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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Europe will benefit as much as Africa, if it uses its public purse to fund climate mitigation and adaptation measures in the developing world, the UN Environment Programme’s executive director has told EurActiv. Achim Steiner was speaking shortly before a meeting of the inter-sessional committee of the UNFCCC in Bonn yesterday (10 June), at which developing countries reportedly demanded an initial tranche of $15 billion to be provided from richer governments, by November.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The European Commission has published an on-line consultation to seek the public's views on a future EU initiative to halt biodiversity loss. Biodiversity – the natural world that surrounds us – is in decline around the world, often as a result of human activities. Even when efforts are made to minimize such damage, there is often a residual impact. If we are to stop the decline, losses resulting from human activities must be balanced by gains: when gains are at least equivalent to the losses, the principle of "No Net Loss" is respected.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The Commission admitted that the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) is suffering from an excess of 2.1 billion tons. Environmentalists want the EU excutive to publish more information on the matter.  The European Emissions Trading System (ETS) is expected to contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in Europe and to help Member States to achieve their goals in terms of climate. However, at 5 Euros per ton of CO2, the ETS does not really encourage switching from coal to other resources, such as renewable energy or gas.

Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Today the European Commission adopted a Communication to contribute to the EU position in international negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as the follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The SDGs are intended to reinforce the international community's commitment to eradicating poverty and supporting sustainable development, challenges that affect the lives of current and future generations. The Commission Communication describes key principles and proposes priority areas and potential targets for the years following 2015, as a step towards establishing a limited number of Sustainable Development Goals.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014

The fifth African water week opened Monday in Dakar, gathering delegations from several African and European countries and international non-governmental organizations operating in the domain of water and sanitation. During the meeting, participants will discuss the current situation and make recommendations for a better access to water and sanitation within the framework of the UN post-2015 development programme.

Monday, 02 June 2014

Madagascar is amongst the countries most vulnerable to climate change. In spite of efforts in terms of implementation of national adaptation and mitigation policies, there remains much to be done to fight the adverse effects on the population: increase in temperature and sea levels, the frequency of natural disasters such as cyclones and floods or atmospheric pollution. This is why the European Union has contributed 8 million euros to the Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests to help reinforce actions against climate change.

EU Biodiversity for Life (B4Life) marks a change in the way the EU provides support to protect biodiversity in developing countries. In the face of the growing global threats to biodiversity, it provides for more resources, strengthened capacity and better coordination with partners.  B4Life is one of EuropeAid’s new flagship initiatives, designed to encourage broad, cross-sector partnerships to tackle major development challenges. For B4Life, this means addressing the related challenges of protecting biodiversity and building sustainable livelihoods in a green economy.

Monday, 26 May 2014

The European Union and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have signed a financing agreement totalling approximately EC$39.5 million (EUR 10.6 million) to support Climate Change activities in OECS Member States. Specifically the project is designed to support the efforts of OECS Member states in protecting their natural resource base, which is so vital to their economies, as it relates to the present and future impact of Climate Change. It will also enhance the OECS's Secretariat and Members States' capacity to undertake sustainable land management policies and will finance climate change adaptation pilot projects in each OECS Member State.

Monday, 12 May 2014

The Caribbean’s conch and lobster fisheries remains under threat despite regional efforts to protect it, regional fisheries officials said. The issue is at the top of the agenda of the 12th meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, the main technical and scientific decision-making institution of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). The agency coordinates the management of fisheries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

A new gateway to climate change knowledge relating to Africa, the AfriCAN Climate Portal, is launched. AfriCAN Climate is a project co-funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme. The project was launched by a consortium of 5 African and 5 European organisations - Enda Energie, FANRPAN, University of the Witwatersrand, World Agroforestry Centre, ICPAC/IGAD, Imperial College, P.A.U Education, UNEP Riso Centre and Practical Action - and runs from October 2011 to September 2014. Its objective is to encourage project developers and stakeholders to learn and benefit from Africa’s challenges and success stories.