Study: Alternative global transition pathways to 2050: Prospects for the bioeconomy

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (18 November 2019)

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Information Note: Statements by the EU and its Members States on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE): Twenty-fifth session of the Committee on Environmental Policy (CEP 25) (Geneva, 13-15 November 2019)

Agenda: EU co-ordination meeting ahead of the Convention on Biological Diversity (19 November 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – Post-2020 CAP Reform (18 November 2019)

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Amendments to Draft Resolution: EP ENVI Committee on the COP15 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – Kunming (2020)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Expert Group for Horizontal Questions concerning the CAP (main group) (19 November 2019)

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Commission Staff Working Document: EU green public procurement criteria for public space maintenance

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Conclusions on the updated Bioeconomy Strategy “A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: strenghtening the connection between economy, society and the environment”

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Camera Deputaților (RO) – COM(2019) 22 final

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Report: From a drop in the ocean to a wave of change – Review of Commissioner Vella’s mandate (2014-2019)

Over the course of my 5-year mandate as the European Union’s Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, I have had many opportunities to consider this phrase. In debates, I have heard the phrase too many times: “It’s just a drop in the ocean”.

Yet after these five extraordinary and fulfilling years, I am left with hope. Why? Because I have worked with so many people who are passionate about furthering the green and blue agenda. NGOs, campaigners, yes, but also business leaders, politicians at every level, economists and many individual citizens. In addition, I am more convinced than ever that change is happening.

Press Release: Changes in soil carbon, biodiversity and ecotoxicity should be considered when assessing environmental impact of dairy products

Considering the impact on soil carbon, biodiversity and ecotoxicity is important when assessing the environmental footprint of dairy products, suggests a new study, which explored the impacts of organic and conventional milk production in three types of system established in Western Europe. The study found that organic milk production had a significantly lower impact on ecotoxicity and biodiversity than conventional milk production, and suggests that including soil carbon changes in the assessment would result in greater reductions in the carbon footprint of organic, rather than conventional, milk — in some cases by up to 18%.

UPDATED – Agenda: Special Committee on Agriculture (12 November 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Forestry (25 November 2019)

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Press Release: EIT Climate-KIC strengthens biodiversity

EIT Climate-KIC developed a suite of initiatives with systemic impact that integrate nature-based solutions and related strategies, such as granular-level urban greening, normalising climate resilience labelling for properties, scaling sustainable food production and reducing emissions through plant-based diets.

Press Release: EU invests €240 million for nature, environment and climate action

This autumn more than 120 new projects will be funded under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, helping Europe shift to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. Approximately €240 million will go to projects in the fields of nature and biodiversity, environment and resource efficiency, and climate action, mobilising additional investments in these areas.

Press Release: New tool to help local crop varieties flourish

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations today published new guidelines aimed at assuring crop diversity and farmers’ resilience to plant genetic resource loss. The Voluntary Guidelines for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Farmers Varieties/Landraces are a valuable aid to countries in developing national plans to conserve these critical crop resources.

Press Release: Commission publishes updated EU feed protein supply

The drought observed in 2018 in Europe had a significant impact on the overall feed supply for 2018/19. The level of EU self-sufficiency and total feed supply decreased compared to the previous years. The self-sufficiency dropped from 80% to 77%, with a lower availability of roughage, partly replaced by higher maize imports. The total feed supply was down by 4%, to 83 million tonnes, due to the reduced size of cattle and pig herd. These are among the key findings of the 2018/19 EU feed protein balance sheet, published today by the European Commission.

UPDATED – Commission expert group on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) (main group) (2 & 3 October 2019)

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Fostering Sustainable Space Economy – Policy debate

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Agenda: Working Party on Development Cooperation (18 November 2019)

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Event: Rethinking territorial balances between urban and rural areas in the European Mountains: How can innovation support win-win solutions? (Brussels, 20 November 2019)

During this conference, Euromontana will give the floor to representatives of the European Commission, researchers, representatives of regions and practitioners. Speakers will explore how innovation can help develop win-win solutions between urban and rural areas in the mountains. The event will also be an opportunity to investigate on the possibilities to support this vision within the framework of the new Cohesion Policy

Event: European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (Helsinki, 19 November 2019)

The main theme of the IMPEL meeting is the promotion of the implementation of EU environmental law. The agenda features discussions on projects realised in 2019 and those planned for 2020, the Commission’s remarks, and a situation report on the Commission’s Environmental Compliance Assurance actions, including the EU’s role in applying the Aarhus Convention.

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