Europe

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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CAF States Agree on Extending AEWA [viewed]

12 December 2012: The Range States of Central Asia have unanimously agreed to extend the Agreement on African Eurasia Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) geographical area to encompass the entire Central Asian Flyway (CAF) region and incorporate the CAF Waterbird Action Plan under the Agreement. The meeting on the way forward for the CAF legal framework took place in in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 12 December 2012.

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PISCES Produces Guide on Ecosystem Approaches in Celtic Sea Marine Policy [viewed]

11 December 2012: The WWF-UK led project, Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem (PISCES), has produced a practical guide for stakeholders and government decision-makers on implementing the ecosystem approach in marine policy. The guide has a focus on marine spatial planning and implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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