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EU Submits INDC, Reports on State of Europe's Environment [viewed]

ec6 March 2015: The EU has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, the second party to do so after Switzerland. The contribution, approved by the Environment Council, indicates that the EU intends to achieve at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2030, in line with the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework, which was agreed by the European Council in October 2014.

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SOER 2015 Highlights Challenges in Achieving European Environment Goals [viewed]

EEA2 March 2015: “The level of ambition of existing environmental policy may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals,” according to ‘The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - synthesis report' (SOER 2015). The report finds that the region faces substantial challenges in protecting its natural capital, stimulating resource-efficient, low carbon economic and social development, and safeguarding its population from environmental health risks. The European Environment Agency (EEA) produces the SOER every five years.

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Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February [viewed]

cms_cites_ecFebruary 2015: In February, the European Commission (EC) announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy for Africa, which according to the EC, will define a holistic strategy for wildlife conservation on the continent over the next 10 years, "with a view to orienting and optimizing EC investments to best address the wildlife crisis."

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EU and GBIF Launch Project to Mobilize Biodiversity Data Collection [viewed]

ec_gbif10 February 2015: The European Union (EU) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) announced a four-year €3.9 million project to increase biodiversity information available for developing countries.

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CITES Workshop Addresses Illegal Ivory Trade, Speculation [viewed]

cites28 January 2015: An expert workshop brought together experts and specialists to discuss demand-side strategies for addressing illegal ivory trade in China, and increase their awareness of the negative consequences of ivory speculation. The workshop was co-organized by China and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Five European Countries Urge Banning Microplastics [viewed]

UNEP16 January 2015: Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden issued a joint call to ban the use of microplastics in personal care products, with the aim of protecting marine ecosystems, including seafood, from contamination. The countries forwarded their joint statement on eliminating microplastics in cosmetic and detergents to the European Union's (EU) environment ministers.

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Event: Global Conference on a Transformative Agenda for Official Statistics [viewed]

This conference, jointly organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT), seeks to respond to the increased demand for detailed and timely data to monitor progress on the post-2015 development agenda goals and targets. The conference will discuss, inter alia: the innovations in data collection, dissemination, access and analytics; means of implementation; and a framework on a transformative strategy for the global statistical system in support of the post-2015 development agenda. The event is organized as a High-Level Forum of official statisticians with the purpose to seek a broad consensus on the strategic agenda for statistics to be considered during the 46th Session of the Statistical Commission in March 2015.  

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UNGA Adopts Sustainable Fisheries Resolution, Defers Text on Oceans and UNCLOS [viewed]

unga699 December 2014: The 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on sustainable fisheries that calls on States to assess and address the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on fish stocks and habitats. The UNGA deferred action on a draft text on oceans and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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Agroforestry in the DRC May Enhance Protected Areas [viewed]

cifor-icrafEU-SE4ALL28 November 2014: Recognizing that actions outside protected areas can impact conservation efforts within them, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the EU are partnering with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support research on forests surrounding Virunga National Park.

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Central and West Africa Protected Areas and Biodiversity Observatory Launched [viewed]

cbfp12 November 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) has released the outcomes of a series of workshops on protected areas in Central Africa. The workshops form part of the EU funded BIOPAMA project, which supports capacity development under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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