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Event: European Soil Partnership (ESP) Workshop [viewed]

Under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the European sub-regional Soil Partnership (ESP) was launched during the 2nd Global Soil Week in October 2013, and its Secretariat is based at the European Commission's Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy. This workshop follows the finalization of a five year rolling sub-regional Implementation Plan during the second Plenary Meeting of the ESP that took placed in March 2015 in Rome, Italy. The Implementation Plans call for regular follow up workshops as part of GSP's goal of ensuring concrete field action at regional, national and local levels.  

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COP 21 Starts Substantive Negotiations [viewed]

cop21_1dec_iisdrs1 December 2015: Governments began substantive negotiations on the second day of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Rio Conventions Pavilion and Africa Pavilion, among other organizers of side events, also convened panels on the themes of UNFCCC COP 21.

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ITTO Publishes Baseline Report on EU Wood Markets [viewed]

Europe's Changing Tropical Timber Trade: Baseline Report of the Independent Market Monitoring initiative30 October 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published the baseline report of the Independent Market Monitoring initiative, established to support the implementation of bilateral voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber-supplying countries.

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ASCOBANS Transmits Outcomes of Consultative Process on Bycatch to EU Commission [viewed]

CMS2 November 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has reported that the Executive Secretary of the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) communicated to the European Commission, the outcomes of a one-year process to develop a common position of ASCOBANS Parties on legislation to address the monitoring and mitigation of small cetacean bycatch.

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FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conferences Conclude [viewed]

forest-europe-madrid21 October 2015: FOREST EUROPE held two Ministerial meetings in Madrid, Spain. The seventh Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, held from 20-21 October 2015, adopted a Ministerial Declaration on '25 Years Together Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in Europe,' a decision on the future direction of FOREST EUROPE, and resolutions on the forest sector in the center of a green economy and protection of forests in a changing environment. The Extraordinary Ministerial Conference, which convened on 21 October, received the results of the work of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests) and agreed to explore ways to find common ground on the draft no later than 2020.

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Workshop Stresses EbA as Basis for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

CBD21 October 2015: Governments should examine ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) to provide safety nets for communities, according to the messages of a technical workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The workshop messages were delivered at a side event to the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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EC Publishes Mid-Term Review of Biodiversity Strategy [viewed]

EU flag2 October 2015: The European Commission (EC) published the mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, showing progress in many areas but highlighting the need for greater effort by States on implementation to achieve the primary objective of halting biodiversity loss by 2020. The review report was submitted to the European Parliament and Council on 2 October 2015.

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CMS Raptors MoS2 Adds Additional Vulture and Raptor Species to Annex 1 [viewed]

MoS2 Chair Øystein Størkersen, Norway8 October 2015: The Second Meeting of the Signatories (MoS2) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) has concluded with agreement to protect additional species of vultures and raptors.

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Six African Countries Launch CAFI Initiative on Forests [viewed]

CAFI29 September 2015: Representatives of six African nations and development partners launched the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) at a high-level event in New York, the US. CAFI aims to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in Central Africa through mitigating climate change, reducing poverty and contributing to sustainable development.

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EC Joint Research Centre Reports on Forest Fires in Europe, Middle East and North Africa [viewed]

ecSeptember 2015: The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) released its annual technical report, titled 'Forest Fires in Europe, Middle East and North Africa,' which shows that the fire season in 2014 was extraordinarily quiet, with fire events being well under the historical average.

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