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Here's what the EU is doing to make the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals become a reality! ➡ [ Link ]
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02/16/2017 at 12:29. Facebook
Imagine charging your e-reader with solar power while reading on your sofa. Well it's possible with indoor solar cells!

Supported by the EU's LIFE funding programme, Swedish start-up Exeger has come up with a way to produce these so-called dye-sensitised solar cells in an eco-friendly and cost-efficient way ➡ [ Link ]
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02/14/2017 at 11:01. Facebook
For the day that's in it, Richard Rubbish has a special message to share: true value and beauty is on the inside! Happy #ValentinesDay everyone!

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These lovely otters are celebrating #ValentinesDay AND the 25th anniversary of protecting nature in the EU through the #Natura2000 network: [ Link ]

What are your plans for Valentine's Day?
Love is in the (clean) air! Here is what we're doing to improve air quality in the EU – for you and your loved ones >> [ Link ]
This year's EU Green Week will be all about green jobs, be they in cities or in the countryside, in the water sector or on the oceans!

Check out our website to already register your #EUGreenWeek partner event where you are, or register for the high-level conference in Brussels >>> [ Link ]
The 'European Tree of the Year' is a contest highlighting the significance of trees in the natural and cultural heritage of Europe. The contest isn't searching for the most beautiful tree, but one with a story rooted in the lives of the people and the community that surrounds it.

In 2017, 16 countries are taking part so make sure you vote for your favourite tree before 28 February! ➡...
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CITES is a global agreement designed to stop the illegal trafficking of wild plants and animals. With wildlife trafficking ranking third only behind the drugs and illegal arms trades in terms of value, it is a global problem that needs global solutions.

From 24 September to 5 October 2016, the latest tri-annual meeting took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. Get the inside track from our EU...
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After a year of the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, its 32 actions to tackle wildlife crime are well on track. Countries in the EU have prioritised enforcement, with a large number of ivory, eel, and rhino horn seizures in recent months.

National enforcement agencies and Europol have also strengthened cooperation to step up the fight against against wildlife trafficking. Learn...
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Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world and offers a haven to Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats.

See where the nearest protected area is to you with our Natura 2000 network Viewer >> [ Link ]
Fully applying EU environment rules could save the European economy €50 billion every year in health costs and direct costs to the environment.

Check out our interactive map to see how your country is doing when it comes to implementing laws on nature, waste, air and water >>> [ Link ]

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission - Upcoming events The news: On Monday 6 February, the Commission will present the Environmental Implementation Review, a tool to improve implementation of EU environmental policy. It will bring about a new framework for sharing s...

European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Monday 6 February: Environmental Implementation Review
Across the EU, water shortages and droughts have increased dramatically in recent decades, with water scarcity affecting at least 11% of Europeans and 17% of EU territory.

Reusing waste water can be part of the solution, and the European Commission is looking at ways to help expand the use of safe and efficient water reuse technologies. Learn more in our new water reuse factsheet: [
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Have you ever been to Romania's Carpathian mountains ????????? You might be able to spot European bisons, Europe's largest wild land mammals!
They once roamed freely all across the continent but by the 1920s, they had been hunted to near extinction. A conservation project, funded through the EU's LIFE programme, is bringing the bison back – and creates new eco-tourism opportunities for the...
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Maybe you've heard of the 'circular economy' but do you know what it is in practice? Fairphone is a Dutch social enterprise that makes smartphones with easily replaceable components, encourages the recycling of e-waste, uses materials that support local economies, and advocates fairness among its partners.

Learn more about what the EU has done so far to move to a more circular economy -...
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Europeans each use an average of 175 plastic bags every year, with a lot of this ending up as waste in our seas and oceans.

In Germany, to tackle this issue the retail association has committed to drastically reduce their use by implementing a levy on lightweight plastic bags.
Essen is aiming to create 20,000 jobs in the environmental sector by 2025, one of the many reasons it is taking over as European Green Capital 2017.

Read more about Essen's green credentials and the Official European Green Capital Award​: [ Link ]
This Saturday, Essen in Germany will officially take over from Ljubljana as the European Green Capital for 2017!

Read more about the handover ceremony: [ Link ]
And see why Essen won the title for 2017: [ Link ]

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EU countries are developing strategies to work towards making their marine waters as clean, healthy & productive as possible!

Learn more about how countries come up with these strategies, and read the latest European Commission assessment of how they monitor their marine waters:!Ph48Dk