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  • Kenya forms civil defence and public safety body
    19 may 2003 16:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The authorities in Kenya have announced the establishment of a civil defence and public safety body to deal with emergencies and other forms of disasters countrywide. Full text...

  • Zambia studies convention on Lake Tanganyika
    19 may 2003 15:33:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Stakeholders and environmental experts in Zambia met here Monday to review the fourth draft convention on the sustainable management of Lake Tanganyika ahead of a regional meeting scheduled next month in Dar-Es-salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Earthquake shakes Cape Town early Monday
    19 may 2003 14:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town was shaken by an earthquake on Monday morning, which the Council for Geoscience confirmed to have registered 3. Full text...

  • Madagascar's cyclone death toll reaches 70
    19 may 2003 09:35:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A week after Cyclone Manou hit the centre-eastern coast of Madagascar, the latest toll issued at the weekend by the National Rescue Committee (CNS) revealed that the disaster has killed 70 people and injured 85, while 19 people are reported missing. Full text...

  • Kenya's farmers lose food, money to birds
    17 may 2003 14:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Farmers in the Mwea Rice Irrigation Scheme in Central Kenya, the country's largest, are losing over US$360,000 annually to the swarming quelea and other birds, which are eating into their earnings already depleted by high production costs. Full text...

  • UNEP issues alert on water resources
    16 may 2003 22:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Many of the world's natural underground reservoirs upon which two billion people depend for drinking water and irrigation are under increasing stress and strain, according to a new report launched to mark the forthcoming World Environment Day. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGO to develop eco-tourism project
    15 may 2003 20:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan-based environmental NGO, the African Conservation Centre, plans to develop a community-based eco-tourism business in the Greater Amboseli Region in the southern part of the country bordering Tanzania. Full text...

  • WMO gets French Director General
    15 may 2003 17:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has elected Michel Jarraud of France its Secretary General for four years from January 2004. Full text...

  • US supports Kenyan flood Victims
    15 may 2003 15:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US Ambassador to Kenya Johnnie Carson Thursday announced an 82,000-US-dollar emergency relief to victims of a recent flood in Kenya. Full text...

  • South African plants to showcase in London
    15 may 2003 08:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A container of some of Cape's finest plants and flowers will feature at the 27th Kirstenbosch, South Africa exhibit at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show in London scheduled 20-23 May. Full text...

  • South Africans to see total lunar eclipse since 2001
    15 may 2003 07:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africans are expected to view the moon pass through the Earth's shadow on Friday morning, marking their first total lunar eclipse experience since January 2001. Full text...

  • Malagasy cyclone kills 23, renders 21,938 homeless
    14 may 2003 11:42:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Cyclone "Manou" which hit eastern Madagascar last week, killed 23 persons, left others missing and rendered another 21,938 homeless, the National Rescue Council (CNS) said in its latest assessment report. Full text...

  • Southern African nations seek development of eco-tourism
    13 may 2003 19:27:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- In an integrated approach to conservation Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe have developed a tour package dubbed 'Four Corners Countries' to protect some 60,000 elephants, according to information released at the African Travel Association congress underway here. Full text...

  • Kenya's water resources under threat, says official
    13 may 2003 13:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's freshwater resources faces increasing pressure due to rapid population growth, urbanisation, industrialisation and competing uses, a government official said Tuesday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Central effluent control system for five Nigerian cities
    13 may 2003 11:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a move to rectify unwholesome treatment and discharge of effluents in Nigeria, the government plans to build central effluent facilities in five cities with high concentration of textile and tannery factories, the minister of environment, Muhammad Sa'id said. Full text...

  • Experts alert plight of Africa's richest wildlife region
    13 may 2003 09:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The effects of war, increased human population and lack of financial support for protected areas threaten Africa's richest wildlife region spanning six countries of eastern Africa, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) warns in a new report. Full text...

  • Nigeria sets up 27 nurseries for green belt project
    12 may 2003 14:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has established 27 plant nurseries to supply tree seedlings for its green belt project to combat desertification ravaging the northern part of the country, Environment Minister Muhammad Sa'id disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • Durban readies to host next World Parks Congress
    12 may 2003 13:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- More than 2,500 delegates are expected in Durban for the fifth decennial World Parks Congress in September that might produce the 'Durban Accord' -- a record of understanding that will entrench active participation in taking conservation beyond park and country borders. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt seeks Red Cross help to deal with floods
    09 may 2003 22:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities have asked the Kenya Red Cross Society to co-ordinate all humanitarian efforts to deliver non-food assistance to victims of floods that have killed 40 people dead and displaced tens of thousands. Full text...

  • UNEP supports linking human rights, healthy environment
    09 may 2003 17:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nairobi-based UN Environment Programme on Friday expressed support for a decision by the UN Commission on Human Rights emphasising the strong link between human rights and a healthy environment. Full text...

  • S. Africa has new laws to reduce plastic bag pollution
    09 may 2003 14:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Legislation aimed at reducing pollution caused by plastic bags in South Africa went into effect on Friday. Full text...

  • Torrential rains render hundreds homeless in Somalia
    09 may 2003 10:15:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- About 800 people in southern Somalia have been left homeless after heavy rains destroyed houses across Buale district in the Middle Jubba region, humanitarian sources indicated Friday. Full text...

  • Rains bring agony, deaths to Kenya
    06 may 2003 15:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Far from showers of blessings, torrential rains have left millions of Kenyans reeling under the impact of the deluge. Full text...

  • Expert group peruses guidelines on use of biodiversity
    06 may 2003 14:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Experts representing parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity began meeting here Tuesday in the fourth and concluding workshop on the sustainable use of biological diversity. Full text...

  • Red Cross seeks relief for Comoros flood victims
    05 may 2003 22:36:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross in Reunion Monday appealed for relief aid to the people of Moheli, worst affected by recent floods that hit the Comoros islands. Full text...

  • Kenya pleads for more support to UN Habitat
    05 may 2003 19:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The government in Kenya pledged to increase contribution to the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), and urged other countries to increase predictable funding to make the agency more effective. Full text...

  • UN habitat head wants root causes of slums tackled
    05 may 2003 17:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Underlying factors that nourish and transmit inequality and poverty within slums must be addressed in order to have control over the world-wide phenomenon, the UN Habitat executive director Anna Tibaijuka said here Monday. Full text...

  • Local beliefs protect ecosystem in DR Congo
    05 may 2003 17:45:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- A survey by Congolese NGO 'Faune et Vie' has credited local beliefs and traditions with the effective protection of the ecosystem and bio-diversity in the southwestern province of Equator. Full text...

  • Mauritians on alert for Cyclone Manou
    05 may 2003 10:21:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritians have been put on alert for Cyclone Manou, which is likely to hit the northern part of the island in the next few days. Full text...

  • Kenya hosts UN Habitat governing council's meeting
    05 may 2003 09:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Delegates from 187 member states of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) gathered in Nairobi on Monday to attend the 19th governing council of the UN housing agency. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt launches disaster fund after flood kills 30
    04 may 2003 15:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government has launched a fund for flood victims as heavy rains continue to pound the East African nation, the death toll from flooding reached 30 on Sunday. Full text...

  • 22 die in Kenyan floods
    03 may 2003 15:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's death toll from flooding has reached 22 people, including an MP who drowned while trying to cross a swollen river in his car following heavy rains currently pounding the country. Full text...

  • Researchers find Nairobi too noisy
    02 may 2003 19:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Researchers have found that noise pollution in several parts of downturn Nairobi were in excess of the desirable levels conducive for business, the well being and good health of its residents. Full text...

  • Floods render 700 homeless in north-eastern Uganda
    02 may 2003 15:14:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Floods have rendered at least 700 people homeless in north-eastern Uganda's Kapchorwa district, a legislator from the area revealed Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan MP killed as rains wreak havoc
    01 may 2003 14:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan Member of Parliament, James Mutiso, was swept away to his death by floods Wednesday night as rains continued to wreak havoc in the country. Full text...

  • South African appointed to head Baghdad Zoo
    01 may 2003 13:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony has been appointed to administer whatever is left of the Baghdad Zoo following its ransacking after the overthrow of the Iraqi government. Full text...

  • World Environment Day fete set for Lebanon
    30 april 2003 23:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lebanon, a country whose fabled cedar trees have been revered since the seafaring days of the Phoenicians, will host this year's World Environment Day, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Forestry exploitation compounds poaching in Gabon
    30 april 2003 23:06:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Forestry exploitation is fostering the poaching of wildlife in areas formerly inaccessible to village hunters, according to a study published by the Central Africa regional office of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). Full text...

  • Absence of latrines exposes Ugandans to health hazards
    30 april 2003 21:43:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- About half of the Ugandan population lacks access to pit latrines, Environmental Health Commissioner Paul Luyima noted Wednesday, warning that this poses a serious threat to public health. Full text...

  • Experts discuss convention to manage Lake Tanganyika
    29 april 2003 23:39:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Environmentalists in Burundi are currently discussing a convention on the sustainable management of the waters of Lake Tanganyika, which is shared by Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and DR Congo. Full text...

  • Comoran Island of Moheli declared disaster area
    29 april 2003 23:22:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The Comoros' flood-hit island of Moheli has been declared a disaster area by the local government following heavy rains in the region. Full text...

  • Central Africa launches new forest management initiative
    29 april 2003 22:53:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A new project dubbed Partnership Network for the Sustainable Management of Central African Forests has been launched in Libreville, Gabon. Full text...

  • Environmental crisis threatens NEPAD, says Zambian minister
    29 april 2003 17:20:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Zambia's Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources minister, Patrick Kalifungwa, said Tuesday that growth efforts of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) could only succeed if environmental policies were fully implemented at the regional level. Full text...

  • Coal firm in KwaZulu-Natal initiates conservation project
    29 april 2003 08:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Richard's Bay Coal Terminal in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province -- the largest coal terminal in the world -- is engaged in a unique move to involve a nearby rural community in a conservation project. Full text...

  • Kenyan alkaline Lake Elementaita faces extinction
    28 april 2003 15:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's alkaline Lake Elementaita in the eastern Rift Valley is threatened by silting caused by the massive destruction of vegetation and inappropriate human activity along its shores and catchment area. Full text...

  • Nigeria temporarily reclaims eroded Bar beach in Lagos
    28 april 2003 12:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has reclaimed the nation's foremost Bar beach, lost to the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean, following the completion of a two billion Naira (over US$15. Full text...

  • South African govt outlaws flimsy plastic shopping bags
    28 april 2003 10:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African shoppers will have to find other ways of carrying the items they buy when the law banning thin plastic carrier bags comes into effect in May. Full text...

  • France sends SOS to G8 for Africa's development
    28 april 2003 09:04:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- In their meeting held ahead of the next summit in the French town of Evian for the world's eight most industrialised nations (G8), environment ministers of the G8 have called for expanded co-operation between rich countries and Africa in water and energy sectors. Full text...

  • Destruction rates of Kenya's forests now dropping - UN Report
    27 april 2003 11:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The level of destruction of Mount Kenya's forests, the source of the country's major rivers, has dropped substantially since 1999, a UN report on changes in the state of conservation of the country's forests reveals. Full text...

  • G8 Ministers enlightened on NEPAD's environment constituent
    26 april 2003 21:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese Environment and Public Hygiene Minister Modou Diagne Fada enlightened his counterparts at the G8 countries meeting Saturday in Paris on the progress of the sustainable development constituent of NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa's Development). Full text...

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