Europe

Event: INC-Forests 4 [viewed]

The fourth and final session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests 4) is slated to complete negotiations for a legally binding agreement (LBA) on forests.  

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Event: Third International Conference Waters in Sensitive and Protected Areas [viewed]

This Conference organized by the Croatian Water Pollution Control Society (CWPCS) and the European Water Association (EWA) will address themes including: implementation of legal obligations related to water and environmental protection in sensitive areas; new concepts and technical solutions applicable in sensitive and protected areas (PAs); protection of surface and groundwater resources and of strategic drinking water reserves; and water in sensitive transboundary areas. The conference will also include a round table on tourism in sensitive and PAs.  

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EC Agrees on 2013 Fishing Opportunities for Certain Stocks in Black Sea, Long-Term Plan for Cod Stocks [viewed]

18 December 2012: The EU has announced the outcomes of the first day of its 3212th Council meeting, which addressed fisheries matters, noting the Council reached agreement on 2013 fishing opportunities for certain stocks in the Black Sea, and also agreed on an amendment to regulation for a long-term plan for cod stocks.

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EU Releases Statistical Pocketbook on Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry [viewed]

18 December 2012: Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, has released the 2012 edition of the pocketbook on agriculture, fishery and forestry statistics.

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FARNET Magazine Focuses on Role of Fisheries in Local Development [viewed]

12 December 2012: The Autumn-Winter issue of the Fisheries Areas Network (FARNET) Magazine features articles on the role of fisheries communities in local development, including one about fisheries local action groups (FLAGs).

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GEF-UNDP Publication Analyzes Investments to Restore and Protect Oceans and Coasts [viewed]

14 December 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a joint publication titled “Catalysing Ocean Finance,” on 14 December 2012, in Washington, DC, US. The two-volume publication demonstrates how public investment can reverse declines in global ocean health, scale up ocean planning and policy tools, leverage financial flows and transform ocean markets towards sustainability.

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UNECE Releases Second Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan [viewed]

UNECE14 December 2012: The "Second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Tajikistan" conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) highlights that waste management and clean water and sanitation remain challenges for this country. UNECE EPRs cover ten elements including: environmental policymaking, planning and implementation; financing of environmental policies; waste and water management; biodiversity conservation; and integration of environmental issues into energy and health policies.

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TERI Launches Nordic Center at University of Eastern Finland [viewed]

7 December 2012: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has opened a Nordic Center at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu. The new institution will focus on topics related to sustainable forestry, bio-resource management, bio-economic innovation, and renewable energy in the boreal and arctic areas, as well as globally.

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Tehran Convention Adopts Protocol Protecting Caspian Sea from Land-based Pollution [viewed]

13 December 2012: The five countries surrounding the Caspian Sea - Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan - have adopted a legally-binding agreement on protecting the Sea from land-based sources of pollution.

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Ramsar Reports Results of BlackSeaWet Meeting [viewed]

13 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the meeting of the management body of the Ramsar regional initiative for Coastal Wetlands of the Black and Azov Seas (BlackSeaWet). The meeting focused on a limited number of priority problems of wetland conservation, management and restoration to be addressed in 2013.

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