EU Launches Initiative to Protect Biodiversity

first_imgThe European Union (EU) has launched an initiative for the protection of biodiversity and wildlife in Liberia. The launch took place last Wednesday, the International Day of Biodiversity, with the aim of halting the loss of biodiversity and eradicating poverty in developing countries.The biodiversity for life flagship initiative is designed to help poorest countries protect ecosystems, wildlife crime and develop green economies.According to EU Commissioner for development, the biodiversity for life will be financed initially from the EU Global Public Goods Challenges (GPGC) thematic program as well as from regional and national development cooperation envelops, with an estimated budget of up to US$800 million for 2014-2020.Mr. Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, said “We have already agreed with our EU partners that development is not sustainable if it damages the environment, biodiversity or natural resources.  Biodiversity for life will now provide the means to step up our efforts to support livelihood through a green economy to contribute to the EU’s development agenda.”The commissioner said biodiversity and development are closely linked and mutually reinforcing; healthy ecosystems sustain development while development impacts on habitats.He said seeing ecosystem conservation and restoration as an opportunity to generate growth create jobs and reduce poverty through a green economy that contributes to the EU’s development agenda.The commissioner however expressed the hope that the initiative will attract additional funding from other development partners including EU member’s states.He further explained that EU will operate in three priority areas: promoting good governance of natural resources, improve transparency by involving public and private sectors, civil society and academia in partnerships among others to help improve regulations to protect biodiversity.”Securing healthy ecosystems for good security; “this priority will promote sustainable farming practices and  the development of environment-friendly products ; help restore degraded areas; support the development of community-base land and management plans and coastal management plans, including marine protected areas.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTHE staff and owners of a leading Donegal hotel are celebrating – after being named in an influential Top Ten.But the Rathmullan House Hotel isn’t on any ordinary list.It has been named at No2 as the best hotel in the world…when you have a pet! And the judging isn’t by any old website. It comes from the worldwide television network CNN.“The ultimate in dog-friendly hotels has to be one which offers pooches their own luxuriously furnished space,” says the TV channel’s travel website“At the Rathmullan, the canine suite adjoins the owner’s room and has its own bed, coat hook, canine portraits hanging on the wall and direct access to the garden.“There are even canine hosts — dogs are invited to socialize with the hotel’s own golden retriever, Suzie, and pair of resident Jack Russells, who will show four-legged visitors around the grounds of their elegant Donegal mansion.” Owner Mary Wheeler told “We are all delighted with this. To get into the Top Ten in the world is just fantastic.“Of course this is not just great news for us – but great news for County Donegal as well.”Read more: World’s best hotels for pets | TOP OF THE WORLD! DONEGAL HOTEL IN TOP TEN was last modified: October 21st, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegaldaily.comRathmullan House Hotellast_img read more