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  • 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...

  • African, Islamic banks to fund dam studies in Niger
    02 november 2003 20:23:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have accepted to fund the technical and environmental studies for the Kandaji Dam project on the Niger River, an official of the project has disclosed. Full text...

  • Senegal seeks Romanian help in coastal protection
    02 november 2003 14:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and his guest Ion Iliescu of Romania on Saturday officially launched works for the consolidation of the western coastal road in Dakar against coastal erosion. Full text...

  • Extraordinary session of IOC ministers ends in Moroni
    01 november 2003 19:12:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) ministers, who held a two-day meeting here to discuss oil pollution problems around their territorial waters, have decided to set up a regional centre for the co-ordination of the IOC Plan against the problem in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Heavy rains cause severe damage in northern Rwanda
    01 november 2003 13:01:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Many houses have been destroyed and livestock decimated by heavy rains this week in Rwanda's northern provinces of Umutara and Byumba, official sources said. Full text...

  • DR Congo maps mineral sites
    31 october 2003 19:24:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Specialised land and surveys services in DR Congo, in collaboration with the Tervuren Museum in Belgium are in the process of drawing a digital map of mineral sites based on satellite images and aerial photographs. Full text...

  • Red Cross to assist flood victims in northern Cameroon
    31 october 2003 18:33:00
    Yaoundé- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroonian Red Cross will next week launch a programme to assist flood victims in the Magha district, north-west of the country, officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Foundation signs MOU with Nigerian govt on reforestation
    31 october 2003 15:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian government to regenerate the country's forestry resources. Full text...

  • Ministers meet in Burkina Faso on African Water Fund
    31 october 2003 15:11:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The executive committee of African Ministerial Conference on Water (AMCOW) Friday continued deliberation here at its second session aimed at setting up an African Water Fund. Full text...

  • Mauritius, Madagascar chase regional hydrocarbon seat
    31 october 2003 13:44:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Mauritius and Madagascar are engaged in a discreet battle within the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) to host the coordination centre for the regional programme to fight against hydrocarbon spillage, sources at a ministerial meeting of the regional organisation convening here said Friday. Full text...

  • Meteorologists warn of start of cyclone season
    30 october 2003 23:13:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Meteorological services here have warned that the 2003/2004 cyclone season, which coincides with summer (November-April) in the Indian Ocean would be very active this time around with about a dozen storms. Full text...

  • Minister tackles environmentalists over dam in Mozambique
    30 october 2003 19:01:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Castigo Langa, Thursday accused some activists in the country of "turning environmental matters into dogma and ignoring development," national news agency, AIM reported. Full text...

  • Desertification looms over East, Southern Africa, says official
    30 october 2003 17:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Eastern and Southern Africa will suffer the full effect of desertification in the next decade if governments fail to formulate policies against environmental degradation, Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) director, Dr. Full text...

  • Kenya wants more benefits from River Nile resources
    30 october 2003 14:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is negotiating a deal other riparian states in the River Nile basin for a more equitable utilisation of the water resources, a senior government official said Thursday The country's director of water Development George Chessang regretted that despite the basin's abundant natural resources, riparian countries were all faced with poverty, instability, rapid population growth, floods and environmental degradation. Full text...

  • FAO pledges to back Congo Basin conservation drive
    30 october 2003 13:21:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has pledged support for efforts to conserve the Congo Basin under the Yaounde Process initiated by leaders of the Central Africa region. Full text...

  • Kenya loses US$48 million annually to forest destruction
    29 october 2003 16:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is losing some 48 million US dollars annually to poor water resource management and destruction of forests, Water Resources Minister Martha Karua said in Nairobi Wednesday. Full text...

  • Black rhino population to increase with new programme
    28 october 2003 16:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's critically endangered black rhino population will see a boost in its numbers after a new programme formed by Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Wildlife and the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) earlier this year. Full text...

  • Kenya looks to private sector in forestry conservation
    28 october 2003 15:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is facing constraints in its programme to restructure and upgrade its forest cover, said to be degrading at an alarming rate, a senior government official conceded Tuesday. Full text...

  • Severe drought hits northern Kenya
    27 october 2003 17:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A severe drought is ravaging parts of northern Kenya's arid and semi-arid district of Isiolo, leaving an estimated 8,000 herdsmen and their families in a catastrophic situation. Full text...

  • South Africans, New Zealanders explore River Nile on rafts
    23 october 2003 17:08:00
    Jinja- Uganda (PANA) -- A crew of rafters from South Africa and New Zealand is set to explore the entire course of the River Nile for the first time since British explorer John Speke claimed discovery of the river's source 142 years ago. Full text...

  • Uganda steps up tree planting campaign
    23 october 2003 10:25:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- It is now compulsory for adults in Uganda to plant trees during the annual national tree planting day, according to State Minister for Lands, Baguma Isoke. Full text...

  • Heavy rains wreak havoc in Akjoujt, Mauritania
    22 october 2003 12:51:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Torrential rains in the Mauritanian town of Akjoujt, 255 km northeast of Nouakchott caused extensive damage to houses, sources in the area reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa's West Coast rock lobster migrate east
    22 october 2003 08:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's West Coast rock lobster are moving east, marine scientists said here, citing global warming or a local cyclical phenomenon that occurs every few decades and disappears as possible causes. Full text...

  • Kenyan study reveals high level of lead in soil, vegetables
    21 october 2003 15:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A joint research conducted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya reveals high lead levels in urban areas in both soil and in vegetables, with the higher concentrations linked to lead contamination from motor vehicle fumes. Full text...

  • FAO warns on imminent locust invasion parts of Africa
    21 october 2003 09:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned of impending desert locust outbreaks in Mauritania, Niger, Sudan and surrounding areas saying the insects may be a threat to crops and plants in the region. Full text...

  • Gabon arrests three poachers for killing 20 animals
    20 october 2003 08:44:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon has arrested three poachers who killed 20 animals in the Louanga Natural Reserve in south of the country, reliable sources have said here. Full text...

  • 12 people killed in Algeria after heavy rains
    18 october 2003 13:25:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Torrential rain that fell in the last few days in Algeria has killed 12 people and considerable caused property damage, official sources said Saturday here. Full text...

  • Cameroonian PM blames poverty for deforestation in Africa
    17 october 2003 16:27:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian Prime Minister Peter Mafany Musonge has identified poverty as one of the major causes of deforestation in Africa. Full text...

  • African countries in race to phase out leaded fuel
    17 october 2003 08:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An international effort to phase lead out of petrol in Africa is gathering pace as more and more countries develop and implement action plans for switching to unleaded gasoline. Full text...

  • Moroccan, Britain organise seminar on marine pollution
    16 october 2003 21:25:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco and Britain would on 20 October jointly organise a seminar in Casablanca on problems encountered in the collection of waste in urban areas, and on marine pollution, the British embassy in Rabat indicated in a statement Thursday. Full text...

  • Pollution of Nairobi River riles environmentalist
    16 october 2003 20:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Clean Up the World (CUW) Campaign and Events manager Hannah Arbeid has denounced the scale of pollution in Nairobi River, insisting on the need to scale up clean-up exercises countrywide. Full text...

  • UNEP warns against destruction of marine ecosystem
    16 october 2003 13:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The destruction of ocean ecosystem was posing a serious risk to marine life in the world, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned in a new report released here Thursday. Full text...

  • SA minister condemns non-declaration of hazardous cargo
    15 october 2003 23:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa has strongly condemned the non-declaration of extremely hazardous chemicals on board Sea Elegance, a vessel that caught fire last weekend outside the Durban harbour. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean islands tackle invasive plants
    14 october 2003 21:51:00
    Victoria- Seychelles (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean islands have at a workshop jointly organised here by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the Seychelles ministry of Environment, indicated plans to gang up against invasive plants considered a threat to the region's biodiversity. Full text...

  • First animals arrive in South African game reserve
    14 october 2003 14:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The first animals to be relocated to South Africa's Usuthu Gorge Community Conservation Area have arrived in the northern Zululand park. Full text...

  • Experts record freshwater fish species in Seychelles
    14 october 2003 12:34:00
    Victoria- Seychelles (PANA) -- Four French experts are in Seychelles to do an inventory of the species of freshwater fish and shellfish in the archipelago, the Seychelles environment ministry affirmed. Full text...

  • DR Congo moves to reform water sector
    13 october 2003 23:45:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The national water corporation in DR Congo (Regideso) has announced a three-day seminar starting next Wednesday on institutional reforms envisaged for the water sector in partnership with the World Bank. Full text...

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