Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) – The Kingdom of Lesotho has signed an agreement with an African Union (AU) specialized agency, mandated to address persistent climate risks and scale up national disaster risk management and financing efforts, the African Risk Capacity (ARC) said on Friday. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed between the [...]
©- - 23 october 2020 - 20:21:29 - thread Environment (537 words)


Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - The Cape Verdean government Wednesday declared "an emergency access to water" until October 2020 throughout the country due to drought accumulated in recent years , an official source told PANA here. The situation will cause temporary water supply restrictions during this period, the source said. This decision, [...]
©- - 08 january 2020 - 23:53:23 - thread Environment (480 words)


Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - Devastating drought in the southern African nation of Lesotho has left more than half a million people facing severe food shortages and tens of thousands “one step away from famine”, UN humanitarians said on Friday, in an appeal for funds.  The $34 million flash appeal will support more [...]
©- - 20 december 2019 - 18:57:20 - thread Environment (547 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – A weather expert with Botswana Department of Meteorological Services (DMS) has allayed fears of another dry season after the recent  drought affected most parts of the country, killing both domestic and wild animals. Esther Verana Jansen said on Tuesday that weather observations from October until now show [...]
©- - 17 december 2019 - 18:35:16 - thread Environment (256 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has said that his government dug 18 boreholes for wildlife in a bid to address the ongoing regional challenge of drought. Addressing a consultative meeting in Mogoditsane in the outskirts of the capital, Gaborone, on Monday, President Masisi said he was in constant [...]
©- - 21 october 2019 - 15:01:29 - thread Environment (188 words)


New Delhi, India (PANA) – The 14th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP14) of the UN Convention for Combating Desertification (UNCCD) ended in New Delhi on Friday on a highly successful note, with a major breakthrough to make the Sustainable Development Goal target of achieving land degradation neutrality by [...]
©- - 13 september 2019 - 11:03:54 - thread Environment (560 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's head of state, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, has stressed the urgent need to promote a new ecological balance in the Sahel and West Africa.   "There is an urgent need to promote a new ecological balance in the Sahel and West Africa, including coordination [...]
©- - 12 september 2019 - 11:32:00 - thread Environment (459 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana experienced low rains in the 2018/19  season which has led the semi-arid land- locked country to feel the early than always pinches of drought in 2019. The effects of climate change have brought water stress in Maun region and the scarceness of water is causing human [...]
©- - 24 august 2019 - 15:20:57 - thread Environment (276 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkina Faso President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, on Saturday launched a tree planting campaign in the regional grove of the Central East, the Presidency announced in a statement. By putting the plants in this grove, President Kaboré has officially launched the reforestation campaign, edition 2019. [...]
©- - 10 august 2019 - 14:00:34 - thread Environment (138 words)


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, will Saturday preside over the launching ceremony of the first edition of National Tree Day (JNA), marking the beginning of the 2019 nation's reforestation campaign.   The event will take place in Tenkodogo, in the Central East region.    The [...]
©- - 09 august 2019 - 18:25:45 - thread Environment (197 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Drought in the Horn of Africa has left about 11.7 million people severely food insecure and over 785,000 children severely malnourished in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Friday. In a snapshot for June [...]
©- - 21 june 2019 - 12:39:58 - thread Environment (254 words)


Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) — Aid agencies have launched a Drought Response Plan for Somalia, seeking US$710 million for urgent and sustained resources to avert a major crisis, the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday.   The UN and other agencies require the US$710 million to provide critical, life-saving assistance [...]
©- - 20 may 2019 - 19:39:49 - thread Environment (469 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - To strengthen resilience in the Horn of Africa against natural hazards like drought, which can lead to cattle losses and increased food insecurity, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting pastoralists in northeastern Kenya’s Mandera County to grow pasture for livestock, a UN [...]
©- - 21 november 2018 - 22:25:15 - thread Environment (474 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Although heavy winter rains have brought some relief to drought-stricken Cape Town, famous salvage expert Nick Sloane is pressing ahead with his plan to “capture” an iceberg and drag it to South Africa. Sloane and his team are planning to identify a floating iceberg [...]
©- - 13 july 2018 - 13:10:39 - thread Environment (320 words)


Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for a fundamental shift in the way drought is perceived and managed in the Near East and North Africa region. The UN food agency said in a new report issued on Friday that a more pro-active approach [...]
©- - 15 june 2018 - 11:03:54 - thread Environment (647 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Minister of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Zweli Mkhize, on Tuesday declared that the drought that has gripped the country has been declared a national disaster. The move triggers the release of US$600 million for Western Cape, Northern Cape and [...]
©- - 13 march 2018 - 11:38:14 - thread Environment (240 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Cape Town, which has experienced a major drought on Wednesday, received a welcome reprieve with news that its taps will not run dry this year. Just two months ago, residents were told that due to the worst drought the city had seen in over 100 [...]
©- - 07 march 2018 - 13:45:18 - thread Environment (286 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – In the aftermath severe rainfall deficits recorded by the end of January 2018 across the Southern African region, countries are undertaking assessments to ascertain the impact, which is expected to be significant, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said [...]
©- - 27 february 2018 - 19:49:55 - thread Environment (426 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape, which is facing its worst drought in history, has called on President Jacob Zuma to declare a national disaster if the city of Cape Town runs out of water. Current projections are that taps in the port city will run dry on [...]
©- - 24 january 2018 - 08:09:52 - thread Environment (188 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Southern Africa continues to recover from the disastrous 2015/2016 El Niño-induced drought, which by January 2017 affected about 41 million people across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday. In its Humanitarian [...]
©- - 27 november 2017 - 17:01:56 - thread Environment (312 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in Kenya have appealed for US$106 million to scale-up their response to the most urgent needs resulting from the egregious effects of the drought in northern Kenya. “We as the UN family and the humanitarian community stand with the Government [...]
©- - 08 september 2017 - 06:05:20 - thread Environment (303 words)


Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – In the wake of a severe drought in Somalia that has displaced more than 800,000 people, the United Nations migration and development entities are helping the Horn of Africa country enhance its national drought response capacity. As part of such efforts, the Government, the International Organization for [...]
©- - 05 august 2017 - 09:41:08 - thread Environment (326 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - An estimated 761,000 Somalis have been internally displaced by drought between November 2016 and June 2017, with more than 22,000 displacements recorded between 1 and 23 June this year, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Regional Office for Southern and Eastern Africa [...]
©- - 04 july 2017 - 12:29:20 - thread Environment (438 words)


Rome, Italy (PANA) - Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to facing situations of extreme drought, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on Monday. "Saving livelihoods means saving lives - this is what building resilience is all about," he said [...]
©- - 19 june 2017 - 12:04:50 - thread Environment (749 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is appealing to the international community for USS60 million to help displaced people and the communities hosting them in four of the worst affected countries in East Africa and the Horn of Africa. The four countries are Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia, [...]
©- - 09 june 2017 - 11:24:32 - thread Environment (589 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The World Bank has extended a US$145.5 million loan to Botswana for construction of water reservoirs, which are expected to cushion the semi-arid southern Africa country from future droughts, Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo said on Thursday. Over the past two years, Botswana suffered a severe El Nino-induced [...]
©- - 18 may 2017 - 15:27:40 - thread Environment (141 words)


New York, US (PANA) - To meet the emergency needs of over a million Somalis affected by drought, the UN International Migration Organization (IOM) has appealed to international donors for US$24.6 million in funding. Humanitarian agencies were worried that the situation has started to look increasingly similar to the 2011 famine [...]
©- - 04 march 2017 - 05:11:45 - thread Environment (189 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Despite robust food supply conditions, droughts are worsening food security across swathes of East Africa, and access to food has been dramatically reduced in areas suffering civil conflicts, a new United Nations report has found. “This is an unprecedented situation. Never before have we [...]
©- - 02 march 2017 - 20:03:41 - thread Environment (304 words)


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Commending the Ethiopian Government and humanitarian partners on the response to last year's El Niño drought that left 10.2 million people needing food assistance, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien have said the international community must show “total solidarity” with [...]
©- - 30 january 2017 - 09:33:06 - thread Environment (846 words)


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Sunday visited Ethiopia's drought-stricken region of Oromia where he witnessed first-hand efforts under way to battle the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history. Saying that he was “very moved,” Mr. Ban visited a health [...]
©- - 01 february 2016 - 05:51:04 - thread Environment (708 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa is experiencing its worst drought in more than a century, leaving crops ruined and threatening raise food prices. There are growing calls for government to declare a natural disaster. Provincial dam levels are down in all provinces, standing at 57% of capacity as [...]
©- - 15 january 2016 - 10:52:45 - thread Environment (277 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The UN has stepped up its efforts to mitigate the effects of the worst drought to strike Ethiopia in 30 years, with an appeal from the heads of four UN humanitarian bodies for massive international funding now to pre-empt the high risk of death and [...]
©- - 09 december 2015 - 13:41:56 - thread Environment (571 words)


New York, US (PANA) - Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in 30 years, with levels of acute need across all humanitarian sectors having already exceeded levels seen in the Horn of Africa drought of 2011, and which are projected to become far more severe in 2016, according to a [...]
©- - 27 october 2015 - 16:38:08 - thread Environment (507 words)


Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited, a financial affiliate of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) of the African Union (AU), said Friday it will pay US $25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries of the Sahel this month. Mauritania, Niger and Senegal, [...]
©- - 23 january 2015 - 17:21:43 - thread Environment (435 words)


New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said countries must work collectively to build resilience and prepare themselves against drought and its adverse effects on communities. “Droughts are hard to avert, but their effects can be mitigated. Because they rarely observe national borders they demand a collective [...]
©- - 17 june 2013 - 20:45:33 - thread Environment (551 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Ministers responsible for agriculture, livestock and arid lands in member nations of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Thursday called on UN agencies to support the bloc to establish a regional early warning system linked to mechanisms for early response to drought emergencies afflicting [...]
©- - 17 may 2012 - 19:04:20 - thread Environment (369 words)


Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Severe drought developed in parts of East Africa in late 2010 and continued through most of 2011, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) disclosed Tuesday. According to the provisional annual WMO statement on the Status of the Global Climate released here Tuesday at the United Nations Climate [...]
©- - 29 november 2011 - 10:55:12 - thread Environment (387 words)


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An outbreak of measles and a likely flood threats could complicate and exacerbate the ongoing drought in Ethiopia, according to reports by various UN agencies. United Nations officials say the outbreak of measles in Ethiopia and Kenya have recently killed dozens of children and sickened thousands [...]
©- - 16 july 2011 - 06:48:54 - thread Environment (262 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday said that funding for relief efforts in the Eastern Horn of Africa was barely 50 per cent of announced needs. According to an OCHA report: "2011 is the driest period in the Eastern Horn [...]
©- - 14 june 2011 - 14:59:29 - thread Environment (191 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday called for increased assistance to an estimated two million people affected by drought in Ethiopia. OCHA said in a news update, made available to PANA in New York, that the drought situation in the [...]
©- - 29 april 2011 - 14:45:01 - thread Environment (286 words)


New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies and their partners are helping the Kenyan government to respond to food and water shortages that have hit several parts of the country as a result of a prolonged dry spell. PANA learnt that the drought was more severe in Kenya's arid areas inhabited [...]
©- - 14 january 2011 - 06:45:38 - thread Environment (219 words)


Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius is presently facing a drought, worse than that of 1999, because of the summer rains expected in the country, deputy Prime Minister Rashid Beebeejaun, also Minister of Public Services said. The pluviometry recorded over December has been the lowest for 40 years, he said. According to the [...]
©- - 01 january 2011 - 11:33:20 - thread Environment (155 words)


Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- A Tunisian military plane, fully loaded with 15 tonnes o f food aid meant for Nigeriens affected by drought, was due for Niamey, the capi t al of the west African nation, on Wednesday, PANA learnt from official sources h e re. The plane left [...]
©- - 25 august 2010 - 15:49:00 - thread Environment (144 words)


Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) ha s raised an alarm over impending drought in 11 states in the Northern part of Nigeria due to reduction in rainfal l. NEMA said in a statement at the weekend that early warnings letters had been sen t [...]
©- - 12 october 2009 - 08:25:00 - thread Environment (208 words)


Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Climate experts have charged governments in the Greater Horn of Africa to put in place measures to mitigate the impending weather condit i ons as a result of the forecast that indicates that rainfall in the sub-region w i ll be insufficient. The experts, meeting [...]
©- - 04 march 2009 - 16:26:00 - thread Environment (313 words)