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Letter to EC president von der Leyen and VP Timmermans

The aim of the letter is to push back against the Commission's announcement not to increase the EU's nationally determined contribution (NDC) next year despite its current insufficient level and the clear commitment in the Glasgow Pact for all parties to revisit their pledges. The signatory organizations, amongst which eco-union is included, are displayed below. Read the letter to know…
eco-union
17 December, 2021
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Letter to the European Commission on the Nature Restoration Law

On 14th December, over 150 environmental NGOs from across Europe sent a letter to the European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and the Environment Commissioner Viginijus Sinkevičius raising concerns about the overall ambition of the EU Nature Restoration Law, which is in the final stages of preparation by the European Commission.  NGOs are strongly convinced that clear measurable targets for…
eco-union
14 December, 2021
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Publication of the Blue Eco Forum 2021 Conference Report

The Blue Eco Forum 2021 (BEF), held online on the 22nd of October, gathered key  stakeholders involved in ‘Blue Food Systems’ in the Mediterranean region. The diversity of institutions and organisations (GFCM-FAO, Seas at Risk, IEMed, Union for the Mediterranean…) represented allowed for rich debates and insightful contributions, which are all brought together in the conference report - accessible below.…
eco-union
14 December, 2021
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Eco-union statement related to the COP22 of the Barcelona Convention

In a context of climate and biodiversity emergency at global and mediterranean level, the association eco-union is calling the contracting parties of the Barcelona Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols, taking place in Antalya, Turkey on 7-10 December 2021 to adopt and promote the following ten decisions and…
eco-union
8 December, 2021
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Side event on Blue Tourism at the COP22 to the Barcelona Convention

COP22, Side Event, Blue Tourism; Blue Economy;  Post-Covid Recovery In the Mediterranean region, coastal and maritime tourism (i.e., blue tourism) has been a major source of social and economic development in the past decades but has also greatly contributed to environmental resources depletion and marine, air or land pollution. The pandemic has severely disrupted this sector, creating dramatic loss of…
eco-union
7 December, 2021
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Towards a Sustainable Blue Tourism in the Mediterranean

Under the framework of the Blue Tourism Project, eco-union has recently published two reports on Sustainable Blue Tourism in the Mediterranean. They are part of a global initiative aiming to improve the Governance of Coastal and Marine Tourism around the World Regional Seas, launched by eco-union and IDDRI (Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations) in 2019, with the support…
eco-union
19 August, 2021
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#RailRenaissance – How can the EU Recovery and Resilience Funds contribute to European passenger rail?

The European Union has raised €672.5 billion in loans and grants to be distributed to Member States with the objective to incentivise reforms and investments which contribute to build a new post-pandemic economy and society. As expressed by the European Commission (EC) itself, the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RFF) aims to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus…
eco-union
21 July, 2021
Governance and PoliciesGreen Economy

Towards a Green, Resilient and Inclusive Recovery

The monitoring and evaluation of the design, development and implementation of national recovery plans is key to guaranteeing their long-term social, economic and environmental impact. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments have put in place programmes to steer the recovery of their economies. In parallel, several tracking initiatives have emerged that aim to monitor and evaluate the design,…
eco-union
15 June, 2021
Governance and Policies

Global Just Transition(s): From sectoral transition to systemic transformation

Join us in the workshop on Global Just Transition(s) "From sectoral transition to systemic transformation: Guiding just transition(s) from carbon intensive and dependent regions towards inclusive, prosperous and resilient economies, communities and societies". This workshop aims to place the concept of just transition within an overarching vision for just transformation, moving from sectoral or regional focused approaches towards a systemic…
eco-union
3 June, 2021