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The Online Database has been extended by 300 titles to now over 1600
coastal publications and book reviews.
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EuroTurtle Hyperlink won award
One of EUCC's Coastal Guide website hyperlinks, the EU funded EuroTurtle
page, "Europe's first Sea Turtle Biology & Conservation Web Site for
Science and Education" won a prestigious award recently. EuroTurtle is
a joint project of King's College, MEDASSET and Exeter University, its
URL is http:/www.ex.ac.uk/telematics/EuroTurtle.
For more information about the award visit
New Website Links
or Marine Sciences and Coastal Management:
Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO:
Sustainable Development (INES):
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Links on the Coastal Guide
MEDCOAST, the non-profit organization formally established in 1997, was
recently became member of the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable
Development (MCSD. For more information on MEDCOAST contact: Prof. Dr.
Erdal Ozhan, Ph.D., Chair, MEDCOAST Middle East Technical University,
Dept. of Civil Engineering, Ankara, 06531 TURKEY, tel: +90-312-210 54
29, Fax: -210 14 12, e-mail: email@example.com,
Trawler fishing versus oil drilling
A new study comparing the environmental effects of trawler fishing, sand
extraction, and oil and gas drilling in the Dutch part of the Continental
Shelf concludes that fishing has the most disturbing effects on biodiversity.
Plowing the top layer of the soil with heavy nets is very harmful to crabs,
shrimps and starfish, but favours certain worms on which flatfish feed.
"Fishing helps turning the sea into a fish pond for certain flatfish"
says Dr. Lindeboom of the Dutch Institute for Marine Research (NIOZ) on
Texel. "Platforms even have a beneficiary effect on the ecosystem, because
fishing within 500 m of a platform is not allowed". Some NIOZ ecologists
want no-fishing reserves to be created in the North Sea. Other researchers
think that there is no single cause for the decline of certain species.
Erosion, currents, temperature, pollution and competition of species may
explain the differences in biodiversity, which, according to some researchers,
are too small anyway to lead to undisputed conclusions.
Wind energy on the rise
The world's tallest pair of offshore wind turbines are to be established this summer one kilometre off the UK coast at Blyth in Northumberland, by a consortium of Royal Dutch Shell and PowerGen Plc (UK). With a capacity of 2.0 Megawatt each, 3,000 households can be served. Generally speaking, the prospects for wind energy are very promising. The Worldwatch Institute in Washington foresees a boom in off-shore wind farming both in Europe and in Asia in the near future. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) concluded that in 1999 the percentage growth of wind capacity in Europe was more than 30 %. The most significant increases were noted in Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy. For more general information visit http://www.ewea.org, for developments in the UK http://www.bwea.com
Conservation Foundation co-founder Prof. Bellamy and environmental consultant
Pete Wilkinson are concerned over the decision taken at the recent Oslo
and Paris Commission (OSPAR) to remove redundant oil and gas platforms
from the North Sea. The operation will cost the oil and gas industry,
the Government and the tax payer a minimum of £20 billion over the
next 10 to 20 years, they claim, yet the exercise will have no discernible
effect on improving the quality of Europe’s marine environment. Furthermore,
say these eminent environmentalists, removal of over 200 oil rigs has
been agreed in the absence of any publicly-available or thorough-going
analysis of the environmental impact of various management options. Full
story on http://www.conservationfoundation.co.uk,
for more information on OSPAR visit http://www.ospar.org.
Onother point of view on the oilplatform discussion can be found on EUCC's
Waste legislation: Commission moves against Germany and Ireland
On 28 January, the European Commission decided to bring Germany before
the European Court of Justice for failure to comply with the EU Waste
Shipment Regulation. The procedure against Germany results from the German
authorities' practice of unduly restricting the shipment of waste to other
Member States where the waste is to be recovered in cement kilns. Germany
only authorises such shipments when additional conditions are met for
example in terms of minimum calorific value and burning efficiency of
the waste. When these criteria are not met, Germany argues that the waste
will not be recovered but simply disposed of. The Waste Shipment Regulation
(Council Regulation 259/93 on the supervision and control of shipments
of waste) allows Member States to object to waste being shipped for disposal
abroad, notably on the grounds that this would be contrary to the "self-sufficiency"
principle (i.e. that each Member State has to take care of its own waste).
But the Regulation does not allow Member States to object to shipment
of waste on "self-sufficiency" grounds when the waste will be recovered
in another Member State.
EIA prerequisite for EU aid to agriculture
The new European "Community Guidelines for State Aid in the agricultural
sector (2000/C 28/02) foresee some environmental funding schemes and stress
the importance of preventing negative impacts: "Particular attention therefore
needs to be given to environmental issues in future State aid notifications
[…]. For example, in the cases of an aid scheme for investments which
are intended to increase production, and which involve an increased use
of scarce resources or an increase in pollution, it will be necessary
to show that the scheme will not result in an infringement of Community
environmental protection legislation, or otherwise cause environmental
damage. All State aid notifications should in future contain an assessment
of the expected environmental impact of the activity aided."
Deadline for submitting contributions to Coastal Guide News No 4:
Wednesday, 23 February 2000
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