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  • ADF grants Ethiopia $2.6 million for water management study
    23 july 2003 17:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a grant of 2. Full text...

  • Ivory traders freshly threaten African elephants
    23 july 2003 11:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has warned that the recent seizure at Bangkok International airport of 65 elephant tusks worth more than $70,000 on a flight from Africa signalled the targeting of more elephants by illegal ivory traders. Full text...

  • 20 die in Cameroon landslide
    22 july 2003 19:31:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- At least 20 people died in a landslide that shoot Wabane in Cameroon's south-western province between Sunday and Monday, according to State broadcasting corporation, CRTV. Full text...

  • Elephants, buffaloes trample crops in northern Congo
    22 july 2003 18:31:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Rampaging elephants and buffaloes have destroyed 130 hectares of cassava and banana farms in Kabo, northern Congo, press reports said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Agriculture officials seize mangoes from Egyptian premier
    22 july 2003 08:54:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Agriculture ministry officials on Monday confiscated a Sudanese government gift of mangoes from Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Ebeid upon his return to Cairo for violating Egypt's fruit import rules, the Egyptian government-run Alahram daily reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia needs to tread the footsteps of Yifru Kogna
    21 july 2003 12:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- After his passing, Yifru Kogna is being praised as Ethiopia's environmental "warrior" because of his efforts to fight against soil erosion. Full text...

  • CITES denies Malawi's request to sell ivory stocks
    21 july 2003 11:31:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Geneva-based Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has rejected Malawi's application to sell a portion of its accumulated ivory. Full text...

  • Ethiopia loses environmental 'warrior'
    20 july 2003 09:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Yifru Kogna, one of Ethiopia's best known friends of nature and innovator in the struggle against land degradation, has died at the age of 88, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has said Yifru died on 13 July in his home village of Ketchema in Adama District, south of the capital Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Three arrested in ivory racket in Malawi
    18 july 2003 11:50:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in the Malawi capital of Lilongwe have arrested three people on suspicion that they have been dealing with an international cartel trafficking in ivory. Full text...

  • CILSS grants 5 million CFAF to Guinea-Bissau
    17 july 2003 17:41:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- The Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) has granted five million CFA francs (over 8,000 dollars) to Guinea-Bissau to assist it in the preparation of a national strategic plan for the fight against desertification. Full text...

  • Kenya urged to review ban on mangrove trees
    17 july 2003 17:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has appealed to Kenya to lift a 1997 ban it imposed on mangrove forest utilisation, saying the move has undermined the livelihoods of communities living along the coastline, and that it (ban) could spur illegal harvesting of the trees. Full text...

  • Ethiopia forms Moringa tree promotion committee
    16 july 2003 20:38:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- Authorities in Ethiopia have formed an interim committee that will take initiatives to promote Moringa tree (Moringa stenopetala) across the country, national television (ETV) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Alternative energies body to convene in Ouagadougou
    16 july 2003 20:28:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The steering committee of the Regional Programme for the Promotion of Domestic and Alternative Energies in the Sahel (PREDAS) convenes here 23-25 July to assess the programme's activities, the Inter-State Committee Against Drought in the Sahel (CILSS) said in a statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • Heat wave kills 12 in southern Algeria
    15 july 2003 21:43:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- At least 12 deaths have been recorded as a result of heat wave in the Adrar prefecture, 1,000 km south of Algiers, official sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Environmentalists in Mozambique protest World Bank project
    15 july 2003 17:22:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Members of Mozambican environmental NGO "Livaningo" staged a demonstration Monday in front of the World Bank offices in Maputo, against the Bank's reported support for the building of toxic waste incinerators in developing countries, the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rare Kenyan animal species on the verge of extinction
    15 july 2003 09:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- One of Kenya's endangered wildlife species, the Hirola Antelope, is facing extinction, unless urgent conservation measures are put in place, a senior wildlife official has said. Full text...

  • G8 to finance Niger River development programme
    12 july 2003 21:31:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- At the instigation of the World Bank, G8 member countries have expressed readiness to finance the Niger River Development project, Niger Water and Environment minister Adamou Namata announced Friday. Full text...

  • Benin to ratify convention on POPs
    12 july 2003 21:05:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- Beninese Parliament on Friday unanimously gave President Mathieu Kerekou the greenlight to ratify the convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) signed on 23 May 2001 in Stockholm, Sweden. Full text...

  • AU summit approves revised convention on natural resources
    12 july 2003 12:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Assembly of the African Union has approved the revised 1968 African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Full text...

  • AU summit endorses NEPAD environment action plan
    12 july 2003 12:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Concerned about the rapid degradation of the African environment as a result of adverse global changes, the continent's leaders Saturday adopted the action plan of the environment initiative of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Addis Ababa mayor launches Trees for Cities in London
    11 july 2003 23:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Addis Ababa mayor Arkebe Oqubay launched a new British NGO called 'Trees for Cites,' Friday, according to a British embassy release here. Full text...

  • Sweden aids Ethiopia's drought-affected areas
    10 july 2003 15:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Swedish government Thursday donated 3. Full text...

  • Summit delegates appraise wildlife programme at Limpopo Park
    07 july 2003 22:28:00
    Massingir- Mozambique (PANA) -- Several delegates to the African Union summit and journalists covering the event witnessed a small part of the programme to restock Mozambique's Limpopo National Park with game, when seven elephants captured in South Africa were Sunday released into the park. Full text...

  • Kenya to review ban on mangrove tree harvesting
    07 july 2003 20:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The authorities in Kenya say they are reviewing the ban imposed on the harvesting of mangrove trees over 10 years with a view to lifting it. Full text...

  • Ahtisaari urges advocates sustainable development in Ethiopia
    06 july 2003 20:09:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa has urged donor agencies and development partners to focus on bringing about sustainable development in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Dam project to improve water access in Sudan's Nuba Mountains
    06 july 2003 13:14:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Local authorities in Sudan's Nuba mountains are developing plans to build 22 small to medium dams over the next two years to improve access to limited water supplies in the region. Full text...

  • Norway commits 4.1 million Kroner to Zambian environment
    05 july 2003 14:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Norway has committed 4. Full text...

  • Kenyans want law banning use of plastic products
    04 july 2003 14:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan public watchdog Friday called for legislation banning the manufacture, sale and use of polythene bags and plastics products in the country. Full text...

  • African ministers meet on desertification in Cotonou
    03 july 2003 20:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Environment ministers from about 30 African countries Thursday convened here at a preparatory meeting of the sixth session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Desertification. Full text...

  • Report warns that modern lifestyles threaten oldest seed plants
    03 july 2003 10:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Cycads, the oldest seed plants on earth are now also amongst the most threatened plants in the world, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) warns in a new publication. Full text...

  • African Ministers to focus desertification Thursday
    01 july 2003 20:06:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Environment Ministers from several African countries have planned to meet in Cotonou Thursday to prepare the sixth session of the conference of parties to the Convention on the fight against desertification (CCD), official sources announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ugandan police detain six suspected Buffalo poachers
    30 june 2003 20:18:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan police is holding six persons, including two Rwanda and a Congolese, for allegedly killing six buffaloes in Queen Elizabeth wild life conservation park in Uganda's western district of Kasese bordering with eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • Kenya's Lake Nakuru may disappear due to pollution
    30 june 2003 09:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lake Nakuru, one of the most intensely visited and studied water bodies in Kenya, has also been variously described as "the lake of a million flamingos and the world's greatest ornithological spectacle. Full text...

  • Govt orders destruction of GM maize in Bulawayo
    27 june 2003 15:57:00
    Senegal- Dakar (PANA) -- Authorities in Zimbabwe have director National Foods Limited to destroy all the genetically modified (GM) maize at the firm's milling plant in Bulawayo. Full text...

  • Petty offenders face the wrath of Nairobi cleaners
    27 june 2003 11:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Nairobi city was once the holiday camp where everyone went scot-free for littering the streets. Full text...

  • EU to finance water sector across southern Africa
    26 june 2003 23:23:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union and South Africa have signed a financial agreement of 7. Full text...

  • Oil companies warn Kenya over safety measures
    26 june 2003 21:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA) warned the Kenya government Thursday that failure to enforce stringent safety controls in the transportation of oil products could lead to disasters such as recently witnessed in Nigeria. Full text...

  • African ministers discuss anti-desertification measures
    26 june 2003 21:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- More than a hundred ministers and experts on desertification will meet in Cotonou, Benin from 30 June to 4 July to identify anti-desertification measures for recommendation to the 6th Conference of the Parties (COP 6) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, a UNCCD release indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Strange disease kills Mauritanian Dolphins, turtles
    26 june 2003 16:58:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Scientists are still investigating what caused the death of 230 dolphins and 15 turtles along the Mauritanian coast between Nouakchott and the Dawling natural reserve near the Senegalese town of Saint Louis, sources at the World Conservation Union (UICN) revealed here. Full text...

  • Heat waves hit Tunisia
    26 june 2003 09:16:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Northern Tunisia and the capital, Tunis sweltered in unseasonably hot temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) from last Sunday to Wednesday, weather services reported. Full text...

  • Kenya govt endorses titanium mining project
    25 june 2003 19:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has at length approved the start of a 130-million dollar controversial titanium mining project, years after it was initiated by a Canadian firm. Full text...

  • Khartoum relocates villagers from new Nile Dam site
    25 june 2003 15:03:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Authorities in Khartoum have begun relocating villagers from Marawi, in the north, to make way for a new Nile dam. Full text...

  • EU props water development in Southern Africa
    25 june 2003 13:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has granted 7. Full text...

  • France grants 10 million euros for Kenyan parks
    24 june 2003 17:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- France has granted the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) 10 million euros to help improve the east African nation's parks, Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife minister Newton Kulundu told parliament Tuesday. Full text...

  • Franco-Ethiopian cooperation centres on water
    23 june 2003 21:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Access to safe drinking water is at the centre of a two-day Franco-Ethiopian joint commission that opened here Monday, according to French official sources. Full text...

  • Southern Africa's transfrontier park promoting image
    23 june 2003 18:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The management of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) is studying mechanisms to promote the park's tourist potential during the African Union summit due in Maputo in early July. Full text...

  • African, Asian experts meet on desertification in Benin
    23 june 2003 16:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Desertification experts from Asia and Africa will convene from 24-27 June in Cotonou, Benin, to share successful agroforestry practices and identify techniques best suitable for soil conservation. Full text...

  • Maasai's killing of lions threatens tourism in Kenya
    23 june 2003 09:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the Kenyan government continues to lose thousands of potential tourists from Europe and America in the name of terrorist attack threats, Kenyan pastoralist families are helping to chase away tourists from other parts of the world. Full text...

  • Human activities threaten Ugandan Chimps
    21 june 2003 15:40:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Chimpanzees are among wildlife species threatened with extinction in Uganda due to increased encroachment on their habitation by human beings and poaching. Full text...

  • South African Game Reserve backs cheetah conservation, research
    20 june 2003 08:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa, which successfully reintroduced cheetahs to the Fish River valley in 2001 as part of a broad-based effort to conserve animals, has reported nine new cubs in the last year. Full text...

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