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Acting together - a common commitment to the global environment - International co-operation on biodiversity, climate change and desertification

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV

Abstract

In the last 200 years mankind has made remarkable progress with the development of new technologies, enhanced economic productivity, transportation and energy systems. However, this progress has not benefited all on this planet and also has its price. Advancement in some areas has been coupled with environmental degradation. Images of destroyed forests, polluted waters, desertified grasslands, melting glaciers and devastating hurricanes have become all too familiar in today’s media. Our global environment matters to all of us - independently of where in the world we call “home”.
International recognition of the challenges is growing, hand-in-hand with public concern. The Rio Conventions of 1992 were a major achievement for environmental protection, setting a clear framework for international action on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification. The EU is committed to the implementation of these Conventions which also include the enhancement of international co-operation and assistance.
As European Commissioners responsible for external relations and development, environment and research, we share a commitment to assisting and working with partner governments, civil society and the private sector to further the implementation of the Rio Conventions all over the world.
This brochure highlights some of the initiatives taken by the European Commission and its partners in the areas of Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification. The cases chosen range from a community-based project in Algeria designed to educate children in sustainable land use to a highly advanced scientific co-operation programme on climate change in Latin America.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Environment, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. 32 pp. Free of charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=NF7205976 (Catalogue Number: NF-72-05-976-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-00852-8
Record Number: 200718891 / Last updated on: 2007-03-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en