22 January 2010

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COMBATING ILLEGAL FISHING IN THE EU: INTERACTION WITH WTO RULES. By Heike Baumüller (Chatham House). January 2010. This paper comes in response to two EU regulations, effective at the start of this year, which seek to establish a comprehensive system to close the European market to imports of illegally caught fish and to stop illegal activities by EU vessels. However, questions arise over compatibility of parts of the legislation with WTO rules. Potential areas of conflict include trade sanctions against foreign vessels and countries and the application of different rules to EU and foreign operations. The authors posit that the policies must be implemented in a fair, transparent manner in order to prevent a WTO challenge and to ensure that the regulations meet their objectives. To access this article, visit:

THE BIOFUELS MARKET: CURRENT SITUATION AND ALTERNATIVE SCENARIOS. United Nations Conference on Trade and Sustainable Development (UNCTAD). 12 July, 2009. As the biofuels industry continues to experience turmoil, whether the sector will emerge from the deadlock will depend on policies and strategies adopted by different countries. This publication seeks to examine whether the biofuels sector can meet its expectations as a potential means of addressing climate change, energy security, and rural development issues. The new UNCTAD report discusses "alternative decision paths" that governments may consider in relation to biofuels. It provides insights on the global repercussions that those different choices may imply. Several issues are discussed at length, including: government targets and their role in biofuel use, links between biofuels and the greenhouse gas markets, trade potential for developing countries, the prospects offered by new biofuel technologies and their related intellectual property rights issues, and potential changes in production and trade patterns, should biofuel feedstocks become more commercially widespread. To access this publication, visit:

A RENEWABLE WORLD: ENERGY, ECOLOGY, EQUALITY. By Herbert Girardet and Miguel Mendonça (The World Future Council). September 2009. In the absence of an international agreement following the Copenhagen summit last December, this report examines the prospects of addressing global climate change. Specifically, what steps can be taken nationally, regionally and locally to reduce both carbon emissions and atmospheric carbon concentrations? This book argues that the former can be achieved through a transformation in energy production, saving and use, and the latter through biological carbon sequestration. Examples of these strategies are examined throughout the world. In addition, the question of the active participation of all sectors of society in this transformation is considered through examples of existing initiatives, and the wider issue of democratic reform. In addition, the topics of agriculture and food, green collar jobs, cities, and transportation are discussed. To access this publication, visit:

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION: A HIDDEN RISK FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. United Nations Department on Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). December 2009. This policy brief was prepared by the UNDESA Division for Sustainable Development, and reviews the topic of ocean acidification and current UN actors that are considering oceans issues. It also presents policy options related to: international action on mitigating carbon dioxide emissions, information generation and dissemination, improving capacities in developing countries, and raising awareness. To access this policy brief, visit:  

CLIMATE CHANGE AND IMPLICATIONS FOR FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO).  December 2009. This collection of three technical papers addresses: the physical and ecological consequences of climate change on marine and freshwater environments; impacts on fisheries and local communities with a focus on adaptation and mitigation measures; and impacts on aquaculture with a review of potential adaptation and mitigation measures. The studies highlight that fisheries and aquaculture make a minor, but still significant contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions throughout the sectors' supply chain. The report notes that ecosystem approaches to aquaculture and fisheries, as well as precautionary management, can help improve the resilience of the sectors. It calls for the integration of fisheries and aquaculture into national climate change and food security policies. To access this resource, visit:

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