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EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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CITES Improves Virtual Course for Customs Officials [viewed]

CITES19 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that an updated and improved version of the course for customs officials is now available through the CITES Virtual College. The course is designed to assist officials in identifying and processing specimens of CITES-listed species.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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European Parliament Publishes Report of IPBES Briefing [viewed]

2 July 2012: At a briefing session on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) held at the European Parliament, participants recognized that scientific research is an essential foundation for the implementation of any biodiversity policy. The report of the briefing has been published by the EP Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, and circulated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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EFSA Launches Public Consultations on Risk Assessment of GM Animals [viewed]

EFSA21 June 2012: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on the draft guidance for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) animals.

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ACTO Agrees to Initiate Electronic CITES Permitting [viewed]

19 June 2012: The Secretariats of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) signed an agreement for a joint project to develop electronic CITES permitting in the eight ACTO nations (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela) for the traceability of specimens of CITES-listed species in international trade.

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JRC Releases Workshop Proceedings on Socio-economic Impacts of GM Crops [viewed]

June 2012: The EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published the proceedings of a workshop on socio-economic impacts of genetically modified (GM) crops. The report finds that there is insufficient evidence for a proper analysis of socio-economic impacts, and calls for the development of indicators to facilitate socio-economic studies.

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EU MarBEF Demonstrates Importance of Cultural Views in Conservation Policy [viewed]

21 June 2012: A study by the EU's MarBEF network (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning EU Network of Excellence) finds that, while the European public is willing to pay for biodiversity conservation, its preferences regarding conservation of specific species vary with cultural and regional associations, including the impact of a species' "charisma." The study assessed the willingness-to-pay of 1502 participants to determine how they value mammals, fish, birds, invertebrates and algae.

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UNEP, EU Committee of the Regions Sign MoU on Sustainable Cities [viewed]

UNEP22 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR). The MoU seeks to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities within the policy decision-making process, and emphasizes the importance of placing sustainable cities at the heart of the global strategy on sustainable development.

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European Commission Launches Search for European Green Capital 2015 [viewed]

15 June 2012: The European Commission has initiated the search for the city that will win the title European Green Capital 2015. The title is awarded to a city that serves as a role model for others by providing environmentally-friendly urban living that is “fit for life.”

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