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  • Morocco buries the dead, evaluates flood damage
    27 november 2002 22:48:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Heavy rains have brought serious flooding to central Morocco which has killed 37 people and has caused enormous property damage. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to get environment volunteers' Committee
    26 november 2002 22:16:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde is to set up a youth volunteers' Committee for environment protection, sources at the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa hosts first African botanical gardens congress
    26 november 2002 21:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, has launched the first African Botanical Congress in Durban, marking the first time in history that representatives from botanical gardens throughout Africa have come together to discuss the sustainability of continent's botanical gardens. Full text...

  • Death toll from Moroccan flood rises to 35
    26 november 2002 19:24:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- At least 35 people have died and eight others reported missing in floods after Sunday's heavy rains in Morocco, according to official toll. Full text...

  • Authorities close four Algerian mineral water factories
    26 november 2002 15:46:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Control Unit of Algeria's Trade Ministry has ordered the closure of four mineral water factories in the country and instituted legal action against them, for producing products unfit for consumption and with labelling defects. Full text...

  • 3,000 people displaced by flood in northern Congo Brazzaville
    25 november 2002 18:25:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- More than 3,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Congo Brazzaville's northern Sangha region, the State radio reported Monday. Full text...

  • Flooding kills 13 in central Morocco
    25 november 2002 17:46:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Thirteen people were killed after a river in central Morocco burst its banks following heavy rains Sunday, the Moroccan news agency (MAP) reported Monday. Full text...

  • 10 worshipers killed by lightning in Zimbabwe
    25 november 2002 16:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Ten worshipers were struck and killed by lightning Sunday in Zimbabwe during an open air Church service, police said. Full text...

  • Scientists recommend protected status for Seychelles atoll
    25 november 2002 11:54:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A group of scientists from Seychelles and elsewhere has recommended the classification of Cosmoledo atoll as a protected natural reserve to safeguard its exceptional biodiversity. Full text...

  • Mauritian beaches invaded by algae
    24 november 2002 17:25:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Several Mauritian beaches, especially the Belle-Mare, in the east of the country, have been taken over by algae, or seaweeds, which hamper relaxation at the resorts. Full text...

  • Mauritius to ban plastic bags in October 2003
    24 november 2002 15:54:00
    Port-Louis Maurice (PANA) -- The manufacturing and import of plastic bags will be banned in Mauritius from 1 October 2003, to protect the island's environment, according to Environment Minister Rajesh Bhagwan. Full text...

  • UPDEA convenes in Tripoli to adopt new rules
    23 november 2002 18:08:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The general assembly of the union of producers, professional drivers, and distributors of electricity in Africa (UPDEA) began a two-day meeting Saturday in Tripoli to adopt the union's new regulations. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Cameroon seek return of gorillas from Malaysia
    23 november 2002 15:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and Cameroon are putting pressure on the international wildlife authorities for the immediate return of the four young gorillas illegally taken out of Africa early this year. Full text...

  • Ireland doubles drought assistance to Ethiopia
    23 november 2002 12:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ireland has announced an increase of 2 million Euros in its emergency aid to Ethiopia, which is experiencing another severe drought this year, the Irish Embassy disclosed here Saturday. Full text...

  • NGO warns of dangers from mounting toxic waste in Africa
    22 november 2002 16:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The France-based Committee for the Cancellation of the Third-World's Debt (CADTM) on Friday warned of the grave health hazard posed by some 120,000 tonnes of toxic waste currently stored in several African countries. Full text...

  • El Nino kills 58, displaces 15,000 people in Uganda
    22 november 2002 14:32:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- El Nino-induced heavy rains have killed 58 people, displaced more than 15,000 people and destroyed vast amounts of property in five districts of Uganda. Full text...

  • Hippos turn carnivorous
    22 november 2002 12:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Hippos in the Gojjeb River in Ginbo District of Keffa Region have devoured eight cows in what appears to be an unusual behaviour for animals known as herbivorous in their feeding habits, Radio Ethiopia reported Friday. Full text...

  • Germany pledges more emergency assistance to Ethiopia
    22 november 2002 08:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Germany has pledged 22. Full text...

  • Flash floods displace 3,000 in southern Somalia
    20 november 2002 18:27:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Some 3,000 people have been rendered homeless by floods from heavy rains in Somalia's southern Juba region. Full text...

  • Zambia gets $50-million drought aid from World Bank
    20 november 2002 16:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The World Bank has approved 50 million US dollars as emergency drought relief to Zambia, the Bank's official said in Lusaka Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda loses 8,000 hectares of forests to bush fires
    19 november 2002 19:28:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda lost 8,000 hectares of its forests in the past two years, mainly to deliberate bush fires, according to Agriculture and Forestry Minister Kabaija Ephrem. Full text...

  • Rwanda loses 8,000 ha of forests in two years
    19 november 2002 11:50:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has lost 8,000 hectares of its forests in the past two years, 7,000 hectares of which were burnt by bushfires, Agriculture, Livestock and Forestry Minister Ephrem Kabaiza said Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • 10 drown as flash floods sweep central Kenya town
    18 november 2002 21:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At least 10 people were confirmed dead and property of unknown value destroyed Monday when flash floods swept a settlement in central Kenya following a heavy rainfall. Full text...

  • Mauritius to review law on water quality
    18 november 2002 18:54:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius is to revise its existing legislation to ensure that the quality of bottled water in the country conformed with the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, Health Minister Ashok Jugnauth said. Full text...

  • Scientist wants Kenya to harness seaweed potentials
    18 november 2002 18:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Stephen Njuguna, Chair of the Scientific Research Committee of Kenya's Marine Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) Board, Monday lamented that the potentials of more than 80 species of the country's seaweed had not been tapped. Full text...

  • Mauritania works on national Environment Plan
    18 november 2002 16:18:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Some 60 environment protection specialists, representatives of NGOs, the private sector and development partners, began a workshop Monday in Nouakchott, on Mauritania's Environment and Sustainable Development Plan (PANE). Full text...

  • UN Habitat unveils water awareness campaign in Eastern Africa
    18 november 2002 15:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN-Habitat on Monday unveiled a programme in Nairobi aimed at enhancing the economic use and preservation of water resources in eight African countries. Full text...

  • UN intensifies water conservation efforts in African cities
    16 november 2002 14:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a bid to save Nairobi's dwindling water resources, Habitat will on Monday launch a water conservation campaign in the Kenyan capital. Full text...

  • Botswana to enact law on worm harvesting
    15 november 2002 16:17:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana government is to introduce a new legislation to govern the harvesting of phane worm, a rare delicacy of the Batswana. Full text...

  • Nigerian Govt Warns Oil Firms About Radioactive Materials
    15 november 2002 14:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) has warned oil companies in the country to comply with the laws guiding the use of radioactive materials in their operations by January 2003 or be shut down. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe fails to win ivory sales reprieve
    14 november 2002 21:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe, which claims bursting ivory stockpiles from an oversize elephant herd, has however, failed in its bid to win a reprieve from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to resume open trading in the commodity. Full text...

  • Cape Verde gets 8.7 million-Euro German grant for water project
    13 november 2002 20:34:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The German Bank for Reconstruction (KFW) has granted Cape Verde 8. Full text...

  • Nigerian government retakes eroded Lagos Beach
    13 november 2002 18:42:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government Wednesday announced it was resuming the management of the country's premier Bar Beach in the coastal city of Lagos to correct what it described as the beach's deplorable condition. Full text...

  • CITES permits three African nations to sell ivory stockpiles
    13 november 2002 09:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Botswana, Namibia and South Africa sighed relief after the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) granted them permission to sell their stockpiles of ivory. Full text...

  • Poverty, HIV/AIDS pose challenge to environment
    12 november 2002 19:30:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Poverty and HIV/AIDS have been described as the greatest hindrances to sustainable development as well as environmental conservation in Botswana. Full text...

  • Minister says donors have failed Mozambique on flood relief
    12 november 2002 17:56:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Only half of the money pledged by foreign donors to Mozambique for reconstruction after the devastating floods of February 2000 has been disbursed, according to Public Works Minister Roberto White. Full text...

  • Sahelian nations discuss plans for Japan water summit
    12 november 2002 11:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Water and environment experts from countries of the Inter-State Committee for the Fight against Drought in the Sahel (CILSS) are discussing a sub-regional plan of actions to present at the water forum scheduled next March in Japan. Full text...

  • UNEP to use indigenous skills in taming African deserts
    11 november 2002 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Indigenous knowledge on land management techniques will be applied in degraded lands bordering Africa's deserts under a plan unveiled Monday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Full text...

  • Mavoco to host Maputo's new industrial waste dump
    11 november 2002 12:32:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican authorities have decided to create a new landfill for industrial dangerous wastes at Mavoco in the locality of Beluluane, on the outskirts of Maputo. Full text...

  • Gap between environment researchers, field workers
    10 november 2002 21:30:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Participants at the just-ended 5th interregional conference on environment and water, held in Ouagadougou, have observed "a communication gap" between specialists and other field workers in the sector. Full text...

  • Kenyan environmentalist for Neem 2000 forum in India
    10 november 2002 13:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan environmentalist who has won acclaim due to her promotion of the neem tree, famous for its medicinal properties, will be among 500 delegates attending a World Neem Conference (Neem 2002) to run from 27 to 30 November at Mumbai, India. Full text...

  • UNESCO adds 18 sites to world network of biosphere reserves
    08 november 2002 22:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Eighteen new sites in 12 countries have been added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves while five existing biosphere reserves have been extended. Full text...

  • Over 50,000 toxic mussels wash ashore along S. African coast
    08 november 2002 13:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A red tide between the South African towns of St Helena Bay and Doringbaai, north of Cape Town, has caused more than 50,000 white mussels to wash ashore. Full text...

  • Mauritius publishes guidebook on corals
    07 november 2002 22:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius fisheries minister Sylvio Michel has said human activities, pollution and deforestation are posing the greatest threat to the island nation's marine ecosystem just like seine fishing and dredging. Full text...

  • Five die in Somali floods
    07 november 2002 12:04:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least five people have died in floods that followed 72-hour heavy rains in Somali's South West region of Gedo, some 550 km south west of Mogadishu, witnesses said Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya unhappy with African accord on ivory trade
    06 november 2002 21:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya on Wednesday denounced the process used before the African agreement to re-open ivory trade was reached at the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) summit in Santiago, Chile. Full text...

  • Downpour wreaks havoc in western Uganda
    06 november 2002 21:17:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Heavy rains have displaced more than 400 families after destroying houses in several villages in the hilly western Uganda districts of Bushenyi and Mbarara, local authorities said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Crocodiles kill two fishermen in Malawi Lake area
    06 november 2002 21:14:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Marauding crocodiles have killed at lest two fishermen in the central Malawi lakeshore district of Nkhota Kota. Full text...

  • Tropical storm approaching Mauritius
    06 november 2002 20:25:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The first tropical storm of the season was felt Wednesday near Agalega, some 1,200 km north of Mauritius, according to the Meteorological Services Department in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Kenya unveils new water use and management legislation
    06 november 2002 18:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in Kenya on Wednesday unveiled a water conservation and management legislation aimed at addressing the misuse of national water resources, as well as the provision of water for a majority of the population. Full text...

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