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Sustainable fisheries: Commission signs first ever annual agreement on fishing with the United Kingdom

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 giugno 2021

The Commission has today signed the Written Record, laying down the details of the agreement in principle reached between Commissioner Sinkevičius and his UK counterpart on 2 June 2021, after the Council meeting this morning in Luxembourg had endorsed the agreement.This agreement reflects the outcome of the first annual consultations on fishing opportunities between the EU and the UK under the terms of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).The agreement on the management of key shared stocks secures the fishing rights of both the EU and the UK fleets in both the EU and the UK waters until the end of 2021, as foreseen under the TCA. It establishes the total allowable catches (TAC) for 75 shared fish stocks for 2021, as well as for some deep-sea stocks for 2021 and 2022.The agreement is based on the best available scientific advice on the state of fish stocks, as provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). It takes into account important sustainability and management principles, such as maximum sustainable yield and the precautionary approach, which are central to both the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy and to the fisheries provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Overall, the agreement creates certainty for fishing communities in both the EU and the UK, enables the continued pursuit of still more sustainable use of marine living resources and establishes a strong basis for continued EU-UK cooperation in the area of fisheries.

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2021 European Year of Rail aims to promote sustainable mobility

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 novembre 2020

On Thursday, Parliament and Council negotiators reached a provisional political agreement to make 2021 the European Year of Rail.The European Year of Rail will promote rail as a sustainable, innovative and safe mode of transport with events, campaigns and initiatives planned throughout 2021. The Year of Rail will endorse the creation of a Single European Rail Area for passengers and freight, encourage investments in infrastructure, and campaign for the rights of rail passengers. As one of the most environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient modes of transport, rail also has a significant role to play in achieving climate neutrality by 2050.“With this agreement, we are paving the way for a successful European Year of Rail in 2021. Our ambition is to go beyond celebrating rail as an environmentally-friendly mode of transport and an important cultural asset in Europe. We also want to stimulate meaningful discussions on how we can increase the number of passengers and goods travelling by rail, in line with our climate ambitions,” said Rapporteur Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg (Greens/EFA, DE).Parliament’s Transport Committee will vote on the agreed text before it goes to plenary. The Council will adopt its first reading position after the plenary vote.The decision will enter into force once published in the Official Journal of the EU.

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The Commission assesses the data collection framework for sustainable fisheries

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 ottobre 2020

In a recent report, the Commission assesses the implementation and functioning of DCF. The report presents the main players, tools and activities covered by the legislation since 2017. It stresses the operations and important features of the DCF, such as the end-user driven approach and the importance of the regionalisation of data collection. It also provides details on the level of implementation of the DCF.The DCF sets out a harmonised approach for collection of biological, environmental, technical and socio-economic data by EU countries for the fishing, aquaculture and processing sectors. Article 23 stipulates that the Commission shall submit a report on the implementation and functioning of the regulation to the European Parliament and the Council.The report concludes that DCF provides the appropriate structure, tools and flexibility for data collection in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, allowing them to respond to new challenges. The focus for the coming years should be on continued cooperation with EU countries and at regional level on solidifying the implementation of the regulation, including on addressing upcoming challenges (such as on sensitive species), addressing evolving data needs (as identified by end-users), streamlining and simplifying processes, and improving methods (such as integrating results of pilot studies and regional grants). The renewal of the delegated and implementing legislation beyond 2021 will play an important role in this process.

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“Global Sustainable Outcomes. Notizie e previsioni T2 2020”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 ottobre 2020

A cura di Pauline Grange, Portfolio Manager e Jess Williams, Global Equities & Portfolio Analyst, Responsible Investment di Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Dopo il crollo dei mercati azionari globali causato dal Covid-19 nei primi tre mesi del 2020, nel secondo trimestre si è registrata una netta ripresa dai minimi. Questo rimbalzo è stato alimentato dai programmi di stimolo fiscale e monetario dei governi di tutto il mondo, la cui portata non si osservava dai tempi della crisi finanziaria globale. Alla luce del suo orientamento più difensivo nel primo trimestre (con una flessione del 14,7% a fronte del -21,3% dell’MSCI ACWI), la strategia Global Sustainable Outcomes ha evidenziato una ripresa più lenta, guadagnando il 17,4% a fronte del +19,4% del mercato. Sebbene i mercati azionari siano tornati in prossimità dei massimi, le economie e le società globali hanno subito un duro colpo, e nel corso del trimestre diversi paesi hanno pubblicato i dati economici e sulla disoccupazione più catastrofici mai registrati. Il Covid-19 è servito a mettere in evidenza le disuguaglianze sociali a livello globale, poiché le comunità a più basso reddito sono state colpite dalla crisi in misura sproporzionata. Tendenzialmente, queste persone hanno impieghi meno retribuiti nel settore dei servizi, che è stato il più penalizzato dalle interruzioni dell’attività, o non possono lavorare da casa e sono esposte a un maggior rischio di contagio. Ciò ha contribuito ad alimentare il malcontento sociale e politico in diverse parti del mondo. Nel corso del trimestre abbiamo assistito all’ascesa del movimento Black Lives Matter, che è nato come protesta contro il razzismo sistemico negli Stati Uniti e si è diffuso in tutto il mondo. Molte aziende, tra cui marchi sportivi come Adidas e Nike, hanno preso atto della necessità di introdurre politiche occupazionali più attive per affrontare il problema della scarsa diversità nel loro organico. Abbracciare la diversità sul posto di lavoro non è un bene solo per la società, ma anche per le aziende. Avere una forza lavoro che riflette meglio la propria base di consumatori aiuta a sviluppare in modo più efficace i prodotti e i servizi per soddisfare le loro esigenze. Ad esempio, nel settore delle vendite al dettaglio le donne rappresentano il segmento più ampio dei consumatori, ma sono per lo più assenti dal top management. In Gran Bretagna, nessuna azienda del settore delle vendite al dettaglio inclusa nel FTSE 350 è gestita da una donna, mentre in Europa solo il 3% delle 87 maggiori aziende di prodotti di consumo e di vendite al dettaglio ha dirigenti donne (secondo European Women on Boards, un’organizzazione sostenuta dall’UE). Ora la maggior parte delle grandi aziende afferma che migliorare la diversità razziale, etnica e di genere della forza lavoro è un obiettivo importante.Tra l’altro, durante la pandemia le aziende sono state oggetto di un più attento esame per quanto riguarda il trattamento dei lavoratori, dei fornitori e delle comunità locali. Le accuse di sfruttamento dei lavoratori presso il rivenditore britannico Boohoo lanciate dai media sono sfociate in un boicottaggio dei clienti e in una bufera su Twitter. Il successivo crollo del 49% delle azioni di Boohoo3 dimostra come fattori sociali come le pratiche scorrette dei datori di lavoro e lungo le catene di produzione possano avere un impatto reale sulle valutazioni finanziarie. Le azioni dell’impresa erano ancora in ribasso del 24% a metà agosto, a dimostrazione del fatto che gli effetti durano più a lungo delle bufere sui social media.In definitiva, nell’investimento ESG l’attenzione degli investitori non si concentra più solo sui fattori ambientali, ma anche su quelli sociali, e aspetti come la trasparenza delle catene di produzione, le politiche occupazionali e il sostegno alle comunità locali influenzano in misura crescente la reputazione e i valori delle aziende. Investendo in aziende che danno un apporto positivo ai nostri temi sociali nell’ambito della strategia Global Sustainable Outcomes, ci auguriamo di poter contribuire a rendere il mondo più inclusivo.

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Sustainable fisheries: Cooperation with Mauritania continues

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 agosto 2020

The fisheries partnership agreement with Mauritania is the biggest mixed agreement for the EU both in financial terms and in terms of fishing opportunities. Under the current framework with Mauritania, the EU fleet is authorized to fish in Mauritanian waters for shrimp, demersal fish, tuna and small pelagics, up to around 287,000 tonnes per year. In addition to the fees paid by the European fleet, the EU pays a financial contribution of €61,625,000 per year, including over €4,000,000 to support the fisheries policy in Mauritania, in particular the improvement of research and fisheries governance.Despite intentions to agree a new protocol, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the initial planning for the negotiations. The parties considered a one-year extension of the current protocols to be the most pragmatic approach to avoid interruption in the activity of Union fishing vessels in Mauritanian waters. The extensions will be on the same terms as the current ones, with identical fishing opportunities for EU vessels as well as identical financial contributions from both the European Union and the ship-owners. Meanwhile, negotiations for a new agreement and protocol will continue with a view to the adoption of a new sustainable fisheries partnership agreement, before the expiration of the agreed extension.

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E.U.: Sustainable fisheries

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 luglio 2020

The Commission adopted its annual communication taking stock of the implementation of the common fisheries policy (CFP) and launched a public consultation on the fishing opportunities for 2021.
The communication reaffirms the Commission’s commitment to environmentally sustainable and economically viable fisheries, a key component of both the biodiversity and farm-to-fork strategies. Progress made under the common fisheries policy demonstrates that sustainability is both attainable and economically viable. Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, responsible for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “The first months of this year have been extremely challenging for the fisheries sector, but targeted measures adopted very swiftly allowed us to provide effective support to our fishermen and women, our aquaculture farmers and our coastal communities across the EU. We need to further strengthen the resilience of the fisheries sector. Sustainable fisheries, delivered through the common fisheries policy, remain a key factor in this regard and an important building block of the European Green Deal, in particular of the recently published farm-to-fork and EU biodiversity strategy 2030. We continue to see positive developments in how we manage fisheries in the EU – recent reports show that we have 50% more fish in our seas than in 2003. At the same time, as figures show, large fleet segments have become very profitable over the last years with a positive impact on salaries. These are promising real-life examples to guide us on our path in turning the European Green Deal into a lasting reality. But it’s not a time for complacency. Many challenges remain. For example, we need to intensify our efforts to eliminate discards. I am counting on everyone to make an effort – Members States, industry and stakeholders alike. We must deliver what we have set out to achieve.”Member States, Advisory Councils, the fishing industry, non-governmental organisations, and interested citizens are invited to take part in a public consultation and express their views on the fishing opportunities for 2021.

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Sustainable Dolphin and Whale Watching Programs

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 dicembre 2019

Friend of the Sea, the leading global certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, announced today it is collaborating with R&E Ocean Community Conservation Foundation to develop sustainable dolphin and whale watching programs for scientific groups in Columbia. The programs promote sustainability while also supporting local communities and local tour operators in Columbia that facilitate the expeditions.“This is an innovative program, one that we hope will be repeated else where,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “Sustainability and sustainable economic development must go hand in hand. If people perceive sustainability as a zero-sum game, where a gain for sustainability is a loss for the local economy, we’re going to have a lot of trouble. The work we’re doing with R&E exemplifies a win-win approach on this issue.” The R&E Ocean Community Conservation Foundation’s mission is to research, preserve and care for vulnerable marine environments and their species. They accomplish these goals by providing communities with knowledge, training and tools for conservation, protection and economic growth. The organization’s approach blends the formation of sustainable habitats with strong community development.
The programs being developed jointly by Friend of the Sea and R&E will enable scientists, eco-tourists, students and volunteers to observe humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), pantropical spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata) and rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) in the waters of Columbia from mid-June to mid-October.
“R&E Ocean Community Conservation is very happy to partner with Friend of the Sea.” said Ann Carole Vallejo, Executive Director and Lead Researcher “We hope to develop and achieve together responsable and sustainable community-oriented whale watching in Choco, Colombia. With this framework we would like to encourage the conservation and management for human interactions with marine mammals.” Friend of the Sea is applying its Dolphin and Whale Watching standard for Scientific Groups to this joint project. The standard has the goal of minimizing unintentional disturbance to dolphins and whales, along with their respective habitats, through key principles of conduct. These include setting a maximum number of vessels in the watching zone, moderating approach distance,conducting training programs for operators and crew and collecting scientific data. The standard also forbids swimming with the animals and using mono-use plastics.

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European Entrepreneurial Region label 2021 will reward green and sustainable entrepreneurship

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 dicembre 2019

The successful European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) scheme, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, has been modernised and renewed for upcoming five years. Each of the annual calls for applications between 2021 and 2025 will have a lead theme, which is linked with the EU policy agenda and relevant to regional and local level. The EER 2021 label will be dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship for a green and sustainable future and will be open for applications from EU regions and cities until 31 March 2020.Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions, announced the new EER award cycle at the European Commission’s SME Assembly 2019 in Helsinki. Speaking at the annual European Enterprise Promotion Award ceremony on 26 November, Mr Markkula said, “Regions and cities can best deliver on the new European Commission’s political priorities by leveraging entrepreneurship and SMEs, mobilizing resources for research and innovation, investing in education and skills and promoting internal and external collaboration and knowledge transfer.””To address the most pressing economic and societal challenges of our times, we also need to mobilise EU regions’ and cities’ efforts in driving forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Therefore, promoting entrepreneurship for a green and sustainable future is the lead theme for the EER 2021 campaign. This way we are encouraging EU regions and cities to mobilise resources and propose initiatives supporting the sustainability shift of their economies”, First Vice-President Markkula concluded.The Commission for Economic Policy (ECON), which is one of the six thematic commissions at the European Committee of the Regions, organised a seminar at the SME Assembly 2019 in partnership with Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council. Invited speakers, among them CoR rapporteurs on the industrial policy (Jeannette Baljeu, NL/RE) and SME policy (Tadeusz Truskolaski, PL/EA), highlighted that the upcoming European Commission’s new SME and industrial strategy should contribute to strengthening and connecting regional entrepreneurial eco-systems across Europe, while addressing the challenges of industrial renewal and sustainability.

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EU fleet maintains high profits mainly thanks to sustainable fishing methods

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 settembre 2019

The 2019 annual economic report on the EU fishing fleet shows that the high levels of economic performance in 2016 have continued into 2017. The report links this success to the use of sustainable fishing methods.
Commenting on the report, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella stated that: “this report on Europe’s fishing fleet shows that good results come with good practices. Over the course of my mandate, I have emphasised the fundamental importance of sustainable fishing. Europe’s fishers are seeing the benefits”.
In 2017, the EU fleet registered a net profit of EUR 1.30 billion, only slightly lower than the record EUR 1.34 million registered in 2016. The continued strong performance was the result of higher average fish prices, continued low fuel prices, and the improved status of some important stocks. This trend is expected to continue into 2018 and 2019 despite some fluctuations in fuel prices.The sustainable exploitation of fish stocks was identified as an important foundation for the strong performance. The report indicates that economic performance tends to stagnate where fleets depend on stocks that are still overfished or overexploited. While the entire EU fleet was profitable, the results varied by scale of operation and by fishing region.
As expected, the large-scale and the distant-water fleet segments registered higher economic performance than the small-scale coastal fleet segments. Furthermore, the fleet segments operating in the North Eastern Atlantic, where most stocks being fished at sustainable levels, registered higher economic performance than the fleet segments operating in the Mediterranean, which has a continued (although improving) problem of overfishing or overexploitation of a number of stocks.
In 2017, the EU fleet’s gross value added (i.e. the contribution of the fishing sector to the economy through wages and gross profit) amounted to EUR 4.5 billion, stable in comparison to the record-breaking 2016. The improved efficiency of the fleet has resulted in a decrease in repair and maintenance costs, as well as other variable costs. Despite a small increase in energy costs (fuel), the average salaries in the sector increased in 2017, continuing a trend that started in 2012.The Annual Economic Reports on the EU Fishing Fleet provide an overview of the structure and economic performance of the 23 coastal EU Member State fishing fleets. It is the result of combined work by economic experts from the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee of Fisheries (STECF) and the European Commission.

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Syngenta Looks to a Shared Vision for Sustainable Agriculture

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 settembre 2018

Syngenta has announced that over the coming three months it will undertake consultation and engagement with stakeholders from around the world in an effort to build a shared vision for the future of sustainable agriculture. Through listening and dialogue, Syngenta is seeking to better understand the role it can play and the commitments needed from all sides to help make a shared vision reality.Syngenta Chief Sustainability Officer Alexandra Brand said, “We want to work together with stakeholders to build viable, productive and resilient farms, using modern agricultural technologies to safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. We will continue to provide farmers and rural communities with solutions to help them to thrive and deliver safe and nutritious food. Agriculture currently uses 70 per cent of the world’s fresh water1 and is a major source of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions2. Our products and solutions help address such challenges and improve outcomes for the environment, particularly soil health and biodiversity.” Setting out why Syngenta is doing this now, Mrs. Brand said, “It’s time to have a more direct and inclusive conversation to help rebuild the trust between society and science. As a company we need to align our role with the roles of others and work in a way that continues to build society’s confidence in the farming and agricultural innovation sectors. We want to make sure we are able to respond appropriately to the expectations of all our stakeholders so we can move forward constructively and together. Building consensus on how different agriculture systems can help support delivery of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals will be the base on which the listening sessions are built.”Mrs. Brand went on to say, “Once completed around the end of November 2018, we will be able to establish where we intend to focus our own efforts. Outcomes from the consultations will help form the basis of new commitments for achieving a future vision, together. We will establish how to accelerate the development of products and technologies that can continue to meet the needs of small farmers, large farmers and society, in the future. We will also translate our findings into the next evolution of our successful Good Growth Plan beyond 2020. We expect that by early next year we will announce how we intend to move forward.”Mrs. Brand said the listening sessions would take different forms including roundtables and one-to-one conversations. “Around the world we will reach out directly to different groups and individuals who, together, represent a cross section of those with a stake in the future of sustainable agriculture.”

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Water in a sustainable future: 11th Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 giugno 2016

conferenceThe 11th Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network met at the Culture Centre Sofia in Helsinki from 11 to 15 June. More than 80 delegates from 23 countries from all regions of Europe gathered for a time of prayer, discussion, and networking.The Assembly took place shortly after the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. The theme—“Water in a sustainable future”—was developed around the relationship between climate change, the water cycle, and efforts for sustainable development. The Assembly offered a venue for sharing and strengthening cooperation, and to further encourage the churches’ work in the post-Paris era. Presentations addressed the theme from scientific, policy, and theological perspectives. An opening presentation from the Rt Rev. Graham Usher, Bishop of Dudley (Church of England) underscored the biblical and sacramental importance of water in the Christian tradition. The conference also gave the experts gathered an opportunity to discuss church action on climate change with church leaders from Finland. Throughout the assembly there was strong cooperation with the churches in Finland, including in keynote presentations from Archbishop Kari Mäkinen (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland) and Bishop Irja Askola, Bishop of Helsinki (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland). Metropolitan Ambrosius of Helsinki (Orthodox Church of Finland) took a special interest in the group. He offered special greetings to ECEN delegates during the liturgy at Uspenski Cathedral on Sunday, offered morning prayers at Sofia, and participated in the assembly proceedings with a keynote presentation. Helsinki Cathedral (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland) and St. Henry’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic) in Helsinki also warmly received visits from ECEN delegates during their morning worship services.At the close of the Assembly, the delegates approved a statement emphasising the theological and biblical imperative to work for water justice, and a call to action for individuals and churches. For the full text of the statement, please click here. A number of delegates came from ecumenical youth organisations and ECEN made a commitment to enhance youth participation in the network leading to its next assembly. For a complete programme and list of speakers, please click here.The European Christian Environmental Network is a network of the Conference of European Churches promoting cooperation in caring for creation. For more about ECEN, please click here. For daily updates from the Assembly, please visit the CEC website. (photo: conference)

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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council honours International Campaign for Responsible Technology and GoodElectronics Network for their work on chemicals

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 Maggio 2016

amsterdamAmsterdam. The GoodElectronics Network and the International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT) have been awarded the 2016 Public Interest Advocate Award by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) for their work on the responsible management of hazardous chemical substances during the production process of ICT hardware. In announcing the award, the SPLC declared that the actions of the both network organisations “have enabled institutional purchasers to better understand and take responsibility for the consequences of their spending”.
Alejandro Gonzalez (coordinator GoodElectronics): “We feel honoured to receive this award on behalf of all members of the GoodElectronics Network as it highlights and promotes our efforts towards guaranteeing respect of human rights, workers’ rights and the environment throughout the entire production cycle of the electronic industry“.The use of chemicals in the electronics industry cause illness and deaths upon workers over the world. Civil society organisations report hundreds of cases of electronics production workers who have fallen ill over the past few years in China, Thailand and South Korea from exposure to benzene and other chemicals used in electronics manufacturing. The illness patterns are very similar to the illnesses originally documented in Silicon Valley during the early days of electronics manufacturing.
On March 2015, ICRT, GoodElectronics with support of allies around the world, issued the ‘Chemicals Challenge’ to the electronics industry, calling upon them to adopt safer and more sustainable manufacturing practices and to proactively reduce and eliminate chemical and physical hazards through the development and adoption of safer alternatives. More than 200 civil society organisations and individuals from more than 40 countries have endorsed the Chemicals Challenge. Later they published ‘Meeting the Challenge’ with detailed recommendations for the industry.The overall response of the electronics industry to the Chemicals Challenge has been one of ‘wait and see’. Individuals companies contacted by ICRT and GoodElectronics all deferred to the position of the industry body Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC). ICRT and GoodElectronics have entered into a dialogue with EICC. The concerns about human rights and workers’ rights abuses in relation to occupational health and safety and protection of environment remain unabated as gross violations persist.
Ted Smith (ICRT): “We will continue our work on chemical safety. Currently we are working on a gap analysis that identifies weaknesses in the EICC code and audit protocol and compares them to the Chemicals Challenge. We have offered to engage with the industry to work together for safer chemicals. This award encourages us to carry on.”

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The 2016 quotas to ensure sustainable fisheries in EU

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 febbraio 2016

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In fixing the fishing opportunities for 2016 for the Atlantic, North Sea and Black Sea, the Council confirmed the gradual transition to sustainable fishing that the EU initiated years ago and then formalized in the now two-year-old Common Fisheries Policy.
After long and intense negotiations, the December Council reached a number of noteworthy political agreements. In fixing the fishing opportunities for 2016 for the Atlantic, North Sea and Black Sea, the Council confirmed the gradual but relentless transition to sustainable fishing that the EU initiated years ago and then formalized in the now two-year-old Common Fisheries Policy.
The new fishing limits set for 2016 mean that 32 fisheries will be fished in line with maximum sustainable yield (MSY). Together with the 4 stocks already regulated for the Baltic Sea, this brings to 36 the total number of fisheries managed at MSY in the EU. For a few more stocks levels were set in a way that allows achieving MSY in 2017 or (for very difficult cases) in 2018, but not beyond that date – which leaves sufficient leeway to meet the deadline of 2020 set by the recent reform.
A second fundamental objective of that reform was the phase-out of discards. An obligation to land all catches has been in force for pelagic fisheries, but the operation is more delicate for demersal fisheries and now – thanks to the successful negotiations in Council – it can start as planned at the beginning of this year. By way of compensation for its efforts to land all the fish caught, the fishing industry receives additional quotas (called “top-ups”) that correspond to the amounts of fish they can no longer discard and have to bring to port. Another important outcome is the urgent attention given to specific species. For sea bass, a stock in steep decline that had not been managed at EU level until 2015, the Commission’s tough recovery scheme was readily endorsed. In other cases the Council opted for gradual quota reductions over a few years rather than an immediate drop in 2016, but all decisions stayed within the lines set by scientific advice. In closing, Commissioner Vella thanked the Presidency and the delegations for the excellent work and announced he will be submitting to the Council this year some new and ambitious measures for the Mediterranean basin. (photo: inseparable)

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EU helps developing countries to ensure sustainable fisheries and food security

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 ottobre 2015

europa-261011-cIn the frame of the European Year of Development 2015, October is dedicated to Food Security issues. See the short animated video about the co-operation of EU with developing countries in fisheries for the sustainable management of seafood resources that enhances food security and offers opportunities for trade and growth.The EU is committed to eradicate poverty around the world through focused funding and partnership agreements with developing countries that promote co-operation, mutual interests and mutual responsibility. See the short animated video about the importance of co-operation in fisheries for the sustainable management of seafood resources and the opportunities for trade and growth between the EU and developing countries.

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Turning Global Risks into Sustainable Opportunities

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 agosto 2014

osloOSLO/COPENHAGEN A new global initiative launched by DNV GL and Monday Morning Global Institute aims to identify opportunities for sustainable responses to a range of global risks. A series of eight workshops around the globe marks the start of the identification process. The results will be published in the first Global Opportunity Report in January 2015.The first workshop takes place in Johannesburg August 27th. Over the following two weeks, workshops in Abu Dhabi, London, Mumbai, Oslo, Shanghai, San Francisco and Sao Paulo will follow, all gathering unique localized insights into how societies can handle the looming sustainability challenges in ways that not only protects life and property today but also acts as a leverage to create more prosperous and resilient societies for the future.“Seeing sustainability challenges as opportunities rather than risks might seem a bit optimistic at first glance, but it is a necessary change of mindset,” says Bjørn K. Haugland, Chief Sustainability Officer at DNV GL. “We know that we need to act fast and in collaboration if we are to address the problems ahead of us. Looking only at the risks to lifestyles and business as we know it might cloud our vision. The greatest risk we are facing is not seeing the opportunities in the transition to a safe and sustainable future.”The Global Opportunity Workshops will identify opportunities related to five global risks: Extreme weather, Continued Rise in Non-communicable Diseases, Water Scarcity, Urban Breakdown and Lock-in to Fossil Fuels. The workshops – called Opportunity Panels – will gather creative and innovative individuals from business, academia, NGOs, youth organizations and public offices. “We need the input from all sectors to help identify areas of investment with the promise of creating long-term value for society, not just short-term profit,” points out Erik Rasmussen, Founder and CEO of Monday Morning Global Institute.The report and the ensuing Global Opportunity Network will be developed by DNV GL and Monday Morning Global Institute. Following the workshops, a global survey will be carried out to test which of the identified opportunities holds the greatest attraction to stakeholders.“We don’t stop after mapping the opportunities. The Global Opportunity Report will also test the reception of the identified opportunities by rating them with the help of hundreds of stakeholders. This rating will help identify the areas where strong alliances for sustainable action most likely can be forged“, adds Erik Rasmussen.Building on the coming eight workshops, the project will develop the Global Opportunity Network. The aim of this is to provide an arena to share initiatives on how an opportunity-focused mindset can be furthered and how concrete alliances for sustainability can be forged.

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A healthy and sustainable future for our oceans

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 giugno 2014

john-kerrySustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and ocean acidification – these are the key issues discussed at “Our Ocean” conference, organised by US Secretary of State John Kerry, on 16th June 2014 in Washington. European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki has spoken during the “Political Change Makers” session in which political leaders shared their insights on how they have sought to address ocean issues and implement ocean conservation. The event brought together world leaders, business executives, scientists, and environmental activists in an attempt to deal with major threats to oceans. The key issues addressed included sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and ocean acidification. Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries drew upon the reform process of the Common Fisheries Policy and its focus on sustainability, the fight against illegal fishing, the EU’s role in international fisheries governance, and the Blue Growth strategy. Other speakers included US Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) speaking of their roles as co-chairs of the Senate Oceans Caucus.

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Civil Liberties Committee delegation to observe situation of prisons in Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 marzo 2014

rebibbiaA delegation from the Civil Liberties Committee will visit Rome and Naples on 26-28 March to gather information on the functioning of the prisons system in Italy. The delegation will focus its work on detainees’ rights and conditions, pre-trial and prison regime for foreigners and the execution of sentences. MEPs will meet, among others, the Italian Justice Minister, Andrea Orlando, members of the Italian Parliament, staff of Rebibbia (Rome) and Poggioreale (Naples) prisons, detainees and regional and national authorities, as well as NGO and trade union representatives.Swedish brand SeaSam prawns certified Friend of the Sea sustainable
SeaSam Food AB, a Swedish company leader in the frozen food market, positively concluded Friend of the Sea audit for greasy back shrimps, Indian white and giant tiger prawns. Derived products can now display the international sustainability seal of approval.SeaSam is equipped with a batch system which guarantees traceability from producer to customer. All catch zones and fishing vessels are well documented. A well-functioning database records all purchases and sales.SeaSam is sourced in Indonesia. Prawns stocks are compliant with Friend of the Sea strict status requirements. Prawns are caught with selective trammel nets and artisanal fisheries.“We are proud to have obtained the Friend of the Sea certification”, says Petter Rönnqvist, CEO of SeaSam Food AS. “This is a recognition which highlights our efforts towards the preservation of the marine habitat.

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“Sustainable living in changing economy”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 settembre 2010

Roma, giovedì 30 settembre 2010, ore 12.30 Via Fontanelle di Borghese 35, sede Regione Marche  “Sustainable living in changing economy” è il primo concorso fotografico nazionale, promosso e organizzato da SVIM (Sviluppo Marche SpA) Agenzia di sviluppo della Regione Marche, con la finalità di informare e sensibilizzare sui temi della transizione energetica e dei processi innovativi indotti dalla Green Economy.  Il concorso, patrocinato dalla Giunta della Regione Marche, dal Kyoto club e dall’Alleanza per il Clima Italia, è realizzato nell’ambito della campagna di sensibilizzazione del progetto europeo “SETCOM” con il supporto finanziario del Programma Intelligent Energy Europe. In giuria Gianni Berengo Gardin, Ziva Kraus e Enzo Carli nonché esperti dell’Unione Europea, in materia di sostenibilità e comunicazione sociale, e giornalisti come Antonio Cianciullo.
Due gli ambiti specifici: “Nuova Economia – Green Economy:  valori culturali e opportunità”, personaggi, realtà, luoghi  e azioni della transizione energetica e di un  nuovo sistema  economico e produttivo; il secondo, “Viaggio nella sostenibilità”, le azioni di un turismo eco-sostenibile,  comportamenti e luoghi rappresentativi di un territorio tra tradizione e  innovazione.

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Development Banks Must Embrace a Sustainable Future

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 aprile 2010

Despite the increase in sustainable energy initiatives by Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), a limited number of loans financed by the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) consistently support sustainable energy investments in developing countries.The report finds that despite increased support for low carbon energy technologies, many loan programs do not address aspects of electricity policy, regulation, institutional capacity and governance that would enable investments in sustainable energy over the long-term. The findings are based on a framework developed by WRI that builds on the Electricity Governance Indicator Toolkit—a set of indicators benchmarking best practice and promoting accountability in the electricity sector.The report makes the case for systematic attention to the following issues:Long-term Integrated Electricity Planning Policies and Regulations Encouraging Energy Efficiency Policies and Regulations Promoting Renewable Energy Pricing Structures Encouraging Efficiency and Reducing consumption Subsidy Reform to Reveal the True Costs of Fossil Fuesls and Promote the Viability of Sustainable Energy Options Executive Agencies’ Capacity for Sustainable Electricity Regulators’ Capacity to Oversee Implementation of Sustainable Electricity Policy Utilities’ Capacity to Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewables Transparency of Policy, Planning, and Regulatory Processes for Electricity Stakeholders’ Engagement in Policy, Planning, and Regulatory Processes A relatively small number of MDB projects address the elements of sustainable energy listed above. Of the 31 World Bank loans reviewed, only 10 consider 5 of the 11 elements. The IDB considers at least 5 of the elements in 10 of 19 loans and the ADB considers more than 5 elements in 10 of 29 projects. The report also reviews the investments made by the MDB administered Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), particularly the $4.73 billion Clean Technology Fund. While the Funds address some of these elements, the research concludes attention to them has been uneven. The CIFs represent more public finance than has ever before been dedicated to climate change.

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Nuclear is not a solution

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 dicembre 2009

Dr. Helen Caldicott, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and one of the world’s leading nuclear experts, empassioned advocate for nuclear disarmament, and author of several books on the issue, will be presenting the connection between nuclear energy, nuclear weapons production and climate change in her key speech. A proposal for a nuclear-free post-Kyoto regime will be presented, followed by a discussion with members of environmental, development and women’s’ NGOs from a.o France, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Germany. One of the participants, Kaisha Atakhanova, from EcoForum Kazakhstan, states: “Nuclear energy is like a dragon with two heads – one of it is nuclear energy, the other one is nuclear weapons. They are connected. It is not safe and sustainable. It is not a solution for climate change. It is just a very pragmatic, but very dangerous business. Kazakhstan has to cope with the nuclear heritage from the Soviet period and the cold war. This not only costs a huge amount of money tax payer’s money, but our people pay with their health and that of future generations. Muborak Sharipova, Open Asia, Tajikistan adds: “When we talk about new sources of energy, we should think how much closer people and the world will be to sustainable peace, if we do not use nuclear. The case of Iran shows very clearly that nuclear production and consumption does not serve the people of Iran, but serves the strenghtening of their dictatorship”. Nadezhda Kutepova, lawyer and president of The Planet of Hopes, Russia: “Nobody knows how we can solve the problem of nuclear waste. We have thousand tons of liquid and non-liquid radioactive waste in my region. And today’s technology is just able to put it underground. Industry and governments want to use nuclear energy, but none of them takes responsibility for today’s decision. It will be a burden for generations to come – just as climate change. So not only climate change is a question of survival, also the right to and safe use of energy sources. Nuclear is not part of it”.
WECF A healthy Environment for All is the main mission of WECF, Women in Europe for a Common Future. WECF is a network of a hundred women’s and environmental organisations in 40 countries. Our network spans Western Europe and the EECCA region (Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia). WECF has three offices: in the Netherlands, Germany and France. WECF mobilises women to find affordable solutions to the environmental health problems in their communities and encourages women in decision making.

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