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  • Bamako declares war on city rats
    04 october 2003 11:17:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Bamako has declared war on the city's rats, an act that has killed 47,320 rodents, the Malian environment Ministry has said. Full text...

  • Cameroon publishes legal guide on forestry
    03 october 2003 19:44:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroon government has published a "Legal Guide to Forestry Management in Cameroon," a 150-page bilingual (French and English) document written with the support of British aid. Full text...

  • Beasts threaten livestock in northern Kenya's Isiolo
    03 october 2003 13:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Wild animals have killed livestock worth one million Kenya shillings in the northern semi-arid district of Isiolo over the past week. Full text...

  • African First Ladies to partake in Kaunda's housing project
    03 october 2003 13:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- First Ladies from Botswana, Nigeria and Zambia will participate next Monday in the Kenneth Kaunda Work Project that aims at building 20 cheap houses for the poor in Lusaka in five days. Full text...

  • UN-Habitat sounds alarm over plight of slum dwellers
    03 october 2003 13:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ahead of the observance of World Habitat Day next Monday, the UN is urging the international community to help raise awareness about the one billion poor people living under the most appalling conditions in slums and squatter settlements that surround many cities and towns throughout the world. Full text...

  • Malagasy wage war on invading rats
    03 october 2003 08:09:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The people of Madagascar's central regions of Moramanga and Morarano are up in arms against a dangerous rats species currently invading their areas. Full text...

  • Gambia launches major anti-erosion project
    02 october 2003 21:08:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian government Thursday launched a 300-million-US-dollar donor-funded environment project to fight sea erosion threatening the country's coast lines, including its capital of Banjul. Full text...

  • Mozambican governor caught in bush fire
    02 october 2003 19:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The governor of Mozambique's central province of Sofala, Felicio Zacarias, and his entourage were surrounded by fire for several hours Wednesday during a visit to Gravata, in Maringue district, the national news agency, AIM reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Reunion's Piton de la Fournaise volcano erupts again
    01 october 2003 20:45:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion's Piton de la Fournaise volcano, reputed to be one of the world's most active, erupted late on Tuesday for the sixth time this year, the country's Volcano Observatory said. Full text...

  • Mysterious deaths stalk livestock in Kenyan community
    29 september 2003 15:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A nomadic community, in northern Kenya's arid wastelands district of Marsabit facing economic doldrums due to a mysterious livestock disease that has killed thousands of their animals. Full text...

  • Could this stove be the answer to Malawi's deforestation?
    28 september 2003 12:23:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi is losing at least 50,000 hectares of forest cover every year mainly due to wanton cutting down of trees for fuel in homes and the tobacco industry. Full text...

  • Expert wants Gulf of Guinea resources protected
    27 september 2003 18:36:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A Gabonese maritime expert has called for the creation of a joint management of fish and oil resources of West and Central African marine and coastal areas to protect them against over-exploitation and pollution. Full text...

  • DR Congo's Mount Nyiragongo emits foul-smelling gases
    27 september 2003 14:14:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Mount Nyiragongo, which spewed lava that destroyed part of Goma town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on 17 January 2002, emitted foul-smelling gases throughout Friday. Full text...

  • S.African Environment Dept seizes 6 vessels for illegal fishing
    26 september 2003 16:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Friday seized six fishing vessels for allegedly catching West Coast rock lobsters in breech of their licence. Full text...

  • Heavy downpour kills three in Tunisia
    25 september 2003 22:06:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Three persons have died and several others injured by two days of floods in the Tunisian capital and surrounding areas, official sources confirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Reunion destroys troubled cargo ship off its coast
    23 september 2003 07:50:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion Prefect Gonthier Friederici Monday ordered the "destruction by immersion" off the island's coast of a Cypriot-registered bulk cargo carrier transporting 21,000 tonnes of iron bars. Full text...

  • SADC's response to air pollution inadequate
    22 september 2003 21:25:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries have been responding quite inadequately to the growing problems of air pollution, Mozambique's environment minister John Kachamila warned in Maputo on Monday. Full text...

  • Fires destroy half of Mozambique's Gorongosa Park
    22 september 2003 19:42:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Bush fires believed to have been started by poachers have destroyed about half of the 3,770 square kilometres of the Gorongosa National Park, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, reports Monday's issue of the Maputo daily paper "Noticias". Full text...

  • Algiers hosts meeting on sustainable urban development
    22 september 2003 14:13:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A workshop on sustainable urban development is underway here to mark the launch of a cooperation programme between the district of Algiers and the Canadian government's Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI). Full text...

  • Chad basin development authority suffers neglect
    22 september 2003 11:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Chad Basin Development Authority in Nigeria, jointly set up by Nigeria and four other African countries, has become a shadow of its former self, with farming families in the area reduced from 10,000 to 1,000 because of the poor state of facilities and decreased water level, officials of the authority said at the weekend. Full text...

  • Five African states to clean up obsolete pesticides
    19 september 2003 16:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Ethiopia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Tunisia will destroy an estimated 50,000 tons of obsolete stockpiles of pesticides in the first phase of a major drive by the continent, the NEPAD secretariat announced here. Full text...

  • Record rainfall paralyses traffic in Tunis
    18 september 2003 18:40:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunis recorded a rainfall of up to 220 mm Wednesday night in what officials conceded was the heaviest downpour in 20 years. Full text...

  • Violent winds threaten West Africa
    17 september 2003 21:40:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Thunderstorms would occur in southern Chad, southern Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, central and southern Mali and northern Senegal up to 22 September, the Niger- based African Centre for Meteorology Applied to Development (ACMAD) announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius to ban CFC from 2005
    17 september 2003 19:46:00
    Port-Louis- Maurice (PANA) -- Mauritius will ban ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons or CFC from 2005, five years before the deadline set for developing countries, Environment Minister Rajesh Bhagwan said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Congress on Congo basin billed for Canada
    17 september 2003 18:10:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- An international forestry congress devoted to the enhancement of the Congo basin forested massifs convenes 21-28 September in Montreal, Canada, official sources have said here. Full text...

  • World Parks Congress adopts more conservation strategies
    17 september 2003 15:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The 5th World Parks Congress ended Wednesday with policymakers, conservationists and environment ministers adopting the Durban Accord comprising strategies for preserving protected areas around the world. Full text...

  • Court fines Japanese for poaching rare South African plants
    17 september 2003 14:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A Japanese national has been fined 75,000 rand by the Regional Court in Oudtshoorn near here for illegal possession of 564 rare Haworthia plants. Full text...

  • African fund assists Burkina Faso's water supply
    17 september 2003 12:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Burkina Faso has obtained a loan of 15 million Units of Account (UA), or US$21. Full text...

  • Cameroon to host regional forestry headquarters
    16 september 2003 17:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon has agreed to host the Conference of Central African Forest Ministers (COMIFAC) secretariat following the signing of a headquarters agreement between the government and COMIFAC. Full text...

  • Freak rainstorm in Malawi leaves Dutch volunteer missing
    16 september 2003 15:04:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- An army helicopter was Tuesday deployed to Malawi's southern district of Mulanje to join a search team for a 30-year-old Dutch volunteer nurse who has been missing since Saturday in Mulanje Mountain where she went hiking. Full text...

  • WHO, UNEP keen on health dangers from ozone depletion
    16 september 2003 11:54:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The UN health and environmental bodies Tuesday launched a set of new educational materials in an effort to protect children from the risks of developing malignant and non-malignant skin cancers, cataracts and other UV-caused conditions which causes an estimated 66,000 deaths annually. Full text...

  • Earthlife Africa tackles South African nuclear giant
    16 september 2003 10:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Earthlife Africa has lodged an application with the High Court in Cape Town asking it to review and set aside the environmental impact assessment (EIA) authorization granted to Eskom to build a demonstration module Pebble Bed Modular Reactor at Koeberg north of here. Full text...

  • Kenya ponders long-term flood control plan
    15 september 2003 16:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's National disaster management committee is working on a long-term plan to find a lasting solution to perennial flood problems in some parts of the country, a Red Cross official said in Nairobi Monday. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana to attend World Parks Congress
    15 september 2003 14:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana arrives in Durban on Tuesday to attend the 5th World Parks Congress. Full text...

  • Prehistoric discoveries in Gabon's Lopé reserve
    15 september 2003 14:35:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Several prehistoric sites (cut stones, rupestrian art, furnaces) in central Gabon's Lope reserve indicate that there was very early human settlement in the area, according to researchers working under the Conservation and Rational use of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (ECOFAC). Full text...

  • ADB to finance water harnessing study in Niger
    15 september 2003 12:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) --African Development Fund (ADF) board of directors have approved a grant of 0. Full text...

  • Beached American owned vessel salvaged in Cape Town
    15 september 2003 09:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The American owned Sealand Express ship which ran aground in Cape Town last month has been brought into harbour after being refloated over the weekend. Full text...

  • Kenya commissions oil disposal plant at Mombasa port
    13 september 2003 12:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan shipping authorities and stakeholders in the marine industry have commissioned an oil waste discharge plant in the country's main seaport of Mombasa to reclaim and recycle petroleum by-products. Full text...

  • Kenya ups patrol to curb poaching, forest degradation
    13 september 2003 11:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan forestry authorities Saturday announced heightened patrols of the Mount Kenya forest to curb an "alarming rate" of poaching and degradation of the flora and fauna of the forest by unscrupulous persons. Full text...

  • DR Congo warns airlines over export of protected species
    10 september 2003 22:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese environment ministry has instructed air transport companies to refrain from ferrying protected animal species, particularly parrots, okapi, bonobos monkeys, zebras, white rhinoceros and hippopotamus. Full text...

  • Mauritania appointed to UN desert control body
    10 september 2003 15:35:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania has been appointed to lead a subsidiary organ for the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Environment and Rural Development Minister Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Valili Abidine has said. Full text...

  • World Bank to increase environmental lending
    10 september 2003 14:03:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Bank is to increase its environmental lending to 1. Full text...

  • Durban congress focuses on nature reserves
    10 september 2003 13:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The plenary sessions at the World Parks Congress in Durban focused Tuesday on the community and protected areas, as well as how nature reserves are "Working at Scale". Full text...

  • Kaduna flood victims get relief supplies
    10 september 2003 11:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has sent relief materials to victims of this week's massive flooding in the northern city of Kaduna, which officially killed two people. Full text...

  • Nigeria reviews implementation of ozone protocol
    09 september 2003 16:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Manufacturers in Nigeria converged on the commercial city of Lagos Tuesday to review the implementation of the Montreal Protocol on the ozone layer, to which Nigeria is a signatory. Full text...

  • Protected areas worldwide reach 100,000
    09 september 2003 14:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- More than 100,000 protected areas have been established across the world, according to a report released Tuesday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) at the 5th World Park Congress underway in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Durban Congress to draw from Madagascar's experience
    09 september 2003 14:11:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- At the invitation of the World Conservation Union (UICN), President Marc Ravalomanana is to brief the 5th World Congress on Parks holding in Durban, on Madagascar's experience in environment protection. Full text...

  • Safe management of South African wildlife on a tightrope
    09 september 2003 11:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The safe management of South African wildlife balances on a tightrope, as the country's newest environmental legislation - the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Bills - fails to rein in those in charge of managing the nation's fragile ecology and wilderness areas. Full text...

  • Mbeki says natural resources, biodiversity a priceless heritage
    09 september 2003 10:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Natural resources and biological diversity are a priceless heritage the world can ill afford to lose, President Thabo Mbeki has said. Full text...

  • Flood displaces thousands in Nigerian northern city
    08 september 2003 19:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A relentless downpour in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna has displaced thousands of people and submerged hundreds of houses, according to Nigerian Red Cross officials. Full text...

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