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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The region’s fisheries stakeholders to deepen their understanding of the “blue growth concept” at a two-day workshop in St. George’s, Grenada under the theme, “Investing in Blue Economic Growth” on November 20-21, 2014.   The Blue Growth Concept is mainly concerned about how to generate economic growth from the living resources in the oceans and seas.   The Blue Growth seeks to achieve growth by sustainable use and conservation of aquatic renewable resources in the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) and on the high seas, in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner.

Monday, 24 November 2014

In the wake of the signing of a forest conservation agreement between the Government of Liberia and the European Union through the Government of Norway, where the country stands to benefit US$150 million in exchange for protecting its forest, the Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority says the agreement is not against legal logging activities in the country.Harrison Karnwea in an interview with FrontPageAfrica said the agreement is intended to protect the Liberian forest against illegal logging activities, but under the terms of the agreement logs from legal sources with logging companies in compliance with laws will be permitted for export. 

Friday, 21 November 2014

On the initiative of the Economic Community of Central African States and with the support of the European Union, this conference will address in particular the enhancement of forest ecosystems. On 27-30 October, the General Secretariat of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) is organising the Conference of Ministers on the Green Economy Fund in Central Africa and the structural transformation of the economy of natural resources in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), in collaboration with the Congolese government. This conference on the theme of “Diplomacy-Integration-Governance and a new timber industry” is financed by the European Union (EU) with the technical support of the European Forestry Institute (EFI) and also falls within the scope of the activities of the ECOFAC V programme (fragile ecosystems of Central Africa) and those of the Regional FLEGT Unit and the System of the Green Economy in Central Africa (SEVAC), set up in 2010 by the ECCAS General Secretariat.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The European Union today endorsed a grant contract, signed between the Republic of Kiribati and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, for an additional €2 million (AUD 2.8 million) for the Environmentally Safe Aggregates for Tarawa (ESAT)project. This brings the total European Union financial contribution to the project to €5.2 million (AUD 7.1 million). Implemented in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the project is the first of its kind in the Pacific. It is designed to protect the fragile beaches of South Tarawa from damage caused by unsustainable sand and gravel mining, by providing an environmentally safe supply of aggregates for building materials.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Community groups have welcomed the Papua New Guinea Government's announcement it will abolish special agricultural business leases. Community groups have welcomed the Papua New Guinea Government's announcement it will abolish special agricultural business leases. The leases paved the way for millions of hectares of customarily-owned land to be taken over by large corporations for so-called agricultural projects. The Oakland Institute, an independent policy think tank in the United States, has welcomed the decision with caution. Oakland Institute policy director Frederique Mousseau says there's concern that many leases already issued aren't being revoked.

Monday, 07 July 2014

Today and tomorrow, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and Ministers from 16 ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries will co-sign the first National Indicative Programmes under the 11th European Development Fund for the period 2014-2020 in Nairobi (Kenya). The signing ceremony will take place in the margins of the meeting of the Joint Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the EU, in Nairobi.

Friday, 20 June 2014

The EU launch of the Samoa UN Conference on Small Island Developing States took place on Tuesday 10 June in the European Parliament. The topic covered by the event was the  role for the EU in the Samoa UN Conference on Small Island Developing States. Connie Hedegaard (EU Commissioner for Climate Action) and  Fatumanava Pa'olelei Luteru (EU Ambassador Samoa) made presentations on the topic. H.E. Ronny Jumeau (Ambassador for Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles) also gave a speech.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The European Union has released Sh 500 million for the counties experiencing poor rains in order to prevent food shortage. The money will be channeled through the National Drought Management Agency. Head of Development at the EU in Kenya, Erik Habers, said the funds will be immediately send to 23 arid and semi-arid counties with the aim of reducing the impact of unusually low rainfall on livestock and livelihoods.

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.