Publicity and public relations may not seem like the obvious beginnings to a career in agriculture. However, for Nuria Alvarez of Zamora from Spain, they have proven a perfect fit. Having taken the skills that she learned during her studies and the experience she has gained whilst working in marketing back to her local area, she has developed an innovative new product for her family’s farm.
The European Commission, in cooperation with the European Committee of the Regions, is organising an EU “Conference on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: a Common Agenda to 2020 and Beyond” with the objective to look back at what has been achieved by the EU, to draw on lessons learned and reflect on main challenges for the future. The conference provides the starting point for the public consultation of the final evaluation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.
A recently published JRC article on the link between the ecological condition of Europe’s water resources and the ecosystem services they provide highlights the need to protect and restore aquatic ecosystems.
EMSA’s service of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) is now being used by the Danish authorities to monitor ship emissions around the area of the Great Belt where many large tankers transit on their way to and from the Baltic Sea. The RPAS will specifically measure the ships’ sulphur emissions to check compliance with EU rules governing the sulphur content of marine fuel.
In order to provide additional support to the pollution response mechanisms of EU Member States in a cost efficient way, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) operates, in European waters, a range of oil pollution response (OPR) services consisting of a Network of stand-by oil spill response vessels, Equipment Assistance Service (EAS) including specialised stand-alone equipment arrangements, as well as dispersant stockpiles.
The shoreline is a highly dynamic land-sea interface that provides important services such as ecology, flood protection and recreation. It is constantly modified by wind, waves and tides, and impacted by human activity. Hence, the decadal change of shorelines reflect natural processes as well as human influence, whether positive or negative.
At this conference the European roadmap for the blue bioeconomy will be presented and discussed. You can contribute to the roadmap, get informed on the most important challenges and suggested solutions (on policy, environment and regulation; finance and business development; value chain, markets and consumers; and science, technology and innovation) and get in contact with other professionals working in or interested in the blue bioeconomy.
The European Commission welcomes the final adoption by the Council of a Directive on port reception facilities for the delivery and management of waste from ships. It was proposed in January 2018, together with the Plastics strategy, as part of the Circular Economy Package.
The aim of the conference is to raise awareness on the benefits and opportunities of Baltic mussel production and use, and furthermore establish a Baltic mussel farming Working Group that works to maximise these benefits in the Baltic Sea Region.
For this episode, the Euronews crew goes to Ushant in Brittany and the European Marine Energy Centre in the Orkney Islands, Northern Scotland. They show how waves and tides can become a viable source of clean, renewable energy, with the potential to meet 10% of the EU’s energy needs.