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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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FAO Forest Survey Highlights High Deforestation Rates in Africa, South America [viewed]

FAOEuropean Union21 March 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a new forest data set based on a global remote sensing survey, which shows that global forests continue to decline, with the greatest rates of deforestation occurring in Africa and South America.

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European Commission Publishes Atlas of Latin American Soils [viewed]

European Union March 2014: The European Commission (EC) has released an atlas documenting the diversity of soils across Central and South America and the Caribbean, demonstrating the relationships between soils and their food, fodder and fuel functions.

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EEA Report Shows Green Infrastructure Covering a Quarter of Europe [viewed]

EEA6 March 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced the release of a report, titled 'Spatial Analysis of Green Infrastructure in Europe,' which shows a way of mapping networks of natural and semi-natural spaces and other environmental features that deliver ecosystem services in the region. Such services include air filtration, erosion protection, water flow regulation, coastal protection, pollination and carbon storage.

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EEA Releases Mobile Phone Application to Track Marine Litter [viewed]

EEA3 March 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced the launch of a mobile phone application to track marine litter. The application, called Marine Litter Watch, can be used to upload data on litter found on the beach or from area clean-ups. The application seeks to fill data gaps on beach marine litter to support a policy response as described in the European Union's Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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EEA Highlights Decoupling Water Pollution from Growth [viewed]

EEA24 February 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released new data demonstrating the decoupling of levels of some pollutants from agriculture and manufacturing from the economic productivity of these sectors and population growth.

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EU/FAO FLEGT Programme Assesses Illegal Logging in Mozambique [viewed]

FAO EU24 February 2014: The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme of the European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the University of Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) released a report on the state of illegal logging in Mozambique.

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EEA, EC Publications Call for Greater Sustainability in Use of Marine Resources [viewed]

EEA20 February 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced the release of a publication, titled 'Marine Messages,' which seeks to support the 'Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE)' marine conference to be held on 3-4 March 2014. The publication emphasizes the vulnerability of Europe's marine ecosystems and the need for European countries to understand the limits of their activities.  

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