Directorate-General for Environment
Agriculture, Forests and Soil Unit
BU-5 5/178, 1049 Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 299 63 61
|Human Settlements||CSD-12; CSD-13;|
|Pre-WSSD National Report|
|Full Report||CSD-18; CSD-19;|
|Rural Development||CSD-16; CSD-17;|
|Industrial Development||CSD-14; CSD-15;|
|Input from Sweden on behalf of EU towards the Secretary-General Report "Climate Change & It's Possible Security Implications" (GA-64)|
|Input on the possibility of convening a high-level event on sustainable development|
Building capacities for increased public investment in integrated climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction is an initiative of UNISDR, supported by a variety of partners including the European Commission, Japan, UNDP, World Bank, JICA, among others, working with a number of SIDS across the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific to systematically account for disaster loss and to develop probabilistic estimations of future risk, with an emphasis in weather and climate change related hazards. The initiative provides evidence to support the integration of climate change adaptation measur...[more]
- Development and enhancement of a knowledge base for key natural hazard risks; - Regional studies concerning the economics of climate change and the impact of natural disasters on particular sectors such as tourism; - Decision-making tools which might be developed by CCRIF and/or ECLAC to assist in mitigating the economic impacts of natural catastrophes; and - Climate change adaptation strategies to facilitate decision making across the region.
The best opportunity to slow the rate of near-term warming globally and in sensitive regions such as the Arctic is by cutting emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) – most notably methane, black carbon and some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Widespread reductions, which complement the need for aggressive global action on carbon dioxide, contribute significantly to the goal of limiting warming to less than two degrees. Reducing SLCPs can also advance national priorities such as protecting air quality and public health, promoting food security, enhancing energy efficiency, and alleviat...[more]
Compact2025 is an initiative for ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025. It brings stakeholders together to set priorities, innovate and learn, fine-tune actions, build on successes, and synthesize sharable lessons to accelerate progress.Compact2025- helps countries bring together sectors involved in food security and nutrition, build capacity, craft strategies, experiment with programs and policies, and make rapid progress; - creates a Knowledge and Innovation Hub to provide policymakers and practitioners with pragmatic, evidence-based guidance on scaling up successes to end hunger and und...[more]
The partnership focuses on strengthening the capacity of the islands of the Indian Ocean member of the Indian Ocean Commission and Zanzibar Island of the United Republic of Tanzania to reduce their vulnerability, exposure and protect the population of the region against loss and damage that result from catastrophic events.
The project objectives are to reduce Transport Co2 and associated Air pollutants at point of combustion and provide simple MRV for transport projects in cities and across a wide range of sectors, including public transport, power generation, non road mobile machinery, marine and passenger vehicles, freight vehicles, trains and cars & motorcycles. The project provides incentives and inclusion by reducing operators costs and providing innovative financial mechanisms along wioth knowledge transfer, training and local assembly and or manufacture.
Initiative will provide 500 million people in the developing world with the support they need to gain access to sustainable energy.
The objective of The European Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) is to further environmental technologies to improve the environment and European competitiveness. Source: European Commission The European Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) was adopted by the European Commission in 2004. The objective of this ambitious plan is to further environmental technologies to improve the environment and European competitiveness. It complements the Environment Directorate-General's regulatory approaches and directly addresses the three dimensions of the Lisbon strategy: growth, jobs and the environment.
As a part of the Regional Integration Pilar of the Special Partnership between the EU and Cape Verde, the EU aims to support, through the European Union Ultra-Peripheral Regions (RUP), the integration of the Macaronesia space, with the objective of improving its structure and increase its dynamism and competitiveness, in line with the enlarged neighbourhood policy.Main areas of intervention: Renewable Energy, Biodiversity and Marine Conservation, Coastal Management and Hydraulic Resources, Tourism and other sectors.
The FOCUS (Fisheries Open Source Community Software) community has been established with the purpose to create and maintain free software dedicated to the management, conservation and sustainably use of the fishery resource.
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism is an organizational network of tourism stakeholders of the public and private sectors, non-profits, UN agencies and programmes, international organizations and academic institutions. Partner organizations share the common vision and understanding of the goal of "sustainable tourism" and collaborate internationally, regionally or nationally to transform tourism globally. The mission is to transform the way tourism is done worldwide by building partnerships to support the implementation of sustainable tourism practices at destinations through adop...[more]
Many local governments are responsible for sectors that deal with the practicalities of climate change adaptation – investing in and maintaining basic infrastructure, enforcing zoning laws, and managing disaster risk. In many developing countries, local governments lack the fiscal space to invest in ‘climate-proofing’ existing infrastructure or to undertake other forward-looking investments that help build resilience. Most resources come earmarked from central government for recurring expenditures, leaving little for capital investment. LoCAL is the UNCDF facility for investment in local level...[more]
National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS) is a stakeholders forum that is concerned with the coordination of water and sanitation activities Nationally in Nigeria. The Task group will focus on the attainment the SDG:-6 to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. Through the adoption of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS)to improve and increased access to water and sanitation and enhance behaviourial change to stop Open Defecation in Urban, Peri-Urban and Rural areas to achieve the result at States and Local Government levels.
The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) is a Pacific-wide programme helping to provide sustainable financial services to low income households. By 2019 PFIP aims to have: - One million low-income people in the Pacific, with at least 50 per cent women, gain access to appropriate/affordable financial services; (600,000 achieved by 2014)- Additional 150,000 previously unbanked people, with at least 50 per cent women, gain access to a formal savings account;- Four additional Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) have national financial inclusion strategies that reflect gender differences and w...[more]
PRIF is a multi-agency coordination mechanism aimed at improving the delivery of development assistance from donors and development partners to the infrastructure sector in the Pacific region. PRIF supports infrastructure development and maintenance in twelve Pacific Island Countries (PICs) through investment coordination, research and technical assistance.PRIF provides a framework for better engagement of countries and development partners to ensure more effective use of available funding and deliver better infrastructure services. Through deeper coordination, PRIF is able to help countries m...[more]
The initiative aims to: Provide a forum for exchange of knowledge and expertise among governments, international organisations, civil society, think-tanks, the private sector, and other stakeholders on the policy implications of SDG implementation. Help governments and stakeholders to strengthen their capacities for analysing policy coherence challenges, and adapting institutional mechanisms, policy-making processes, and policy coherence monitoring and reporting systems to the needs and vision of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs; and Support national efforts for reporting progress on SDG Target 17...[more]
The PIEMA has been established in 2013 to strengthen preparedness and response capacity in the Pacific by improving interoperability between key emergency service providers. Improving countries' preparedness and response capacity helps diminish the impact of disasters, in terms of damage, destruction, loss of property, physical injuries and deaths. More effective disaster management supports a quicker recovery process, and diminishes the impact on sustainable development.
The Urban-LEDS Project, funded by the European Comission, supports development and implementation of urban low emissions development strategies (LEDS) to address climate change in partnership between UN-Habitat and ICLEI. The objective of the Project is to enhance the transition to low emission urban development in four emerging economy countries, Brazil, Indonesia, India and South Africa. In each of those countries the project supports two Model Cities, receiving intensive assistance to develop LEDS, plus four to six 'Satellite Cities' that engaged to a lesser degree. A handful of European ci...[more]
The SPC-EU DSM Project is helping Pacific Island countries to improve the governance and management of their deep-sea minerals resources through improved legal frameworks and increased technical capacity.A primary objective of the project is to support informed and careful governance of any deep sea mining activities in accordance with international law, with particular attention to the protection of the marine environment and securing equitable financial arrangements for Pacific Island countries and their people. The SPC-EU DSM Project is also working to encourage and support participatory de...[more]
SCP-SIP Action Plans is designed to improve the energy and environmental performance of products, in particular by extending the Eco-design and Labelling Directives to cover non energy-related products. Source: Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, European Commission In 2008 the European Commission presented the Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy (SCP/SIP) Action Plan. It includes a series of proposals on sustainable consumption and production that will contribute to improving the environmental performance of products and increase the demand for ...[more]
The partnership aims at strengthening the capacity of island nations to management of the marine and coastal resources for growth and development with due respect to the environment. The European Union is the leading technical and financial partner of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and it has supported a large number regional programs for the development of the island States members of the IOC. These programs seek to enhance the capacity of island nations for good governance of fisheries, management of the coastal zones and the management of coastal, marine and island specific biodiversi...[more]
The Innovation Europe Flagship initiative (2010) is the core of the Europe 2020 Strategy agreed by Member States at the June 2010 European Council, underpinning the smart, sustainable and inclusive growth the Strategy is aiming for. Source: European Commission A key aim of flagship initiative is to increase certainty for investment and innovation by forging an agreement on the long-term vision and ensuring that all relevant policies factor in resource efficiency in a balanced manner. It provides a long-term framework for action in many policy areas, supporting policy agendas for climate chan...[more]
The SEED Initiative inspires, supports and researches exceptional, entrepreneurial, nascent, multi-stakeholder partnerships for locally-led sustainable development . The initiative focuses on 'business as unusual' - innovative action delivering real solutions through project cooperation among small and large businesses, local and international NGOs, women's groups, labour organisations, public authorities and UN agencies, and others working in the field of sustainable development. The SEED Initiative aims to: support outstanding and innovative start-up entrepreneurs working in partnership in ...[more]
EU legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (Directive 2002/95/EC) and promoting the collection and recycling of such equipment (Directive 2002/96/EC) has been in force since February 2003.Source: European Commission This legislation provides for the creation of collection schemes where consumers return their used e-waste free of charge. The objective of these schemes is to increase the recycling and/or re-use of such products. It also requires heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium and flame retardants such as...[more]