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Articles from Science for Environment Policy

16.11.2011
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Articles from Science for Environment Policy

DG Environment News Alert Service

The central role of NGOs in sustainable fisheries
The growing influence of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the seafood industry means that they now play a central role in setting standards for sustainable fisheries. In a new study, researchers used the Dutch Good Fish Guide to illustrate how NGOs can efficiently engage consumers, industry, fishermen and government. Download article (PDF)

Community-led study engages public in science and environment
A review of the community-led research programme Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) - a UK national programme that brings scientists and communities together to investigate environmental issues - concludes that it benefits both science and the public. The public´s involvement not only raises their awareness of their relationship with the environment, but also contributes to securing a sustainable future. Download article (PDF)

Five pressing issues to be addressed by agricultural development
International agricultural development must broaden its scope to address food security issues, according to a new study. The research recommends removing boundaries between sectors to allow agricultural policy to account for impacts of macroeconomic trends, climate change and links between malnutrition and infectious disease. Download article (PDF)

User-friendly tool to predict coastal storm hazards
Researchers have developed a prototype system to predict the impact of storms on European coastlines. The MICORE Early Warning System aims to improve civil defence and coastal evacuation plans and could pave the way for an autonomous early warning system to save countless lives and protect infrastructure worldwide. Download article (PDF)

More rigorous studies needed to evaluate impact of invasive birds
Conservation researchers have warned against acting on the findings of a previous study that argued for the eradication of several invasive birds, including the Canada goose and sacred ibis, in Europe. They suggest the results are based on anecdotal rather than scientific evidence, and that detailed feasibility studies are needed before such management decisions are made. Download article (PDF)
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