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Stakeholder exchange on Axis 4 implementation in Germany

On May 20, the FARNET Support Unit organised a one day meeting in Schwerin to facilitate a first exchange on Axis 4 in Germany.

Around 25 participants took part in the event, including the Axis 4 managing authority (the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection), the bodies responsible for the implementation of Axis 4 in the Länder, as well as FLAG managers and members. The discussion focused mainly on the administrative requirements to ensure the efficient implementation of Axis 4, and on possible exchanges and cooperation at national and EU level. Participants identified the establishment of a national network as a key factor in the successful implementation of Axis 4 in Germany. The Bremerhaven FLAG volunteered to initiate networking between German FLAGs on an informal basis until questions concerning available resources for a national network have been clarified

Conservation and Industry Leaders form Alliance for ‘Real Reform’ of European Fisheries Policy

In April, the European Seafood Exposition saw the launch of a partnership between three key players of the European seafood industry. AIPCE-CEP, the EU Fish Processors and Traders Association, representing 130 000 employees, 4 000 enterprises and a production value of around €20 billion, Eurocommerce, which represents retail, wholesale and international trade interests to the EU, and the WWF, an organization active in over 100 countries, announced their alliance in proposing new fisheries management solutions in the framework of a reformed CFP in 2012.

The new alliance between WWF and European leading industries intends to show how to achieve these reforms in order to reap benefits for the environment and industry. Amongst the goals of this large partnership, particular attention will be given to the implementation of science-based long term management plans for all EU fisheries by 2015, the attribution of effective roles to regional bodies in developing fisheries plans and the maximization of the value from catch to consumer, avoiding waste and promoting added value at each stage of the supply chain.

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Have your say on the future of LIFE Nature & Biodiversity

LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects across the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed some 3115 projects, contributing approximately  €2 billion to the protection of the environment. In April, discussions were launched on the future of LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity by the European Commission (DG Environment) LIFE Unit, via the new online LIFE Community Forum. The aim is to gather ideas and suggestions from stakeholders as to what has worked well in the current LIFE Nature programme and what should be changed ahead of the next LIFE Regulation. Moreover, a wiki tool has been developed by the Land Stewardship Network of Catalonia to collect ideas and suggestions from the LIFE community and beyond.

PISCES: a LIFE project to develop sustainable practices in the Celtic Sea

A pioneering €2.1M project launched on the 10th May to help ensure a sustainable future for the Celtic Sea.

PISCES, a project funded by DG Environment´s LIFE programme, will in the coming years look at methods to promote ecosystem-based approaches to the management of the Celtic Sea. The Celtic Sea is an intensively frequented and exploited maritime area with very specific characteristics in terms of biodiversity and ecosystems. Such characteristics led to the design of the « Irish Conservation Box », a maritime protected area covering over 100 000 km² and where special measures are enforced to control fishing and other extractive uses.

The PISCES project, led by WWF-UK in partnership with WWF-Spain and The Environment Council with additional support from SeaWeb and the Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork, involves a core group of 27 stakeholders from England, Wales, Ireland, France and Spain, representing a range of activities such as coastal recreation, ports, shipping, offshore infrastructure, aquaculture and fisheries. These partners will collaborate with the aim to provide by 2012 a set of guidelines for delivering an ecosystem-approach to marine management for the Celtic Sea, enabling to ensure the continuity of these activities without jeopardising marine wildlife. 

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The Irish Conservation Box

UK: Supporting Women to Work in Fisheries Management

Women working in fisheries management across England can now benefit from a £450 training grant, announced Lantra Sector Skills Council at the beginning of April. The training grant is available through the "Women and Work programme" of Lantra, an agency licensed by the UK government to promote capacity building  and business development in environmental and land-based industries. Lantra represents 17 industries and 1.5 million workers and volunteers in the environmental and primary production sectors. This programme is entering its fourth year after successfully securing funding to help another 670 women working in industries such as fisheries management. The grant will enable women working in the industry to develop their skills, careers and businesses and is available until February 2011.
 
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