EU Project GOUV’AIRNANCE reduces Mediterranean air pollution through measurements and integrated governance for Tripoli, Aqaba , Valencia and Marseille

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An EU-funded cross-border cooperation project – GOUV’AIRNANCE – is working on monitoring air pollution in four Mediterranean cities: Aqaba in Jordan, Tripoli in Lebanon, Marseille in France, and Valencia in Spain. Different pilot solutions have been implemented including the launch of Air-Marseille, an online platform that provides real time measurements of air quality and offers advice on what to do during pollution peaks. Although the pilot projects have a local impact, the cross-border nature of GOUV’AIRNANCE means that experience and knowledge are shared more widely.
GOUV’AIRNANCE aims to reduce urban air pollution in the Mediterranean by the establishment of means of measurements and an integrated territorial governance of air quality in four Mediterranean cities: Tripoli (Lebanon), Aqaba (Jordan), Valencia (Spain) and Marseille (France). The project’s objective is reducing the health impact of air pollution in these cities, thanks to a better understanding of air quality in each area and information for citizens, including sensitive populations. The project also proposes to promote the integration of emission reduction measures as an essential dimension of sustainable urban planning documents.
The ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2007/2013 is a multilateral cross-border cooperation programme funded by the European Union under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. It aims at reinforcing cooperation between the EU and partner countries’ regions located along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Further Information:
 GOUV’AIRNANCE project website
 ENPI CBCMED – website
 Cross-border cooperation – fiche
 EU Neighbourhood Info Centre interview – Working across borders to bring people together

SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015

Source: EEA

The synthesis report informs future European environmental policy in general and its implementation between 2015 and 2020 in particular. It includes a reflection on the European environment in a global context, as well as chapters summarising the state of, trends in, and prospects for the environment in Europe.

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Galapagos emergency over stranded ship with hazardous contents (including 45,000 litres of oil)

Ecuador has announced a state of emergency in the Galapagos Islands, a week after a cargo ship with hazardous materials ran aground there. The Floreana – which ferries food and other supplies to the Unesco world heritage site – was also carrying 45,000 litres (10,000 gallons) of fuel. Booms have been used to contain a fuel spill in the pristine waters.

The islands – famous for their unique flora and fauna – lie some 1,000km (600 miles) off Ecuador’s Pacific coast. The emergency “will allow authorities to have immediate [financial] means to deal with the situation”, a Galapagos National Park spokesman told the AFP news agency.

The ship’s hull was reportedly destroyed in the incident on 28 January. Rescue teams are now trying to refloat and remove the vessel. This is not the first such incident. Last year, another cargo ship ran aground. And in 2001, an oil spill devastated marine iguana populations.

Video of Galapagos Islands

Further information

BBC news article, Galapagos emergency over stranded ship
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31142280

Daily News  article: State of emergency declared in Galápagos: Ship with hazardous materials runs aground and could threaten islands’ unique ecosystem
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2942671/State-emergency-declared-Gal-pagos-Ship-hazardous-materials-runs-aground-threaten-islands-unique-ecosystem.html

Streetview of Galapagos Islands:
In partnership with the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Foundation, Streetview has 360-degree images from the Galapagos Islands.  Now, you can visit the islands from anywhere you may be, and see many of the animals that Darwin experienced on his historic and groundbreaking journey in 1835.

http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/explore-galapagos-biodiversity-with.html