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  • Crocodiles kill two fishermen in Malawi Lake area
    06 november 2002 21:14:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Marauding crocodiles have killed at lest two fishermen in the central Malawi lakeshore district of Nkhota Kota. Full text...

  • Tropical storm approaching Mauritius
    06 november 2002 20:25:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The first tropical storm of the season was felt Wednesday near Agalega, some 1,200 km north of Mauritius, according to the Meteorological Services Department in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Kenya unveils new water use and management legislation
    06 november 2002 18:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in Kenya on Wednesday unveiled a water conservation and management legislation aimed at addressing the misuse of national water resources, as well as the provision of water for a majority of the population. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou hosts water and environment research meeting
    05 november 2002 20:35:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 200 African and European water, environment and health experts on Tuesday started a meeting here on the sustainable management of water resources for improved health and productivity in warm climatic regions. Full text...

  • New Delhi Declaration wants Kyoto Protocol urgently ratified
    04 november 2002 20:23:00
    New Delhi- India (PANA) -- The UN Conference on Climatic Changes ended this weekend with an appeal to countries that have not yet ratified the Kyoto Protocol on climatic changes, to do so as soon as possible. Full text...

  • Leaders delay signing of southern African park's protocol
    04 november 2002 19:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Leaders of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe have postponed the signing of the protocol that would establish an enormous cross-borders park between the three southern African countries, the project's Mozambican director, Gilberto Vicente, said. Full text...

  • European countries interested in planned Mozambican Dam
    04 november 2002 18:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Several European countries have expressed interest to invest in the construction of the planned Mepanda Ncua Dam on the Zambezi River, in Mozambique's western province of Tete, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Castigo Langa said. Full text...

  • Clean water comes to S. African rural community after 94 years
    04 november 2002 17:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The three-thousand strong rural community of Makgabetlwane in South Africa's North West province, will for the first time since 1908, have access to clean and safe water, thanks to a 4 million-Rand project by North West Premier, Dr Simon Popo Molefe. Full text...

  • Southern African states' ivory trade quest to face problems
    04 november 2002 09:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Five southern African countries have resolved to push for the lifting of a ban on ivory trade at the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which commenced Sunday in Chile, a move that pits them on a direct collision course with such countries as Kenya and India. Full text...

  • Over 250 mountain gorillas survive DR Congo war
    02 november 2002 12:29:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- More than 250 mountain gorillas living in the Virunga National Park in the province of North Kivu and in the Kahuzi-Bilega National Park in South Kivu province have survived the war that has destroyed the eastern part of the DR Congo, according to a local official from the Congo Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN). Full text...

  • Nigerian Govt Threatens Takeover Of Endangered Beach
    01 november 2002 17:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has threatened to take over a neglected but popular beach in the commercial city of Lagos. Full text...

  • Western countries to remove nuclear waste from Kyrgyzstan
    01 november 2002 16:14:00
    Bishkek- Kyrgyzstan (PANA) -- Action to prevent a potentially devastating environmental disaster in one of the most densely populated areas of Central Asia was announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Kyrgz President challenges African counterparts
    01 november 2002 15:56:00
    BISHKEK- Kyrgyzstan (PANA) -- Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev has challenged his African counterparts to give environmental protection, especially mountains, top priority to ensure the resources are used for the good of their populations. Full text...

  • FAO says disasters severely affect mountain populations
    01 november 2002 15:36:00
    Bishkek- Kyrgyzstan (PANA) -- Mountain populations are the most affected by hunger and conflicts raging around the world, according to a report of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. Full text...

  • Experts say Africa is more vulnerable to climate changes
    01 november 2002 14:05:00
    New Delhi- India (PANA) -- Africa is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate changes in the world, according to the third evaluation report of the Group of Intergovernmental Experts on the Evolution of the Climate (GIEC). Full text...

  • Group of 77 wants concrete adjustment measures on climate changes
    01 november 2002 11:02:00
    New Delhi- India (PANA) -- Though the 8th UN conference on climate changes was expected to end in New Delhi Friday, participants remained undecided late Thursday about the funding of programmes for climate changes and the New Delhi Declaration. Full text...

  • Delhi Conference expresses support for NEPAD
    31 october 2002 19:18:00
    New Delhi- India (PANA) -- The draft declaration of the UN Conference on Climatic Changes, which ends Friday, has expressed support for the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), noting that as the continent that suffers the most from the harmful effects of climatic changes, Africa should be given special attention. Full text...

  • African govts absent at global summit on mountains
    31 october 2002 13:46:00
    Bishkek- Kyrgyzstan (PANA) -- As hundreds of delegates from all over the world gathered here to discuss issues affecting mountains and people living in mountainous regions, African delegates were bitter that none of their governments has sent a representative to the meeting. Full text...

  • 10,000 mangrove trees destroyed in Mauritius
    30 october 2002 19:22:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- About 10,000 mangrove trees, which provided shelter and protected against erosion in the Roches Noires area, north of Mauritius, have been felled by the population, the Fishery Minister Sylvio Michel has revealed. Full text...

  • Uganda's ecotourism project presented at mountains summit
    30 october 2002 16:15:00
    Bishkek- Kyrgyzstan (PANA) -- The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is showcasing a project in Uganda as an example of how to promote eco-tourism. Full text...

  • Indian Scientific Innovator Wins UN Environment Prize
    30 october 2002 15:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- One of the world's great environmental thinkers and innovators, Dr. Full text...

  • Indian Prime Minister rebuts pollution accusations
    30 october 2002 13:45:00
    New Delhi- India (PANA) -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee has refuted allegations that developing countries generate a lot of greenhouse gases that do not correspond to their industrial potential. Full text...

  • UNEP says African conflicts disrupt environmental conservation
    30 october 2002 09:50:00
    Bishkek- Kyrgyzstan (PANA) -- The Nairobi-based UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) has lamented that conflicts in Africa posed serious obstacles to environmental conservation efforts on the continent. Full text...

  • FAO report praises skills of farmers on Mount Kilimanjaro
    30 october 2002 09:10:00
    Bishkek- Kyrgyzstan (PANA) -- The UN food security agency, FAO has appraised farming methods practised by farmers on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as the best way to curb malnutrition among mountainous communities. Full text...

  • UNEP calls for immediate ratification of Kyoto Protocol
    29 october 2002 23:51:00
    New Delhi- India (PANA) -- UN Environment Programme (UNEP) executive director Klaus Toepfer has called on industrialised countries to make all efforts to ratify and foster implementation of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, so as to alleviate the plight of developing countries that suffer most from the phenomenon. Full text...

  • Nairobi hosts disaster management meeting
    29 october 2002 18:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan government officials, as well as representatives of local and international NGOs and UN agencies, began a three-day workshop in Nairobi Tuesday on disaster management. Full text...

  • International summit tackles destruction of mountain environments
    29 october 2002 13:59:00
    Bishkek- Kyrgyzstan (PANA) -- An international summit on mountains kicked off here Tuesday with a major criticism from UNESCO's director general Koichiro Matsuura that scientists had ignored mountain populations in their research. Full text...

  • 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...

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