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Pacific Countries Agree on EPA Negotiations with EU [viewed]

PIFS12 April 2014: The Pacific countries from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have requested an Economic Participation Agreement (EPA) negotiation with the EU by the end of April 2014, following a discussion of outstanding issues among the Pacific ACP countries. Officials emphasized that the EPA provisions should promote the sustainable development of the region's fisheries, while ensuring that Pacific peoples benefit from fisheries trade. 

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EU-Africa Summit Outlines Actions on Peace and Security, Prosperity and People [viewed]

4th European Union EU-Africa Summit4 April 2014: Delegates to the Fourth EU-Africa Summit agreed on a Declaration outlining commitments on peace and security, prosperity and people. Leaders also adopted a declaration on migration and mobility, and a road map to frame EU-Africa relations in 2014-2017. The EU committed to provide more than €28 billion to Africa through bilateral cooperation.

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EEA Report Shows Green Infrastructure Covering a Quarter of Europe [viewed]

EEA6 March 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced the release of a report, titled 'Spatial Analysis of Green Infrastructure in Europe,' which shows a way of mapping networks of natural and semi-natural spaces and other environmental features that deliver ecosystem services in the region. Such services include air filtration, erosion protection, water flow regulation, coastal protection, pollination and carbon storage.

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EEA Releases Mobile Phone Application to Track Marine Litter [viewed]

EEA3 March 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced the launch of a mobile phone application to track marine litter. The application, called Marine Litter Watch, can be used to upload data on litter found on the beach or from area clean-ups. The application seeks to fill data gaps on beach marine litter to support a policy response as described in the European Union's Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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EEA, EC Publications Call for Greater Sustainability in Use of Marine Resources [viewed]

EEA20 February 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced the release of a publication, titled 'Marine Messages,' which seeks to support the 'Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE)' marine conference to be held on 3-4 March 2014. The publication emphasizes the vulnerability of Europe's marine ecosystems and the need for European countries to understand the limits of their activities.  

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Policy Update #1: International Wildlife Crime: An IISD Overview of Recent Events [viewed]

In recent months, as headlines and reporting in the biodiversity sphere have increasingly focused on the waning status of flagship species of rhinoceros[1], elephants[2] and apes[3], a number of international actors have undertaken a flurry of activity and first-ever steps to address the issue of wildlife crime.

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EEA Reports Increase in European Bat Populations [viewed]

EEA30 January 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a comprehensive study showing that bat populations in Europe are increasing after historic declines. The study looks at trends from 16 of the 45 bat species found across the continent, compiling data from ten existing monitoring schemes in 9 countries, for the first time. 

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European Project on Coastal and Marine Governance Holds Final Meeting [viewed]

pegaso22 January 2014: The PEGASO project of the European Commission (EC) recently held its final conference. PEGASO, or 'People for Ecosystem-based Governance in Assessing Sustainable development of Ocean and Coast,' focused on supporting integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Basins.

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Barcelona Convention Parties Adopt Declaration on Marine Environment [viewed]

unep-map11 December 2013: Mediterranean and EU Ministers and Heads of State committed to protect coastal and marine species and habitats at the 18th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols (CoP 18). CoP 18, which took place from 3-6 December 2103, in Istanbul, Turkey, resulted in the Istanbul Declaration, which includes 17 decisions.

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Elysée Summit on Africa Adopts Declaration on Peace and Security, Climate Change [viewed]

sommet-afrique-elysee7 December 2013: The Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa concluded with the adoption of a Declaration that includes sections on peace and security, economic partnership and development, and climate change.

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