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NGOs demand EU Parliament prevents ‘erosion’ of environmental policy September 29, 2014

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Originally posted on Coastal & MarinE-News:

25 September 2014 / Europe

A group of ten environmental NGOs have asked the European Parliament to block changes announced by the incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. They say his proposals are “a serious downgrading” of the EU’s environment policies (CW 10 September 2014).

“The European Parliament must react forcefully to prevent an agenda which seems to erase 30 years of EU environment policy without democratic debate,” say the organisations, which are organised in a group called Green10.

They see the shift of the biocides policy from the Commission’s directorate general (DG) for Environment to DG Health and of the cosmetics policy from DG Health to DG Enterprise as “a clear bias towards prioritising business interests over protection of human health and the environment” (CW 10 September 2014).

Green10, with members including the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Greenpeace and…

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Natura 2000 in action! Regional cooperation for implementing the Natura 2000 network September 16, 2014

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Third Annual Conference of the European Learning Network on Regions and Biodiversity

Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Barcelona, Spain

Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 December 2014

This conference will explore the crucial role of regions in the Natura 2000 implementation process and wider biodiversity and nature conservation initiatives across Europe by linking the European Learning Network for Regions and Biodiversity with the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process.  It aims to bring together key players at local and regional level and to showcase some of the best regional cooperation projects. The many practical examples presented at the knowledge market and during the workshops should provide a good basis and inspiration for the formulation of useful lessons learned and recommendations.

In four parallel workshops participants will explore different and highly relevant aspects of Natura 2000 implementation from the point of view of local and regional authorities:

  • Natura 2000 and regional planning
  • Promoting the multiple benefits of Natura 2000 in the region
  • Innovative funding for Natura 2000
  • Building partnerships for effective Natura 2000 management

Participating in the conference will be an excellent opportunity to engage in lively and focused workshop discussions, to learn about innovative initiatives from across Europe, to forge new alliances and to meet potential partners for the development of collaborative actions in the field of Natura 2000 management and also in the wider field of biodiversity conservation at local and regional level.

Further details, the draft programme and a registration form can be found on the conference webpage. When filling in the registration form you can indicate whether you would like to showcase your project or initiative on the Knowledge Market, or to share your views about Natura 2000 in the region by sending in a one minute video message.

Floating debris in the Mediterranean Sea September 15, 2014

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Originally posted on Marine Litter News for clean&healthy seas:

Source: ScienceDirect

Authors: Giuseppe Suaria, Stefano Aliani


Results from the first large-scale survey of floating natural (NMD) and anthropogenic (AMD) debris (>2 cm) in the central and western part of the Mediterranean Sea are reported. Floating debris was found throughout the entire study area with densities ranging from 0 to 194.6 items/km2 and mean abundances of 24.9 AMD items/km2 and 6.9 NMD items/km2 across all surveyed locations. On the whole, 78% of all sighted objects were of anthropogenic origin, 95.6% of which were petrochemical derivatives (i.e. plastic and styrofoam). Maximum AMD densities (>52 items/km2) were found in the Adriatic Sea and in the Algerian basin, while the lowest densities (<6.3 items/km2) were observed in the Central Tyrrhenian and in the Sicilian Sea. All the other areas had mean densities ranging from 10.9 to 30.7 items/km2. According…

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Application Deadline 12th September – IOI Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance; Malta, 10th Nov – 12th Dec 2014 September 8, 2014

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10th Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas
10th November – 12th December 2014, Malta
The “Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas” builds upon the more than 30 years experience of the International Ocean Institute in conducting training and capacity building programmes on ocean governance. The theme of the course draws upon the conduct of maritime affairs at the regional level in a holistic and integrated approach, following the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, targeting the Millennium Development Goals, and the follow-up to RIO+20. It focuses on linkages between natural, social and economic sciences, the research-management interface and the support of technology to enable the effective achievement of ocean management and sustainable development.
The course also considers the implications of regional policies including the EU Integrated Maritime Policy for the European regional seas, with a science-based and holistic approach to policy undertakings and implementation, and brings to the forefront the characteristics of seas as different and sensitive as the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian in ocean governance issues.

L’Agència Catalana de l’Aigua posa en servei una aplicació per a mòbils amb informació sobre prop de 300 platges catalanes September 8, 2014

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  • Aquesta iniciativa, amb el nom de PlatgesCat, aporta informació en temps real i disponible en set idiomes sobre la previsió de la qualitat sanitària de l’aigua de bany, la bandera de salvament i socorrisme, el temps, així com també avisos sobre possible presència de meduses
  • També s’informa dels principals serveis de què disposa la platja, nombroses fotografies, la seva localització en el mapa, consells i també la possibilitat de publicar avisos i incidències d’interès per als banyistes
  • L’aplicació, desenvolupada per l’Agència Catalana de l’Aigua, compta amb la col·laboració del Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya, l’Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya, Protecció Civil, la Direcció General d’Atenció Ciutadana i Difusió, el Centre de Telecomunicacions i Tecnologies de la Informació, la Direcció General de Turisme, l’Institut de Ciències del Mar i els ajuntaments costaners catalans

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12 October – 19 October 2014

Fethiye- Mediterranean Coast – Turkey


The first International Training Course on Coastal Water Quality Management will be organized under the leadership of Head of the Sea and Aquatic Sciences Application and Research Center, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey. This course, which includes both lectures, laboratory exercises and boat trips, will be run by international faculty members and municipality staff.


Training Course will consist of three parts:

1) Two days long in-class training, including lectures by the international faculty members on various topics related to Coastal Water Quality Management and group exercises at water quality laboratory in Fethiye (13-14 October).

2) Three days, study trip and field observations on a traditional wooden boat sailing along the coasts and bays of Fethiye and anchoring at locations of significant coastal conservation and/or development activities for observations, applied research and interviews with various actors and stakeholders of coastal management. A number of lectures will also be delivered on the boat.(15-17 October)

3) One day long with hands-on training, including lectures by the faculty members on topics relevant to the field trips, presentations by the participants on their field work, group discussion sessions and exercises in the pleasant hotel in Fethiye (17 – 19 October).



*Coastal water quality issues in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

*Physical and ecological description of coastal systems, the ecosystem approach

*Coastal and marine water resources, uses and coastal development.

*Coastal and marine spatial planning effects on water quality

*Coastal tourism effects on water quality

*Beach management

*Coastal erosion and shoreline management

*Coastal water quality and litter

*Coastal water quality management tools

*Climate change and coastal management implications


PARTICIPANTS The highest priority target group for the participation are the undergraduate or graduate students from universities or research centers, professionals holding mid-managerial positions in their central or regional governments and being responsible for planning and execution of programs or projects on coastal and marine issues. Other groups are employees of coastal municipalities, non-governmental environmental organisations, international organizations, unions of coastal sectors, private sector. The maximum number of participants to be accepted is limited as thirty (30).


LANGUAGE The language of instruction is English. All participants must have good command of this language.






The fee for participation is 1500 Euro. The fee covers all costs of the training program including the course materials, full board accommodation for the hotel (all inclusive type), the three days-long field trip by boat, special events, local visits and national transportation from international airport Dalaman(Muğla) to Fethiye. Participants should bring funds for their other personal expenses. Medical insurance is not included. The international travel should be organised to and from Dalaman International Airport. The international flight expenses are not included in the program fee. Participation fee should be transferred to;


Gazi Universitesi Deniz ve Su Bilimleri Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezi

Halkbank, Gazi Üniversitesi Şubesi (Ankara)

TR64 000 1200 1294 0000 6000 172


The receipt should be e-mailed to fpelin@gazi.edu.tr


APPLICATION: The last date for submitting an application is 15 September 2015. Since the maximum number of participants is limited as thirty, the first 30 applicants who paid their participation fees, will only be accepted.


More details about the Institute and the application procedure can be found in the web page: http://denam.gazi.edu.tr or can be obtained from Gazi University:

E-mail: fpelin@gazi.edu.tr

Facsimile: +90 312 2308434

Phone: +90 312 5823217

Greek government puts turtles, tourism and Zakynthos at risk August 19, 2014

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Athens, 18 July 2014 – The recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) to condemn Greece for the operation of a landfill within the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, did not come as a surprise.  Rather, it was the sad result of unprecedented negligence for one of the most important ecological sites and tourist destinations in Greece.
The Court decision notes that Greece neglected to take measures to seal the overfull landfill site which is not functioning properly.  On the contrary, responsible authorities allowed the landfill to continue operating without ensuring that it complied with European environmental legislation.  For several years the landfill operated without the necessary permits and environmental conditions.  In 2011 the authorities committed to restoring the site and preventing a landfill collapse, but instead the landfill operation license was renewed until 2015 in complete disregard of European regulations that apply to “Natura 2000”…

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Oceana celebrates the creation of three protected fishing areas in the Balearic Islands August 19, 2014

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Source: Oceana

Last 11th August, Official State Gazette (BOE) announces the protection from trawling of the coralligenous and rhodolith seabeds of the summits of Ausias March and Emile Baudot, two seamounts in the channel of Mallorca, and the Fort d’en Moreu, a coralligenous reef to the east of Cabrera.

Oceana, which has been demanding this measure since 2006, congratulates the General Secretariat of Fisheries and encourages the government to continue with the protection of other similar seabeds which should also be closed to trawling and other aggressive methods.

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Consultants vacancies for Plan Bleu and UNEP/MAP August 19, 2014

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Plan Bleu and UNEP/MAP seek for a senior technical advisor (senior sustainable development expert) and six thematic experts to assist UNEP/MAP Secretariat and Plan Bleu in supporting the Thematic Working Groups. Deadline is extended until 22 August 2014.

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Support EUCC when booking your hotel at no extra cost August 19, 2014

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Originally posted on Coastal & MarinE-News:

Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC) is now represented on BookDifferent, a hotel booking website. This is a non-profit foundation that donates part of its earnings to charity.

By booking at this website, you are supporting Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC) at no extra cost.

Please check and book at http://kustenzee.bookdifferent.com/en/

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