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  • US Congressman visits Ethiopia on environmental issues
    02 january 2003 12:19:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- US Congressman Frank R. Full text...

  • Remnants of cyclone 'Delfina' may hit Mozambique
    02 january 2003 09:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Weather Bureau officials have warned that remnants of tropical cyclone "Delfina" could hit northern Mozambique by late Thursday. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau owes CILSS 28 million CFA francs
    02 january 2003 08:32:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau owes 28 million CFA francs in contribution arrears to the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), according to sources at the country's Agriculture Ministry. Full text...

  • Heavy rain ushers New Year in Kampala
    01 january 2003 20:04:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A heavy rain heralded the New Year in Kampala, with hundreds of residents suffering material losses at their business premises and homes in the Ugandan capital. Full text...

  • WWF, EU to protect Mediterranean ecosystem
    01 january 2003 18:30:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the European Union have launched a project in four countries to protect the Mediterranean coast. Full text...

  • 2 die in northern Malawi floods
    30 december 2002 16:06:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least two people have died from flush floods that destroyed many houses and displaced some 300 families in Malawi's northern border district of Karonga, officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Swazi tourism upbeat in festive season
    30 december 2002 09:49:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The authorities in Swaziland have reported an influx of foreign tourists coming in for the Christmas season and, more especially the Incwala ceremony, with Oshoek border gate recording more than 24,000 arrivals between 21 and 26 December. Full text...

  • NGO drags Ugandan government to Court over plastic bags
    28 december 2002 19:28:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Green Watch, an environmental NGO has petitioned a Kampala High Court accusing the Ugandan government of failure to control the manufacture and use of polythene bags in the country. Full text...

  • African lions feared endangered
    28 december 2002 12:49:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Lions, traditionally regarded as kings of the forest could become extinct in the major regions of Africa, according to research findings on African wildlife published by the 'New Scientist'. Full text...

  • Swiss government to set warning system on Nyiragongo volcano
    28 december 2002 12:41:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Swiss government has offered to set up a warning system in the Congolese town of Goma to alert the local population on any significant volcanic activity in the region, sources at the ministry of Environment indicated Friday in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Mauritius authorities end cyclone alert
    27 december 2002 19:12:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Weather officials in Mauritius Friday allayed fears of possible havoc after cyclone 'Crystal' brushed past the island at a distance of more than 100 km, causing no damage. Full text...

  • Wetland management training underway in Mauritania
    24 december 2002 21:16:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian ministry of Rural Development and Environment and the NGO Wetlands are conducting a seminar in Nouakchott on the management of wetlands, regarded as world heritage. Full text...

  • Severe tropical storm approaching Mauritius
    24 december 2002 18:07:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- "Crystal," a severe tropical storm, gusting at 20 km/h was approaching Mauritius Tuesday, according to meteorological officials. Full text...

  • ICRC boosts water supply in Burundian capital
    23 december 2002 23:53:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The water plant supplying Bujumbura will increase its capacity by over 53 percent thanks to funding from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the tune of 1. Full text...

  • Morocco restricts movement of oil tankers in its waters
    21 december 2002 18:39:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- To prevent an ecological disaster similar to the one caused by the "Prestige" oil tanker in neighbouring Spain, Morocco has tightened regulations guiding the passage of such vessels within its exclusive economic zone. Full text...

  • Morocco unveils $120-million plan to fight natural disasters
    19 december 2002 14:14:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco has designed a 1. Full text...

  • Relocated Bushmen return to Botswana Game Reserve
    18 december 2002 11:19:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Bushmen recently relocated from Botswana's Central Kalahari game reserve to settlements outside the area are reportedly returning, citing high death rates in the settlements where they no longer had access to traditional cures, according to a report by a relocation task force in Ghansi district. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso launches gum arabic season
    17 december 2002 22:56:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso on Tuesday launched its 2002-2003 season for the production of gum arabic (acacia Senegal) at Ziniaré, about 40 km north of Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Conference discusses richness of the Libyan Sahara
    17 december 2002 19:28:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Participants at a conference on the resources and heritage of the Libyan desert have appealed for the preservation of the environment and protection of the Sahara heritage, as precondition for the exploitation of the huge resources of the Libyan segment of the Sahara. Full text...

  • Poaching threatens endangered mountain gorillas in Africa
    17 december 2002 16:33:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Wildlife authorities in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo have jointly petitioned Interpol to investigate the increased wave of poaching of the highly endangered mountain gorillas species along their common borders. Full text...

  • Network suggests use of biosphere reserves to fight poverty
    17 december 2002 13:17:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The network of East Atlantic biosphere resources has at a four-day meeting here called for "the integration of biosphere reserves into poverty alleviation and rural development programmes" of countries within the zone. Full text...

  • Libyan conference discusses Sahara resources, patrimony
    14 december 2002 15:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libya Environmental Authority (ONLE) has convened a two-day conference starting Sunday on the resources and patrimony of the country's deserts. Full text...

  • Mauritian Fisheries ministry releases shrimps in lagoon
    12 december 2002 11:52:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian fisheries workers have released another 10,000 young shrimps in a lagoon south of the island nation, raising the number to 530,000 since 1997. Full text...

  • International Year of Freshwater begins on Thursday
    11 december 2002 21:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Year of Freshwater (AIED) will be officially launched on 12 December at the UN headquarters in New York, according to a UNESCO release. Full text...

  • Africa's degraded lands undergo rehabilitation
    10 december 2002 13:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) is collaborating with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research or CGIAR in a project to heal Africa's dying and degraded lands surrounding the continent's mighty deserts. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa link Game Parks
    09 december 2002 20:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Presidents Thabo Mbeki (South Africa), Joachim Chissano (Mozambique) and Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Monday signed an agreement inaugurating the Great Limpopo Trans-frontier Park straddling their three countries. Full text...

  • Mauritius takes action on litterbugs
    09 december 2002 16:51:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Environment protection officials in Mauritius have started an operation to trace supermarket owners and consumers who carelessly drop litter on the streets. Full text...

  • Uganda negotiates profit sharing from River Nile
    09 december 2002 16:19:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda is engaged in negotiations for an equal profit sharing management deal with nine other countries benefiting from the natural resources of River Nile, Ugandan minister for Lands, Water and Environment, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said here Monday. Full text...

  • Three nations sign Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park treaty
    09 december 2002 14:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Joachim Chissano of Mozambique and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on Monday signed a treaty to formally establish the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) -- one of the world's largest transfrontier conservation areas. Full text...

  • Downpour kills seven in Algeria
    09 december 2002 13:07:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Recent rains in northern Algeria brought a decade of drought to an end but claimed seven lives and caused extensive damage to property within the past week. Full text...

  • Plight of children in Eritrea, Ethiopia alarms UNICEF
    08 december 2002 13:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UNICEF executive director Carol Bellamy has warned that drought-related illnesses in the Horn of Africa were severely affecting the population, particularly women and children. Full text...

  • UNDP props conservation efforts in Uganda
    08 december 2002 12:37:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has disbursed 125,000 US dollars to support local projects on the preservation of the environment in Uganda. Full text...

  • Uganda maintains ban on ivory trade
    08 december 2002 12:30:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has maintained a ban on the export of elephants and their ivory despite a recent decision by the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Spices (CITES) to lift the ban on ivory trade. Full text...

  • Delegates to discuss Africa's forests
    06 december 2002 17:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 50 delegates from 15 African countries will meet 9-13 December in Nairobi to deliberate on the current status and management options of secondary forests in Anglophone Africa. Full text...

  • Muslims, Christians in drought-hit Zambia pray for rains
    06 december 2002 17:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Muslims and Christians in drought-hit Zambia on Friday began holding joint intercessory prayers for the return of seasonal rains, whose delay in coming has thrown all farmers in panic. Full text...

  • South Africa, India sign science co-operation pact
    06 december 2002 14:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and India Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Antarctica, aimed at promoting scientific co-operation between the two countries. Full text...

  • 20,000 foreign tourists visit Zimbabwe for solar eclipse
    05 december 2002 15:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Tourism Minister Francis Nhema, said Thursday that more than 20,000 foreign tourists visited Zimbabwe this week to witness the solar eclipse in parts of the country. Full text...

  • Switzerland signs two grant agreements with OSS
    04 december 2002 19:02:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Tunis-based Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) has signed two grant agreements with the Swiss government, to strengthen the fight against desertification and drought as well as information exchange, the Tunisian press reported. Full text...

  • WFP issues UN Security Council global alert on hunger
    04 december 2002 18:33:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- WFP Executive Director, James T. Full text...

  • Malawians tantalised by partial eclipse
    04 december 2002 17:02:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Around 8 o'clock Wednesday morning something phenomenal happened in the skies over Malawi. Full text...

  • Zambians watch solar eclipse
    04 december 2002 13:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Hundreds of thousands of Zambians, especially those in western part of the country Wednesday witnessed the solar eclipse amid great ecstasy, for the second time within 18 months. Full text...

  • Millions witness spectacular solar eclipse in South Africa
    04 december 2002 08:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Millions of people in Southern Africa Wednesday witnessed the last solar spectacle in the region for the next 28 years. Full text...

  • Eclipse holiday in Mozambique
    03 december 2002 22:32:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government has declared an extra national holiday because of Wednesday's eclipse of the sun. Full text...

  • Thousands of tourists flock to Zimbabwe for solar eclipse
    03 december 2002 21:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Tourism officials in Zimbabwe said Tuesday thousands of tourists had arrived in the country to witness a solar eclipse spectacle expected to occur mid-week. Full text...

  • Mali, France sign forest management accord
    03 december 2002 18:26:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The French Development Agency (FDA) has signed a 1. Full text...

  • NASA scientists to record Southern Africa eclipse
    03 december 2002 08:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A team of scientists from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has arrived in South Africa to observe this week's solar eclipse. Full text...

  • European Commission augments assistance to Ethiopia
    02 december 2002 21:22:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- The European Commission has approved an additional 4 million Euro in humanitarian aid for drought victims in Ethiopia, state radio reported here Monday. Full text...

  • Zambian police deploy ahead of solar eclipse
    02 december 2002 16:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- In a move to forestall possible crime, police in Zambia have begun deploying in areas where foreign tourists are gathering to view a solar eclipse, spokesperson Brenda Muntemba affirmed Monday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Micro-organism technology to boost food immunity properties
    02 december 2002 07:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyans with low immunity such as those suffering from the HIV/AIDS may soon have food supplements obtained from plant materials grown using the Effective Micro- organism (EM) technology, a Kenyan scientist says. Full text...

  • Downpour delays flight landing at Dar es Salaam airport
    01 december 2002 19:39:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Passengers on a Swiss airliner became frantic after the plane failed to land here early Sunday due to a downpour that was pounding the Tanzanian city. Full text...

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