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Biodiversity is in crisis across the globe: species extinctions and a loss of nature occurring at rates unprecedented in human history, and with the EU no exception, our biodiversity and the essential value it brings are under threat. Could 'rewilding' help restore Europe's nature?

The diversity of detrimental factors impacting the European eel and the number of involved stakeholders pose a challenge for an effective stock management. Knowledge on the economic consequences of single management measures is required to better assess their implications for the involved sectors. This study summarizes the current knowledge on threats and provides economic data from hydropower generation, fisheries and aquaculture impacting the European eel in order to evaluate management measures ...

This study surveys the current status of large carnivores in Europe and assesses their impact on livestock from the available data on compensation payments and from field research. Recommendations on livestock protection measures are provided, as well on the integration of these into locally adapted holistic management systems.

After centuries of intensive hunting large carnivores like brown bears, Eurasian lynx and wolves are now recovering in many areas of Europe. This work deals with large carnivore populations in the French Alps focusing on wolf and gives information on the recent population status, management, legal frameworks and recommendations for habitat protection and coexistence of humans and large carnivores. The occurrence of wolves in France is limited to the Western Central Alps. In 2017 52 packs (360 individuals ...

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the PETI Committee. This paper analyses the legal framework on large carnivores – brown bear (Ursus arctos), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), wolf (Canis lupus), wolverine (Gulo gulo) - and their current management within the EU are presented. Additionally, the best coexistence methods obtained from research and EU-funded projects are compiled. A thorough analysis ...

The LIFE workshop aims to inform the Members of the ENVI Committee and all participants on the implementation of LIFE programme 2014-2020 and the first results of its integrated projects. The workshop will answer the question on how the new edition of LIFE is contributing to the achievement of environmental protection and climate change targets in the most effective way. Future funding opportunities and environmental topics to be covered by the LIFE Programme up to 2020 will be also presented.

This report summarises the presentations and discussions during the workshop ‘Delivering and Enforcing the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking’ held on 8th September 2016. The aim of the workshop was to provide background information to the ENVI Committee members on the EU Action Plan and open a debate about its implementation challenges between Committee members and established experts. The workshop and this report has been commissioned by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee ...

This briefing was commissioned by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. It provides an overview of the legal implications of the European Union’s recent accession to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and implications for its participation in the 17th Meeting of the Conferences (COP17). Key issues as well as the positions of selected Parties and NGOs are also outlined. The briefing concludes with recommendations ...

An updated recovery plan for bluefin tuna

Kort sammanfattning 20-06-2016

The European Commission has proposed to include some measures of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in EU law, in so far as they are not yet included therein. In doing so, it also proposed to group all the measures on a recovery plan for bluefin tuna within a new regulation. Having taken a position on legislative amendments in January 2016, the EP is now due to vote on a text negotiated in trilogue with a view to reaching a first reading agreement.

Zootechnical legislation

Kort sammanfattning 05-04-2016

The European Commission has proposed to consolidate the existing EU zootechnical legislation which covers breeding, trade in and import of breeding animals, into a single regulation. In April, the European Parliament is due to debate and vote on the compromise text agreed in trilogue.