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  • 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...

  • Death toll from Moroccan floods rises to 63
    30 november 2002 09:43:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Floods that recently hit central Morocco have claimed 63 lives and left major property damage, a new official toll issued Friday said. Full text...

  • Morocco buries the dead, evaluates flood damage
    27 november 2002 22:48:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Heavy rains have brought serious flooding to central Morocco which has killed 37 people and has caused enormous property damage. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to get environment volunteers' Committee
    26 november 2002 22:16:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde is to set up a youth volunteers' Committee for environment protection, sources at the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa hosts first African botanical gardens congress
    26 november 2002 21:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, has launched the first African Botanical Congress in Durban, marking the first time in history that representatives from botanical gardens throughout Africa have come together to discuss the sustainability of continent's botanical gardens. Full text...

  • Death toll from Moroccan flood rises to 35
    26 november 2002 19:24:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- At least 35 people have died and eight others reported missing in floods after Sunday's heavy rains in Morocco, according to official toll. Full text...

  • Authorities close four Algerian mineral water factories
    26 november 2002 15:46:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Control Unit of Algeria's Trade Ministry has ordered the closure of four mineral water factories in the country and instituted legal action against them, for producing products unfit for consumption and with labelling defects. Full text...

  • 3,000 people displaced by flood in northern Congo Brazzaville
    25 november 2002 18:25:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- More than 3,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Congo Brazzaville's northern Sangha region, the State radio reported Monday. Full text...

  • Flooding kills 13 in central Morocco
    25 november 2002 17:46:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Thirteen people were killed after a river in central Morocco burst its banks following heavy rains Sunday, the Moroccan news agency (MAP) reported Monday. Full text...

  • 10 worshipers killed by lightning in Zimbabwe
    25 november 2002 16:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Ten worshipers were struck and killed by lightning Sunday in Zimbabwe during an open air Church service, police said. Full text...

  • Scientists recommend protected status for Seychelles atoll
    25 november 2002 11:54:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A group of scientists from Seychelles and elsewhere has recommended the classification of Cosmoledo atoll as a protected natural reserve to safeguard its exceptional biodiversity. Full text...

  • Mauritian beaches invaded by algae
    24 november 2002 17:25:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Several Mauritian beaches, especially the Belle-Mare, in the east of the country, have been taken over by algae, or seaweeds, which hamper relaxation at the resorts. Full text...

  • Mauritius to ban plastic bags in October 2003
    24 november 2002 15:54:00
    Port-Louis Maurice (PANA) -- The manufacturing and import of plastic bags will be banned in Mauritius from 1 October 2003, to protect the island's environment, according to Environment Minister Rajesh Bhagwan. Full text...

  • UPDEA convenes in Tripoli to adopt new rules
    23 november 2002 18:08:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The general assembly of the union of producers, professional drivers, and distributors of electricity in Africa (UPDEA) began a two-day meeting Saturday in Tripoli to adopt the union's new regulations. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Cameroon seek return of gorillas from Malaysia
    23 november 2002 15:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and Cameroon are putting pressure on the international wildlife authorities for the immediate return of the four young gorillas illegally taken out of Africa early this year. Full text...

  • Ireland doubles drought assistance to Ethiopia
    23 november 2002 12:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ireland has announced an increase of 2 million Euros in its emergency aid to Ethiopia, which is experiencing another severe drought this year, the Irish Embassy disclosed here Saturday. Full text...

  • NGO warns of dangers from mounting toxic waste in Africa
    22 november 2002 16:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The France-based Committee for the Cancellation of the Third-World's Debt (CADTM) on Friday warned of the grave health hazard posed by some 120,000 tonnes of toxic waste currently stored in several African countries. Full text...

  • El Nino kills 58, displaces 15,000 people in Uganda
    22 november 2002 14:32:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- El Nino-induced heavy rains have killed 58 people, displaced more than 15,000 people and destroyed vast amounts of property in five districts of Uganda. Full text...

  • Hippos turn carnivorous
    22 november 2002 12:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Hippos in the Gojjeb River in Ginbo District of Keffa Region have devoured eight cows in what appears to be an unusual behaviour for animals known as herbivorous in their feeding habits, Radio Ethiopia reported Friday. Full text...

  • Germany pledges more emergency assistance to Ethiopia
    22 november 2002 08:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Germany has pledged 22. Full text...

  • Flash floods displace 3,000 in southern Somalia
    20 november 2002 18:27:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Some 3,000 people have been rendered homeless by floods from heavy rains in Somalia's southern Juba region. Full text...

  • Zambia gets $50-million drought aid from World Bank
    20 november 2002 16:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The World Bank has approved 50 million US dollars as emergency drought relief to Zambia, the Bank's official said in Lusaka Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda loses 8,000 hectares of forests to bush fires
    19 november 2002 19:28:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda lost 8,000 hectares of its forests in the past two years, mainly to deliberate bush fires, according to Agriculture and Forestry Minister Kabaija Ephrem. Full text...

  • Rwanda loses 8,000 ha of forests in two years
    19 november 2002 11:50:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has lost 8,000 hectares of its forests in the past two years, 7,000 hectares of which were burnt by bushfires, Agriculture, Livestock and Forestry Minister Ephrem Kabaiza said Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • 10 drown as flash floods sweep central Kenya town
    18 november 2002 21:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At least 10 people were confirmed dead and property of unknown value destroyed Monday when flash floods swept a settlement in central Kenya following a heavy rainfall. Full text...

  • Mauritius to review law on water quality
    18 november 2002 18:54:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius is to revise its existing legislation to ensure that the quality of bottled water in the country conformed with the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, Health Minister Ashok Jugnauth said. Full text...

  • Scientist wants Kenya to harness seaweed potentials
    18 november 2002 18:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Stephen Njuguna, Chair of the Scientific Research Committee of Kenya's Marine Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) Board, Monday lamented that the potentials of more than 80 species of the country's seaweed had not been tapped. Full text...

  • Mauritania works on national Environment Plan
    18 november 2002 16:18:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Some 60 environment protection specialists, representatives of NGOs, the private sector and development partners, began a workshop Monday in Nouakchott, on Mauritania's Environment and Sustainable Development Plan (PANE). Full text...

  • UN Habitat unveils water awareness campaign in Eastern Africa
    18 november 2002 15:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN-Habitat on Monday unveiled a programme in Nairobi aimed at enhancing the economic use and preservation of water resources in eight African countries. Full text...

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