According to recent updates, protected negotiations on comprehensive Economic Parntership Agreements (EPA) between the East African Community (EAC) member countries and the European Union (EU) are expected to restart in a few months, and probably be concluded within this year.
Financed under 7th FWP, a key pillar for the European Research Area (ERA), and for an amount of 1.27 million euro, the AFRICAN Climate Project has been launched. Its main aim is the development, operation and promotion of a web-based Knowledge Platform for efficient dissemination of climate change research results and good practices, to encourage users for uptake of success stories and research knowledge in new projects. Thereby, the project will contribute to mitigate climate change impacts on African regions and help communities to adapt to the changing climatic conditions.
A scientific paper recently published by Science shows that a limited number of air quality measures can substantially mitigate global warming and have significant benefits for human health and agriculture. Together with twelve partners from all over the world, including UNEP, NASA and the Stockholm Environment Institute, JRC scientists identified 14 emission control measures that can best help to limit global warming and improve health and food security in the coming decades.
The 1994 Forest and Wildlife Policy is now being reviewed by the Ghana's Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. This review was notably needed by several issues, such as institutional and legislative reforms within the forest sector. Moreover, this review was also desirabe regarding current global initiatives, such as the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between the Government of Ghana and the European Union (EU), the EU's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and the Non-Legally Binding Instruments (NLBI) project .
Martin Schulz, will be the new European Parliament president until the beginning of the next legislature in July 2014. He has been elected with 387 votes in favour out of 670 cast. Martin Schulz (S&D, Germany) replaces the outgoing President Jerzy Buzek (EPP, Poland). Parliament's standing committees will elect their Chairs and Vice-Chairs during the week starting on Monday 23 January.