Europe

EFSA Publishes Risk Assessments of Pesticides for Honey Bee Health [viewed]

EFSA16 January 2012. The European Food Safety Authority has released the results of risk assessments for three neonicotinoids used as active substances in pesticides.

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Event: High-Level Consultation on Food and Nutrition [viewed]

As part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda Global Thematic Consultations, this High-Level Leadership Meeting will bring together Member States, non-governmental organizations and civil society to discuss and agree on an agenda on hunger, food security and nutrition for the Post-2015 Development Framework in Madrid, Spain in early April 2013. This consultation is co-led by FAO and WFP, and co-hosted by the Governments of Spain and Colombia.  

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UNEP GRID-Arendal Highlights Launch of Caspian Environmental Information Centre [viewed]

7 January 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) GRID-Arendal has reported that the fourth Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea (Tehran Convention) welcomed the launch of the Caspian Environmental Information Centre (CEIC).

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EC to Fund INTERPOL's Efforts against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

21 December 2012: The European Commission (EC) has announced that it will contribute €1.73 million to INTERPOL in support of its Project Combat Wildlife Crime, which operates under the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) and includes the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank and the World Customs Organisation. In addition, the EC will be providing €2 million to the MIKE programme, which monitors elephant poaching across Africa.

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UNECE Releases First Review of Turkmenistan's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECE21 December 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Turkmenistan, which highlights several environmental issues as particular challenges, including: salinization of irrigated lands; water management; desertification; and biodiversity loss.

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EEA Report Highlights Impacts of Invasive Alien Species in Europe [viewed]

EEA20 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report on the impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) in Europe, aiming to raise awareness and inform all stakeholders, including the general public about the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of IAS.

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Ramsar Reports on Small Grants Fund Project in Moldova [viewed]

20 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on a workshop on wetlands management, which was the last activity of the 2010 Ramsar Small Grants Fund (SGF) project "Developing a Wetland National Policy for the Republic of Moldova."

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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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