Written Answer to Question: Redundancies at RAG

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinion of the European Committee of the Regions — Implementation of the EU Forest Strategy

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Press Release: A tool for better forest management – LiDAR data improves accuracy of land-cover maps, Spain

A study of two forest ecosystems in Spain has found that land-cover maps of watersheds, ecosystems hosting key interactions between vegetation, wildlife, and water, are made more accurate by the inclusion of LiDAR data — a type of remote sensing that pulses laser light at a target to measure vertical distances for use in 3D-mapping an environment.

Press Release: Earthworms are essential for soil quality, reducing crop pathogens and ensuring yield

Soil biodiversity, soil quality, and soil health are integral to protecting the natural environment. Soils are crucial to food production and human well-being, as highlighted by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The abundance of soil biota is of great importance for the provision of associated ecosystem services (ES) and fundamental driver of self-regulation in soil.

Event: Anchors Away – Networking event on mitigating the impact of anchoring on Posidonia beds (Athens, 21 & 22 November 2019)

This workshop in Athens aims to bring together experts and managers to present and discuss best practices, available methods and tools for managing direct impacts on seagrass meadows, as well as explore funding opportunities for the implementation of concrete conservation actions at local and regional scales.

Press Release: Humanitarian Aid: additional €50 million to tackle drought in the Horn of Africa

The European Commission is mobilising a further €50 million in emergency humanitarian funding to help the people hit by drought in the Horn of Africa. With many in the region relying on livestock herding and subsistence farming, the prolonged drought is having devastating consequences on food availability and livelihoods. Today’s additional funding brings total EU humanitarian aid to the region to €366.5 million since 2018.

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1325 of 27 May 2019 granting a derogation requested by the United Kingdom with regard to Northern Ireland pursuant to Council Directive 91/676/EEC concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources (notified under document C(2019) 3816)

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UPDATED – Press Release: Environmental Implementation Review: Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (15 July 2019)

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Event: On the way to modern agriculture: balance between biodiversity, innovation and yields (Berlin, 27 September 2019)

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Event: IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition (Copenhagen, 18-23 October 2020)

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition is the global event for water professionals covering the entire water cycle. As the Congress rotates through cities and countries each event has an extra emphasis on issues of specific interest to the region.

Roadmap: EU farm policy – impact on sustainable management of the soil

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Event: On the way to modern agriculture: balance between biodiversity, innovation and earnings (Berlin, 27 September 2019)

This event will be held in German.

Wir befassen uns u.a. mit folgenden Fragen:

– Wie können EU-Institutionen ihre Regulierungen so gestalten, dass sowohl Innovationen als auch das Geschäft der Landwirte florieren?
– Wo liegt die richtige Balance zwischen Innovation und Sicherheit (Risikominderung)?
– Welche Vorteile haben neue Pflanzenzüchtungsverfahren für Verbraucher und die Nahrungsmittelqualität? Werden sie den Ansprüchen der Gesellschaft an eine gute Ernährung gerecht?
– Kann Innovation auch dazu beitragen, ökologische und internationale Herausforderungen in der Entwicklung zu lösen? Wenn ja, welche Innovationen braucht es?
– Wenn bestimmte Pestizidklassen verboten werden und es keine Alternativen gibt, was sind realistische Optionen für Landwirte?

Press Release: European agriculture should develop towards agroecology

The EU needs to put greater emphasis on short supply chains and agroecology in farming in order to preserve its agriculture and make it more resilient to new challenges, such as climate change. Agroecology is also a way to secure our food supply, make our food healthier and as such raise its value.

Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues – Desertification (30 July 2019)

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Poslanecká sněmovna (CZ)

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UPDATED – Communication from the Commission – Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests

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Event: International LIFE FRANCA conference on flood risk anticipation and communication in the Alps (Trento, Italy, 21 & 22 October 2019)

Organised as part of the LIFE FRANCA project, held at the University of Trento, Italy.

Includes lectures on interactions between natural hazards and social phenomena, and adopting long term perspectives.

Event: 10th Ecosystem Services Partnership (Hannover, 21-25 October 2019)

The Ecosystem Services Partnership aims to facilitate discussion and cooperation amongst those working in the field of ecosystem services, and its members especially. In order to do so, ESP has organised international conferences annually since 2008.

ESP is happy to announce that our 10th world conference will take place in Hannover, Germany from 21-25 October, 2019. 

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