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  • Kenya looks to private sector in forestry conservation
    28 october 2003 15:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is facing constraints in its programme to restructure and upgrade its forest cover, said to be degrading at an alarming rate, a senior government official conceded Tuesday. Full text...

  • Severe drought hits northern Kenya
    27 october 2003 17:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A severe drought is ravaging parts of northern Kenya's arid and semi-arid district of Isiolo, leaving an estimated 8,000 herdsmen and their families in a catastrophic situation. Full text...

  • South Africans, New Zealanders explore River Nile on rafts
    23 october 2003 17:08:00
    Jinja- Uganda (PANA) -- A crew of rafters from South Africa and New Zealand is set to explore the entire course of the River Nile for the first time since British explorer John Speke claimed discovery of the river's source 142 years ago. Full text...

  • Uganda steps up tree planting campaign
    23 october 2003 10:25:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- It is now compulsory for adults in Uganda to plant trees during the annual national tree planting day, according to State Minister for Lands, Baguma Isoke. Full text...

  • Heavy rains wreak havoc in Akjoujt, Mauritania
    22 october 2003 12:51:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Torrential rains in the Mauritanian town of Akjoujt, 255 km northeast of Nouakchott caused extensive damage to houses, sources in the area reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa's West Coast rock lobster migrate east
    22 october 2003 08:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's West Coast rock lobster are moving east, marine scientists said here, citing global warming or a local cyclical phenomenon that occurs every few decades and disappears as possible causes. Full text...

  • Kenyan study reveals high level of lead in soil, vegetables
    21 october 2003 15:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A joint research conducted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya reveals high lead levels in urban areas in both soil and in vegetables, with the higher concentrations linked to lead contamination from motor vehicle fumes. Full text...

  • FAO warns on imminent locust invasion parts of Africa
    21 october 2003 09:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned of impending desert locust outbreaks in Mauritania, Niger, Sudan and surrounding areas saying the insects may be a threat to crops and plants in the region. Full text...

  • Gabon arrests three poachers for killing 20 animals
    20 october 2003 08:44:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon has arrested three poachers who killed 20 animals in the Louanga Natural Reserve in south of the country, reliable sources have said here. Full text...

  • 12 people killed in Algeria after heavy rains
    18 october 2003 13:25:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Torrential rain that fell in the last few days in Algeria has killed 12 people and considerable caused property damage, official sources said Saturday here. Full text...

  • Cameroonian PM blames poverty for deforestation in Africa
    17 october 2003 16:27:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian Prime Minister Peter Mafany Musonge has identified poverty as one of the major causes of deforestation in Africa. Full text...

  • African countries in race to phase out leaded fuel
    17 october 2003 08:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An international effort to phase lead out of petrol in Africa is gathering pace as more and more countries develop and implement action plans for switching to unleaded gasoline. Full text...

  • Moroccan, Britain organise seminar on marine pollution
    16 october 2003 21:25:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco and Britain would on 20 October jointly organise a seminar in Casablanca on problems encountered in the collection of waste in urban areas, and on marine pollution, the British embassy in Rabat indicated in a statement Thursday. Full text...

  • Pollution of Nairobi River riles environmentalist
    16 october 2003 20:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Clean Up the World (CUW) Campaign and Events manager Hannah Arbeid has denounced the scale of pollution in Nairobi River, insisting on the need to scale up clean-up exercises countrywide. Full text...

  • UNEP warns against destruction of marine ecosystem
    16 october 2003 13:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The destruction of ocean ecosystem was posing a serious risk to marine life in the world, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned in a new report released here Thursday. Full text...

  • SA minister condemns non-declaration of hazardous cargo
    15 october 2003 23:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa has strongly condemned the non-declaration of extremely hazardous chemicals on board Sea Elegance, a vessel that caught fire last weekend outside the Durban harbour. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean islands tackle invasive plants
    14 october 2003 21:51:00
    Victoria- Seychelles (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean islands have at a workshop jointly organised here by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the Seychelles ministry of Environment, indicated plans to gang up against invasive plants considered a threat to the region's biodiversity. Full text...

  • First animals arrive in South African game reserve
    14 october 2003 14:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The first animals to be relocated to South Africa's Usuthu Gorge Community Conservation Area have arrived in the northern Zululand park. Full text...

  • Experts record freshwater fish species in Seychelles
    14 october 2003 12:34:00
    Victoria- Seychelles (PANA) -- Four French experts are in Seychelles to do an inventory of the species of freshwater fish and shellfish in the archipelago, the Seychelles environment ministry affirmed. Full text...

  • DR Congo moves to reform water sector
    13 october 2003 23:45:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The national water corporation in DR Congo (Regideso) has announced a three-day seminar starting next Wednesday on institutional reforms envisaged for the water sector in partnership with the World Bank. Full text...

  • Gabonese wildlife authorities reintegrate gorilla orphans
    13 october 2003 21:05:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Some 24 orphaned gorilla babies, including 7 from Howlets National Park in England have been successfully reintegrated in the Batéké Plateaux national park, 837 km southeast of Libreville, Wildlife director-general Adrien Noungou, disclosed here at the weekend. Full text...

  • African countries meet to harmonise forestry policies
    13 october 2003 16:40:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The second conference of African ministers in charge of the implementation of the African Forestry Law Enforcement and Governance (AFELG) opened Monday in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital. Full text...

  • Southern Africa urged to phase out leaded gasoline
    13 october 2003 15:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An official of South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has called on the countries of the southern Africa region to adopt a coordinated approach to phasing out leaded gasoline by 2006. Full text...

  • South Africa releases abalone poaching policy
    13 october 2003 12:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has released a final policy on the allocation of commercial abalone fishing rights. Full text...

  • Kenya lacks irrigation, drainage policy
    13 october 2003 10:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An official in the Kenyan ministry of Water Resources Management and Development has deplored the absence of a coherent irrigation and drainage policy, saying it constitutes a major setback to the development of a sustainable irrigation sub-sector. Full text...

  • African judges decry lack of environmental justice
    11 october 2003 20:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Senior African judges on Saturday deplored the slow progress in setting up and implementing structures needed to fully implement environmental justice in the continent. Full text...

  • EU hands over conservation projects in Kenya's Malindi
    11 october 2003 16:16:00
    Malindi- Kenya (PANA) -- European Union's head of delegation in Kenya Gary Quince on Saturday officially handed over two rehabilitated conservation projects to officials of the Indian Ocean coastal district of Malindi. Full text...

  • France to help boost security around Lake Victoria
    10 october 2003 12:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- France is ready to contribute resources towards boosting patrols on Lake Victoria to enhance security there, French Ambassador Pierre Jacquemont affirmed here Friday after a visit to the area. Full text...

  • Gambia gets IMO grant for environment project
    09 october 2003 21:27:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia Thursday received a grant of 80,000 US dollars from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for the financing of Banjul Port Environmental Protection and Pollution Abatement Project. Full text...

  • S. Africa's controversial land squabble settled
    09 october 2003 14:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The two-year controversy over the Mabaso Community Game Reserve in northern Zululand, South Africa, was finally settled this week. Full text...

  • S. Africa increases fines for poaching abalone
    09 october 2003 13:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Abalone poaching will now cost offenders up to 120,000 US dollars after South African Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Mohammed Valli Moosa increased fines on Wednesday in efforts to stop the malpractice. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou hosts international meetings on water management
    08 october 2003 16:31:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Ouagadougou will between 27 and 31 October host a meeting of the steering committee of the African Ministerial Conference on Water (AMCOW) and the West African Conference on actions plans for Integrated Water Resources Development (COA/GIRE), sources hinted here Wednesday. Full text...

  • France funds Kenya water and sanitation project
    08 october 2003 13:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The French government has donated more than 200,000 US dollars to the Kenyan town of Kisumu for feasibility studies on water and sanitation in the municipality, and 70,000 dollars for the rehabilitation of orphaned and street children there. Full text...

  • Shell refinery spills degenerate into dispute
    07 october 2003 14:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Dutch oil giant Shell has been summoned by two Friends of the Earth groups to immediately start replacing old pipelines around its refinery in Durban, South Africa, where major new spills occurred in past days. Full text...

  • Riparian communities suffer pollution in Swaziland
    06 october 2003 17:06:00
    Nhlambeni- Swaziland (PANA) -- As the Swazi government continues to relent on enforcing environmental laws, pollution in Swaziland's Lusushwana River have begun to severely affect riparian communities and aquatic plants and animals living in the river. Full text...

  • Annan blames urban poverty on wrong policies
    06 october 2003 15:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Anan blamed rising urban poverty Monday on wrong policies backed by donors, international organizations and governments, saying too much emphasis was being put on fighting poverty in the rural areas. Full text...

  • Cape Town clerics bless animals
    06 october 2003 13:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Religious leaders in Cape Town marked the International Animal Week with the Cape of Good Hope Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Sunday, with hundreds of pets and their owners converging for a blessing. Full text...

  • Kenya may import timber from Southern Africa
    06 october 2003 12:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior Kenya government official said tht the country may soon be forced to import timber from Tanzania, Rwanda and South Africa if the current wanton destruction of forests in the country was not curbed. Full text...

  • South African minister lashes out at lobster poachers
    06 october 2003 11:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, has lashed out at the fishing industry after 16 west coast rock lobster vessels were alleged to have fished outside of the permitted catching area this weekend. Full text...

  • 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...

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