News Europe and Central Asia

The Common Agricultural Policy in 2015: looking for results

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 10:52

A rereading of the final legal text together with all the implementing and delegated acts and rules is killing our enthusiasm quite quickly.

Europe and Central Asia Advocating for sustainable agriculture

Defining the next decade of EU’s climate and energy policies

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 10:37

What is needed is not just a policy framework that fixates on cutting down emissions, but one that puts us on an environmentally sustainable pathway in a wider sense.

Europe and Central Asia Climate Change programme - Europe and Central Asia

Sustainable fisheries and imaginative loopholes

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 09:45

European seas are in the brink of collapse. Despite the improved Common Fisheries Policy, several forces out there are determined to scupper the efforts to make our fisheries sustainable.

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine

The EU Biodiversity Strategy in 2015 – making up the balance

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 09:28

Actions are needed to improve implementation of existing EU environmental legislation. President Juncker and Vice President Timmermans have stated this was their intention, rather than piling up ever more rules.

Europe and Central Asia

The Birds and Habitats Directives: reviewing or butchering?

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 09:25

The Fitness Check will be the moment when the enemies of nature conservation will wake up and will seek to weaken the legislation for their narrow interests, to the detriment of Europe’s citizens.

Europe and Central Asia

The last chance saloon Commission?

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 08:44

Europe is in the grip of an economic, environmental and social crisis that in some countries is reaching dangerous levels, with politicians everywhere at lost about how to get out of it. Worryingly, the new Commission seems to

Europe and Central Asia

Tracing the Route of a 'wild' Silk Road in the Caucasus

Wed, 14/01/2015 - 10:03

The ancient Silk Road, famous primarily as a trade route, was also an important transmitter of culture and historical legacies between Asia and Europe.

Europe and Central Asia

BirdLife Bulgaria supports rewilding of Rhodope Mountains

Mon, 12/01/2015 - 17:02

The Rhodope Mountains, located southeast of Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, comprise a beautiful and wide mountain range known locally as the Mountains of Orpheus, reputed to be the birthplace of the mythical musician.

Europe and Central Asia Bulgaria

New project to repair and protect the Berlengas archipelago’s rich ecosystem

Fri, 09/01/2015 - 17:08

Only 30 people live in the Berlengas archipelago off the Portuguese coast, yet there is a lot of activity to report from these small islands.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal Seabirds and Marine