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Newsletter 306

Video guest: Josephine Mwangi

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

European Parliament
-24/25 January: CONCORD 'PCD Report' presented to EU Parliament (Brussels).
-25 January: EP Water Group."Water priorities of the Danish Presidency" (Brussels).
Council of Ministers
-23/24 January: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (Brussels).
ACP Group
-27 January: 2nd meeting on ACP-EU Dialogue on Migration and Development (Brussels).

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We recently met Nicolas Chevrollier, Deputy Programme Manager Innovation for development, TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) in Brussels. He participated in a panel discussion that aimed at identifying the policy and business requirements that foster ICT-based entrepreneurship and bottom-up developments in Africa. Speaking of the ICT investment opportunities in Africa, he thinks that donors can play a key role supporting ICT education.

The next Brussels Development Briefing will take place on the 22 February 2012 and will be organised in partnership with the African Union Commission, the European Commission (DG DEVCO) the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various media partners.
The Briefing will provide an overview of the main challenges affecting the pastoralists, especially in the ACP countries, and the opportunities provided by existing continental and regional policy frameworks and processes. It will then focus on sharing good practices and experiences from the field across regions. We will also identify what urgent and concrete policy actions need to be in place to increase support pastoralism.
The Briefing will be fully webstreamed in English and French. To see the programme, to register for the Briefing and to follow the webstream on22 February (from 8h30 a.m. to13.00 p.m. CET) please visit brusselsbriefings.

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The adaptive and integrated tools and strategies for natural resources management (AFROMAISON) will be financed under 7th FWP (Seventh Framework Programme) for an amount of 4.15 million euro. The main outputs of AFROMAISON are a toolbox, short-term to long-term strategies, quick wins (much gains with little effort) and operational strategies for adaptation to global change. It will focus on the three groups of tools: strategies for restoration and adaptation (including sustainable landscape intensification), economic tools and incentives for Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) and tools for spatial planning.

Following a European Parliament vote "Biocides" - ranging from rat poisons to disinfectants - will be subject to tougher safety checks. The aim is to better protect human health and the environment, while streamlining the marketing approval process.

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