Intergovernmental Organization

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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Tributes Extended for Angela Cropper [viewed]

13 November 2012: Angela Cropper, former Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), passed away on 12 November 2012. Throughout Cropper's international career, she also served as the first Executive Secretary to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and as Senior Adviser on Environment and Development at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Bureau for Development Policy.

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Second SOPAC Meeting Discusses Water Resources, Deep-Sea Mining [viewed]

SPC9 November 2012: The Second Meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) addressed deep-sea mineral deposit mining and management of the Pacific region's fragile freshwater resources. The meeting convened from 6-9 November 2012, in Noumea, New Caledonia.

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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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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Climate Change and Biodiversity Relationships to Forests [viewed]

4 November 2012: In the October issue of its Newsletter, the Center for International Forestry Research's (CIFOR) new Director General, Peter Holmgren, presents a vision for sustainability objectives in forest ecosystems to complement sustainability in agriculture.

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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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Mexico, OAS Launch Project to Help Caribbean Reefs and Coastal Management [viewed]

OAS18 October 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Mexico announced joint implementation of a project aiming to improve the capacity of Caribbean countries to value and measure ecosystem services of coral reefs and to strengthen coastal zone management systems.

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SPREP, CBD to Cooperate on Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

17 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat.

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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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