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  • Ocean surge forces closure of Lagos road
    29 october 2002 13:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A continuous surge of the Atlantic Ocean has forced the Lagos state government to close a road adjacent to the popular Bar Beach in the Nigerian commercial city. Full text...

  • Report says global natural disasters cost $70 billion in 2002
    29 october 2002 11:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Natural catastrophes, the vast majority of which have been weather-related, cost countries and communities an estimated 56 billion US dollars in January- September 2002, the Nairobi-based UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said Tuesday in a release, quoting a preliminary study. Full text...

  • Govt takes giant step to protect biodiversity in Madagascar
    29 october 2002 11:13:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- In a giant stride to protect and promote biodiversity in Madagascar, the government in Antananarivo and the centre of international co-operation in agricultural research for development (CIRAD) have signed a contract to implement a project on biodiversity. Full text...

  • Desert encroachment sacks 20,000 Nigerian villagers
    28 october 2002 14:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- With the Sahara desert advancing, more than 20,000 villagers have fled the arid zone in Bauchi State, north-eastern Nigeria, in search of drinking water, local chiefs said. Full text...

  • Bleaching imperils world's coral reefs
    28 october 2002 13:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Tanzania and the Seychelles are among a dozen countries where bleaching has swept coral reefs, a phenomenon scientists link to climate change, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said Monday. Full text...

  • NGOs call for sustainable global development
    28 october 2002 12:56:00
    New Delhi- India (PANA) -- At the 8th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in New Delhi, a coalition of NGOs from North and South stated that only sustainable development at a global level could fulfill the objectives set by the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. Full text...

  • World heritage sites most threatened in Africa
    27 october 2002 19:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Most world heritage sites in Africa are not adequately protected, hence remain exposed to wanton human activity that is threatening some of the most unique reservoirs of biodiversity, a UNESCO official has warned. Full text...

  • Scientists say Congo's Nyiragongo volcano is now inactive
    27 october 2002 18:37:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Scientists at Goma's Volcano Observatory, have assured the population that DR Congo's Nyiragongo volcano is unlikely to erupt again after the January incident, although the site has to be monitored effectively. Full text...

  • Zambian firm assesses impact of power project on environment
    25 october 2002 16:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc is to assess the impact of the projected upgrading of the hydro- electricity power inter-connector between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the environment in order to reduce negative effects. Full text...

  • Mauritius hosts conference on oceanography
    25 october 2002 12:09:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius will host a conference on the Indian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System (IOGOOS) on 4-9 November, official sources said Friday in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • South Africa ready to argue for lifting of Ivory trade ban
    24 october 2002 15:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa will argue for the lifting of the ban in ivory trade at the November Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) conference to be held in Santiago, Chile, an official press statement said Thursday. Full text...

  • Researchers criticise Gabon's maritime policy
    24 october 2002 13:31:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The research group on humid ecosystems (GREH) has strongly criticised the Gabonese government's maritime policy at a press conference Wednesday in Libreville. Full text...

  • UNEP says African mountain ecosystems under threat
    23 october 2002 08:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The ecosystems of Kilimanjaro and other African mountains are under severe threat, as more and more land is converted for farming and grazing, the Nairobi-based UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report. Full text...

  • Dakar hosts African confab on marine environment
    22 october 2002 17:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A regional conference on the development and protection of Africa's marine environment opens next Thursday in Dakar, Senegal, with experts and ministers from eleven countries attending. Full text...

  • African association for environmental evaluation to be set up
    22 october 2002 11:29:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Associations of professionals in environmental evaluation, design offices, and environmental institutions from 16 African countries are meeting in Cotonou from 22 to 24 October to establish the bases of an African association for environmental evaluation, the meeting's organisers said in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Mauritius commissions study on beach erosion
    19 october 2002 16:09:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian government has commissioned a Canadian firm and a local company to undertake a study on the damage caused by coastal erosion in the country, Environment Minister Rajesh Bhagwan has said. Full text...

  • Mountain Gorilla threatened by habitat loss
    18 october 2002 13:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Endangered mountain gorillas have only marginally increased in number from 620 in 1989 to approximately 674 today, thanks to conservation initiatives, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Full text...

  • South African beaches get Blue Flag status
    18 october 2002 10:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Eight beaches along the South African coast have been awarded the internationally renowned Blue Flag for excellence in beach management. Full text...

  • Cameroon launches International Mountain Year
    17 october 2002 22:18:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon Thursday launched the activities of the International Year of the Mountain with a round table discussion on "preserving and implementing mountains for populations' welfare. Full text...

  • Malagasy NGO gets UNDP award for fight against poverty
    17 october 2002 13:57:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The Malagasy Association of Manambolo Natives (FITEMA) Thursday received the US$30,000 international poverty alleviation award of the UN Development Programme. Full text...

  • Erosion of beaches worries Indian Ocean Commission
    16 october 2002 18:49:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A team of researchers working for the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), has expressed concern over the erosion of beaches in the region. Full text...

  • Africa's toxic clean-up programme gets funding support
    16 october 2002 15:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has endorsed the Africa Stockpiles Programme (ASP) that is designed to clean up and safely dispose of more than 50,000 tonnes of pesticide waste stockpiled across the continent. Full text...

  • Mauritius envisages reform in water sector
    15 october 2002 18:53:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank for studies towards reforms in water management. Full text...

  • Kenya maintains its position against ivory trade
    12 october 2002 11:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has reaffirmed its total opposition to the resumption of trade in ivory and ivory products being advocated by five southern African states. Full text...

  • China cited as leading illegal importer of Africa's ivory
    11 october 2002 22:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- China is the largest importer of illegal ivory in the world, most of it from Africa, a report released here Friday indicates. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's wildlife agency earns $1.5m from legal hunting
    11 october 2002 15:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Wildlife Conservation Organisation has earned over 13. Full text...

  • Kenya submits proposal to rescue apes in war-torn countries
    11 october 2002 11:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya plans to lobby for chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans trapped in war-torn countries at the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), slated for November in Chile. Full text...

  • Lightning kills four villagers in Zimbabwe
    11 october 2002 10:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe said Friday four villagers were fatally struck by lightning in two separate incidents. Full text...

  • Tunisia hosts meeting on ecological control in Africa
    09 october 2002 08:25:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- A meeting is underway in Tunis to discuss the launch of an African network on ecological surveillance, cartography of natural resources, remote sensing and early warning systems. Full text...

  • SADC to step up campaign for ivory sales
    08 october 2002 19:21:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries have decided to step up a campaign so that member states with huge ivory stockpiles could be allowed to sell them. Full text...

  • Kenya hosts meeting on sustainable use of River Nile Basin
    08 october 2002 18:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Representatives from the ten Nile Basin countries were Tuesday in Nairobi rounding up a two-day meeting on water resource development, poverty reduction and sound environmental management. Full text...

  • WFP warns of wide-spread hunger in Ethiopia
    08 october 2002 18:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) Tuesday called for an immediate response to head off a massive humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, warning that the number of people in need of food aid would rise sharply from the current 6 million to 10-14 million people next year. Full text...

  • UNEP urges children to join painting competition
    08 october 2002 13:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nairobi-based UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) has appealed to children around the globe to join its painting competition aimed at portraying a cleaner, healthier, fairer and more environmentally friendly world. Full text...

  • Kenya's world famous Mom Lioness adopts fifth baby antelope
    08 october 2002 12:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's history-making Mom Lioness, which hit international headlines by adopting a day-old oryx last Christmas Day, continued to confound conservationists Tuesday after it adopted its fifth baby antelope. Full text...

  • Togo develops plan to save elephants
    07 october 2002 10:02:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo has developed a national plan to preserve its dwindling elephant population. Full text...

  • Mauritius marks International Year of the Mountains
    05 october 2002 20:19:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Saturday marked the International Year of the Mountains with a photo and plant exhibition in Curepipe, 25 km south of the capital. Full text...

  • Millions in Ethiopia face food shortage, report warns
    03 october 2002 20:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A Famine Early Warning System (FEWS) report issued Thursday by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) warned that Ethiopia could face an unprecedented drought that would leave 14 million people in desperate need of food aid. Full text...

  • USAID warns of impending famine in Ethiopia
    03 october 2002 17:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- United States Agency for International Development's Early Warning System warned Thursday 14 million people would need food aid in Ethiopia due to an unprecedented drought. Full text...

  • WWF helps Kenya's rhino conservation efforts
    03 october 2002 15:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Thursday donated rhino monitoring and surveillance equipment worth more than Ksh 3. Full text...

  • South Africa offers conservation management volunteer jobs
    03 october 2002 10:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Young people from South Africa and other countries will work on conservation management programmes in the country's Kwa-Zulu Natal province. Full text...

  • UNEP Seeks to Curb Marine Pollution in Coastal Lands
    03 october 2002 09:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- West African coastal habitats are among the world's sea regions most threatened from untreated sewage discharged into coastal waters, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) disclosed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Rainstorm hits Cape Town
    03 october 2002 08:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- About 100 people have been evacuated from their homes in Cape Town after a fierce storm lashed the area on Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Yaounde hosts meeting on ozone protection
    02 october 2002 23:04:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The sixth meeting of coordinators in the African Network for the Protection of the Ozone Layer opened Tuesday in Yaounde noting that only four countries on the continent had still not frozen their consumption of ozone depleting chemicals. Full text...

  • Hyacinth weed now under control on Lake Victoria - Minister
    02 october 2002 21:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Hyacinth, an aquatic weed that has in the recent past caused untold havoc on Lake Victoria's waters by disrupting fishing and marine activities in Africa's largest fresh water mass, has finally been brought under manageable levels, a Ugandan official has claimed. Full text...

  • NGO launches project to save Kenya's forest cover
    01 october 2002 16:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan NGO, Renewable Energy Technology Assistant Programme (RETAP), has launched an environmental management and conservation initiative to help check the wanton destruction of the country's forest. Full text...

  • Preparations underway to remove wastes from Italian shipwreck
    01 october 2002 08:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Preparations are underway to remove the remaining contents of 21 containers of hazardous chemicals from the Jolly Rubino, an Italian-registered cargo ship that ran aground 14 km south of the St Lucia estuary in KwaZulu-Natal on 12 September. Full text...

  • Study notes loss of traditional conservation knowledge in Africa
    30 september 2002 22:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Traditional knowledge on the management and conservation of natural resources handed down generations in Africa is being obliterated by modernity and HIV/AIDS scourge, a study contends. Full text...

  • Mauritian pupils campaign against plastic bags
    30 september 2002 17:12:00
    Port Louis- Maurice (PANA) -- Mauritian pupils Monday stormed into shops and markets of Phoenix town to sensitize the public about the negative effects of plastic shopping bags on the environment. Full text...

  • UNEP addresses water problem for Maasai herders in Kenya
    27 september 2002 17:02:00
    Kajiado- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) has embarked on a campaign to help Kenyan pastoralists and other disadvantaged communities in Kenya's semi-arid district of Kajiado get access to clean drinking water. Full text...

  • South Africa takes innovative action on plastic waste
    26 september 2002 21:33:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government, business and labour have signed a ground-breaking agreement on the management of plastic bags, ending years of disagreement over the merits of increasing the thickness of shopping bags. Full text...

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