SWAN Network Update
EU Commission Update –
Cañete approved as Energy and Climate Commissioner!
On Wednesday we saw the approval of Miguel Arias Cañete as Energy and Climate Commissioner even after more than half a million people all over Europe signed a petition against his appointment. Allegedly a deal has been struck to now include sustainability, climate action and energy in the portfolio of the most senior Commission Vice President, Frans Timmermans.
More can be read on this here
SWAN Member news –
“Irish Bats in the 21st Century” by Niamh Roche, Tina Aughney, Ferdia Marnell & Mathieu Lundy
Congratulations our members in Bat Conservation Ireland who will be launching the book “Irish Bats in the 21st Century at the 8th Irish Bact Conference this weekend in Cork. We look forward to reading about the status of, our ‘water bat’, which BCI has surveyed for more than 10 years now. Water pollution has been identified by BWI as a significant pressure on bats, many of whom feed over water.
Fascinating Friday fact: Daubenton’s can even swim if they make a mistake and end up in the water!
The book will shortly be available in SWAN member BirdWatch Ireland’s shop
Events of interest –
Western CEFRAM study National Consultation Days
Draft Flood Maps are currently being produced by six national-level Catchment-based Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Studies under the National CFRAM Programme. The Programme is being undertaken by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to meet national policy needs and the requirements of the EU ‘Floods’ Directive. Under the Western CEFRAM area a number of towns in Counties Galway, Sligo, Mayo and Leitrim have been selected as Areas for Further Assessment, or AFAs, (i.e. detailed assessment of flood risk). Draft Flood Maps have now been produced and a Public Consultation Day will be held in each of the towns to provide an opportunity for all interested persons to view and comment on these maps.
The full list of Consultation Days can be found here
News of interest –
The Living planet Report 2014
The Living planet Report 2014 published by the WWF has provided the disturbing news that we have experienced a 52% decline in biodiversity in the last 40 year, with the Living Planet Index (LPI) for freshwater species declining by an average by 76%. In addition this report covers a number of other pressing issues, such as the challenges of communicating the importance of water in modern society when “For many, water simply comes from a tap.” It states that by 2030 over half of the world’s population will be living in areas of high water stress. However it also explores the solutions such as, ‘Water Footprint’ (Pg 44-51)- where products may be viewed as containing the quantity of water used in their production. It is well worth a read particularly for the wealth of solutions it provides.
This report can be found here.