International conservationists are urging the Kenyan government to scrap plans to turn more than 67,000 hectares of prime forest into human settlements.

(March 13, 2001) Kenyan Environment Minister Francis Nyenze says that the organizations involved in the campaign to save the country's forests are "playing with the psychology of Kenyans."

The secretariat of the World Water Assessment Programme of the UN recently issued the following announcement. National and regional consultations will be part of this process, aimed at promoting mulit-stakeholder inputs.

Three West African nations are expected this week to announce drastic action to save one of the world's richest marine environments from overfishing by European Union and other fishing fleets.

Increased desertification and drought represent a serious threat to human health. The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed this concern at the fourth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) which was held in Bonn, Germany (11-22 December 2000).

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