Intergovernmental Organization

EU Approves New Rules on Illegal Timber [viewed]

3 December 2010: New rules to prevent illegal timber being sold on the European market have come into force across the EU, in order to strengthen efforts to halt illegal logging causing serious environmental damage and biodiversity loss, and undermining sustainable forest management. 

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European States Will Develop Network of Offshore Windfarms [viewed]

3 December 2010: Ten European States have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to proceed with the development of a network of offshore windfarms in the North Seas covering a surface area of about 760,000 km².

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IUCN Releases Publication on Climate Change and Biodiversity in the EU Overseas Entities [viewed]

29 November 2010: IUCN, in collaboration with France's ONERC (Observatoire National sur les Effets du Réchauffement Climatique), has released a background paper on the proceedings of the IUCN Conference “The European Union and its Overseas Entities: Strategies to Counter Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss.”

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Guest Article #52: The Role of Renewable Energy in Achieving Climate Goals [viewed]

The past twelve months have seen some important developments in international climate policy, preparing the ground for the adoption of new measures in the coming years. The UN negotiations on climate change held in December 2009 in Copenhagen did not result in a legally-binding agreement on limiting emissions of greenhouse gases.

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Africa, EU Adopt Tripoli Declaration [viewed]

30 November 2010: The Third Africa-EU Summit, held in Tripoli, Libya, from 29-30 November 2010, concluded with the adoption of the Tripoli Declaration, in which African and European leaders commit to make their partnership more responsive. 

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EU Announces Climate Change Windows for Regional Funding [viewed]

29 November 2010: The EU has announced specific climate change "windows" in all EU regional investment facilities, to enable tracking of all climate change-related projects funded by the EU, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and other European Finance Institutions, encompassing both public and private investments in the areas of transport, energy, environment, water, sanitation and forests.

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EEA Releases Fourth Environment State and Outlook Report [viewed]

30 November 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released its fourth Environment State and Outlook report (SOER 2010), which aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of environmental change in Europe and action taken to shift to a resource-efficient green economy.

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OECD Publishes Report on Corporate Green Growth Activities [viewed]

29 November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report titled "Green and growth go together: The business case for a low-carbon economy."

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Pacific Island Countries Hold Pre-Cancun Meeting [viewed]

27 November 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) coordinated a meeting of the Pacific islands countries in Cancun, Mexico, from 21-23 November 2010, to support negotiators from the Pacific region in finetuning their position ahead of the Cancun Climate Change Conference.

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Pacific Islands Marine Outlook 2010 Released [viewed]

26 November 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Progamme (SPREP) has announced the release of the Pacific Marine Outlook 2010, which synthesizes current information regarding the state of, and responses to, a variety of threats for the Pacific Islands region.

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