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EU State of Nature Report Calls for Greater Conservation Efforts to Reverse Species Decline [viewed]

EU-SE4ALLMay 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a technical report, titled 'State of Nature in the EU: Results from reporting under the nature directives 2007–2012,' which draws on the reports from Member States under the Birds and the Habitats directives and on subsequent assessments at EU or EU biogeographical levels.

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Bioversity, IFAD, EU Step-up Work on Neglected and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMay 2015: Bioversity International has launched an initiative to enhance the use of neglected and underutilized crop species (NUS) to manage risks and empower the poor in three target countries. Among other objectives, the initiative will build the capacity of farmers, researchers and government actors to integrate nutrition, resilience and income considerations in the development of more sustainable farm and livelihood systems.

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Event: Mobilization of Woody Biomass for Energy and Industrial Use [viewed]

This one-day workshop is being convened to review progress and achievements from the implementation of three EU-funded projects on biomass energy. The projects, Infres, LogistEC and EuroPrunning, demonstrate practical options for the production, harvesting and use of woody biomass as an energy source with a particular focus on forest residues, prunings and dedicated plantations.  

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GSP Holds African Training Workshops; Releases Online IYS Resources [viewed]

gsp_yisApril 2015: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has made available a number of training materials as well as awareness raising resources as part of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. They include: ‘Symphony of the Soil,' a film exploring traditional knowledge as well as cutting-edge science; an infographic depicting important soil functions; and training materials on digital soil mapping used in capacity building workshops for African soil scientists.

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EU Joins CITES; Funds National Park Management in Gabon [viewed]

eu_citesApril 2015: The European Union (EU) has joined the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as the 181st Party. The EU is the first regional economic integration organization (REIO) to accede to the Convention since the Gaborone amendment, which permitted REIO accession, came into effect on 29 November 2013.

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EU Environment, Energy Ministers Discuss Biodiversity, Climate, Energy Efficiency [viewed]

EU16 April 2015: Latvia hosted informal meetings of the EU's environment and energy ministers to discuss the Union's environmental and climate and energy policies. The two meetings, which took place back-to-back, from 14-16 April, in Riga, Latvia, focused on biodiversity, international climate change negotiations, energy efficiency in the heating and cooling sector, and the interaction between biodiversity and renewable energy development.

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European Commission Launches Interface on Protected Areas [viewed]

ec9 April 2015: The Joint Research Center of the European Commission has announced the launch of the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) Explorer 1.0, a web-based tool to catalog nearly 16,000 of the world's protected areas (PAs).

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EU Submits INDC, Reports on State of Europe's Environment [viewed]

ec6 March 2015: The EU has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, the second party to do so after Switzerland. The contribution, approved by the Environment Council, indicates that the EU intends to achieve at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2030, in line with the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework, which was agreed by the European Council in October 2014.

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SOER 2015 Highlights Challenges in Achieving European Environment Goals [viewed]

EEA2 March 2015: “The level of ambition of existing environmental policy may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals,” according to ‘The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - synthesis report' (SOER 2015). The report finds that the region faces substantial challenges in protecting its natural capital, stimulating resource-efficient, low carbon economic and social development, and safeguarding its population from environmental health risks. The European Environment Agency (EEA) produces the SOER every five years.

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Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February [viewed]

cms_cites_ecFebruary 2015: In February, the European Commission (EC) announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy for Africa, which according to the EC, will define a holistic strategy for wildlife conservation on the continent over the next 10 years, "with a view to orienting and optimizing EC investments to best address the wildlife crisis."

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