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  • 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...

  • Nairobi-based research institute understudies poor breeders
    08 september 2003 16:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) says it has completed a global study to identify significant populations of poor livestock keepers in the world, and to make an assessment of how these are likely to change over the next 30-50 years. Full text...

  • World Bank to support nature tourism in Africa
    08 september 2003 13:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Bank and the Development Bank of Southern Africa have pledged continued support for countries, institutions and communities seeking a balanced approach to sustainable nature tourism development, according to a joint report by the two banks. Full text...

  • World Parks Congress gets underway in Durban
    08 september 2003 11:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The future of the world's parks, nature reserves and other protected areas was under the spotlight on Monday with the opening of the fifth World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Chad draws anti-oil production pollution plan
    07 september 2003 10:48:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chadian authorities have drawn a national plan to deal with the accidental spillage of hydrocarbons during oil exploitation, which started 15 July 2003. Full text...

  • Benin moves to preserve red-bellied monkey
    06 september 2003 18:11:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has initiated a plan to preserve the red-bellied monkey 'Cercopithecus erythogaster,' official sources hinted here. Full text...

  • Chissano, WWF chief hold discussions in Maputo
    06 september 2003 17:57:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has pledged continued support for efforts in Mozambique to protect the southern African country's biodiversity. Full text...

  • South African elephants transferred to Limpopo park
    05 september 2003 16:04:00
    Massingir- Mozambique (PANA) -- The arrival of seven elephants on Thursday concluded the second phase of the transfer of animals from South Africa's Kruger Park to the Limpopo National Park (PNL) in Mozambique. Full text...

  • Toothfish poachers escorted to Cape Town
    05 september 2003 14:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and Australia on Friday celebrated a dramatic joint operation when their ships sailed into Cape Town after a 21-day high seas chase which resulted in the capture of a Uruguayan boast suspected of poaching millions of rands worth of Patagonian Toothfish. Full text...

  • Uruguayan Toothfish poachers escorted to Cape Town
    05 september 2003 14:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and Australia on Friday celebrated a dramatic joint operation when their ships sailed into Cape Town after a 21 day high seas chase which resulted in the capture of a Uruguayan boast suspected of poaching millions of rands worth of Patagonian Toothfish. Full text...

  • Floods kill four Sudanese refugees in Uganda
    05 september 2003 12:56:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Four Sudanese refugees and 60 domestic animals were killed when floods from a seasonal river swept through their settlement in north-western Uganda's Arua district. Full text...

  • EAC extends regional environmental project
    04 september 2003 22:19:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The East African Community (EAC) announced Thursday it had extended a regional project to reverse the deterioration of Lake Victoria, which continues to choke under increasing human activity. Full text...

  • Authorities seize 282 parrots at Kinshasa airport
    04 september 2003 19:39:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The authorities at Kinshasa-Ndjili international airport seized 282 parrots Thursday bound for export. Full text...

  • US supports South Africa's arbour week with 14,000 trees
    04 september 2003 11:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The US government has contributed 14,000 trees in support of South Africa's national arbour week that began 1 September. Full text...

  • 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...

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