EU

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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EEA Report Assess EU Surface Waters, Progress Toward "Good" Status [viewed]

EEA14 November 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report assessing the status of European waters in the context of the target set by the EU's Water Framework Directive (WFD) to improve European waters to a “good” ecological status by 2015. According to the report, only 52% of waters are likely to achieve this goal.

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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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