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Event: Caribbean Regional Workshop on the Use of Integrated Environmental Assessment Tools for MEAs Mainstreaming [viewed]

This workshop will demonstrate the use of innovative integrated environmental assessment (IEA) tools to generate win-win scenarios for achieving national development priorities through more effective implementation of multilateral environment agreements (MEAs), with a focus on mainstreaming in relation to a cluster of biodiversity-related MEAs. The workshop is part of the EU-funded Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project.  

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EU DG-Environment Warns of Seagrass Decline, Carbon Dioxide Releases [viewed]

25 October 2012: A news alert released by the EU Directorate-General of the Environment (DG-Environment) explores the annual average global annual decline of seagrass beds by 1.5% since 1900, which is now accelerating, noting they are an important carbon sink.

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EU Agrees to Cut Baltic Sea Total Allowable Catches for Cod [viewed]

23 October 2012: The Council of the EU has announced that Member States have agreed to cuts in total allowable catches (TACs) for cod in the Baltic Sea for 2013. According to the EU, it aims to manage fisheries resources in an environmentally and economically sustainable way, ensuring conservation of stocks, as well as guaranteeing the livelihood of the fishing industry.

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EEA Releases Overview of European Protected Areas [viewed]

EEA22 October 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled “Protected Areas in Europe – an Overview,” reviewing the status of national parks, nature reserves, biosphere reserves and other protected areas in Europe. According to the report, there are over 105,000 nationally designated protected sites in EEA member and cooperating countries.

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EC Issues Guidelines on Inland Waterway Transport and Natura 2000 [viewed]

EC18 October 2012: The European Commission (EC) has issued new guidelines that aim to assist the inland navigation sector in ensuring that their activities comply with EU environmental policy and nature legislation, with a focus on the Birds and Habitats Directives.

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European Parliament Conference Explores Agroforestry in the European Context [viewed]

10 October 2012: The European Parliament Intergroup on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development convened a conference, titled "Agroforestry: Trees for a Sustainable European Agriculture," in order to explore how agroforestry could be better integrated into agricultural policies and practices.

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EFSA Reviews Study on GM Maize, Herbicide Toxicity [viewed]

EFSA4 October 2012: The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has published an initial review of a recent study (Seraldini et al. 2012) that raises concerns about the potential toxicity of genetically modified (GM) maize and of a herbicide containing glyphosate. The EFSA review concludes that the quality of the study is insufficient to be considered for risk assessment.

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European Commissioner for Environment Calls for End to Marine Abuse [viewed]

EU9 October 2012: At the Fisheries (PECH) Committee meeting of the European Parliament, Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment, called for an end to abuse of the marine environment.

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EU Adopts Integrated Maritime Policy [viewed]

EU8 October 2012: At the Informal Ministerial meeting on EU Integrated Maritime Policy, held in Limassol, Cyprus, on 8 October 2012, European Ministers for maritime policy and the European Commission adopted the Limassol Declaration, an agenda for generating growth and jobs in marine and maritime sectors. 

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EC Proposes Draft Regulation on Biopiracy and Research [viewed]

EU4 October 2012: The European Commission (EC) has introduced a draft Regulation to implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), aimed at protecting the rights of those possessing genetic resources and traditional knowledge, while providing researchers in the EU with reliable, more legally certain access to samples of these resources at low cost.

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