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  • 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...

  • Farmers destroy 100,000 ha of forest yearly in Niger
    19 june 2003 21:34:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Between 80,000 and 100,000 hectares of forests are destroyed yearly for agricultural purposes in Niger, a Sahelian country, environment minister Chaibou Mahamane said Wednesday during the World Day against Desertification and Drought. Full text...

  • 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...

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