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By ROE News on 6/28/2016 7:31 AM
A variety of national stakeholders from Albania have today gathered in the country’s capital to prepare a project proposal to fight land degradation with support from UNEP’s Regional Office in Vienna. 

The meeting for the project, titled ‘Promoting Sustainable Land Management In Albania Through Integrated Restoration Of Ecosystems,’ was organized by the Albanian Ministry of Environment with support from UNEP’s Vienna office.

Land degradation is a significant threat to Albania’s socio-economic and environmental wellbeing. The project is therefore designed to support the widespread adoption of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) activities in the country and will support the achievement of SDG15: Life on Land.

Today’s kick-off meeting brought together representatives from all relevant governmental, public and scientific institutions, international organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations to share experiences and...
By ROE News on 6/27/2016 1:59 AM
Solheim pledges to tackle major environmental issues such as ocean and air pollution, climate change, and nexus between conflict, migration and the environment

Nairobi, 27 June 2016 - Erik Solheim, a former Minister of Environment and International Development in Norway, began his tenure today as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, with the concurrent position of UN Under-Secretary-General. Mr. Solheim assumes his new role as chief of the global authority on the environment after three years as head of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

In taking up office, Solheim pledged to work with countries around the world to tackle some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time, including ocean and air pollution, the destruction of ecosystems, climate change and the relationship between the environment and conflict and migration.

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By ROE News on 6/17/2016 1:37 AM
Europe’s largest electric vehicle rally has made a pit stop at the Palais des Nations in Geneva after travelling 1300 km in a bid to spur action and ambition for the fight against climate change.

The rally was initiated by UNEP Champion of the Earth Louis Palmer and the welcoming of cars in Geneva on 3 June was led by UNDP.

Around 100 electric cars travelled from the German town of Bremerhaven and parked in front of the Palais to form the number ‘1.5’. The Paris Agreement  on climate change last year bound countries to “pursue efforts” to  limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times.

“140 participants with 70 cars have visited 50 cities to deliver a simple but powerful message - yes, we have a problem with climate change and fossil fuels, but we have many pioneering solutions, and we can indeed limit warming at 1.5C,” stressed Mr Palmer – founder and organiser of the World Advanced...
By ROE News on 6/14/2016 11:37 PM
A media masterclass organised under the EU-funded Greening Economies in the European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP GREEN) programme has helped equip 31 journalists from the six Eastern Partnership countries with techniques and skills for reporting on Green Economy topics.

Journalists not only educate the general public on important environment and climate related issues, but also question statements by decision makers and play a role in holding them to account.

The masterclass featured an interactive session with renowned former BBC journalist Alex Kirby, who stressed that he was “not here to tell you how to write stories, but to share my experience of mistakes so that you too can learn from them”.

During the event, the reporters were first briefed on EaP GREEN activities with practical project results in their countries, the Environment for Europe process and the main conference...
By ROE News on 6/14/2016 11:30 PM
UNEP is to support Georgia in its efforts to tackle land degradation and associated threats to food production under a new Global Environment Fund (GEF) project launched  at the Environment for Europe conference.

Under an agreement signed on 8 June by UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw and the Georgian Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Protection Gigla Agulashvili, UNEP will help Georgia to mainstream sustainable land management into agricultural production in the country through institutional and regulatory reforms, technical support, demonstration projects and capacity building. The agreement was signed in the margins of the eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference being held in Batumi, Georgia from 8-10 June. 

The Georgian Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources Protection rates 35 % of its agricultural land as being degraded and, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, 60% of agricultural land in Georgia  is of low or middle production...
By ROE News on 6/12/2016 11:25 PM
Batumi, Georgia, 12 June 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) stands ready to support countries from the pan-European region in their transition to Green Economies after over 100 pledges for concrete actions were made by 36 governments and organisations tying in with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Ministers from the region adopted the Batumi Initiative on Green Economy (BIG-E) made up of the voluntary pledges and a strategic framework for guiding them at the eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference taking place in the Georgian city from 8-10 June.

Countries also endorsed the Batumi Action for Cleaner Air plan to fight air pollution, which UNEP’s sixth Global Environment Outlook for the region - also launched at the conference - identified as currently...
By ROE News on 6/10/2016 6:27 AM
Central Asian States have gathered in the margins of the eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference to measure progress towards a Green Economy and discuss ways to accelerate the transition.

High-level country representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan confirmed that Central Asia is moving towards an inclusive Green Economy and is willing to accelerate economic and social development while responding to climate change, environmental degradation and resource scarcity.

Facing numerous challenges but also opportunities, Central Asian states took stock of their achievements and shared their latest action plans and developments. They also identified priority measures and sectors for propelling the Green Economy transition. For Kazakhstan, water management was mentioned as the top priority, while agriculture was highlighted by Uzbekistan, energy by Kyrgyzstan and land management by Tajikistan,...
By ROE News on 6/8/2016 11:43 PM


Food waste, ecosystem services and green public procurement among pledged topics forming a new Batumi Initiative on Green Economy

Batumi, Georgia 9 June 2016 – Countries and stakeholders from the pan-European region have today agreed on a roadmap to speed up the transition to a Green Economy between now and 2030 and made an array of pledges translating this into action.

States endorsed a pan-European Strategic Framework equipping countries with a common vision and three broad objectives to reduce environmental risks and ecological scarcities, enhance economic progress and improve human well-being and social equity for the transition to a Green Economy, with nine focus areas to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 targets.

The Batumi Initiative on Green Economy (BIG-E) was also launched, made up of voluntary...
By ROE News on 6/7/2016 10:05 PM
Poor air quality, climate change, unhealthy lifestyles and the disconnection between people and the environment are increasingly affecting human health in the region, finds the latest Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) assessment for the pan-European region, prepared by UNEP and UNECE with support from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Air pollution is now the greatest health risk in the region. The proportion of the population living in areas exceeding WHO air quality guideline values varies by pollutant, with between 87-93 per cent of the EU population exposed to high levels of fine particles (PM2.5), 61-83 per cent to PM10, and 97-98 per cent to high levels of ozone (O3). Over 500,000 premature deaths in the pan-European region were attributable to outdoor air quality and 100,000 to indoor air quality in 2012. 



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By ROE News on 6/5/2016 6:18 AM


World Environment Day (WED) celebrations are in full swing in Europe with a series of events highlighting the need to take care of our planet and the plight of wildlife.

The 2016 edition of WED – celebrated annually on 5 June - is the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.

UNEP is today present at Brussels’ Fete de l’environnement - attended by tens of thousands - with a stand including numerous activities for children and information on the global WED theme as well as other aspects of UNEP’s work, in particular sustainable consumption and production.

One set of questions was dedicated to invasive species as part of an environment-themed quiz organised by the Geneva Environment Network (GEN) attended by over twenty teams from the city on 2 June. The following day, a GEN roundtable prepared for major upcoming meetings dealing with conservation and biodiversity governance this year. To view a recording of the event please...

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