Publications @en

April 2019 Significant changes in French cereal and dairy farming systems to initiate a transition towards agroecology? William Loveluck, Pierre-Marie Aubert

What agroecological horizon for cereal and dairy production systems under the TYFA scenario? At the heart of the TYFA scenario is the objective of tackling together most social and environmental issues the European food system is facing, including the erosion of biodiversity, GHG emissions and climate change, and human health problems associated to too rich […]

April 2019 Second session of the Working Group in Nairobi: another step towards a Global Pact for the Environment? Elisabeth Hege, Damien Barchiche

During the first session held in January 2019, the original proposal, that of creating a legally binding instrument, i.e. the Global Pact for the Environment, was not formally discussed. Instead, discussions were centred around the findings of the UN Secretary General’s technical and evidence-based report1 as well as identifying gaps in International Environmental Law (IEL). […]

April 2019 An Action Agenda for biodiversity: Expectations and issues in the short and medium terms Aleksandar Rankovic, Sandrine Malje…, Matthieu Wemaëre, Yann Laurans

Key Messages The Action Agenda is by no means anecdotal. It fulfils fundamental strategic functions to stimulate a positive political momentum prior to COP15, and to help achieve an ambitious agreement in Kunming in 2020. There is therefore an urgent need to energise the Action Agenda as soon as possible.   In the short term […]

April 2019 Agroecology and carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050: what are the issues? Pierre-Marie Aubert, Marie-Hélène Schwoob, Xavier Poux

Key Messages The TYFA scenario is based on the generalisation of organic farming (abandoning synthetic pesticides and fertilizers), the extension of agroecological infrastructures and the adoption of healthy diets, to feed 530 million Europeans by 2050 (despite a 35% drop in production). It leads to a 40% reduction in GHG emissions (35% for direct non-CO2 […]

April 2019 Agroecology and carbon neutrality: what are the issues? Pierre-Marie Aubert, Marie-Hélène Schwoob, Xavier Poux

Key Messages The TYFA scenario is based on the generalisation of organic farming (abandoning synthetic pesticides and fertilizers), the extension of agroecological infrastructures and the adoption of healthy diets, to feed 530 million Europeans by 2050 (despite a 35% drop in production). It leads to a 40% reduction in GHG emissions (35% for direct non-CO2 […]

April 2019 A key challenge for the European elections: Europe’s commitment to global environmental protection and to sustainable development Lucien Chabason

A virtuous Europe, internationally and internally… According to the Global Energy and CO2 Status Report Global Energy and CO2 Status Report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) last week, global primary energy consumption increased by 2.6% in 2018, i.e. double the average of the previous eight years, an increase that has essentially been met […]

April 2019 What is the 2019 agenda for biodiversity? Yann Laurans, Aleksandar Rankovic

Opening negotiations on the post-2020 biodiversity framework The year 2019 is crucial for the preparation and mobilisation of the “Global Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework”, the current name of the replacement for the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets, adopted in 2010 in Nagoya (Japan). Since January, a series of “regional consultations” have been and will […]

April 2019 Regional Ocean Governance of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Glen Wright, Julien Rochette

Extract Ongoing initiatives aiming to strengthen governance of ABNJ through cooperation at the regional level include: The “Collective Arrangement for the North-East Atlantic” The Sargasso Sea Commission The Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals The Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) Cooperation through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations Read the Spanish version

April 2019 Just transitions for the coal sector are going mainstream, but policies also need to strengthened Oliver Sartor

The transition from coal is gathering momentum As of late 2018, 30 national governments, 22 sub-national governments and 28 businesses had committed to phase out coal by 2030, under the Powering Past Coal Alliance. Nonetheless, a common critique was that these governments only accounted for about 3% of global coal consumption. But, in the last […]

April 2019 Increasing climate ambition: the challenge of the year Lola Vallejo, David Levaï

2020: a major deadline to put ambition back on track According to the Paris Agreement on Climate, by the end of 2020 countries must renew or step up their climate commitments (known as “nationally determined contributions”, or NDCs) submitted in 2015. These must represent a progression compared to previous contributions, and reflect the “highest possible ambition” […]