The European Investment Bank (EIB), as a key player in international development, will be announcing a number of initiatives with its partners on the margins of the IMF/ World Bank Group annual meetings, taking place in Washington DC.
A summary of the exchange of views is now available.
The 26th NAT commission meeting will be held on the 12th November 2019 in the building of the European Committee of the regions in Brussels, room JDE 52.
Cross-border health care and Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests will be the main topics.
The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) connects over 3 000 ecosystem scientists, policymakers and other experts across the world.
European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, and Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Qu Dongyu, today signed a new agreement which will see the EU provide an additional €9 million to support the UN agency’s work in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
1. What are priority pests?
The 20 pests on the list published by the European Commission in October 2019 are quarantine pests that have been identified as top priorities for EU Member States based on the severity of the economic, social and environmental problems they can cause. They include Xylella fastidiosa, the Japanese beetle, the Asian long-horned beetle, citrus greening and citrus black spot.
Every year, millions of tonnes of litter make their way to our beaches, seas and ocean. It is estimated that 80% of this litter comes from land-based sources like beach littering, land-fills and street litter carried to the sea by untreated municipal sewage, rivers and flood water. It is thus no surprise that the top three litter items found on our beaches are drink bottles and caps, cigarette butts and cotton bud sticks. The map of the week shows the average number of cigarette related litter items along 100 metre segments of the European beaches.
Following a new methodology, the JRC assessed a list of quarantine pests for their potential economic, social and environmental impact on EU agriculture and forestry. The bacterium Xylella fastidiosa affecting olive trees, almond, grapevine among other important crops, as well as the Japanese beetle, Citrus Black Spot, Citrus greening and the Asian long-horned beetle are among the top ranking pests affecting plant health in Europe. This ranking has helped the Commission to list 20 quarantine pests as priority pests. The list is published today.
A recent JRC report presents a novel approach for assessing the impact of invasive alien species on ecosystem services: Classification of Invasive Alien Taxa Impacts on Ecosystem Services (CATIES). As a case study, it shows how the approach can be applied to evaluate the impact of the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) on pollination. The cost estimates for some areas are in the millions.
Natura 2000 is a transnational network of sites for threatened species and habitats which covers almost a fifth of the EU’s landmass and seas. At such scale, it needs to be managed at national level. Large integrated projects from LIFE are powerful tools to deliver the necessary funding and coordination.
Le Comité européen des régions, à l’initiative de Jacques Blanc (FR / PPE), maire de La Canourgue, a adopté à l’unanimité l’avis sur le pastoralisme lors de la session plénière d’octobre. La préservation de l’activité pastorale est nécessaire pour maintenir l’agriculture sur l’ensemble du territoire afin de préserver un tissu rural vivant , mais aussi pour atteindre nos objectifs environnementaux et climatiques soulignent les responsables des gouvernements locaux. Le maintien de l’activité pastorale permet également le développement du tourisme dans les zones rurales et la lutte contre les incendies et les avalanches. La politique agricole commune (PAC), mais aussi la politique environnementale et sociale doivent donc davantage prendre en compte le pastoralisme.