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  • SADC journalists form network on climate
    03 september 2003 21:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Journalists from the 14 countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have formed a network on climate reporting (SADC-NCJ) focusing on weather and climate related information in the region. Full text...

  • Open Africa project expands with 1000-km route
    03 september 2003 13:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Nature Conservation has just added over a thousand kilometres to the Open Africa project -- a tourism route that envisages linking the splendours of Africa in a network that stretches from the Cape to Cairo. Full text...

  • Kibaki encourages protection of biological resources
    02 september 2003 14:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has urged African government to improve the management of protected areas by making conservation an integral component of their national development agenda. Full text...

  • Partnership conference to focus water crisis in Africa
    02 september 2003 11:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The water crisis in Africa will be the focus of a partnership conference scheduled here 8-13 December between African governments and representatives of the international community. Full text...

  • South Africa to push for poverty eradication at Cuba conference
    01 september 2003 19:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and the African Group at the 6th Conference of Parties (COP-6) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which opened Monday in Havana, Cuba will push for poverty eradication in Africa, along with the protection of its natural resources. Full text...

  • African bank cancels water projects in Nigeria
    01 september 2003 14:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has decided to cancel 80 percent of water projects in Nigeria following complaints that they were unsuccessful. Full text...

  • 46 percent of Burkinabes live below poverty line
    31 august 2003 19:07:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- About 46. Full text...

  • South Africa attends UNCCD conference
    31 august 2003 10:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma arrived in Havana, Cuba Sunday morning to ahead of the 6th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) holding 1-3 September in the Cuban capital. Full text...

  • Mali records adequate rainfall, say weather experts
    30 august 2003 20:39:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Raindrops recorded in August went from "normal to surplus on the entire Malian territory, except for a few localities where there was a shortfall," according to the information bulletin of the Malian weather department and multidisciplinary group for the monitoring of agriculture, pastures and water places. Full text...

  • Residents panic over false volcano alarm in Comoros
    30 august 2003 18:56:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Residents of Moroni and neighbouring villages ran helter-skelter early Saturday after a false hearing a false alarm on an imminent eruption of the Kartala volcano. Full text...

  • Lightning strikes three dead in western Kenya
    30 august 2003 11:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lightning killed three people in western Kenya on Friday, The East African Standard, reported here Saturday. Full text...

  • Fish population dips 30 percent in Lake Tanganyika
    29 august 2003 10:14:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Lake Tanganyika, whose waters are among the world's richest in fish, has registered a 30-percent decline in its fish population over the last 80 years, according to a study cited by a periodical of the US Embassy here. Full text...

  • Mozambique needs US$1 billion for water supply
    27 august 2003 18:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique needs over US$1 billion to meet the millennium target of halving the number of people deprived of clean drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. Full text...

  • Niger victims of fluoride poisoning seek compensation
    27 august 2003 16:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Tibiri, a district 650 km east of Niamey now has clean and healthy water, but some 5,000 children who suffered bone malformations from drinking water with high fluoride content are still to get some form of compensation from the authorities. Full text...

  • Fresh flood fears in Western Kenya
    27 august 2003 09:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- There are fears of fresh floods in Western Kenya's flood-prone Bundalangi division, on the country's border with Uganda following the rise in water levels of the Nzoia River in the past week. Full text...

  • Nouakchott authorities move to recycle plastic waste
    26 august 2003 11:05:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Nouakchott City Council is carrying out a month-long plastic waste collection running 17 August through 17 September, with a view to reclying them, an official source disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • Bad weather hampers salvaging cargo ship near Cape Town
    25 august 2003 16:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A strong cold front on Monday delayed the pumping of oil from the Sealand Express which ran aground on a popular Cape Town beach last Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan body wants environmental studies in education system
    25 august 2003 11:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is conducting countrywide workshops as part of moves to define a national environmental education strategy. Full text...

  • Lesotho, South Africa launch trans-frontier conservation project
    25 august 2003 08:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A massive trans-frontier conservation project encompassing areas in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Free State and Lesotho was launched in Lesotho at the weekend. Full text...

  • Seven more die in Sudanese floods
    23 august 2003 13:58:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Floods in Sudan have killed seven more people in the south of the country, with the government appealing for emergency aid to avert a "humanitarian disaster," local press reports said Saturday. Full text...

  • Drought affected Ethiopian regions get water equipment
    22 august 2003 07:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Using assistance from the Norwegian government, UNICEF has begun distributing water supply equipment in Ethiopia's drought affected regions where an estimated 4. Full text...

  • Swazi wildlife outfit exports elephants to US
    21 august 2003 20:24:00
    Matsapha- Swaziland (PANA) -- Big Game Parks, a Swazi wildlife outfit has gone ahead with the exportation of 11 elephants to the US, despite objections from a local animal rights group, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Full text...

  • France assists flood victims in Senegal
    20 august 2003 21:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French government has donated an undisclosed amount for the purchase of relief materials including rice and water pump to assist flood victims in Senegal. Full text...

  • Grand Comore under threat of volcanic eruption
    20 august 2003 20:27:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The Karthala Volcano Observatory has raised alarm in its latest bulletins over the likelihood of an eruption in Grande-Comore. Full text...

  • Cape Town counts damage caused by major storm
    20 august 2003 14:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town began moping up on Wednesday after a cold front brought gale force winds and lashing rains that caused extensive damage. Full text...

  • Ivorian communities get water management training
    20 august 2003 09:53:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- About 30 members of grassroots communities and opinion leaders in Cote d'Ivoire were engaged in a training workshop here on the theme, "water management and human values". Full text...

  • Rescuing beached ship in South Africa unsuccessful
    20 august 2003 08:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A 33,000-ton container ship was being battered by heavy seas on Wednesday, 24 hours after running aground at a popular Cape Town beach. Full text...

  • Congo, DR Congo cooperate in forest management
    19 august 2003 23:54:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese Environment and Forest Economy minister Henri Djombo has expressed of he and his DR Congo counterpart Anselme Enerunga to develop a partnership in the management of the forest in the Congo Basin. Full text...

  • Gale prevents South African vessel from high seas chase
    19 august 2003 11:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Gale force winds at Marion Island in the south Atlantic Ocean have prevented the South African vessel SA Agulhas from joining the chase for the Uruguayan trawler Viarsa which is suspected of illegally poaching in the area. Full text...

  • Ship stranded on Cape Town beach after major gale
    19 august 2003 10:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A large container ship ran aground on a Cape Town beach Tuesday morning after gale force winds and heavy rains lashed the area. Full text...

  • Study identifies medicinal plants in Kisantu
    18 august 2003 20:08:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The botanical gardens of Kisantu in the Bas-Congo Province has 9,000 species of plants, including 3,000 species of medicinal value, according to a study. Full text...

  • America aids Zambia to remove landmines
    18 august 2003 15:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The United States has trained 54 Zambia army personnel and provided equipment worth 2 million dollars to remove landmines in Zambia's southern and eastern border regions, US envoy Martin Brennan said here Monday. Full text...

  • New laws to protect South Africa's endangered shellfish
    18 august 2003 14:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Environmental Affairs and Tourism minister Mohammed Valli Moosa on Monday released a draft policy on the allocation of fishing rights for abalone, a threatened marine species. Full text...

  • South Africa to join chase for toothfish poachers
    18 august 2003 09:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African navy supply vessel was Monday preparing to join a high sea chase for a Uruguayan ship suspected of poaching a rare fish in the south Atlantic Ocean. Full text...

  • Francophonie youths to convene in Cameroon 29 August
    14 august 2003 19:45:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Federation of Cameroonian Youth Associations (CAJC) and the Francophonie Inter-governmental Agency (AIF) has organised the first meeting of youths from Francophone countries on sustainable development 29 August in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Mauritius prepares for 2004 island-states conference
    14 august 2003 18:56:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Environment minister, Rajesh Bhagwan launched Thursday at Domaine Les Pailles, near Port Louis, the first consultations for island-states international conference scheduled here 30 August to 3 September to review the action programme adopted in Barbade in 1994 for the sustainable development of those states. Full text...

  • 700 families made homeless by fresh Sudan floods
    14 august 2003 08:32:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Some 700 families have been rendered homeless by floods from heavy rains in southern Sudan's Unity State, even as relief supplies poured into eastern Kassala State following the worst floods there in 70 years. Full text...

  • Guinea records bumper rainy season, says meteorologist
    13 august 2003 22:43:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea Conakry is recording an "excellent" rainfall this year, averaging a surplus of 46 percent, the National Meteorological Division revealed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Torrential rain ravages small southern Morocco town
    13 august 2003 22:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Torrential rain Tuesday inundated several houses in the Moroccan town of Tan-Tan (Sahara), the Meteorology department said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africans ponder source of Johannesburg's white dust
    13 august 2003 14:53:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African University is conducting tests on white dust that descended on Johannesburg last Monday night during a freak storm, to establish if it was blown from the Kalahari desert, hundreds of kilometres away. Full text...

  • Durban to host world conference on crucial environmental issues
    13 august 2003 14:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A world conference to examine crucial environmental issues has been slated for 8-17 September in Durban, South Africa, with some 2,500 delegates on roll. Full text...

  • UN agency warns about more flooding in Sudan
    13 august 2003 08:28:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Office of the UN Resident Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Sudan has warned of more flooding in Kassala, north-eastern Sudan, as water levels in the Gash River started rising again Monday. Full text...

  • Aid bodies seek 8 million dollars for Sudanese flood victims
    12 august 2003 08:46:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- UN bodies and other aid agencies in Sudan have appealed to the international community for 8. Full text...

  • Heat wave kills 5 million chickens in Morocco
    11 august 2003 19:46:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- About five million chickens have been destroyed by the heat wave that swept through Morocco in the past several days, "L'Economiste" newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Floods wreak havoc in southern Sudan
    11 august 2003 09:29:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Flash floods have devastated the Rubbkona and Bentiu localities of Unity State in Sudan's Western Upper Nile Region, the state-run commission for humanitarian aid announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Heavy rains kill three in Mauritania
    11 august 2003 09:20:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Heavy rains in several towns and villages southeast of Mauritania last Friday and Saturday left three people dead, injured several more and caused extensive damage to property, sources confirmed here Sunday. Full text...

  • Fire guts nearly 4,000 hectares of forests in Algeria
    10 august 2003 20:14:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 3,741 hectares of forests were devastated by fires in Algeria between early June and 8 August, according to the civil protection services. Full text...

  • World Bank supports work at Mozambican Dam
    08 august 2003 19:17:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The World Bank has granted Mozambique about four million US dollars to finance works on the Corumana dam, in the country's Moamba district, within the southern province of Maputo. Full text...

  • Kenya acts to tame perennial floods
    06 august 2003 21:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government in conjunction with her development partners will soon put in place stringent measures to control floods and famine that have brought hardship to thousands of people in the country's flood prone areas, state minister in the country's Vice Presidency, Linah Jebii Kilimo, said here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Official accuses foreigners of poaching Mozambican wildlife
    06 august 2003 17:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Malawian and Tanzanian poachers are harming wildlife in the natural reserve of Mozambique's northern province of Niassa, a local administration official has charged. Full text...

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