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European Environment Ministers Discuss 7th Action Programme [viewed]

11 June 2012: The European Environment Ministers met in the Environment Council to adopt conclusions on setting the framework for the 7th EU Environment Action Programme (EAP) and on preparations for key biodiversity and climate meetings, among other items.

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Event: Second Forum on EU Outermost Regions [viewed]

The EU will hold a forum to address major development issues in the EU Outermost Regions (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Saint Martin, the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands) in light of the Europe 2020 Strategy to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Issues to be addressed include: oceans; agriculture modernization; environmental challenges; social challenges; and jobs, innovation and business competitiveness.  

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EEA "Signals 2012" Focuses on Consumption and Production Patterns [viewed]

EEA5 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released the 2012 edition of its "Signals" report, titled "Building the Future we Want," which focuses on the impacts of consumption and production patterns, and ways to reduce their impact on the environment. 

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CARICOM Trains Negotiators on MEAs [viewed]

1 June 2012: Forty negotiators from CARIFORUM countries, which include Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member States, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, took part in a training workshop to better represent their national and regional interests in negotiations involving multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

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SPREP Announces Winners of 2011 Vision Pasifika Media Award [viewed]

SPREP29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced the winners of the 2011 Vision Pasifika Media Awards, which focused on the theme “Dugongs and Sea Grasses: Respect and Protect.”

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European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Winners Announced [viewed]

24 May 2012: The EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik presented the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 to winners who have made achievements in sustainable development in the areas of management, products and process innovation, international business cooperation, and business and biodiversity. Potočnik lauded the companies for being “green growth in action.”

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IUCN Releases Meeting Report of the Europe Overseas Roundtable on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

May 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released the report of the second Meeting of Europe Overseas Roundtable on Biodiversity and Climate Change. The meeting aimed to evaluate progress on biodiversity and climate change in the EU Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) since the last meeting held in June/July 2011, plan for the work ahead in 2012, reflect on the theme of marine issues, and agree on a joint way forward to address biodiversity and climate change issues in Europe overseas.

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Event: Briefing on IPBES: Reconnecting Science to Policy: Why? What? How? [viewed]

This briefing, organized by Gaston Franco, Member of the European Parliament, aims to introduce the role of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Participants include key players, and solutions will be discussed as to what can IPBES provide to decision making both at the EU and global levels.  

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European Commission Celebrates 20 Years of Environmental Protection [viewed]

21 May 2012: The European Commission recently marked the 20th anniversary of the Habitats Directive and LIFE, the EU financing programme for the environment. The Habitats Directive was adopted in response to loss of habitats and wildlife decline due to the problems of land-use changes, pollution and urban expansion, with the objective of conserving threatened habitats and species in Europe.

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EEA Report Assesses Progress Towards a Green Economy in Europe [viewed]

EEA16 May 2012: In the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced a publication titled "Environmental Indicator Report 2012." The Report assesses progress within the EU to support the transition to a green economy, and presents established indicators that illustrate progress towards improving resource efficiency and indicators that depict the risk of passing environmental thresholds.

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