Join us at this Policy Learning Platform Workshop to meet other Interreg project partners, Managing Authorities and Priority networks and exchange experience and knowledge on ‘Developing healthy and prosperous urban eco-systems’.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.