Environment -
  • UN officials call for political will to achieve "Green Economy"
    03 june 2011 15:29:10
    New York,US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro on Friday appealed for greater political will in both developed and developing countries to make the transition to the "green economy" a reality. Full text...

  • Climate change: Disaster looms for Africa, India if...
    03 june 2011 09:33:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A new study obtained by PANA here Friday has matched future climate change “hotspots” with regions already suffering chronic food problems to identify highly-vulnerable populations, mostly in Africa and South Asia, where in fewer than 40 years, the prospect of shorter, hotter or drier growing seasons could imperil hundreds of millions of already-impoverished people. Full text...

  • African leaders arrive for tropical basins summit
    02 june 2011 20:30:44
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The presidents of the Central African Republic (CAR), Sao Tome and Principe and Equatorial Guinea arrived in Brazzaville on Thursday to participate in the first summit of heads of state and government of the three tropical basins in the world slated for Friday in the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Mali's president to launch environment fortnight programme
    02 june 2011 14:50:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali will Monday officially launch the 12th edition of the country's Environment fortnight, sources close to the environment and sanitation ministry revealed here. Full text...

  • Congo bans production, importation of plastic bags
    02 june 2011 14:20:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) –The Congolese government has banned the production and importation of plastic bags, the country’s Minister of Communication, Bienvenu Okiémy, announced in Brazzaville, the capital, Thursday. Full text...

  • WAEMU grants Togo FCFA 2b to protect coastline
    01 june 2011 13:19:23
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Tuesday granted Togo FCFA 2,140,000,000 to enable the West African country build structures aimed at protecting and stabilizing its coastline, threatened by erosion, PANA learnt from official sources in Lomé. Full text...

  • NGOs condemn marginalisation of local communities in forest basins
    30 may 2011 17:45:18
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - About 10 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from countries of the Congo Basin on Monday in Brazzaville condemned the non-involvement of local communities and autochthonous populations in the discussions of the summit of the three tropical forest basins of the world, whose meeting began here. Full text...

  • Experts from world tropical forest meet in Brazzaville
    30 may 2011 14:33:14
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Experts from the three basins of the world's tropical forest - the Amazon, Congo and Borneo Mekong - began here Monday to prepare grounds for the summit of heads of State and Government of the member countries of the organisation, scheduled for 31 May to 3 June. Full text...

  • Brazzaville to host summit on basins of world's tropical forests
    28 may 2011 18:00:24
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A summit on the three basins of the world's tropical forest - the Amazon, Congo and Borneo Mekong - will be held from 31 May to 3 June in Brazzaville, according to organisers. Full text...

  • Mali launches drinking water project
    27 may 2011 20:06:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali on Friday launched a project to construct six simple water supply systems in rural Dioro Farkou and Massa in the centre of the country. Full text...

  • President Jonathan cancels trip to France
    26 may 2011 20:22:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday cancelled his scheduled trip to France for the Summit of Eight Industrialised Nations (G-8), a news release issued by Presidential Spokesman Ima Niboro disclosed. Full text...

  • West Africa preparing to cope with floods, other natural disasters
    26 may 2011 14:07:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The fifth Regional Consultation on flood preparedness and other natural disasters will hold 1-3 June in Cotonou, on the initiative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for West and Central Africa (OCHA), according to an official statement. Full text...

  • 'Icelandic volcano ash won't disturb Air Morocco flights'
    25 may 2011 18:16:59
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The Royal Air Morocco (RAM) traffic to European countries, which accounts for half of the company's routes, will not be disturbed in the coming days by Grimsvoetn Icelandic volcanic ash, PANA learnt in Rabat. Full text...

  • Africa to feel impact of climate change more, says environment specialist
    24 may 2011 16:43:48
    Toubacouta, Senegal (PANA) - The impact of climate change will vary depending on geographic location but will be most felt in Africa, the Chairman of Senegal National Committee on Climate Change, El Hadji Mbaye Diagne, said Tuesday inToubacouta, Fatick region (west-central Senegal). Full text...

  • Slight earthquake felt in Rwanda
    23 may 2011 17:24:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An earthquake, measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale, struck several parts of Rwanda and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) early Monday but no damage or human loss was recorded, PANA learnt from the Volcano Observatory of Goma (OVG). Full text...

  • Congo wants to plant one million hectares of forests in 10 years
    21 may 2011 17:38:02
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo wants to plant, over the next 10 years, one million hectares of forests to enhance its forest area and carbon sequestration, the head of the National Afforestation and reforestation programme (NARP ), Mrs. Rosalie Matondo, said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Niger's National Assembly passes environmental law
    20 may 2011 16:43:42
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's National Assembly on Friday passed a bill on the regeneration of ecosystems and the development of the Niger Valley, PANA learnt from parliamentary sources in Niamey. Full text...

  • Official regrets poor monitoring of two DRC volcanoes
    19 may 2011 21:12:20
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Two active volcanoes in Dr Congo are not monitored closely because of the poor state of the monitoring equipment, Kacho Karumu, the director of the Goma Volcano Observatory (GVO), told reporters on Thursday. Full text...

  • Poachers slaughter elephants, monkeys in DRC reserve
    19 may 2011 19:14:36
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Twenty elephants and nearly 100 monkeys were killed by poachers in the Okapi reserve in the north-eastern DR Congo (DRC) during the first quarter of this year, according to the District Commissioner of Ituri, Freddy Bosomba. Full text...

  • Niger to build 14,000 water points in five years
    19 may 2011 17:45:26
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger will build 14,000 modern water points in rural and urban areas over five years for a total cost of 600 billion CFA francs, according to an official statement issued Thursday in Niamey. Full text...

  • Ghanaian company hailed for energy efficient cook stove
    17 may 2011 22:39:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A Ghanaian company, Toyola Energy Ltd, has been short-listed as one of the world’s eight finalists from Africa, India and Pakistan for the green energy prize for sustainable energy pioneers. Full text...

  • Environmental body to help restore coastal and marine habitats meets
    17 may 2011 22:27:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The steering Committee of the Interim Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystems (GCLME) began a two-day meeting in Accra on Tuesday to deliberate on the next steps of implementing GCLME Strategic Action Programmes (SAP). Full text...

  • UN chief tasks governments on emission reduction negotiations
    13 may 2011 15:04:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Ms. Christiana Figueres, on Friday urged governments to step up the pace of negotiations on further reduction of emissions of hazardous greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Full text...

  • UN chief urges greater attention to road safety
    12 may 2011 19:17:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged governments around the world to intensify efforts to minimize the road accidents by coming up with innovative plans to reduce their occurrences. Full text...

  • Kenya wants Ethiopian power plant halted for water-sharing talks
    10 may 2011 12:37:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities Tuesday demanded the formation of a joint water management committee before the Ethiopian government can begin the construction of a major hydro power project that could affect the flow of water into Lake Turkana. Full text...

  • France to help Congo organize summit of The Three Basins
    05 may 2011 20:30:38
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The French government is to grant Congo 200,000 euros to help organise a summit of the Three Basins of the World scheduled to take place from 30 May to 3 June in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • UNFCCC records 3,000th clean energy development project
    05 may 2011 19:46:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Thursday said an international arrangement that channels investment into clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction technology in developing countries has registered its 3,000th project. Full text...

  • Zim capital runs out of water
    05 may 2011 13:22:47
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Large parts of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, and its satellite towns were without water Thursday due to low production as a result of power shortages. Full text...

  • Congo, US NGO to develop ecotourism
    04 may 2011 22:03:15
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government and a US NGO, Congo Conservation Company, have signed an agreement for the development of ecotourism in the national park of Odzala-Kokoua, in northern Congo. Full text...

  • UN says world population to hit 7 billion on 31 October
    03 may 2011 17:52:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The world population is projected to reach seven billion on 31 October, according to the 2010 Revision of World Population Prospects, the official population projections prepared by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Full text...

  • Anti-corruption society calls for corruption-free climate change financing
    30 april 2011 12:46:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - As governments prepare to spend up to US$100 billion annually by 2020 to limit climate change and prepare for its impact, Transparency International (TI), the international anti-corruption society, is warning of the corruption risks of climate finance flowing through new, untested channels and recommends strengthening governance systems to tackle them. Full text...

  • UN scales up aid for drought victims in Ethiopia
    29 april 2011 14:45:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday called for increased assistance to an estimated two million people affected by drought in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Production of chemicals fundamental to economic activities - Gambian official
    29 april 2011 09:15:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Alhagie Momodou Canteh, Director and Coordinator of Technical Services Network (DSTN) at the Gambian National Environment Agency (NEA), has said that the production and use of chemicals are fundamental to the economic activities and the development of all countries, whether industrialized or developing. Full text...

  • UNAMID provides water to Darfur villages
    27 april 2011 15:11:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Wednesday said the residents of eight villages in Darfur will be among the first in the arid Sudanese region to have easy access to water under an initiative introduced by the mission. Full text...

  • Migiro calls on nations to promote harmony with nature
    20 april 2011 19:41:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro on Wednesday called on countries to embrace ``a low-carbon, resource-efficient, pro-poor economic model, which will ensure progress while also promoting harmony with nature''. Full text...

  • Mauritius hosts int'l conference on medicinal plants
    20 april 2011 16:56:13
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - An international three-day conference on the conservation and use of medicinal plants in the developing small islands in the Indian Ocean and Madagascar opened Wednesday in Ebène, central Mauritius. Full text...

  • Mali, UNDP sign agreement to implement environmental programme
    20 april 2011 15:58:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday signed an agreement for the implementation of the Programme to Support the Promotion of Environment and Sustainable Development (PAGEDD), PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • BADEA funds building, public works project in Togo
    19 april 2011 16:15:45
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the Togolese government, here Monday signed a financing agreement, to the tune of US$ 300,000, to support the National Laboratory of Building and Public Works (LNBTP) project, official sources told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gabon bans installation of communication antennas in protected areas
    17 april 2011 17:43:15
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - The Gabonese government has banned the installation of communication antennas in protected areas, which can hinder the "Green Gabon policy of President Ali Bongo Ondimba". Full text...

  • UNFCCC appoints 40-member committee to design new climate fund
    15 april 2011 19:01:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Friday announced the selection of a 40-member committee tasked with designing an international fund to manage resources mobilized to enable developing countries to address Full text...

  • FDA spends CFAF 295m to clean up Malian town
    14 april 2011 14:51:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The French Development Agency (FAD) and the town council of Kayes (500 km from Bamako) Wednesday signed a contract, under which the French agency will grant Mali CFAF 295 million to clean up Kayes, an official source told PANA here. Full text...

  • Conservation organisation to help sustain cocoa production
    13 april 2011 22:56:53
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Cocoa producers in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the world's top two cocoa producers, are to benefit from improvements in their productivity, while also contributing to the conservation of biodiversity in their regions. Full text...

  • China to finance dam construction in Mauritius
    13 april 2011 13:02:11
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Minister of Energy and Utilities Rashid Beebeejaun said Wednesday that China would grant Mauritius 580 million yuan to enable the country to build a dam aimed at proving potable water for residents of Bagatelle, in the central part of the island. Full text...

  • Two Rwandan NGOs win World Prize for environmental protection
    11 april 2011 20:23:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Two initiatives aimed at protecting the environment in Rwanda are among 10 winners a programme initiated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN environment agency has said. Full text...

  • Meeting on plant biodiversity in Africa opens in Dakar
    11 april 2011 15:23:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A five-day workshop on the theme: "Restoration, conservation and valorisation of plant biodiversity in Africa", bringing together African and European researchers, political decision makers, as well as representatives of research organisations, and international institutions in the agricultural sector, began Monday in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • UN climate chief tasks nations on addressing climate change
    08 april 2011 12:44:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The UN Climate Change Conference ended in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday with a call by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres on countries to push ahead with efforts to achieve another significant step to address global climate change in 2011. Full text...

  • EAC, ADF sign deal for pollution reversal in Lake Victoria
    05 april 2011 09:45:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Development Fund (ADF) has committed US$108 million to the reversal of pollution in Lake Victoria, through improvement in sustainable water supply and sanitation infrastructure that will benefit 15 towns around the lake in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda as well as Burundi. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for adherence to pacts against landmines
    04 april 2011 19:18:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for universal adherence to all international treaties prohibiting the use and stockpiling of landmines. Full text...

  • UN climate change chief tasks nations on Cancun Accords
    04 april 2011 16:38:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Ms. Christiana Figueres, on Monday urged countries to tackle the key issues of emission reduction targets, as well as funding and technology to assist developing nations tackle global warming. Full text...

  • UN unveils report on size, scale of its carbon footprint
    01 april 2011 20:06:06
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report unveiled on Friday revealed that Full text...

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