:55
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A corps of ivory detection dogs graduated Friday from African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)'s Conservation Canine Programme in Tanzania, having completed two months of intensive training wherein they learned to sniff out ivory hidden in vehicles, buildings and luggage. Full text...

  • UN: WMO says first half of 2015 'hottest six months on record'
    21 july 2015 22:04:59
    New York, US (PANA) - From January to June 2015, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces was the hottest for such period on record, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported on Tuesday, citing new highs across the planet in June, with heatwaves across South Asia, Europe and pockets of the US. Full text...

  • Botswana: Stamps launched to celebrate world's largest wetland in Botswana
    14 july 2015 12:59:27
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The BotswanaPost has launched a series of commemorative stamps displaying the Okavango Delta World Heritage Site, as the site marks its first year after being voted a heritage site. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Climate change threatens Mauritius capacity to meet SDGs' - Minister
    13 july 2015 16:58:26
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Raj Dayal said Monday that climate change is threatening the island nation's capacity to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. introduces '2050 Pathways Carbon Calculator'
    11 july 2015 09:39:53
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Government has introduced “The 2050 Pathways Carbon Calculator” which is a modeling tool, developed with the support of the British Government, that allows Mauritius to analyse how emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) can be reduced while still meeting energy needs. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Green Climate Fund accredits 13 new partnering institutions
    09 july 2015 17:31:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's National Climate and Environment Fund is among 13 new partner institutions which the Board of the Green Climate Fund decided Thursday to accredit as new partners acting as channels through which the Fund will deploy its resources to developing countries. Full text...

  • Chad: AI wants jailed land-grab campaigner released
    09 july 2015 12:36:49
    Ndjamena, Chad: (PANA) - Chadian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release and drop all charges against a human rights defender sentenced to two years imprisonment for peacefully expressing his views on the country's judicial system, Amnesty International said Friday. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean: IOC launches call for proposals for biodiversity project
    09 july 2015 09:11:20
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has launched a call for proposals under the project of biodiversity that covers the Indian Ocean and the coastal regions of Kenya and Tanzania. Full text...

  • Botswana: Filming, photography permits suspended
    09 july 2015 07:31:47
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana is to suspend the issuance of environmental research, filming and photography permits for a month, the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism (MEWT) said here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: International conference on climate change opens
    08 july 2015 22:13:37
    Pointe-aux-Piments, Mauritius (PANA) – An international conference on energy, environment and climate change opened on Wednesday in the Mauritian northern island of Pointe-aux-Piments, with the participation of delegates from several German Universities, the islands of Fiji and Mauritius. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IFAD-supported projects reduce greenhouse gas emissions
    08 july 2015 16:57:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions – which is good news for the planet and for future generations, said the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Full text...

  • Botswana: Govt. intensifies anti-poaching initiatives
    08 july 2015 15:03:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - To drive home its zero tolerance for poaching, Botswana recently erected an elephant sculpture at its biggest airport - Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA), located in the capital Gaborone. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians march for renewable energy
    08 july 2015 10:08:33
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Some 100 people on Wednesday accompanied President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim during a street march in the capital, Port-Louis, to promote renewable energy, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. to subsidize purchase of solar water heaters in Mauritius
    05 july 2015 16:53:03
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian government will on Monday launch a new programme of subsidy to help Mauritian families acquire solar water heaters during the period 2015/2016. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius rehabilitates caves
    05 july 2015 10:33:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has launched a project to rehabilitate 60 of the 120 caves that exist on the island in a bid to sensitize the population on the need to preserve them for their scientific, utility, educational and cultural values, according to the Environment Ministry in the Mauritian capital, Port Louis. Full text...

  • UN: First-ever heatwave warning guidelines issued by UN as global temperatures soar
    02 july 2015 08:45:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Two UN agencies have unveiled a series of new guidelines aimed at addressing the health risks posed by the increasing number and intensity of climate change-related heatwaves affecting the planet. Full text...

  • UN: UN says new post-2020 climate change targets represent 60% of global emissions
    30 june 2015 22:23:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed Tuesday's formal submission of post-2020 climate change targets or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) by both the China and South Korea, which together represent over 60 per cent of global emissions. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda imports 7 lions from South Africa to boost tourism sector
    30 june 2015 14:25:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan government Tuesday imported seven lions from South Africa to its national Akagera Park, located in the eastern part of the country, as part of the ongoing national tourism campaign dedicated to re-introduce endangered animals, official sources told PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Mali: Elephants in northern Mali face poachers, drought
    29 june 2015 21:58:23
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Forty elephants have been killed by poachers since the political and security crisis began in Mali in 2012 while 28 baby calves died in 2015 in the northern Gourma-region, which is experiencing severe drought, the national Malian daily "L'Essor" reported on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks governments on efforts to reach new climate deal
    29 june 2015 20:35:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says governments must accelerate their efforts to reach a universal climate agreement in Paris, France, next December. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam urges increase of climate financing by rich countries
    29 june 2015 09:12:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The chance of a successful Paris climate deal depends on rich countries showing they have kept their past commitments, especially the promise they made in Copenhagen to jointly mobilize US$100 billion of climate financing per year by 2020, global agency Oxfam warned Monday. Full text...

  • Seychelles: Seychelles authorities launch initiative to protect sharks
    26 june 2015 18:12:30
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) - Authorities in Seychelles Friday launched an initiative dubbed 'The Shark Fin Soup Project' to raise public awareness on myths and realities of sharks in view of global concerns in recent years about the sustainability of the current exploitation of the carnivorous fish. Full text...

  • Kenya: Lands minister charged with obstructing probe into land grab
    26 june 2015 14:05:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's suspended lands minister, Charity Ngilu, pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of obstructing investigations into a land grabbing case involving top government officials. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius gets key tool to mitigate climate change
    19 june 2015 17:18:13
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has become the first Small Island Developing State (SIDS) to acquire a '2050 Pathways Calculator', a groundbreaking tool that allows policy makers to consider feasible energy demand and supply pathways for reducing emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) by the year 2050. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius obtains French assistance on Climate Change
    19 june 2015 15:32:36
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - France will help Mauritius in the preparation for an Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), measures, both mitigation and adaptation, that countries intend to undertake towards achieving the objective of the United Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), especially in greenhouse gas emissions reduction and limiting global warming to below 2°C, relative to pre-industrial levels. Full text...

  • US: US agency destroys confiscated ivory to save African wildlife
    19 june 2015 08:27:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on Friday in New York City Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes Pope's encyclical on climate change
    19 june 2015 08:22:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed Pope Francis' encyclical on human ecology, which was published Thursday and which highlighted that climate change is one of the principal challenges facing humanity. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Kofi Annan supports Papal stand on human ecology
    18 june 2015 15:47:38
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Former Secretary General of the United Nations and President of the Africa Progress Panel (App), Kofi Annan, has pledged support to Pope Francis, whose encyclical "Laudato si" on human ecology was published Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt to launch schemes promoting sustainable development
    18 june 2015 12:45:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Government will plans to launch three schemes under which subsidies will be offered to the population to enable them develop composting, rainwater harvesting and producing hot water with solar panels in a bid to promote sustainable development in the island, PANA learnt Thursday from official sources here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Leading conservationists join Tanzania in anti-poaching campaign
    18 june 2015 09:30:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Two leading conservation organizations, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and WildAid, Thursday launched here a new public awareness campaign to educate the public about the severe poaching crisis and build widespread support to protect elephants and other species from the illegal wildlife trade. Full text...

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