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  • Alien plant species threatens Africa's flora, fauna
    19 june 2003 18:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Africa's wildlife, waterways and coastal areas are under threat from the carelessness, accidental and sometimes deliberate introduction of alien or exotic species, a report by the World Conservation Union has warned. Full text...

  • Malawi moves in to scare off rampaging elephants, hippos
    19 june 2003 11:37:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Using a helicopter and trucks, a detachment of Malawi paratroopers and game rangers are battling to drive back to Kasungu National Park large herds of elephants on the rampage in the central tobacco heartland of Kasungu, some 100 km north of the capital, Lilongwe. Full text...

  • South African environmentalists fault Australian mining company
    19 june 2003 11:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) has intimated that locals in the Pondoland area on the Wild Coast where an Australian company plans to mine dunes had been bribed into supporting the project as well as a toll road proposed by the National Roads Agency. Full text...

  • Rampaging elephants kill 3 persons in rural Malawi
    18 june 2003 16:12:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A local government official Wednesday confirmed that three people got killed and several others were injured, two of them seriously, after herds of rampaging elephants gored them down in the central tobacco heartland of Kasungu, some 100km north of Lilongwe. Full text...

  • Rampaging elephants kill 3 persons in rural Malawi
    18 june 2003 15:14:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A local government official Wednesday confirmed that three people got killed and several others were injured, two of them seriously, after herds of rampaging elephants gored them down in the central tobacco heartland of Kasungu, some 100km north of Lilongwe. Full text...

  • Ivorians mobilise against desert encroachment
    18 june 2003 10:27:00
    Toumodi- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The population in the Ivorian district of Toumodi, 198 km north of Abidjan mobilised on Tuesday around environment minister Angele Gnonsoa to fight off the advance of the desert in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Kenya intensifies surge to eliminate tsetse fly
    17 june 2003 18:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- When Henry Onyango left his native Lake Victoria basin district of Rachuonyo two years ago for the Lambwe valley in adjacent Suba district hoping to become a 'large scale' cattle farmer, little he know that his herd of over 100 animals would perish within six months. Full text...

  • MP claims marrow disease break out in northern Kenya
    16 june 2003 16:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At least 35 people, including children born after 1980, have developed bone marrow and related diseases in the northern Kenya district of Marsabit where oil exploration was done in the early 1980s, a legislator claimed here Monday. Full text...

  • Treaty on international trade in GMOs to become law
    16 june 2003 07:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Cartagena Protocol on biosafety, the agreement that deals with issues related to GMOs will enter into force in September, the Nairobi based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has said. Full text...

  • King Mswati's wives run short of clean drinking water
    14 june 2003 10:01:00
    Siteki- Swaziland (PANA) -- The water crisis facing many communities in the small town of Siteki in eastern Swaziland has moved to affect even the royal residences there as well, forcing the king's wives who live in the town to drink untreated water from the nearby Mabhodweni Dam. Full text...

  • Algerian quake to cost $5 billion in reparations
    12 june 2003 23:41:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The earthquake which hit Algiers and its outskirts on 21 May will cost Algeria up to five billion US dollars in various reparations, according to official figures released on Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian Parliament adopts CILSS regulations on pesticides
    12 june 2003 23:35:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian National Assembly Thursday adopted a bill authorising President Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya to ratify the regulations of the Inter-State committee for the fight against drought in Sahel (CILSS) relating to pesticides. Full text...

  • Young environmentalists to discuss world's future in Russia
    12 june 2003 19:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An elite group of young people will be converging on the Russian town of Dubna to share their passions for a greener and cleaner world and to draw up action plans for realizing an environmentally-friendly future. Full text...

  • Riparian states adopt convention to conserve Lake Tanganyika
    12 june 2003 18:54:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Environment ministers from Tanzania, Burundi, DR Congo and Zambia have signed a convention on the sustainable management of Lake Tanganyika. Full text...

  • Netherlands gives Mali 7 billion CFA to fight pollution
    12 june 2003 10:52:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Dutch government has given Mali 7 billion francs CFA to help clean areas of Bamako badly polluted by industrial waste, the ministry of environment said in a statement. Full text...

  • ONEA warns against floods risks in Ouagadougou
    11 june 2003 23:44:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Dwellers close to the Ouagadougou Dam are at risk of floods during the coming rainy season, local officials and the National Water Authority warned in a joint release here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Desert continues advance in northern Cameroon
    10 june 2003 22:47:00
    Garoua- Cameroon (PANA) -- The southward advance of the desert is threatening Cameroon's three northern provinces, including the Far North, North and Adamaoua. Full text...

  • GEF funds West African environmental projects
    10 june 2003 22:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Global Environment Fund (GEF) is to disburse 21. Full text...

  • Algeria to enact legislation for natural disasters
    10 june 2003 14:35:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has called for the enactment of a legislation making provisions to enhance government's capacity to deal with natural disasters in the future. Full text...

  • Algeria builds 9,000 prefab units for quake victims
    10 june 2003 08:38:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Authorities here have signed an agreement with fourteen Algerian private and public companies to construct 9,000 prefab housing to accommodate families affected by the earthquake that hit Algiers and its surroundings 21 May 2003. Full text...

  • African environment ministers to meet in Maputo
    06 june 2003 21:21:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A special African Union (AU) session of environment ministers opens in Maputo Monday to discuss and eventually approve an Environment Initiative Action Plan to be submitted to the 4-12 July annual summit in the Mozambican capital. Full text...

  • Kenya moves to protect environment
    06 june 2003 21:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- It was imperative for Kenyans to conserve what is left of the natural forest, as well as reclaim the country's arid and desert land, the assistant minister for Environment, Wangari Maathai emphasised here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Conservation Foundation seeks national forestry policy
    06 june 2003 14:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), the country's frontline NGO on environment, has called for the establishment of a national forestry policy to check the indiscriminate destruction of the country's forests. Full text...

  • Three poachers killed in Zimbabwe
    06 june 2003 13:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Three poachers, suspected to be Zambians, were shot dead in Zimbabwe this week, a national park official said on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya moves to halt decimation of flora and fauna
    06 june 2003 12:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Alarmed at the rapid degradation of the country's forest cover and water sources, the authorities in Kenya have embarked on several measures to check the trend. Full text...

  • Ghanaian environmentalists worry about effects of mining
    06 june 2003 08:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Nature activists in Ghana marked World Environment Day Wednesday brooding over the negative impact of mining on the environment. Full text...

  • Man-made activities threaten Burundi's Kibira forest
    05 june 2003 22:48:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Uncontrolled man-made activities have destroyed nearly half of the 40,000-hectare vegetation cover of Kibira forest reserve in north-west Burundi over the past decade, according environmental specialists. Full text...

  • Quake-troubled Algiers to demolish nearly 6,000 structures
    05 june 2003 21:52:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Authorities in Algiers Thursday announced 5,834 buildings have been earmarked for demolition following a recent earthquake which hit the eastern suburbs, killing over 2,260 people. Full text...

  • Mauritius Premier vows water for all by 2015
    05 june 2003 16:41:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Thursday said he intended not only to supply the population with drinking water 24 hours per day, but also to ensure its availability to all areas of the island to enable national development. Full text...

  • S. African trade union appeals for green paper signing
    05 june 2003 15:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Observing World Environment Day, Solidarity, a South African trade union, on Thursday appealed to big business to sign a green paper introduced by the union last year. Full text...

  • UNEP to fund water project in Kenya
    05 june 2003 11:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) has indicated it would fund a water project in Kenya's arid Eastern Province facing water scarcity. Full text...

  • Environmental hazards compound Somalia's crisis
    05 june 2003 10:40:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Notwithstanding the havoc wreaked on life and property by years of civil war, Somalia faces even greater threats from environmental hazards. Full text...

  • Africa's environmental problems of catastrophic proportions
    05 june 2003 09:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In the build up to last year's African ministerial conference on the environment (CMAE), a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) painted a rather gloomy picture of environmental prospects for the continent, citing increased pollution, soil degradation, persistent drought, floods and the loss of plant and animal species. Full text...

  • Swazi authorities ration water as rivers, reservoirs run dry
    05 june 2003 08:40:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Swazi government has begun rationing water supply in several towns and rural areas following an acute shortage. Full text...

  • Mounds of garbage in Conakry greet Environment Day
    04 june 2003 20:59:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- On the eve of World Environment Day that falls on 5 June every year, the streets of Conakry and its five communes remained strewn with mounds of garbage that swarms with flies. Full text...

  • Japanese firm joins Kenya to curb illegal fishing
    04 june 2003 19:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Japan's Yamaha Marine Company on Wednesday donated a speed boat to Kenya's fisheries department to patrol Lake Naivasha in its fight against illegal fishing activities. Full text...

  • UNEP releases report on natural underground water
    04 june 2003 15:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ahead of the 2003 World Environment Day celebrations to be observed on 5 June, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Wednesday released a new report which indicates that many of the world's "natural underground reservoirs" upon which two billion people depend for drinking water and irrigation are under increased "stress and stain. Full text...

  • Mozambique gets ADB loan for water supply, sanitation
    04 june 2003 12:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Low-income areas in four Mozambican towns will benefit from a 30. Full text...

  • WHO harps on access to safe drinking water, proper hygiene
    04 june 2003 08:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- To mark the World Environment Day 5 June, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is issuing a Video News Release (VNR) stressing the importance of access to safe drinking water and proper hygiene and sanitation facilities as a key component of healthy environments and sustainable development. Full text...

  • NGO decries over-exploitation of Mozambican forests
    04 june 2003 07:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A leading Mozambican NGO, the Rural Mutual Help Association (ORAM), has accused some business operators of over-exploiting the country's forestry and wildlife resources, particularly in the Sofala, Zambezia and Nampula provinces. Full text...

  • Government tackles urban wastes in Algeria
    03 june 2003 21:17:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian government has stepped up action on the control of household wastes dumped indiscriminately in the country, officials said in Algiers Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyans cite causes of Africa's water, sanitation woes
    03 june 2003 19:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya, (PANA) -- Lack of technology, information, resources and commitment are the major causes of water shortage, sanitation and waste disposal problems in African cities, an environmental workshop heard here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNEP uses fashion in 'Cool' Environment Campaign
    03 june 2003 19:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- From the cat-walk to the consumer, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has taken on the world's leading fashion designers and retail giants in its ongoing efforts to promote "cool" green lifestyles. Full text...

  • G-8 summit adopts action plan for water
    03 june 2003 10:45:00
    Evian- France (PANA) -- The eight most industrialised countries in the world (G-8) meeting in Evian in south-east France have adopted a plan of action for water in which they undertake to increase their financial and technical assistance in this sector to African States. Full text...

  • Chissano worried over water shortages in Mozambique
    02 june 2003 20:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has expressed concern over the persistent water shortage in developing countries, including Mozambique, which he said contributed to the death of many children every year. Full text...

  • Bouteflika calls for international aid to face earthquake
    01 june 2003 20:05:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday appealed for international assistance to help his country cope with the consequences of the earthquake that struck Algiers and its suburbs on 21 May, leaving 2,268 people dead and 10,000 injured. Full text...

  • G-8 Summit to Highlight Water for Africa
    01 june 2003 11:18:00
    Evian- France (PANA) -- Access to safe drinking water for the people of Africa is expected to be a central theme at the summit of the most industrialised countries of the world (G8), which kicks off here Sunday, French officials have disclosed. Full text...

  • Ghanaian Vice president concerned about pollution from mining
    30 may 2003 23:24:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Vice-President Aliu Mahama expressed concern Friday about environmental pollution by mining companies in Ghana, notwithstanding their substantial contribution to the national economy. Full text...

  • Damage from Algiers quake put at millions of dollars
    30 may 2003 20:52:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Over 2,000 people died and more than 10,000 others were injured as a result of the devastating earthquake that hit Algiers and its eastern outskirts on 21 May. Full text...

  • South African team off to assist Baghdad Zoo
    29 may 2003 13:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African emergency relief team left Thursday for Baghdad to save animals and help restore infrastructure at the war-ravaged Baghdad Zoo. Full text...

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