EU

EU Forest Strategy Endorsed [viewed]

eu-forest europe19 May 2014: The Council of the Europe Union has endorsed the 2013 'A new EU Forest Strategy: For forests and the forest-based sector,' and has released its 'Conclusions adopted by the Council.' The conclusions refer to the Oslo Ministerial Declaration on European Forests 2020 and to criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management (SFM) developed by FOREST EUROPE.

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EU Program Applies Voluntary Guidelines to Strengthen Land Governance in Ten African Countries [viewed]

FAO EU16 April 2014: The EU has launched a program designed to improve the food security and land governance of family farmers in ten African countries. The project underscores the importance of secure land and resource tenure to the achievement of development goals.

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April 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-ifad-afdb-eu30 April 2014: During the month of April, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank, and the European Commission announced funding for several climate-related projects or initiatives. In addition, AfDB released its 2013 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Annual Report.

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Event: CBD Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with the support from the European Commission. It will bring together nominated experts to discuss the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal biodiversity and habitats.  

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EU Parliament Approves Invasive Alien Species Legislation [viewed]

European Union16 April 2014: The European Parliament has voted in favor of an Invasive Alien Species (IAS) law for the EU, which will aim to halt the introduction and spread of IAS, especially insects. 

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UN Releases Central Framework for Environmental-Economic Accounting [viewed]

envaccountingApril 2014: The ‘System of Environmental-Economic Accounting 2012—SEEA Central Framework' (SEEA Central Framework), prepared under the auspices of the UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA), has been released. The updated statistical framework is meant to help countries compile consistent and comparable data on environmental assets, and interactions between the economy and the environment.

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Pacific Countries Agree on EPA Negotiations with EU [viewed]

PIFS12 April 2014: The Pacific countries from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have requested an Economic Participation Agreement (EPA) negotiation with the EU by the end of April 2014, following a discussion of outstanding issues among the Pacific ACP countries. Officials emphasized that the EPA provisions should promote the sustainable development of the region's fisheries, while ensuring that Pacific peoples benefit from fisheries trade. 

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EU-Africa Summit Outlines Actions on Peace and Security, Prosperity and People [viewed]

4th European Union EU-Africa Summit4 April 2014: Delegates to the Fourth EU-Africa Summit agreed on a Declaration outlining commitments on peace and security, prosperity and people. Leaders also adopted a declaration on migration and mobility, and a road map to frame EU-Africa relations in 2014-2017. The EU committed to provide more than €28 billion to Africa through bilateral cooperation.

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EC Supporting Global Soil Partnership Activities [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)March 2013: The European Commission (EC) will provide €1 million to the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) for three activities during 2014-2015. The EC financing will support the: work of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, including its 2014 working session; development of detailed, regional-level Implementation Plans for each GSP Pillar; and capacity building on digital soil mapping in Africa.

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Event: European Commission Conference on 'Land as a Resource' [viewed]

The European Commission is hosting a conference on 'Land as a Resource,' with the objective of highlighting the importance of good land management in addressing European and global challenges, particularly in view of an increasing world population. The conference will also address the shortcomings of the current European land use model, including conflicting policy drivers. The conference is part of the European Commission's work in preparation of a 'Communication on land as a resource,' foreseen for 2015. Participation in the conference is free of charge, but limited to 400 people.  

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