The 21st century is Bioeconomy: will Europe lead?

On Thursday the 17th of March, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP and chair of the “Bioeconomy” working group of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” organised a breakfast meeting in the European Parliament to gather Parliamentarians to discuss along with Mr. John Bell, Director for Bioeconomy, DG RTD …

Innovating with Nature

On 1 March, OpenNESS together with OPERAs project and the European Commission DG Research & Innovation, organises a policy day entitled “Innovating with Nature – Natural capital and ecosystem services for sustainable EU policies“. OpenNESS aims to translate the concept of Natural Capital (NC) and Ecosystem Services (ES) into operational …

‘Apiculture and Bee Health’ Working Group

Mariya Gabriel MEP and Chair of the working group on “Apiculture and Bee Health” of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” gathered MEPs on the 4th of February in the European Parliament, Strasbourg to discuss the 5th edition of the European Week of the Bee and …

The Contribution of Water to Circular Economy – Practices of water reuse across Europe

In light of the newly presented Circular Economy Package, EU decision-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the contribution of water and the potential of water reuse across Europe. MEP Michel Dantin gathered policy-makers and stakeholders on the 12th of January in the European Parliament, Brussels to …

How Can Industry Innovation meet the Challenges of the CFP Landing Obligation?

The landing obligation is one of the biggest challenges to come out of the CFP reform. David Stevens, a fisherman working off the southwest coast of England is the skipper of the family-owned vessel, the Crystal Sea. He has been working in partnership with the UK’s management and scientific bodies …

Europe’s Forests in the Sustainability Spotlight

EU decision-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss sustainable forest management in Europe and the important role that forests play in establishing a bioeconomy, creating jobs and growth, conserving biodiversity, and adapting and mitigating climate change. Elisabeth Köstinger MEP invited various Parliamentarians, the Commissioner for Agriculture & …

Sea for Society

EU decision-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the project “Sea for Society” and the Blue Society concept, which envisions a new governance model that aims to make the Ocean an integral part of society. A set of recommendations have been established to further promote and implement …

CITES Enforcement on Wildlife Crime

On Wednesday 11 November MEP Benedek Jávor and MEP Pavel Poc hosted the event “CITES Enforcement on Wildlife Crime”, which took place in the European Parliament highlighting the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the issues surrounding the enforcement of wildlife crime. The European Union became a Party to …

Micropollutants in Water

EU decision-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the issue of micro-pollutants in water, an increasingly important aspect that can have worrisome impacts on nature and human health, if not dealt with a comprehensive approach.   On the 28th of October MEP Michel Dantin hosted a breakfast …

Forest Landscapes: Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation

EU decision-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the ROBIN project, which highlights the pivotal role of tropical forests and the carbon and non-carbon benefits they provide. ROBIN has demonstrated that biodiversity is part of the solution towards mitigating climate change, and is an exemplary project highlighting …