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European Commission Evaluates 2002-2012 Environment Action Programme [viewed]

31 August 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its final assessment of the implementation of the sixth Environment Action Programme (EAP) of the EU over the past decade, highlighting progress, shortcomings and lessons learned in relation to biodiversity, climate change and the green economy.

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EU Report Highlights Growth in Global Photovoltaics Production [viewed]

5 September 2011: The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a report that indicates that the global production of photovoltaics (PV) has more than doubled in 2010, making it one of the world's fastest growing industries.

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EU-South Africa Summit Discusses Preparations for Durban and Rio+20 [viewed]

15 September 2011: The leaders of South Africa and the European Union (EU) met on 15 September 2011 at Kruger National Park, South Africa, to reaffirm their commitment to a strategic partnership based on shared values and interests, including sustainable development, climate change and biodiveristy.

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EU Member States Endorse Procurement Agreements for ETS Phase 3 Allowance Auctions [viewed]

14 September 2011: EU Member States ave endorsed two draft agreements on the practical modalities for procuring the common auction platform and single auction monitor for phase 3 of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

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EU Agriculture Ministers Discuss Energy Use of Biomass of Agricultural Origin [viewed]

20 September 2011: The EU agriculture ministers, meeting in the Council on 20 September 2011 in Brussels, Belgium, held an exchange of views on the energy use of biomass of agricultural origin as an important element of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Vehicle Emissions [viewed]

21 September 2011: The European Commission has launched a public consultation on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from road transport, with a view to obtaining the views of individuals and organizations on the relevance and impact of proposed strategy and legislation.

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EEAS Publishes Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel [viewed]

21 September 2011: The European External Action Service (EEAS) published on a Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel, including climate change adaptation.

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UNCCD and Partners Launch Economics of Land Degradation Initiative [viewed]

UNCCD21 September 2011: The European Commission, the German Government and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have launched the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative.

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ACP MEAs Project Newsletter Features Caribbean Policy Responses in Small Vulnerable Economies [viewed]

20 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released a newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter features a guest article by Garfield Barnwell, CARICOM Secretariat, on policy responses for sustainable development in the Caribbean region.

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EU, Switzerland Continue Negotiations on Linking their Emissions Trading Systems [viewed]

20 September 2011: The second round of negotiations between the EU and Switzerland on linking their carbon emissions trading systems was held on 20 September 2011, in Zurich, Switzerland. The negotiations seek to develop an agreement under which Switzerland and the EU would recognize each other's carbon emissions allowances.

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