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  • Congo gets FCFA 20.3b French funds for various projects
    12 june 2013 11:18:22
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government and the French Development Agency (AFD) on Tuesday signed three agreements in Brazzaville totalling FCFA 20.3 billion (about US$40 million) for various projects, a government statement said. Full text...

  • Ghana to deport some 200 Chinese illegal miners
    10 june 2013 17:08:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Some Chinese are to be deported after they were arrested for being involved in illegal small-scale mining in southern Ghana over the past several weeks, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) announced on Monday. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for protection of marine environment
    09 june 2013 14:25:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the international community to do more to reverse degradation of the marine environment, which influences virtually all aspects of life on the planet. Full text...

  • World Environment Day: UN chief urges people to curb food waste
    05 june 2013 20:03:14
    New York, US (PANA) - With tons of edible produce squandered each year, never making it from the farm to the table, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged everyone to help curb the massive loss and waste inherent in today’s food systems. Full text...

  • Mauritius engages the youth on World Environment Day
    05 june 2013 17:56:09
    Phoenix, Mauritius (PANA) - To mark the World Environment Day 2013 in Mauritius, Environment authorities Wednesday organized a half-day interactive forum for young people, focusing on the Mauritius Sustainable Island Project (MID), climate change, food safety and food security. Full text...

  • ECOWAS emergency disaster management experts meet in Abuja
    04 june 2013 19:07:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - To strengthen the preparedness and response capacities of West African countries to natural disasters, the ECOWAS secretariat in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, Tuesday began hosting a three-day consultative meeting of the Regional Committee for Disaster Management in West Africa (GECEAO). Full text...

  • UN Climate Change talks resume in Bonn
    03 june 2013 11:35:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Governments under the aegis of the UN began their next round of climate change talks in Bonn, German, Monday, as they work at completing a universal climate agreement by 2015. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Mauritanian health authorities caution citizens over heat wave
    01 june 2013 15:17:07
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian health authorities have in reaction to the heat wave that has killed about a dozen people, advised citizens against staying too long in the sun. Full text...

  • Mauritanian senate approves creation of Great Green Wall agency
    27 may 2013 15:22:01
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian senate on Sunday approved a bill authorizing the government to ratify the convention for the creation of the pan-African Agency of the Great Green Wall (APGMV), PANA reported here. Full text...

  • African conference on Sustainable Development opens in Mauritius
    27 may 2013 14:11:54
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - A workshop on the African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) project in the south-west Indian Ocean region opened Monday at the Cyber Tower at Ebène, central Mauritius. Full text...

  • UN to undertake mine action work in Mali
    23 may 2013 19:24:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) on Thursday announced plans to expand its humanitarian activities in Mali, bolster preparations for full deployment of an African-led support mission and help displaced persons return safely to their homes following months of strife in the West African country. Full text...

  • Brazzaville hosts workshop on protection of chimpanzees and gorillas
    22 may 2013 20:35:37
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A four-day sub-regional workshop on the protection of chimpanzees and gorillas is under way in Brazzaville to re-evaluating the threat on their populations and revising the 2005 action plan on the subject, according to an official communiqué on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Eight countries submit action plans to combat illegal trade in ivory
    18 may 2013 15:41:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Eight countries, including three from Africa, identified as the most affected by the illegal trade in ivory, have submitted national action plans to the UN-backed treaty for the conservation of endangered species. Full text...

  • Mali bans use of non-biodegradable plastic bags
    17 may 2013 14:17:24
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government will ban the production, importation, possession, sale and use of non-biodegradable plastic bags, under a law passed in 2012, PANA reported from here Friday. Full text...

  • UN tasks private sector on disaster risk reduction
    15 may 2013 21:55:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday called on the world’s business community to incorporate disaster risk management in their investment strategies to avoid further losses, warning that economic losses from disasters had spun out of control. Full text...

  • New UN study highlights huge potential for clean energy in Africa
    13 may 2013 22:52:19
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN study has said that less than one per cent of all patent applications relating to clean energy technology (CET) have been filed in Africa. Full text...

  • UN calls for greater protection of birds' habitats
    11 may 2013 15:37:22
    New York, US (PANA) - As an estimated 50 billion birds commence their annual migrations, the critical staging areas they need to complete these journeys continue to be degraded or are disappearing completely, the UN warned on Saturday. Full text...

  • EU grants Togo 16.7 million euros for Water, Sanitation
    10 may 2013 19:29:35
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has granted Togo 16.7 million euros (CFAF 11 billion) to support efforts by the West African country to provide its people good drinking water and clean environment in semi-urban areas, PANA reported here Friday, quoting an EU statement. Full text...

  • FAO grants Congo F CFA 108m to support forest policy
    10 may 2013 10:49:35
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has granted Congo F CFA 108.5 million (US$217,500) for the implementation of a project aimed at supporting the formulation of a forest policy, according to an official statement issued here Friday. Full text...

  • Govts meet in Bonn on 2015 global climate agreement
    29 april 2013 12:19:41
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The latest round of climate talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) started Monday in the German city of Bonn, against a background of steeply rising global greenhouse gas emissions and a growing sense of urgency to take action to stave off the worst effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Developing nations form network to factor climate change into development
    26 april 2013 10:51:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Representatives from governments in Africa and Asia have formed a network to support their efforts to factor climate change into their development plans, according to a statement issued Friday by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • Earthquakes: Jonathan commiserates with China, Iran, Pakistan over victims
    20 april 2013 19:37:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, has commiserated with President Xi Jinping and the people of China over the massive devastation and loss of many lives caused by the earthquake which occurred in the country’s Sichuan Province Saturday. Full text...

  • UN forum endorses measures to improve sustainable forest management
    20 april 2013 18:11:57
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Forum on Forests concluded its 10th session in Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday after agreeing on a series of measures to improve the sustainable management of forests and deciding to consider setting up a voluntary global fund to support this endeavour. Full text...

  • UN, World Bank set up advisory board for sustainable energy
    19 april 2013 15:50:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong, on Friday named members of the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, which is expected to kick off a major new phase of activity for this global public-private partnership. Full text...

  • 'Policy narratives limit climate resilience in world’s dry regions'
    19 april 2013 11:46:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Partial narratives that underpin policy making prevent people in arid regions from fulfilling their potential to provide food and sustain resilient livelihoods in a changing climate, according to findings of an international study published Friday by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • AfDB grants US$ 9 million for Zimbabwe's water, sanitation project
    17 april 2013 17:09:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has unveiled a US$ 9.04 million grant for Zimbabwe's Urgent Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation Project (UWSSRP) Phase One which aims at increasing the ''reliability, quality and availability of water'', PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya to achieve 10% forest cover by 2030
    15 april 2013 13:21:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya can meet the UN's requirement of a 10 percent forest cover even before the set deadline of year 2030 through concerted efforts from the government, corporate organisations and individual efforts, says Green Belt Movement Executive Director Pauline Kamau. Full text...

  • Sweden to give US$6.7m for ECOWAS climate programme
    15 april 2013 13:00:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Sweden is to provide US$6.7 million over four years to support West Africa's programme to reduce the region’s vulnerability to climate change. Full text...

  • UN, World Economic Forum seek outstanding climate-friendly projects to fund
    12 april 2013 12:59:41
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF), on Friday opened calls for applications for “Momentum for Change: Financing for Climate-friendly Investment.“ Full text...

  • Heavy rains trigger flooding in Rwanda
    12 april 2013 12:09:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A downpour this week in the Nyabihu district in north-west Rwanda has caused massive flooding that damaged farms and destroyed 42 houses, the public radio reported on Friday. Full text...

  • UN honours activists, filmmakers, photographers for work on forest sustainability
    10 april 2013 21:44:17
    New York, US (PANA) - A political activist working to safeguard the Amazon rainforest and a businessman considered the "grandfather" of the Turkish environmental movement are among the winners of UN awards honouring individuals who have done extraordinary work to spotlight the special relationship between forests and people. Full text...

  • Major forest blaze in eastern Libya now under control
    09 april 2013 15:04:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A massive fire fighting operation, mounted by a coalition of Libyan, Italian and British operatives, has brought the devastating forest fire in Libya's mountainous region of Ras Al-Hialal under control, the Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, told a news conference here Monday. Full text...

  • World Bank partners Alcantara to host Connect4Climate dialogue
    08 april 2013 15:13:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - From 9-12 April, 2013, the World Bank and Alcantara will co-host a series of panel discussions, entitled "Alcantara Dialogues - Connect4Climate: Re-think, Re-Design, Re-new", at the Temporary Museum for New Design during Milan's Design Week (April 9-14, 2013) in Italy. Full text...

  • IOC launches three surveys on management of natural risks in Indian Ocean
    05 april 2013 21:59:34
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has launched three surveys in a bid to strengthen public policies and coordinate civil security, draft exceptional emergency procedures and improve the management of natural risks in the south-west islands of the Indian Ocean, official sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Land deals in Africa: Report sheds light on demand for accountability
    05 april 2013 06:48:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - People who feel wronged by large scale land deals in Africa are taking a variety of steps to seek justice, according to new research that examined the accountability of public authorities that preside over such deals and asks whether legal empowerment offers citizens scope to expect fairer outcomes. Full text...

  • UN member states to meet on forest sustainability
    04 april 2013 21:53:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN member states and observer nations will meet in Istanbul, Turkey, from 8-19 April under the auspices of the UN Forum on Forests for its 10th session to consider a range of measures to improve sustainable forest management, a UN statement in New York said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo, World Bank to spend over US$32m on forest management
    29 march 2013 11:42:39
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government and the World Bank - through the International Development Association (IDA) - Thursday in Brazzaville launched a forest and economic diversification project, estimated to cost US$32.6 million . Full text...

  • Report warns of ways climate change threatens food security of urban poor
    28 march 2013 06:57:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Policies to increase food security in the global South focus too much on rural food production and not enough on ensuring poor people can access and afford food, especially in urban areas, said a report published Thursday by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • India, Kenya to boost wildlife cooperation
    21 march 2013 14:27:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Indian and Kenyan officials have agreed to strengthen their ties in wildlife conservation and management after talks between the Indian High Commissioner here, Sibabrata Tripathi, and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director, William Kiprono. Full text...

  • FAO calls for total eradication of deforestation
    21 march 2013 13:20:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - On the first International Day of Forests, celebrated by the UN Thursday, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva has proposed that countries support a Zero Illegal Deforestation target. Full text...

  • UNESCO conference on climate change education opens in Mauritius
    20 march 2013 16:36:51
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) – A three-day experts’ meeting on climate change, sponsored by UNESCO, kicked off Wednesday in the northern Mauritius city of Balaclava. Full text...

  • Developing nations to pioneer system to track climate change adaptation, development
    19 march 2013 07:45:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - New systems for tracking the social impacts of efforts to adapt to climate change could soon be in place in Africa and South Asia, according to the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • UNESCO meeting on Climate Change education in Africa holds in Mauritius
    18 march 2013 12:57:43
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A UNESCO Regional Expert Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Africa will hold at the Intercontinental Resort, northern Mauritius, 20-22 March. Full text...

  • Think-tank alliance identifies 8 shifts needed for sustainable development
    13 march 2013 18:55:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A new international alliance of research institutes has identified eight major shifts that must take place for humanity to achieve sustainable development, the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Environmentalists use music, photographs to combat climate change
    10 march 2013 07:13:24
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - Young winners from 14 countries including Kenya, Malawi and Morocco have been honoured at a Connect4Climate (C4C) event in Washington DC, US, aimed at using music, photographs, videos to combat climate change. Full text...

  • AfDB hosts ''Climate for Development in Africa'' meeting
    06 march 2013 18:33:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Wednesday began hosting a two-day meeting in Tunisia for the Board of Programme Directors of the ''Climate for Development in Africa Initiative (Clim-Dev). Full text...

  • African, Asian forest experts meet in China to share decade of learning
    05 march 2013 08:31:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Experts in forest governance from ten countries in Africa and Asia are due to meet this week in China to take stock of their successes and frustrations over the past decade and learn how their hosts handle issues in the sector. Full text...

  • Congolese govt. to build 300 houses at 2012 explosion site
    02 march 2013 15:22:46
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government is to build 300 houses at Mpila, in north-east of Brazzaville, the capital, where ammunition explosions took place on 4 March, 2012, according to the Congolese Minister of Territory Planning, Jean Jacques Bouya. Full text...

  • President Jonathan, Clinton arrive for dedication of Eko Atlantic City
    21 february 2013 13:34:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan and former US President Bill Clinton arrived in Nigeria's economic nerve centre of Lagos Thursday for the dedication of the new 5-million-square-metre Eko Atlantic City. Full text...

  • Nigeria President tasked on ECOWAS Court ruling on Niger Delta pollution
    19 february 2013 12:04:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has written to Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure enforcement of the ruling by the ECOWAS Court of Justice in a case related to oil pollution in the Niger Delta. Full text...

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