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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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European Fisheries Commissioner Highlights Commission's Sustainable Fisheries Initiatives [viewed]

3 October 2012: At a seminar on “Future Fisheries,” Maria Damanaki, the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, noted that, although the European Union is lagging behind the rest of the world with regard to the sustainable management of fisheries resources, some progress is being made through the introduction of new management initiatives, such as new rules against illegal fishing.

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