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"Seasons" in Natura 2000

"Seasons" in Natura 2000

10/03/2016

After making his name as an international film star in the 1960s, Frenchman Jacques Perrin has dedicated much of his professional life over almost three decades to producing a series of remarkable wildlife documentaries.

Nature and Biodiversity

 
Rhino poaching increased by 7000 % in South Africa between 2007 and 2013 threatening the species’

New Action Plan to combat wildlife trafficking

03/03/2016

Wildlife trafficking has become one of the most profitable activities for global organised crime networks. It decimates biodiversity, fuels corruption and threatens economic development in some of the world’s poorest regions. The EU has published a five-year Action Plan to address the problem.

Nature and Biodiversity

 
field margin planted with wildflowers

Safeguarding and enhancing Europe's nature demands much more decisive action

29/01/2016

A mid-term review of the EU's Biodiversity Strategy released in October underlines the need for increased efforts to halt biodiversity loss by 2020.

Nature and Biodiversity

 
Black vulture (Aegypius monachus)

LIFE invests in 122 new projects

27/01/2016

The European Commission has announced the 96 environment projects and 26 climate action projects that will receive €197.35 million co-financing from the LIFE programme, the EU’s main funding instrument for the environment and climate action.

Funding and LIFE

 
The benefits of playing outside

The benefits of playing outside

26/01/2016

More outdoor green spaces can improve cognitive development in European primary schoolchildren, EU-funded researchers have confirmed in a ground-breaking new study.

Urban, Noise and Health

 
Know your Environmental Footprint

Know your Environmental Footprint

22/01/2016

The European Commission takes stock of progress towards an EU-wide method to measure the Environmental Footprint of 26 products and organisations.

Industry and Technology

 
Best practices in river management

EU plays pivotal role in achieving global climate deal

18/01/2016

History was made in Paris in December 2015, when 195 countries united to adopt the first-ever global legally binding agreement to tackle climate change, with the European Union playing a pivotal role.

Climate action

 
Best practices in river management

Sharing best river-restoration practices

15/01/2016

December 2015 was the wettest month ever recorded in the UK, with widespread flooding. Restoring rivers to their natural flow instead of straightening them or building flood defences can alleviate or even prevent flooding. A database of river-restoration practices funded by the LIFE programme contains a wealth of good examples

Funding and LIFE

 
In a circular economy waste is an economic resource

Taking Europe closer to the circular economy

06/01/2016

The Commission's new Circular Economy Package will encourage businesses and consumers to switch to a more circular economic model, where resources are used in smarter way. It aims to generate sustainable growth and create new jobs by addressing a range of different economic sectors.

Resource efficiency

 
Marine protected areas bring multiple benefits

Marine protected areas bring multiple benefits

23/12/2015

Significant progress has been made in establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) in Europe’s seas, bringing benefits for both the environment and the economy.

Water, Marine and Coast

 
20 years of EMAS!

20 years of EMAS!

06/11/2015

The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), a voluntary environmental management instrument, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. What’s the key to its longevity?

Environmental law

 
Waste infringement case offers lessons for all

Waste infringement case offers lessons for all

23/10/2015

The European Commission has just closed a decade-long case against Ireland for multiple and systemic infringement of the EU Waste Framework Directive. 

Waste

 
The view from Ireland

The view from Ireland

23/10/2015

Ten years ago, the European Court of Justice found Ireland guilty of systemic failures in complying with the Waste Framework Directive. Pat Fenton, environment attaché at the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, looks back at a case he worked on from the start.

Waste