EU

EU Launches B4Life Initiative [viewed]

European Union 22 May 2014: The EU has launched Biodiversity for Life (B4Life), a EuropeAid's flagship initiative meant to forge cross-sector partnerships to tackle biodiversity-related issues. In its purview, B4Life will include projects that increase monitoring and information sharing in the fight against wildlife crime. 

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GEF Supports PICs in UNCCD [viewed]

gef-unccd16 May 2014: The Global Mechanism (GM) and Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have held a series of workshops to inform participants on the reporting system of the Convention and to discuss opportunities to promote its implementation through a regional resource mobilization strategy for Pacific Island Countries (PICs).

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FLEUVE Pursues SLM Finance in Five African Countries [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)21 May 2014: The Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union (FLEUVE) has held its First Consultative Stakeholder meeting, where project partners assessed the initiative's progress and discussed opportunities for planning and financing sustainable land development (SLM) in five African countries.

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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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