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European Commissioner for the Environment Highlights Natura 2000 Programme [viewed]

25 September 2012: During the “Three for the Tree – Investing in Natura 2000 for Future Prosperity and Well-Being,” event organized by WWF, IUCN and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik celebrated the 20th anniversary of the EU Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 network.

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BCIE, UNDP Share Lessons Learned Supporting Green Businesses in Central America [viewed]

4 September 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) and the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean organized a symposium on "Sharing Lessons of Green Business for Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Climate Change," from 23-24 August 2012, in the City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama.

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EEA Report Outlines Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators Approach [viewed]

EEA19 September 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report discussing the Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators (SEBI) process to develop indicators to measure European biodiversity targets.

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EFSA to Consider Relevance of Study's Findings about Glyphosate, or Roundup, Toxicity [viewed]

EFSA19 September: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a press release stating that it will consider the results of a recent study that investigates the potential toxicity of glyphosate used as a herbicide and of a glyphosate-tolerant variety of genetically modified (GM) maize.

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JRC Launches European Alien Species Information Network [viewed]

14 September 2012: The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has announced the creation of an information network to help eliminate the threat of alien species to biodiversity and natural resources in Europe. The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) aims to map and classify alien species in Europe, to reduce the economic impact of alien species, which is estimated at €12 billion yearly.

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European Court of Justice Rules Against National Authorization Requirements [viewed]

6 September 2012: The European Court of Justice has ruled that the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) approved at the EU level cannot be made subject to an additional national authorization procedure. Also according to the ruling, cultivation cannot be prohibited pending the adoption of coexistence measures.

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Bled Strategic Forum Provides Platform to Discuss Global Challenges [viewed]

2 September 2012: The Seventh Bled Strategic Forum (BSF), held from 1-3 September 2012, in Bled, Slovenia, addressed issues including the financial crises, the Arab revolutions, China and EU challenges. Speaking during the Forum, Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, discussed the challenges that limited resources – water, land, energy, oceans, raw materials, biodiversity and ecosystems – pose to the globe and the EU.

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EU, Norway Harmonize Control Measures for Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

29 August 2012: The EU and Norway have agreed to work together to harmonize technical and control measures for their fisheries in order to ensure fish stock sustainability, according to a European Commission (EC) press release. The rules ban discarding fish, requiring all catches in certain species to be landed.

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EEA Publishes Technical Report on Water and Territorial Cohesion [viewed]

EEA24 August 2012: The European Environmental Agency (EEA) has published a technical report examining challenges posed by managing water resources that cross political and administrative boundaries. The report, titled “Territorial Cohesion and Water Management in Europe: the Spatial Perspective,” calls for integration of spatial planning and water management.

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Second Forum of the Outermost Regions Discusses Sustainable Growth [viewed]

EUJuly 2012: The 2nd Forum of the Outermost Regions: Working Together Towards Europe 2020 addressed partnerships to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, governance for new development strategies, the seas and "blue growth," and agriculture and rural development in overseas regions.

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