Europe

Websites Prepared for International Year of Soils 2015 [viewed]

ec-iys27 August 2014: Two websites are under way that will serve as information resources on events and activities planned for the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched the IYS website that will function as the main platform for information sharing. The European Commission is working on a soil-specific website that will provide information on IYS activities in the EU.

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European Map of HNV Forests under Development [viewed]

foresteurope19 August 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a technical report on assessing High Nature Value (HNV) in forests. The report, titled 'Developing a Forest Naturalness Indicator for Europe,' is meant to support the ongoing identification of HNV forests in Europe and is expected to contribute to the production of an HNV regional map.

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Event: FOREST EUROPE Round Table on Topics for the next Ministerial Conference [viewed]

Participants in this meeting will discuss possible topics for the 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference, to be held in Madrid, Spain, in October 2015.  

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Event: FOREST EUROPE Round Table on updating the Sustainable Forest Management Tools [viewed]

During this round table, proposals to consolidate pan-European policies and tools in Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) will be explored. Discussions will be based, among others, on the results of the FOREST EUROPE Expert Group to Propose Improvements in Tools for Sustainable Forest Management, whose work is now focused on a proposal of an updated set of pan-European indicators.  

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention (COP 4) [viewed]

The Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 4) to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention) will meet from 23-26 September in Mikulov, Czech Republic, to decide on the strategic policy direction of the Convention for the next three years. COP 4 also serves as the Meeting of the Parties to its Protocols on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological and Landscape Diversity, Sustainable Forest Management, and Sustainable Tourism. Participants will include environment ministers and high-level representatives of the seven Parties to the Convention. Parties are expected to, inter alia, review and decide upon a number of implementing documents, issue declarations and statements, and ratify the Protocol on Sustainable Transport to the Convention.  

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UNESCO Report Illustrates Environmental Change in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

unesco.gentuniversity1 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) are experiencing among the earliest and most severe climate change impacts, according to a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Ghent, Belgium. The report combines a series of 21 case studies from the Caribbean with satellite images to document environmental change in coastlines, corals, estuaries, forests and mangroves.

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GWP Launches Documents on Ecosystem Services, Groundwater and Water Security [viewed]

GWP Global logotype29 August 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has released several short notes and perspective papers, including ‘Ecosystem Services and Water Security,' 'The Links between Land Use and Groundwater,' and ‘Proceedings from the GWP Workshop – Assessing Water Security with Appropriate Indicators.'

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GWP Assesses Groundwater Governance and Irrigated Agriculture [viewed]

GWP Global logotype29 August 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released a Technical Committee (TEC) Background Paper, titled 'Groundwater Governance and Irrigated Agriculture,' which presents an approach to: reform perverse subsidies and policies; build governance and rule enforcement capacities; and introduce various administrative investments.

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UNEP Highlights Black Sea Pollution Crisis [viewed]

unep-gpa20 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released information on the work of the Global Wastewater Initiative in Georgia to reduce pollution in the Black Sea. The Global Wastewater Initiative is an international multistakeholder partnership under the aegis of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA).

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UN Leaders Urge Action in Last 500 Days of MDGs [viewed]

United Nations18 August 2014: The UN marked the 500-day milestone of time left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with statements and events noting both successes and challenges towards achieving the eight goals. UN leaders and others urged a final push for global action in the remaining 500 days until the end of 2015.

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