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Wednesday, 24 January 2018
A draft policy paper prepared by the European Commission (EC) on the European Strategy for the Caribbean is being further developed as part of a new European Union (EU) Development Policy adopted in 2005. The new EU Development Policy forms the basis for EU engagements with third countries and groupings. A release issued by the Caricom Secretariat said discussions on the draft policy paper took place over the last two days between ministers and representatives of the Caribbean Forum of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states (Cariforum) and representatives of the EU at the Caricom Secretariat. The new strategy reportedly looks at relations between the two regions at the political, economic and development levels. The EC has prepared a similar strategy for Africa while another is being developed for the Pacific region as Europe seeks to redefine its relations with its cooperation partners.
Current relations between Europe and the ACP are governed by the Cotonou Agreement, a trade and aid package that extends until 2020. The agreement includes an aid package to support development and poverty reduction, and plans for new Economic Partnership Agree-ments (EPAs) to support regional growth. The release said the new relations are being structured in the context of the new global trading environment.
Monday, 20 February 2006
This publication provides a picture of the likely developments of agricultural markets up to 2012, based on a certain number of assumptions and on the statistical information available in December 2005. The report, which constitutes an update of the medium-term projections published at the end of July 2005, contains two chapters. Chapter I centres on the market and income prospects for the 2005-2012 period within the EU and covers the following products: cereals, oilseeds, meat, eggs, milk and the main dairy products. Chapter II is dedicated to a presentation of these perspectives on a regional basis, together with a regional analysis of the market and income impact of alternative decoupling systems.
This is of interest to our ACP audience in regard to the EU import needs those countries can meet.
Established in 1991, the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) is a forum for communication between European organisations, researchers, EU institutions and others concerned with (sub-)tropical forest research. The ETFRN Network seeks to promote the involvement of European research expertise towards the conservation and wise use of forests and woodlands in tropical and subtropical countries.
The GTZ-IWP (International Forest Policy) project and ETFRN have jointly set up a topic page on international forest policy. On this page you will find links to GTZ-IWP background information and publications and ETFRN resources like European capability, the ETFRN News on National Forest Programmes, links to internet resources, training and events. With this topic page GTZ-IWP and ETFRN hope to provide a single point of access for resources on this subject.
September 1st, 2005 was the beginning of the EU-Presidency Project of the Austrian EU Platform. The project aims to increase visibility of EU development cooperation before and during the Austrian EU-Presidency (Jan-June 2006). This will be realized by the organisation and implementation of a number of activities and information dissemination on all issues related to EU development policy and cooperation. The Austrian EU-Platform continues the efforts of BOND and the British NGOs to demand from national governments and the European Commission in order to keep poverty eradication at the heart of EU-development policy and other policies coherent with that. The colleagues of the Finnish platform KEHYS ry will act likewise. The main target groups are the general public in Austria as well as policy makers of the Union. The Austrian EU-Presidency will probably inherit difficult issues such as the Financial Perspectives 2007-2013, which defines the overall budget of the European Union and is supposed to be finalised during the first term of 2006. To ensure an adequate position within the EU-budget, increased efforts of all NGDO's and the co-operation with other interested partners will be necessary.
FAO expressed growing concern that the bird flu virus H5N1 may spread to other countries in West Africa following the discovery of the virus in Nigeria last week. The effects on a region already facing severe malnutrition would be devastating, the UN agency warned. “We should provide incentives to poor African farmers to report immediately if they suspect an outbreak among poultry, and discourage them from rushing to sell birds on the market,” said Joseph Domenech, FAO's Chief Veterinary Officer, who is currently in Nigeria with a joint FAO/OIE team of experts. The country of greatest concern is Niger, which directly borders the affected areas in Nigeria and where over two million people are already vulnerable to acute hunger. “The highly pathogenic avian influenza virus poses a very serious threat to animal health in West Africa. If a poultry epidemic should develop beyond the boundaries of Nigeria the effects would be disastrous for the livelihoods and the food security of millions of people,” said Domenech.
- Urgently needed prevention measures
In contrast to Europe, where most poultry production takes place on large commercial farms, in Africa poultry is often raised in backyards and is therefore more difficult to control. Widespread public awareness campaigns regarding safe farming practises and improved hygiene are essential to help contain the spread of the virus. FAO has advised veterinary authorities in Nigeria to stamp out the outbreaks through immediate humane culling and safe disposal and to strictly control the movement of people and animals from and to infected areas and neighbouring countries. Many countries, including Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Mauritania have prepared bird flu contingency plans.