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Agenda – Tuesday, 6 February 2018 – Strasbourg

49item on the agendapointSetting up a special committee on the Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides, its responsibilities, numerical strength and term of office  -AmendmentsFriday, 2 February 2018, 12:00  -Requests for "separate", "split" and "roll-call" votesMonday, 5 February 2018, 19:0017item on the agendapointGeo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment
Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein (A8-0172/2017  -Amendments; rejectionWednesday, 31 January 2018, 13:0016item on the agendapointCost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments
Julie Girling (A8-0003/2017  -Amendments; rejectionWednesday, 31 January 2018, 13:0029item on the agendapointEuropean Central Bank Annual Report for 2016
Jonás Fernández (A8-0383/2017  -AmendmentsWednesday, 31 January 2018, 13:0040item on the agendapointAccelerating clean energy innovation
Jerzy Buzek (A8-0005/2018  -Amendments by the rapporteur, 76 MEPs at least; Alternative motions for resolutionsWednesday, 31 January 2018, 13:0014item on the agendapointZero tolerance for female genital mutilation
(O-000003/2018 - B8-0005/2018)   -Motion for a resolutionFriday, 2 February 2018, 12:00  -Amendments to the motion for a resolutionMonday, 5 February 2018, 19:00  -Requests for "separate", "split" and "roll-call" votesTuesday, 6 February 2018, 16:0043item on the agendapointCurrent human rights situation in Turkey   -Motions for resolutionsMonday, 5 February 2018, 19:00  -Amendments to motions for resolutions; joint motions for resolutionsWednesday, 7 February 2018, 12:00  -Amendments to joint motions for resolutionsWednesday, 7 February 2018, 13:00  -Requests for "separate", "split" and "roll-call" votesWednesday, 7 February 2018, 19:0060item on the agendapointSituation in Venezuela  -Motions for resolutionsMonday, 5 February 2018, 19:00  -Amendments to motions for resolutions; joint motions for resolutionsWednesday, 7 February 2018, 13:00  -Amendments to joint motions for resolutionsWednesday, 7 February 2018, 14:00  -Requests for "separate", "split" and "roll-call" votesWednesday, 7 February 2018, 19:0055item on the agendapointSituation of UNRWA  -Motions for resolutionsMonday, 5 February 2018, 19:00  -Amendments to motions for resolutions; joint motions for resolutionsWednesday, 7 February 2018, 13:00  -Amendments to joint motions for resolutionsWednesday, 7 February 2018, 14:00  -Requests for "separate", "split" and "roll-call" votesWednesday, 7 February 2018, 19:00Separate votes - Split votes - Roll-call votesTexts put to the vote on TuesdayFriday, 2 February 2018, 12:00Texts put to the vote on WednesdayMonday, 5 February 2018, 19:00Texts put to the vote on ThursdayTuesday, 6 February 2018, 19:00Motions for resolutions concerning debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 135)Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 19:00
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New €45 million initiative seeks to curb unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve biodiversity and improve food security

Photo: ©FAO/Steve Maines

Wildlife migration to one of the few remaining waterholes in the southeast of Senegal - one of the 12 countries participating in the project.

10 October 2017, Rome - A €45 million multi-partner programme launched today at FAO seeks to help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries halt unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve their natural heritage and strengthen people's livelihoods and food security.

Funded by the European Commission, the seven-year programme is an initiative of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).  Led by FAO, it will also rely on the expertise of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).   

The programme will contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of wildlife in forests, savannas and wetlands by regulating wildlife hunting, strengthening the management capacities of indigenous and rural communities and increasing the supply of sustainably produced meat products and farmed fish. This will help to avert a looming protein deficit for poor rural families and meet the growing rural and urban demand for food.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva speaking at today's launch said: "Wildlife has ecological, social and economic value. It is important for rural development, land-use planning, food supply, tourism, scientific research and cultural heritage. This programme will protect wildlife species, conserve biodiversity, and maintain the essential ecological roles of wildlife. It will also help to secure the stocks and ecosystems services that are essential to the livelihoods of the poorest communities on the planet".

"This is the first time we have tackled these two issues - conservation and food security - hand-in-hand," said Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development at the launch ceremony. "This kind of collective effort and comprehensive approach is essential for meeting our dual aims of protecting the biodiversity of forests and savannahs, while ensuring the food security of some of the most vulnerable and politically marginalised people on the planet".

 "The challenges this initiative seeks to address are significant and numerous, including health and nutrition, economic development and biodiversity," reminded Patrick I. Gomes, Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States. "None of these challenges can be solved by a single intervention, so that is why this new partnership of FAO, CIFOR, CIRAD and WCS is well positioned to provide the multi-sector solutions we desperately need."

Participating countries in the project include Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guyana, Madagascar, Mali, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.   

"Wildmeat crisis"

The level of hunting and fishing in the target countries is often unsustainable, affecting wild animal populations in forests and savannas.

Many countries are already facing a "wildmeat crisis". The programme estimates that, for example, in the Congo Basin, some 4.6 million tonnes of wildmeat are consumed annually, an equivalent of approximately half of the beef produced in the European Union.

If hunting wildlife for food is not reduced to sustainable levels, not only will biodiversity be lost, but also countless numbers of families, whose livelihoods depend on natural resources, will suffer soaring levels of food insecurity and debilitating child malnutrition.    

Shifting from wildmeat to other sources of animal protein

The Sustainable Wildlife Management programme will work closely with national authorities to provide rural communities with alternative protein sources such as chicken, livestock or farmed fish. Doing so will help deter hunting of endangered species, support recovery of their populations and reduce food safety risks that can be associated with the consumption of wild meat.   

In places where production of livestock is limited due to unfavourable climate conditions, or where imported meat is unavailable or unaffordable, people will continue relying on wild animals to feed their families. However, measures like recognition of people's customary tenure rights may encourage them to engage more in wildlife conservation on their land and avoid unnecessary hunting. 

In contrast, in large urban areas, wild meat is sold and consumed less as a nutritional necessity, but more as a luxury item. Although the proportion of city dwellers consuming wild meat is often low, net demand can be enormous. In such cases, restrictions on wild meat consumption need to be put in place.

Improving wildlife management

The programme aims to help governments develop proactive policies and strengthen legal frameworks to reduce wildmeat consumption to sustainable levels without compromising food security of people who depend on wildlife hunting for their livelihoods and nutritional needs.  

The initiative also focuses on creating jobs in the farming sector, empowering women, and securing the rights of indigenous and traditional people to access the natural resources their livelihoods and cultures depend upon.   

The programme contributes to several targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to food security, sustainable land management and biodiversity conservation, specifically supporting SDG15, this year's review of which notes that "poaching and trafficking of wildlife remain serious concerns". 

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WFP Welcomes US$21 Million Contribution From China For Emergency Food Assistance Across Eight Countries

BEIJING – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$21 million contribution from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide urgent food and nutrition assistance to people affected by food crises across eight countries in Africa and Asia.

The contribution will assist approximately 1.65 million vulnerable people, including refugees and internally displaced in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Iran, Niger, Pakistan, Syria and Afghanistan. The funds will enable WFP to provide critical food rations such as rice, wheat, millet, pulses and oil, as well as to distribute specialized nutritious food to prevent malnutrition among refugee children under five.

“China is becoming an increasingly significant and valued donor to WFP, and the government’s generosity comes at a time when increasing numbers of people around the globe are desperately seeking food, safety, shelter and hope for tomorrow,” said Sixi Qu, WFP China Representative. “China’s support is a life-line for these vulnerable people who rely on WFP’s ability to continue covering their most basic food needs.”

WFP requires timely and sufficient funding to address the vital food needs of people left furthest behind in these eight countries. In addition to its emergency operations, WFP is also scaling up support for long-term recovery by focusing on livelihoods, nutrition and improving access to education for children by providing school meals.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Yiwen Zhang, WFP/China, Tel. +86 10 85325228 ext.5309 Mob. +86 13601169994

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