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  • Drought threatens biodiversity at South Africa's Heritage Site
    18 december 2003 09:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The ecosystem of South Africa's Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, is seriously threatened by lingering drought, according to Park officials. Full text...

  • Cape Verde lands 5 million Euro funding from Holland
    17 december 2003 23:49:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Netherlands has granted five million Euro to finance environmental projects in Cape Verde, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Douala hosts sub-regional confab on environment
    17 december 2003 16:14:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- A sub-regional conference on the role of the civil society in Africa's nature preservation is convening here under the aegis of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Canadian Agency for International Development (CAID). Full text...

  • Journalist advocates use of worn tyres to build schools
    17 december 2003 07:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A revolutionary building technique using worn tyres filled with clay loam could increase in record time the number of classrooms in Africa, Senegalese journalist Abdou Rahmane Cisse affirmed here, at the launch of an international campaign on compulsory education in Africa. Full text...

  • Algiers conference calls for environmental partnership
    16 december 2003 19:20:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Delegates to the conference on the environmental initiative of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) have pledged to "build a strong partnership for the implementation of the action plan on the initiative based on a shared vision", says the gathering's draft declaration. Full text...

  • Natural disasters cost $60 billion globally
    15 december 2003 15:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Natural disasters, the lion's share of which were weather-related catastrophes, cost the world over US$60 billion in 2003, up from around US$55 billion the year before, the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • Kenyan health sector acts on environmental catastrophe
    15 december 2003 10:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's public health officials Monday gave the Eastern Province town of Embu two weeks to stop discharging raw sewerage into the town's water sources and throwing garbage into open spaces. Full text...

  • Algiers hosts conference on African environment projects
    14 december 2003 15:53:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 1,200 delegates are attending a two day African conference on partnership under the environment component of the new Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), which opened here Sunday. Full text...

  • Kyoto protocol receives support from several countries
    12 december 2003 23:15:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- The 9th Conference of Parties to the UN convention on climatic changes ended here Friday with several states reaffirming their commitment to the Kyoto protocol on the reduction of greenhouse gases. Full text...

  • Global drinking water resources decline
    12 december 2003 21:34:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- Global drinking water resources will gradually diminish in the coming years if steps were not taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Worldwide Fund (WWF) warned in a report at the 9th conference of parties on climatic changes, which ended here Friday. Full text...

  • Climate conference reaches compromise on funds the South
    12 december 2003 20:28:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- The 9th conference of parties to the UN framework convention on climate change ended here Friday with a compromise on modalities raising funds for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and for the Special Fund on Climate Change established in 2001 in Marrakech (Morocco). Full text...

  • Africa forges partnerships to achieve water targets
    12 december 2003 13:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Agreeing that the water crisis in Africa was a crisis of governance, the Pan-African Implementation and Partnership Conference on Water (PANAFCON) ended here Friday after endorsing the first consolidated portfolio of key initiatives to be implemented across the continent. Full text...

  • Civil societies against abuse of Africa's resources
    12 december 2003 11:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Civil societies throughout Africa should set up pressure groups to monitor proper utilisation of scarce common resources, the African Civil Society Consultation on Water has recommended. Full text...

  • African women voice concern on water resource management
    12 december 2003 11:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- For Africa to make an effective move out of its present water crisis, policy makers have to look back and redress the injustice done against women, the Pan- African Implementation and Partnership Conference on Water (PANAFCON) underway here has been advised. Full text...

  • Malawian to head regional water body for Africa
    12 december 2003 09:05:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian Bruce Munthali has been elected as Africa's Regional Director for International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (IRCSA), a body that aims at promoting rainwater harvesting in all continents. Full text...

  • Fresh water shortage causes social tensions in Africa
    12 december 2003 08:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Fresh water shortage has severely impacted on the water situation for people, causing social tensions including the migration of people from drought-stricken areas like the Lake Chad basin, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report launched here. Full text...

  • Africa for respect of technology transfer promises
    11 december 2003 22:19:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- Several African ministers and heads of delegation on Thursday in Milan called on their developed partners to respect the transfer of technology commitments contained in the UN framework convention on climate change. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches 'Operation Clean Beach'
    11 december 2003 19:25:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The authorities in Mauritius would this weekend launch a campaign in Flic-en-Flac to sensitise the public on the need to keep the country's beaches clean, official sources indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Climate change killed 150,000 in 2000, says WHO
    11 december 2003 17:05:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- Climate change caused 150,000 deaths worldwide in 2000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Thursday. Full text...

  • MDGs not achievable without adequate water supply, says Meles
    11 december 2003 13:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa cannot improve the livelihood of its people and achieve the Millennium Development Goals without providing adequate drinking water and sanitation, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi stated here Thursday. Full text...

  • Water management remains top challenge for Africa
    11 december 2003 11:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Integrated and sustainable management of water would remain a priority challenge for Africa, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director Shafqat Kakhakel said Thursday. Full text...

  • WB welcomes establishment of African Water Facility
    11 december 2003 10:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Bank (WB) has welcomed the creation of the African Water Facility saying the facility can pave the way for substantive future investments in the sector. Full text...

  • Senegalese official upbeat about benefits of Kyoto protocol
    11 december 2003 09:15:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- Africa is keenly yearning for the Kyoto protocol on the reduction of greenhouse gases to quickly come into force, as the document spells out measures to fight climate changes on the continent, Senegalese environment minister, Modou Diagne Fada said here. Full text...

  • Italy urges Russia, US to ratify Kyoto protocol
    10 december 2003 23:53:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- At the 9th UN conference on climate change underway here, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has appealed to Russia, the US and Australia to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on the reduction of greenhouse gases, adopted in 1997. Full text...

  • DR Congo to ratify Kyoto Protocol
    10 december 2003 21:33:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- DR Congo, which is still recovering from the effects of a civil war, will soon ratify the Kyoto Protocol on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, said Tunguni Dia Mansoni Jacques, the country's delegate to the ongoing 9th conference in Milan, Italy, of parties to the Protocol. Full text...

  • Annan urges Russia to ratify Kyoto Protocol
    10 december 2003 20:46:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Wednesday urged Russia to ratify the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Full text...

  • CILSS summit goes to Nouakchott in January
    10 december 2003 10:58:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A heads of state summit of the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) is slated for January 2004 in Mauritania, CILSS executive secretary Moussa M'Bengue has announced. Full text...

  • Flood: MPs criticise Mozambican govt over victims' neglect
    09 december 2003 18:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- More than two years after the 2001 Zambezi valley floods in Mozambique, some of the victims are still living in miserable conditions in resettlement centres, according to the Parliamentary Social Affairs Commission. Full text...

  • Botswana hosts a fifth of elephants in Africa
    09 december 2003 18:25:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana hosts between a fifth and a quarter of all elephants in Africa, the continent's largest herd. Full text...

  • WMO: Africa's water monitoring stations in poor state
    09 december 2003 14:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Although there exist more than 40,000 water resources monitoring stations in Africa, knowledge of the availability of groundwater in some parts of the continent is not adequate to permit a quantitative appraisal of the resource. Full text...

  • Africa's water resource needs proper valuation
    09 december 2003 12:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- It is seemingly absurd that large areas of Africa experiencing intermittent droughts and floods also face the implications of inefficient water management. Full text...

  • Experts express pessimism about Milan conference
    08 december 2003 22:24:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- Several experts said Monday they did not expect much from the ninth Conference on climatic changes underway here, especially after Russia indicated earlier last week that it does not intend to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas reduction, in its present form. Full text...

  • West pledges aid to developing countries on climatic change
    08 december 2003 21:20:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- At the 9th conference of parties to the UN Convention on Climatic Changes here, several western countries have pledged annual assistance to developing countries totalling 410 million dollars starting 2005. Full text...

  • Tropical depression located over northern Mauritius
    08 december 2003 18:58:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A tropical depression nicknamed "Cela" was located Monday morning at around 13. Full text...

  • Poor water management in Africa undercuts development
    08 december 2003 13:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Though an increasing number of African countries were striving towards economic recovery and sustainable development, their efforts could be in peril if Africa fails to manage its water resource efficiently and equitable, a senior United Nations official warned here Monday. Full text...

  • Conference seeks inroads in Africa's water management
    08 december 2003 11:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa's first high-level gathering to focus entirely on implementation of the regional water agenda opened here Monday confronted with the probability of future conflicts on the continent evolving around access to water. Full text...

  • Kyoto Protocol seriously under threat after Russia's refusal
    07 december 2003 19:50:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- The application of the Kyoto Protocol on the reduction of greenhouse gases seem to be compromised after the refusal of Russia to ratify the treaty, though the country is the only hope left for adoption after the United States' refusal to do so, observers said here. Full text...

  • EU pledges $390m to developing nations for climate change
    07 december 2003 18:41:00
    Milan- Italy (PANA) -- Fifteen member states of the European Union (EU) have agreed to grant developing nations 390 million US dollars yearly, starting from 2005, to help them fight the effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Dutch group to train East African wetlands managers
    06 december 2003 11:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- RIZA Rijkswaterstaat, a Netherlands-based wetlands advisory training centre, has announced plans to fund an East African wetland management course at a cost 4. Full text...

  • New national park for South Africa
    05 december 2003 12:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa plans to create a new 34,000-hectare national park by amalgamating The Golden Gate National Park and the adjoining provincial Qwa Qwa Park. Full text...

  • Benin adopts plan to effect convention on pollutants
    05 december 2003 11:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has adopted a national plan to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), official sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • Mozambique to list obsolete pesticides
    03 december 2003 22:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- An inventory of the obsolete pesticides begins in Mozambique in January as a first stage to implement government regulations on these products. Full text...

  • Ghana loses US$24 million yearly to bush fires
    03 december 2003 20:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana loses about 24 million US dollars annually as a result of bush fires, according to Lands and Forestry Minister Dominic Fobih. Full text...

  • World Bank urged to stop investing in harmful oil projects
    03 december 2003 17:36:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A study on oil and mining projects financed by the World Bank in developing countries has recommended that the bank stop investing in these sectors, because of their harmful impact on the environment and people, a French NGO said in Paris. Full text...

  • Rainstorm destroys over 100 houses in Malawi
    03 december 2003 15:01:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Amid Malawi's annual rain season, a violent rainstorm has destroyed 110 houses and other property in country's southern districts of Machinga and Zomba. Full text...

  • Kyoto Protocol yet to come in force, as new negotiations begin
    02 december 2003 10:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Kyoto Protocol on the reduction of greenhouse gas is still to come into force even as the 9th Conference of the member states of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Changes (UNFCCC) got underway Monday in Milan, Italy. Full text...

  • Preservation group raises $350,000 to save apes
    30 november 2003 19:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Project for the Protection of Apes (GRASP) said it has raised US$350,000 and announced 50 urgent measures to preserve the species. Full text...

  • African MPs push for better humid zone management
    29 november 2003 19:32:00
    Cotonou- Benign (PANA) -- Parliamentarians from several West and Central African countries pledged Saturday to work at fostering a sounder management of humid zones in the region. Full text...

  • Western Cape towns get $300,000 environmental award
    28 november 2003 14:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town and Overstrand municipalities in the Western Cape province were pride winners Friday of South Africa's Cleanest Town Competition, bagging US$300,000 in prizes. Full text...

  • SADC Ministers meet in Maputo on water resources management
    27 november 2003 21:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Africa urgently needs a strategy for hydraulic infrastructure to harness its water resources and combat drought and floods, Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi said Thursday. Full text...

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