The European GNSS Agency (GSA) discusses how using European GNSS (i.e., Galileo and EGNOS) with Copernicus, Europe’s Earth Observation programme, can help the world meet its Sustainable Development Goals as set out by the United Nations.
The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission is organising a two-day workshop on 15-16 March 2018 in Portorož, Slovenia. Participants will discuss how to apply maritime spatial planning (MSP) in small sea spaces. Specific challenges emerge in small sea areas, whether they fall under national competence or they are part of a multi-scale, nested approach. Both cases present real challenges: high concentration of uses, intense land-sea interactions, limited availability of free space and the need for transboundary cooperation (among countries and among regions within a country).
The forum will bring together the main ocean observing funders, implementers and users in Europe. It will examine the extent to which the current observing systems are sustainable today, and what opportunities and threats there are.
There are over a thousand species of birds found in Kenya and understanding species distribution is key to facilitating their conservation. Since the last Kenyan bird distribution map was made, almost thirty years ago, many invasive bird species have upset the natural balance, certain native species have dwindled in numbers, and concerns have grown over the effect of climate change.
Sixty EU regions which have set energy as a priority in their Smart Specialisation Strategies will now move to the practical phase – implementing pilot activities and defining business and funding plans.
A summary of the exchange of views is available with a focus on environment and climate change issues.
European shipowners welcome the Plastic Strategy adopted by the European Commission last week. The coherent and impressively first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastic forming part of the transition towards a more circular economy also included the long awaited revision of the Ports Reception Facilities Directive. The new proposal aims to achieve a higher level of protection of the marine environment and introduces measures to prevent marine litter. It aims to ensure there are adequate port reception facilities available, require an advance waste notification from ships and transparency of the waste delivery fee charging structures. The majority of marine litter originates from land-based activities but shipping has an important role to play in controlling the ship-generated waste.
The majority of chemicals on a combined list of more than 2700 potential marine contaminants are what’s known as ’emerging pollutants’: substances that have the potential to enter the environment and cause adverse ecological and human health effects, but are still largely unregulated and whose fate and potential effects are poorly understood.
The EU’s outermost regions qualify for special treatment owing to structural difficulties, such as remoteness, difficult topography or economic dependence on a few products, which can severely hamper their development. Specific support mechanisms exist under cohesion, agricultural and fisheries policies, with the Commission outlining measures aimed at assisting outermost regions in its communications published in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Nevertheless, with the outermost regions continuing to face numerous challenges in areas such as mobility, unemployment and climate change, discussions were launched on the formulation of a new strategy, which was published in October 2017.
A third of the EIB Group’s activity, i.e € 3 billion in new funding: France leads the Juncker Plan beneficiary countries with Italy.
This Round Table organised by the Science Business Network aims to once more bring the importance of Oceans in the food chain up to discussion.
The EU is the first touristic destination in the world and Europe’s rich maritime heritage offers huge opportunities for further sustainable coastal tourism. New companies successful in the “Nautical Routes of Europe” call kicked of their projects today.