Marine litter is a threat to both the marine ecosystem and human activities. Two new JRC reports provide recommendations and guidance to EU Member States on how to monitor and identify sources of litter that reach the seas.
JRC scientist and Chair of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) Luca Montanarella will give a presentation as part of the Lunchtime Conference External Cooperation Infopoint on Voluntary Guidelines for Soil Sustainable Management - Why is it important? How can we promote them in the EU cooperation activities and inside the EU?
The JRC will present the main findings of the research study: "Smart Specialisation in Latin America" which has been conducted to analyse how policy makers and other territorial actors in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Argentina are designing and implementing the Smart Specialisation concept.
Healthy food in schools: European Commission and Maltese Presidency present valuable new resource for public procurement authorities in Member States
A failed 2016 rainy season linked to the climate phenomenon La Niña, combined with exceptionally warm sea surface temperatures in the western Pacific and eastern Indian Oceans, have led to extreme drought in the Horn of Africa and a more intense drought than that of 2010 in Somalia. These extreme weather conditions, combined with factors including high food prices, trade disruption, population displacement and insecurity, are likely to have a very severe impact on the food security of millions of people in the coming months.
New standards on resources and emissions will help national authorities across the EU to lower the environmental impact of around 20 000 large poultry and pig farms. The new specifications stem from the review of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document for the intensive rearing of poultry and pigs (IRPP), the so-called IRPP BREF, whose conclusions were published on 21 February 2017 in the Official Journal of the EU.
The JRC has carried out a study of available knowledge on the replacement, reduction and refinement (the 3Rs) of animal procedures used in research and testing to understand how supply of such knowledge can better meet demand. Findings show that although much 3Rs knowledge exists, its sharing can be improved through better coordination, communication and outreach, and by more emphasis on targeted education and training initiatives.