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PISCES Produces Guide on Ecosystem Approaches in Celtic Sea Marine Policy [viewed]

11 December 2012: The WWF-UK led project, Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem (PISCES), has produced a practical guide for stakeholders and government decision-makers on implementing the ecosystem approach in marine policy. The guide has a focus on marine spatial planning and implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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EC Issues New Guidelines on Aquaculture in Natura 2000 Sites [viewed]

10 December 2012: The European Commission has issued new guidelines aimed at ensuring the compatibility of aquaculture with EU nature legislation, specifically provisions on the EU network of protected areas known as Natura 2000.

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CARICOM Assesses Biodiversity-Related Statistics and Indicators [viewed]

CARICOM23 November 2012: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is consulting Community member governments to assess the current state of national environmental statistics collection, management, and dissemination. The focus is on statistics related to agriculture and land use, biodiversity, coastal and marine resources, and forestry. 

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European Parliament Votes to Ban Shark Finning [viewed]

22 November 2012: The European Parliament has voted to end shark finning, closing regulatory loopholes that permitted the practice of removing shark's fins on board freezer vessels before reaching port.

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EC Announces Major Additions to Europe's Protected Areas [viewed]

26 November 2012: The European Commission has announced the addition of 235 sites of community importance to its Natura 2000 network of protected sites, representing nearly 25,000 square kilometers (km2) of new conservation areas, including land and marine habitats.

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EC Welcomes ICCAT Tuna Conservation Decisions, Urges Shark Protection [viewed]

20 November 2012: The European Commission (EC) has commended conservation measures and catch limits agreed at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) for Eastern Bluefin tuna, Western Bluefin tuna and Blue and White Marlins. On sharks, the EC called for a process to better define ICCAT's role in relation to sharks, with the aim of eventually enhancing shark protection.

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EC Proposes Initial 2013 Fish Catch Quotas [viewed]

19 November 2012: The European Commission (EC) presented its initial proposal on 2013 catch quotas for commercially important fish species, under arrangements for managing fish stocks jointly with other countries or Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs).

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Event: Technical Workshop on Managing Living Soils [viewed]

The objective of this workshop for the Global Soil Partnership will be to review the state of the art in regard to soil management across the world and within each region, drawing on: participants' knowledge of the status and trends in specific countries and contexts; practical experiences; and case studies, including relevant processes or mechanisms that can be built on or scaled up to support sustainable soil management. Technical, institutional, financial and policy issues and constraints and opportunities will be discussed as the basis for identifying priorities and future actions for a proposed Plan of Action for Pillar 1 of the Global Soil Partnership on promoting sustainable management of soil resources worldwide. The target audience for this workshop is the global community engaged in soil management for different land uses including representatives of governments, academic and research fora and development partners from each region, as well as civil society organisations and private sector bodies. The timing of the event, coinciding with the celebrations of the World Soil Day, is hoped to help raise awareness on the importance of sustainable soil management for food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation and the provision of other ecosystem services. The workshop is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) with the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC/EC).  

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EC Launches Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Waters [viewed]

15 November 2012: The European Commission has released "A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources,” designed to improve responses to water quality challenges. The Blueprint aims in particular to address lagging achievement towards the Water Framework Directive (WFD) target for reaching “good” ecological status in European waters by 2015.

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European Commission Identifies Third Countries Not Compliant with IUU Fishing Regulation [viewed]

15 November 2012: In a "Question and Answers" memo on illegal fishing, the European Commission discusses its decision to warn eight third countries of the risk of being identified as non-cooperative. 

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