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Greens/EFA hearing: How is biodiversity feeding the world?

EPHA attended a Greens/European Free Alliance hearing on biodiversity and its relation to global food security, climate change and development held in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament Sandrine Bélier, Martin Häusling and Eva Joly - organised a workshop on biodiversity and its relation to global food security, climate change and development. Among the invited speakers were Olivier Deleuze (Director of the UN Environment Programme), Jean-Pierre Halkin (Head of (...)

The future of European agriculture policy: CAP after 2013 - call for public debate

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloş, has decided to launch an open debate on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the European Union. The objective is to contribute to a first policy paper on the CAP post-2013. The initial deadline has been extended till 11 June 2010 because of many requests to do so, and the large number of contributions being posted on the website every day. See EPHA response From 2010 to 2013, the EU will decide (...)

Securing a CAP for the Future - securing also health?

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), due to be reformed in 2013, has been discussed for some time already. A wide range of political, business, but also public, expectations has been put forward so far. Still, health-related demands remain shadowed by issues related to financing, research and climate change adaptation. Where is health in all this? On 9 March 2010, the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) organised a conference on “Challenges the Common Agricultural (...)

EU agriculture and climate change: how to feed 9 billion while accounting for climate change?

It is said that by the year 2050, there will be another 3 billion people living on our planet. How will we feed all these people in the face of such growth and the effects of climate change? It has been estimated that global food production will have to grow by 70%. Are we prepared to do it, and do it in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way? How can Europe help ensure that it is not developing countries, and poor and marginalised communities, that will bear the burden. How can (...)

What’s next after the Copenhagen climate change conference ended in failure?

COP15 - background From 7-18 December 2009, governments from 192 countries met in Copenhagen, Denmark for the 15th session of the Conference of The Parties (COP15). They tried to thrash out a sweeping agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol (expiring in 2012) amid growing signals from scientists that global warming is occurring more quickly than expected. After two weeks of talks, world leaders delivered an agreement that left Europeans disappointed as it failed to legally commit any (...)