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  • African MPs push for better humid zone management
    29 november 2003 19:32:00
    Cotonou- Benign (PANA) -- Parliamentarians from several West and Central African countries pledged Saturday to work at fostering a sounder management of humid zones in the region. Full text...

  • Western Cape towns get $300,000 environmental award
    28 november 2003 14:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town and Overstrand municipalities in the Western Cape province were pride winners Friday of South Africa's Cleanest Town Competition, bagging US$300,000 in prizes. Full text...

  • SADC Ministers meet in Maputo on water resources management
    27 november 2003 21:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Africa urgently needs a strategy for hydraulic infrastructure to harness its water resources and combat drought and floods, Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi said Thursday. Full text...

  • South African authorities review long-term fishing rights
    27 november 2003 19:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Environmental Affairs and Tourism minister Mohammed Valli Moosa has indicated that preparations were afoot for the allocation of long-term fishing rights due 2005 ending. Full text...

  • Rabies epidemic hits endangered Ethiopian Wolf
    27 november 2003 13:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Thursday warned that rabies epidemic in parts of southern Ethiopia is threatening the survival of the endangered Ethiopian Wolf. Full text...

  • Storm renders 5,000 homeless in Bangui
    26 november 2003 19:40:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- More than 5,000 people were left homeless Monday in Bangui following a rain storm. Full text...

  • UN sounds alert over future of apes
    25 november 2003 15:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Some US$25 million is urgently needed to prevent the imminent extinction of apes, humankind's closest living relatives, delegates to an international crisis meeting on the great apes were told Tuesday at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Full text...

  • Over-fishing affects fish stock in Kenyan lake
    25 november 2003 12:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Marine life in one of Kenya's largest inland fresh water masses is dwindling at alarming proportions, forcing the authorities and conservationists to exert stringent measures to save the already precarious situation. Full text...

  • Cape Town Earth Festival kicks off
    24 november 2003 11:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Authorities of the South African province of Cape Town will this week hold the annual Earth Festival one year on from the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002. Full text...

  • SA warns of presence of toxic red tide in Cape waters
    24 november 2003 10:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Ministry of Environmental Affairs has issued a warning about the high toxicity levels of "red tide" detected in the Table Bay area of Cape Town. Full text...

  • Conservationists oppose moves to legalise ivory trade
    22 november 2003 17:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Elephant Conservationists have rejected a plea by three South African nations seeking clearance to legally sell ivory stockpiles to three East Asian countries, whose ivory markets continue to thrive despite an international ivory ban declared a decade ago. Full text...

  • Moroccan floods death toll rises to 13
    21 november 2003 23:43:00
    Rabat- Maroc (PANA) -- Flash floods in northern Morocco have killed 13 persons while five are reported missing, says a government statement issued here Friday, updating the previous death toll of nine. Full text...

  • Abidjan ready to host US-Africa energy conference
    21 november 2003 22:34:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire is prepared to organise the US-Africa conference of energy ministers by May 2004 at the latest, the country's mines and energy minister Leon Emmanuel Monnet said here Friday. Full text...

  • Cape Town schools received environmental awards
    21 november 2003 13:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's first Eco-Schools award for Western Cape saw seven schools rewarded Friday with eco-flags in recognition of efforts in improving their environment during the past six months. Full text...

  • U.S. embassy proposes waste management for Addis Ababa
    21 november 2003 13:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Poor waste disposal that has always made the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, lose its lustre may soon be gone if the city authorities embrace a sanitary landfill proposal by an expert of the U. Full text...

  • Floods kill nine persons in Morocco
    20 november 2003 22:30:00
    Rabat- Maroc (PANA) -- Flash floods from downpour that hit Northern Morocco early this week left nine persons dead and five others missing, official confirmed here Thursday in an update on the casualties from the disaster Authorities in the Rift valley province of Al Hoceima had reported four deaths from the heavy flooding in the area on Monday and Tuesday. Full text...

  • France funds strategy on Lake Victoria
    20 november 2003 17:45:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- France has approved a 25,000- euro grant for a partnership fund set up to finance the preparation of a comprehensive strategy for the sustainable development of Lake Victoria. Full text...

  • African wildlife forum convenes in Zambia
    20 november 2003 17:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A four-day meeting of the African Wildlife Consultative Forum, which will also serve as a prelude to the upcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference, convened Thursday in the Zambian southern resort city of Livingstone. Full text...

  • Kenya gets EU grant to combat tsetse flies
    20 november 2003 08:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has granted 4. Full text...

  • Heavy rains destroy 150 houses in Bandundu, DR Congo
    19 november 2003 10:08:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Torrential rains in Inongo in the DR Congo Province of Bandundu have destroyed more than 150 houses, according the local administrator Izanswe Lobonzimo, who said the most stricken villages in the area included Mongemponga (90 houses), Ikumo (20) and Etey (30). Full text...

  • Major conference on Africa's water resources to hold in December
    19 november 2003 08:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Meeting Africa's basic needs in water, sanitation and human settlements will be the focus of the first Pan-African Implementation and Partnership Conference on Water scheduled to open here 8 December. Full text...

  • Cape Town leads Africa in environmental management
    17 november 2003 13:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The City of Cape Town has become the first local authority in Africa to adopt an integrated metropolitan environmental policy (IMEP), local authorities boasted here Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya calls for environmental studies for media workers
    17 november 2003 08:38:00
    Nakuru- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan information ministry has called for incorporation of environmental studies in the country's media training curriculum to enable practitioners sensitise the populace from an informed position. Full text...

  • 60 African environmental projects earmarked for NEPAD
    16 november 2003 15:02:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- African environment ministers who met here Saturday selected 60 out of 200 projects to be submitted for consideration during next month's conference of partners on the environment component of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) scheduled in the Algerian capital. Full text...

  • UN meeting defers decision on Ozone-damaging pesticide
    16 november 2003 13:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Delegates to a just-ended UN meeting here deferred a decision on whether to grant so-called Critical Use Exemptions for methyl bromide, the pesticide and ozone layer depleting chemical to next year. Full text...

  • Rwandans plant 200,000 trees in Kigali
    15 november 2003 11:39:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan pupils, soldiers and policemen Friday planted some 200,000 trees in the nation's capital, Kigali, to mark an annual event introduced in 1976. Full text...

  • South Africa's environmental festival opens in Cape Town
    14 november 2003 20:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The 2003 Cape Town Earth Festival, the only environmental jamboree of its kind in South Africa kicked off Friday at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, with five Mini Community Festivals also holding on the outskirts of the city. Full text...

  • Zambia to host SADC wildlife conference
    14 november 2003 16:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is to host an African wildlife consultative forum in the southern resort city of Livingstone 20- 23 November, bringing together the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) states, a wildlife official said here Friday. Full text...

  • UNEP report underlines successes of Montreal Protocol
    14 november 2003 10:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ozone-depleting substances have continued to decline thanks to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) deputy executive director, Shafqat Kakakhel has said here. Full text...

  • South Africa's biodiversity bill clears first hurdle
    14 november 2003 08:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Bill, known as one of the most important pieces of green legislation in recent years, has passed through the National Assembly's environmental affairs and tourism committee. Full text...

  • US demand on chemicals irks delegates at ozone forum
    13 november 2003 13:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A move by US negotiators at the ongoing 15th Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, to block complete phase out of chemicals destructive to the ozone layer, was Thursday described as "a big stab on the back of the (Montreal) Protocol by the American government". Full text...

  • Environmental changes worry sports men and women
    13 november 2003 08:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Environmental changes, including smog, intense sunlight and declining ski conditions are causing grave concern among sports men and women, indicates an international survey. Full text...

  • Ghanaian physicist advocates nuclear-generated electricity
    12 november 2003 20:47:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana Atomic Energy director-general Professor E. Full text...

  • Mauritius to ban non-biodegradable plastic bags
    12 november 2003 17:47:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Environment Minister Rajesh Bhagwan said Wednesday that only biodegradable plastic bags that conformed to quality specifications, would be authorised for production in the country in 2004. Full text...

  • Malians drill in obsolete pesticides disposal
    12 november 2003 13:32:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 60 Malian pesticide inventory agents are undergoing training in preparation for the launch of the Africa Stockpiles Programme (ASP) on obsolete pesticides on the continent. Full text...

  • Gulf of Guinea states discuss mangrove swamp protection
    12 november 2003 12:41:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- An international workshop on mangrove swamp conservation in the Gulf of Guinea is convening in the Cameroonian economic capital Douala. Full text...

  • Mauritius to clean up metal wastes
    12 november 2003 12:32:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Environmental authorities in Mauritius Wednesday announced a campaign to collect and dispose of abandoned vehicles and other metal wastes during late November and early December. Full text...

  • Gel fuel poised to save Malawi's environment
    12 november 2003 11:58:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- In the wake of the urgent need to check the fast-growing environmental degradation currently taking place in Malawi due to the heavy dependency on fuelwood, a number of measures are being implemented in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya to translocate wildlife to ease congestion
    12 november 2003 08:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has approved a five-year plan to translocate a number of elephants from a local game reserve in Narok District, on the frontier with Tanzania, to the world famous Tsavo National Park in the country's south-east to ease congestion at the former park. Full text...

  • Mozambican storm victims get food relief
    11 november 2003 17:57:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC) has provided food for distribution to the 275 families whose homes were destroyed by a violent storm in Milange, in the central province of Zambezia last week. Full text...

  • Cyclone Beni cited 3000 km from Mauritius
    11 november 2003 11:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A second tropical storm of the season named Cyclone Beni has been cited at 3000 km north east of Mauritius, the Island nation's weatherman said on Tuesday here. Full text...

  • Mozambican storm death toll rises
    10 november 2003 16:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The death toll from last Thursday's violent storm that hit the central Mozambican town of Milange has risen to at least three, national news agency, AIM reported Monday. Full text...

  • Smuggled flurocarbons transit through South Africa
    10 november 2003 14:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- South Africa, Singapore and the US have been mentioned as transit states in chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) smuggling operations spanning three continents. Full text...

  • S. African govt clamps down on illegal cottages on wild coast
    10 november 2003 10:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Local Minister for Environment and Tourism, Enoch Godongwana, and a team of senior national and provincial officials have demolished the first illegal cottage along the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape Province. Full text...

  • Buffalo return to South Africa's Western Cape
    10 november 2003 08:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Nature Conservation at the weekend released three buffalo, the last of the "big five", to complete the collection at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Western Cape of South Africa. Full text...

  • Climate watch warns of imminent drought in parts of Kenya
    07 november 2003 18:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Officials at Kenya's drought early warning system have sounded an alert over looming drought in parts of Kajiado bordering Tanzania, following a prolonged dry spell in the largely arid and semi-arid district. Full text...

  • Libreville industrial zone hit by flood
    06 november 2003 11:01:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Floods from torrential rains pouring in the Gabonese capital for almost a week, have killed three children and caused serious damage to the city's industrial zone, industry sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Six killed in Sudan thunderstorms
    06 november 2003 07:17:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- At least Six people were electrocuted or drowned and an army ammunition warehouse blew up during heavy thunderstorms that swept through southern Sudan Tuesday, the local press reported. Full text...

  • Kenya drafts first-ever national environment report
    05 november 2003 12:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- About 80 scientists, conservationists and senior government officials Wednesday gathered at the central Kenya town of Embu for a five-day retreat to draft the first-ever State of the Environment (SOE) Report for the country. Full text...

  • UNEP launches children's painting competition
    05 november 2003 12:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nairobi-based UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Wednesday launched the 13th Global Painting Contest with the theme 'Seas and Oceans,' in which children are required to submit paintings on the beauty, romance and threats to the marine world. Full text...

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