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Sunday, 23 September 2018

The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) has launched a website dedicated to informing and influencing fishing policy reform in the European Union (EU) in favour of small-scale fisheries. The reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is a once-in-ten-year event. The current review and reform process is the third such in the entire history of the CFP, created in 1983,and reviewed in 1992 and 2002.

The European Commission is increasingly inclined to ban Atlantic bluefin tuna fishing, thus supporting Monaco's proposal to list the species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) next March. Highly appreciated by sushi lovers and overfished for years, in Asia, especially in Japan, bluefin tuna prices can fetch up to $100,000 for a single fish. But the EU will not fully commit until its 27 member countries have been consulted on September 21 or before new scientific data emerges in November.
Monday, 28 September 2009
The Seychelles Fishing Boat Owners’ Association’s website is now online. The site was created by the SFA (Seychelles Fishing Authority) with technical support from the CDE. It is a means of promoting the products of Seychelles artisanal fisheries as part of a broader programme to promote all Seychelles fisheries products.
The European Commission is to provide €3 million to relieve the most urgent needs of victims of the severe flooding that hit West Africa in early September. Particular attention will be paid to the inhabitants of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Almost 150,000 people have been affected by the floods. The funding is to be managed by the Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) under the direct responsibility of Commissioner Karel De Gucht. A fact-finding mission by a Commission humanitarian aid expert found that 150000 people were affected to varying degrees.
The Agriculture Commissioner for the EU, Mariann Fischer Boel, recently warned at an EU Commission meeting that a shortage of soybean meal for animal feed could add to financial problems for EU livestock producers. This summer small amounts of a biotech corn approved in the U.S., but not in the EU, were found in soybean meal imports from the U.S.
A Needs Prioritization workshop has opened at the International Convention Centre Lilendaal, Georgetown, to help African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states build capacity to address environmental issues by addressing critical issues relating to the implementation of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and to empower ACP countries with critical knowledge, skills and abilities to increase the implementation rate of MEAs.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009

The European Commission today put forward a blueprint for scaling up international finance to help developing countries combat climate change. This initiative aims to maximise the chances of concluding an ambitious global climate change agreement at the December U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen. By 2020 developing countries are likely to face annual costs of around 100 billion to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

The European Commission is working on a Communication covering all aspects of Global Health. It will hold a public consultation on the topic this autumn and plans to adopt the Communication at the start of 2010 to allow the Spanish Presidency of the EU to chair discussions upon it. Three departments of the European Commission will each draft a paper to accompany the overall Communication. The issues addressed being global health equity, global health coherence and global health knowledge.
A new International Fairtrade Towns website has been launched on July 14 by the Fairtrade Foundation with partners across Europe. The new website is aimed at connecting nearly 700 Fairtrade towns in 18 countries, by combining information about the history of Fairtrade Towns internationally, a Google map, the latest news and events, as well as downloadable resources and tools. An interactive social networking section is to be present, where campaigners can share ideas through forums and discussion groups. It's currently available in eight languages and is part of a three-year European Union funded Fairtrade Towns in Europe project launched in 2007.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Despite the efforts made in recent years by the European Union, to alleviate the suffering of animals sent to slaughter, the problem still exists. Each year, more than 360 million pigs, sheep and calves, 330 million chickens and 25 million fur-bearing animals are slaughtered in the European Union and almost each European country still has its own excessively cruel slaughtering rules. In addition, many animals simply die during their transportation to the slaughterhouses, according to European analysts. Amid the tightening of national legislations, regulating slaughtering, many European farmers prefer to export their live cattle to other countries where the slaughter is performed by methods that are banned in their own countries. Many experts have hopes for the new European regulations in the area of slaughtering, which has already been developed by some European experts in the middle of last year.