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  • The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has released a study which focuses exclusively on the direct, indirect and induced effects local and regional park agencies’ spending have on economic activity and the findings are significant.
  • The new In-Depth Report from the European Commission focuses on the urban sustainability indicators, which are tools that allow planners, managers and policymakers to gauge the socio-economic and environmental impact of existing urban designs, infrastructures, policies, waste disposal systems, pollution and citizens’ access to services. They allow cities to monitor the success of sustainability interventions.
  • Several decades ago environmental aesthetics emerged as a sub-discipline of  philosophy. The number of published works in the field continues to grow. So, too, do the number of students and scholars.
  • On 11 February 2016, Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and Ferd Crone, Mayor of Leeuwarden, invite European Mayors to the agenda setting event “Mayors and Water”. Participants will convene in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.
  • IUCN European Regional Office searches new Communications Officer. Closing date: 04 December 2015.
  • Urban waterways can provide foraging opportunities for a range of bat species. However researchers have found that bats in the UK are negatively affected by high levels of invasive plant species and urban development near waterways. The researchers highlight the value these often disregarded urban spaces can have for ecosystems, and suggest ways to improve the biodiversity of waterways.
  • Let’s celebrate the launch of the INTERREG ADRION – Working together for the Adriatic Ionian Challenges”, will be held in Bologna on 9th and 10th of December 2015 at the premises of the Emilia-Romagna Region!
  • Apilab, an engineering office, monitors the environment thanks to bees and assesses sustainable development actions. Apilab proposes a whole panel of services made to set up environmental follow-up using bees.
  • Can citizen science help to drive environmental policy? What is its added value? Our short interview with Tom Wakeford (Reader in Public Science and Citizen Engagement at Coventry University, UK) examines some of the issues and a possible future for citizen science in environmental policy in Europe.
  • Ya están abiertas las inscripciones de la 2a edición del curso online, organizado en el marco del proyecto Tejiendo Redes para la Custodia del Territorio en España 2015 - 2016. Fomento de la implicación social en la conservación del territorio...
  • Climate change represents a major threat to global food security. The agricultural sectors are particularly exposed to the impacts of climate change and climate variability; therefore soils are essential in the debate on how we tackle climate change.
  • The Access to land network brings together grassroots organisations from across Europe to share experiences and promote the significance of access to land for agroecological transition and generational renewal.
  • Forests can retain excess rainwater, prevent extreme run-offs and reduce the damage from flooding. They can also help mitigate the effects of droughts. The EEA report ‘Water-retention potential of Europe's forests’ provides for the first time a European overview of the role of forests in water retention, based on the Water Accounts Production Database developed at the EEA.
  • EcoServ-GIS is a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) toolkit for mapping ecosystem services at the county or region scale, which has recently been updated to version 3.3 (Executive Summary) and is available to download.
  • Climate change is likely to increase the frequency and severity of flooding. This study reviewed damage mitigating measures at local, regional and national scales, and suggests that approaches including both spatial planning and private precautionary measures (such as building adaptations) are important for integrated risk management.
  • Oppla is a new online platform, which aims to bring together knowledge about natural capital and ecosystem services from around Europe. Its overall purpose is to assist people in making nature work for the benefit of humankind.
  • The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) will take place from 30 November to 11 December 2015, in Paris, France.
  • The Global Earth Observation System of Systems will provide decision-support tools to a wide variety of users. GEOSS will be a global and flexible network of content providers allowing decision makers to access an extraordinary range of information at their desk.
  • Some counselors are taking their practices outdoors. Therapists meet their patients at trails or parks for walk-and-talk counseling that mixes traditional therapy with the benefits of outdoor exercise.
  • The Part B of the Late lessons from early warnings report (EEA Report No 1/2013) focuses on emerging lessons from the degradation of natural systems and their wider implications for society - booster biocides, the pill and the feminisation of fish, climate change, floods, insecticides and honeybees as well as ecosystem resilience more broadly.
  • Natura 2000 Network. Handbook for journalists, includes an interesting analysis of the treatment of this netwok of protected sites in the media and a roadmap with tips to better communicate to society the importance and value of this network of sites protected.
  • Ce guide est issu d’un travail collaboratif réalisé avec l’ensemble des réseaux d’espaces naturels protégés.
    Il présente une synthèse de ce qui fait la culture commune de ces espaces et propose un cadre méthodologique commun pour l’élaboration des document de gestion, basé sur les expériences des différents types d’ENP

  • A new call for project proposals has just been published in the framework of the new Interreg MED programme. Axis 3 – Natural and Cultural resources – includes priorities for coastal and maritime sustainable tourism and for the management and networking of protected areas. The deadline for project applications for Modular projects is the 9th of November. 
  • The mid-term review assessing progress under the EU biodiversity strategy shows that the 2020 biodiversity targets can only be reached if implementation and enforcement efforts become considerably more ambitious.Progress has been made in establishing important policy frameworks: the new common fisheries policy, the Invasive Alien Species and Timber Regulations, and the introduction of biodiversity provisions in bilateral trade agreements...
  • The working group MAES has started a survey on the information on urban green infrastructure that is used by various cities and local communities. We want to find out what type of policies, what kind of indicators and other information is being used.
  • Exposure of primary schoolchildren to outdoor green spaces is linked to an improvement in their cognitive development, finds a new study which is the first of its kind. The association may be partly explained by reductions in traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) near green areas.
  • The European Commission has adopted the new transnational cooperation programme “Interreg V B Adriatic-Ionian (ADRION)”. The Programme will support the implementation of the priorities of the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR). It will enhance economic, social, and territorial cohesion in the region...
  • Share your success story on Natura 2000 and submit your application before 1 December 2015! You can submit your application between now and midnight on 1 December 2015...
  • The 1st European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference will address issues of climate change, biodiversity loss, water and energy management, health and community – and how nature-based solutions can help address these...
  • “Protected Areas in a Changing World”. The annual conference provides EUROPARC members with a great opportunity to exchange experiences, to present innovations on management of Protected Areas as well as find out about updates on EU environmental policies...
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the International Year of Soils 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

    The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.


  • Official publication of the launching of calls for proposals linked to Nature Based Solutions...