The Finnish forest reindeer, a rare sub-species of reindeer, is returning to the wild in western Finland thanks to the WildForestReindeerLIFE project.
The European Commission released its communication and timeline for the European Green Deal. Upgrading energy and climate targets along with new strategies and legislation for climate adaptation, air quality and biodiversity protection are amongst the measures ahead. While COP25 negotiations block on international carbon market rules, the EU’s assembly of local and regional representatives calls on the Parties of the Paris agreement to foster cooperation with cities and regional governments as the only way to deliver effective climate action and reverse global warming.
In April 2019, the European investment bank (EIB) and the European Commission announced nearly € 1 billion of financing for the agriculture and bioeconomy sectors across Europe. The financing, channelled through intermediary banks, includes a window with favourable lending conditions for young farmers financing.
BIOKET 2020 has an inspiring and targeted conference program which will tackle topics such as advanced and innovative biomass pretreatment; technologies for biomass conversion and functionalization; extraction, separation and purification of biomass; process modelisation and analytical methods and tools; innovative tools; design of bioprocesses, advanced fermentation.
A fitness check of the Water Framework Directive, its associated Directives, and the Floods Directive concludes that they are overall fit for purpose, with some room for enhanced effectiveness. Despite improvements in the protection of water bodies and flood risk management, the evaluation points to insufficient level of implementation by Member States and by sectors with a heavy impact on water such as agriculture, energy and transport.
Brussels, 11 December 2019 – Today, the European Commission officially released the ‘The European Green Deal’, a comprehensive plan guiding the climate policy choices for the next five years. The final objective is to reach climate neutrality in 2050 by increasing the overall ambition across several, contemporary sectors such as energy, transport, agriculture and finance.
The Council today adopted a set of conclusions on the implementation by the EU of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are considered essential for ending poverty and ensuring a peaceful, healthy and secure life for current and future generations.
Demand for dairy products, especially for cheese, is expected to continue rising, leading to higher EU milk production for 2019-30. In parallel, the African swine fever outbreak in Asia will continue to affect the global meat market and trade flows. These are just a few of the projections from the European Union agricultural outlook for 2019-30 report published on 10 December 2019 by the European Commission.
The European Commission, in cooperation with the European Committee of the Regions, is organising an EU Conference “Halting the loss of pollinators: The role of the EU agricultural and regional development policies”.
The event aims to look back at what has been achieved in the 2014-2020 period and discuss how to step up actions in the future.
EBRD, GCF and Luxembourg to boost climate finance in Serbian leasing sector. €20 million to UniCredit Leasing to support climate finance. Small and medium-sized enterprises to receive finance (leasing) for climate mitigation and resilience projects.