The Green Deal is an ambitious and forward-looking strategy aimed at engaging Europe on the path to sustainability. On 20 May, the European Commission adopted two important strategies under the Green Deal: the Farm to Fork strategy and the Biodiversity strategy.
Food and nutrition security
Working across sectors is key to successful delivery of Sustainable Development Goals
Wildlife rangers, land rights activists and farmers still in danger around the world - The end of plastic waste? - Nice award for Virunga Lodge
Almost everywhere that wildlife is hunted for food, it is now being extracted at rates that exceed the rate of reproduction. Driven by increased trade and demand from rural and urban populations, many wildlife populations in forests and grasslands around the world are being depleted or have been driven to local extinction.
Globally, the agriculture sector contributes roughly 24% of annual emissions of greenhouse gases*. However, by reducing demand for agrochemicals (the production of which requires high quantities of fossil fuels) organic agriculture takes less of a toll on the environment. The FAO lists this among seven environmental benefits of organic farming, which also include providing sustainability over time (to soil fertility and ecology), complementing the structure and composition of soils, not polluting groundwater sources, and promoting ecological services.
The European Union has developed a training programme to improve the effectiveness of its interventions where the environment and climate change are at play, thereby contributing to poverty eradication, sustainable development and green growth.
Every three years, Heads of States and Governments from Africa and the EU meet to take stock of progress made in the implementation of commitments and to provide political guidance for future work. In 2017, the theme of the summit will be ‘investing in youth’.
The project encompasses the EU eco-village approach, striving to increase and diversify incomes to strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change.
The DEVCO Environment Week took place from 6-10 February 2017. Two back-to-back seminars were organised: from 6-8 February, ‘DEVCO Thematic Seminar on Environment - Implementing the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’; and from 9-10 February, ‘Conservation, development and security’ (co-organised with DG ENV and EEAS).
2016: second consecutive year of record rise in atmospheric C02 / China enacts ivory ban / Rich countries export air pollution mortality to poor