The European Commission launched on April 27 in Brussels a strategy to help the 27 EU member states to “better prepare” for the impact of climate changes
The adopted documents aim to provide a coherent and improved coordination of the response to the impacts of climate change at local, regional, national and EU levels.
The European Parliament is debating a draft biopiracy law requiring industry to ask for the written consent of local or indigenous people before exploring their region’s genetic resources or making use of their traditional know-how and compensate them accordingly.
The EU biofuels policy may have a negative impact on developing countries, in terms of enjoyment of the right to food, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, wrote to the EU Member States and the European Commission on April 18th.
Global funding for programs mainly focused on helping developing countries adapt to the effects of climate change fell from $3.1 billion in 2010 to $1.8 billion in 2011, the latest report on global spending levels on development aid of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - published on 3rd of April - shows.
The European Commission has put out a call for the opinions of stakeholders and the public alike on what needs to feature in the next global agreement on climate change, with the launch on March 26 of a consultative paper containing questions aimed at shaping the debate.
The paper (Consultative Communication), titled ”The 2015 International Climate Change Agreement: Shaping international climate policy beyond 2020,” was launched ahead of a stakeholder conference being organized by the commission on April 17.
EU demand for Brazilian beef and soy is contributing to deforestation of the Amazon and rising CO2 emissions, says a report by the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) - an independent Oslo-based think tank- published on 4th of April.
A majority of EU environment ministers expressed concern over the European Commission’s proposed 5% cap on the inclusion of biofuels in member states’ renewable energy targets, despite evidence that the fuel can have a worse impact on carbon emissions than conventionally extracted oil, and that demand for fuels from grain crops like wheat or soy would drive higher food prices and encourage land-grabs in countries producing the monoculture feedstocks.
A conservation agricultural approach known as 'Push-Pull' technology that exploits natural insect-plant and insect-insect relationships can be used to control pests as stemborers and striga weed in maize fields, and thus dramatically improve livelihoods of resource poor farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has issued on 1 March 2013 a call for proposals for the second tranche of the European Union (EU)-supported programme on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).