Intergovernmental Organization

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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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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CGIAR-CBD Partnership Focuses on Tree Diversity and the Aichi Targets [viewed]

12 October 2012: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) forest, trees and agroforestry research program and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in support of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to reduce the rate of deforestation by half and ensure the sustainable management of forestry systems.

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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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SPREP Trains Tongans in Mangrove Surveying Techniques [viewed]

SPREP12 October 2012: A survey by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has found the Vava'u Mangrove to be in generally good condition, based on use of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Geographical Positioning Systems (GIS) and the Pacific Mangrove Monitoring Manual.

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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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