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  • The European Union (EU) adopted legislation to address invasive alien species (IAS), in line with its EU 2020 biodiversity targets and its commitments under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Regulation enables the EU to develop and implement a system to prevent the introduction and spread of IAS, with a focus on the species that cause the most damage...
  • Erasmus+ Programme - Call for proposals 2015
    Reference: EAC/A04/2014
    Deadlines: 22/01 - 01/10/2015

    Programme Guide
  • The latest LIFE Nature Focus publication takes a timely look at one of the greatest threats to Europe's biodiversity, ecosystem services, human health and economic activities. The 76-page LIFE and invasive alien species brochure links the work of LIFE projects with the aims of the new EU Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Regulation
  • Alley Pond Park in New York City is the first urban forest to be included in the U.S. Forest Service's "smart forest" initiative, which monitors woodland areas in the Northeast with a series of high-tech gadgets. Scientists use webcams, wind vanes and humidity and temperature sensors, among other instruments, to gather data
  • A proposal calls for an underground park to be built on the Lower East Side of New York City in an abandoned trolley terminal that is 116 years old. Solar collectors would be set up to bring light into the space. "We're simply taking over a space no one was using in a densely populated neighborhood that lacks sufficient public space," said Dan Barasch, a co-founder of the Lowline project.
  • Global demand for food is expected to increase by 70% by 2050, while a steep increase in biomass use will also put pressure on agriculture. Feeding the world without damaging the environment is the focus of World Food Day 2014 - and the goal of several EU-funded research projects.
  • Climate change is global - but affects people locally. An EU-funded project is giving Mediterranean businesses and local governments the information they need to plan ahead by taking the impact of local climate change into account. The project is also helping to build a Europe-wide climate information service.
  • As well as being an efficient city with a growing green economy, Bristol is the UK’s greenest city, easily accessible with very good air quality. It has doubled the number of cyclists in recent years and is committed to doubling this number again by 2020 (based on 2010 baseline figures).
  • The Commission announces European Green Leaf 2015, a competition for smaller European cities which show a strong commitment to green growth and a better environment...
  • The ‘European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity’ was founded to exchange knowledge and practical experience across country and language borders, between farmers and policymakers, scientists, businesses and NGOs, to enable fast and effective implementation of best practices. This will help to optimize agrobiodiversity benefits, promote sustainable agriculture and will encourage widespread uptake of biodiversity concepts, thereby also enhancing non-agronomic ecosystem services. Read more…
  • The first Italian project which develops innovative approaches of environmental governance to preserve agro-forest ecosystems . 
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  • QualityDestination is a new award programme for all destinations on a local and regional scale. It contributes to improving the quality of life and socially responsible tourism, while taking local and regional identity, culture and nature values of the destination into account.
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  • The European Union welcomes the outcome of the United Nations climate conference in Lima as a step forward on the road to a global climate deal in Paris next year. The conference agreed on two deliverables, the Lima Call for Climate Action and the draft elements text for the 2015 Agreement. Read more...
  • Timely flood alerts and real-time monitoring of flood emergencies can save lives and prevent damage to property, infrastructure and the environment. Imprints, WeSenseIt and UrbanFlood are just three examples of EU-funded projects that have developed unique forecasting and alert systems to warn communities of impending floods. Read more...
  • According to the World Tourism Organization, ecotourism is a major trend with a growing Demand for consumers for packages which offer responsible travel to natural areas, conservation of the environment, and improvement of the well-being of local people. The Mediterranean area is one of the most interesting regions in the world in terms of ecotourism potential. Read more...