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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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European Network of Nature Conservation Agencies Discusses Biodiversity Agenda [viewed]

25 September 2012: The 11th plenary session of the ENCA provided leaders of Europe's Nature Conservation Agencies the opportunity to reflect on biodiversity challenges and the benefits of nature conservation.

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EU, FAO Announce Call for Proposals on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade [viewed]

28 September 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has called for proposals for the EU-supported programme on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). The programme supports the sharing of FLEGT-related information, including lessons learned, and supports stakeholders implementing the EU FLEGT Action Plan. 

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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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