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Tuesday, 11 December 2018
The EC entrusted the review of some 60 international scientific cooperation
(INCO) projects related to integrated water resources management to a panel of 10 eminent scientists. The review aimed at learning about strengths and weaknesses of past research and guide future investments. The panel found that INCO had a structuring effect on water research in tune with evolving understanding of the political processes underlying allocation of increasingly scarce resources. There is evidence of positive impact on strengthened human and institutional capabilities in partner countries and regions. The panel recommends to prioritise research in FP7 that addresses the need for constructively engaged integrated water resources allocation and management. Such research should investigate why societal perceptions that drive water allocations are out of step with fundamentals in ecosystems and the economy and what could be done to support more sustainable strategies.
This review is part of the EU Water Initiative’s support to the water-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to halve the proportion of people without access to safe water and basic sanitation in the context of an integrated approach to water resources management. The panel developed an innovative analytical approach to deal with about 60 projects dealing with such problems in different continents and regions of the world, including Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America, Mediterranean, Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
The King Baudouin International Development Prize launched in 1978 by the King Baudouin Foundation based in Brussels acknowledges the work of persons or organisations which have made a substantial contribution to the development of countries in the southern hemisphere or to solidarity between industrialised nations and developing nations. Beyond its actual financial value (150,000 euros), the Prize provides winners international visibility and publicity, with the main agents of development in particular, such as the United Nations and its specialised agencies, the World Bank, the European Union and a number of bilateral development agencies, the world of foundations or international NGOs. It also seeks to remind public opinion that the problems of development are today even more acute than when they gradually emerged in the collective awareness of nations in the aftermath of the Second World War. The Prize lies in the diversity of the prize-winners and covers a broad number of fields, from literacy to the education of rural communities, technology transfer, new forms of credit, human rights or fair trade.
Consult the modalities to propose a candidate.
The EU-funded FishBase project promotes itself as the “most complete encyclopaedia about fish – free on the internet”. But with the help of sponsors and a dedicated team it has become more than that. What started 15 years ago as a small EU-supported project compiling some key facts about fishes for management and conservation purposes – especially in developing countries –FishBase has blossomed into the largest and most widely used information system of its kind. It has produced handbooks, brochures and CD-ROMS containing all or some of its data. Today, FishBase has information on around 29 000 fish species with 40 100 pictures and thousands of researchers, fisherman and fish enthusiasts the world over use the online database which gets around 1 million visitors each month (up to 20 million hits), ranging from universities, governments, business, NGOs and individuals.

Catchy tools
Data searches on the information system can be by scientific name or more common names applied by FishBase in more than 200 languages, and a search for a fish name reveals a information on endangered species, full details about its typical environment, its importance to different sectors (game and commercial fishermen, aquaculture, etc.), whether its stocks are resilient or not, its distribution, biology, and more.FishBase has also produced a flexible ‘fish-ruler’ especially to build consumer awareness about failing stocks.

The CTA has collaborated with the DG Research experts responsible for the FishBase by promoting the knowledge and use of FishBase known amongst the ACP fisheries experts. The last CTA publication on ACP-EU fisheries relations, which also includes research aspects will be available in February 2006.
Tuesday, 06 December 2005
Caricom ministers of trade, including Dr. Timothy Harris, are gathered in Brussels, Belgium for a series of trade meetings involving representatives from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and their counterparts from the European Union (EU).
The meetings in the main will seek to advance the agenda in relation to the economic partnership agreements successor to the Lome Comventions. Dr. Harris said the EU Council’s decision of sugar price regime will no doubt spur much animated discussions among ACP sugar producing states. Given the high importance of agriculture to our socio-economic development, the ACP must seek to advance agriculture in the Economic Partnership Agreement in the context of adjustment for the development of new and alternative products with export markets and agriculture in support of our tourism sector.
It is important this so-called partnership agreement advance our countries towards a path of sustainable development.
Asked to comment on the importance of the WTO trade talks in Hong Kong for the Caribbean, Dr. Harris said the Caribbean countries want to be part of the global trading system, but not at any cost. In this regard, the Caribbean trade ministers will push for a favourable outcome to Caribbean interests in such areas as small economies, special and differential treatment, public health, rules and trade facilitation. The major items of interest to Caricom states are agriculture and services. Dr. Harris said the ACP Secretariat will provide an update on the status of the negotiations.
EU Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson, explained and debated at length yesterday with the ACP Group, that there are other issues outside the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) which will have an impact on the economies of some of the G90s (Group of 90 developing countries). He referred to the erosion of preferences and in particular the changes to the sugar and bananas regimes which have been agreed very recently. He declared to fully understand the concerns about the social and economic impact which these reforms will have on ACP countries, but these changes were inevitable since were forced on the EU by WTO. The EU is trying to minimise the negative consequences but obviously more is needed in terms of providing economic support for easing the adjustments. He dclared that the EU is committed to maintain and further develop a real partnership with the ACP and other weak and vulnerable developing countries, the G90, through, for instance, the Economic Partnership Agreement which are being negotiated and financial support. On sugar, the EU has already committed 40 millions € but more will be possible in the future after 2006, depending on the adoption of the financial perspectives.