Opportunities for Forest Finance: Compliance and Voluntary Markets
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (5/2011)
The implementation of funded afforestation, reforestation, sustainable forest management and avoided deforestation projects in developing countries needs to be increased. Implementation of such projects has the potential to deliver ecological benefits, social benefits and a means for reducing global green house gas emissions.

Towards a new EU Plant Protection Regime – Legal Problems arising out of the Transition with Regard to Regulatory Approvals and Authorisations
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (1/2011)
The plant protection law within the European Union has been continuously developed over the past two decades. Harmonized provisions for the placing of plant protection products on the common market were introduced by Council Directive 91/414/EEC of 15 July 19911 (hereinafter the “Directive”). Based on a progress report issued by the Commission under this Directive2, the need for a revision of the Directive was identified which should, in order to ensure consistency throughout the Member States and to provide for simplification, take the form of a regulation.

IBI Bateke Carbon Sink Plantation: An African Forestry Pilot Case
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (12/2010)
A forestry project in West Africa with a strong social and development component is perhaps the best example of what the Clean Development Mechanism was supposed to be about. Achieving it is not easy: many elements need to be brought together to produce a project that performs socially, developmentally and environmentally.

Sustainable Development and International (Environmental) Law – Integration vs. Fragmentation
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (8/2010)
Twenty five years ago, the concept of sustainable development was one of the fundamental outcomes of a long and intense discussion about how to continue to live on this planet without destroying it at the same time. Sustainable development is meant to be a “common and mutually supportive objective which takes account of the interrelationships between people, resources, environment, and development.” Its aim is to achieve international and intergenerational justice, and “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

In the REDD: A Conservative Approach to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (10/2009)
In December 2009, the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will meet in Copenhagen to discuss the international regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions after the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. One of the key questions is whether, and if so, how, to include Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries as an internationally regulated activity.

Community-based Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of REDD Projects: Innovative Potentials for Benefit Sharing
© Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (10/2009)
The importance of forests in regulating the global climate, particularly as a store and sink of carbon, is widely recognised. Forest protection as a climate mitigation measure has been acknowledged at the international level, and has been an important element of UNFCCC discussions since its inclusion in the Bali Action Plan at the 13th Conference of the Parties in Bali, Indonesia in 2007 (COP 13).3 The REDD debate has developed into its current form, REDD plus,4 which also includes sustainable forest management, conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks in the suite of actions that may be eligible for international funding.

Biometeorological conditions in burned and adjacent unburned areas in Peloponnese, Greece: The case study of Amalias, Prefecture of Ilia
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
This study aims to evaluate the biometeorological conditions of burned pine forest areas (BPF) from the wildfires of 2007 and adjacent unburned pine forest areas (UPF) which are located (37o 48' N, 21o 23' E, 115-161 m altitude) nearby the city of Amalias, Prefecture of Ilia.

The “spirit of the place” fragility. Principles for the achievement of sustainable touristic development in Greek mountainous areas
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
Mountainous areas cover an important part of the Greek territory. Their efficient management is an important challenge and a prerequisite for the prosperity of local communities. These particular areas are quite often in a sensible balance, not only as ecological systems but also on socioeconomic level. The mountainous ecosystems are important for the biodiversity of fauna and flora.

Areas under protection: The institutional framework for the management of the areas under protection in Greece
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
In the first part of this paper a reference is made, concerning the approaches and practices taken for the areas under protection, as the years go by. Specifically, in the early stages of the institution concerning the areas under protection, the so called absolute protection of natural areas with the complete exclusion of human activities came up. All this situation created many complex, social and economic problems. As a result, the concept above was abandoned and replaced by a new one, suggesting the sustainable use of natural resources, the well known as sustainable development. According to this approach, a European network for the Areas under protection, named NATURA 2000, was established.

A critical review of current EU and Greek legislation on pedestrian rights and walking environment
© Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (6/2009)
Legislation regarding pedestrian rights and relevant environmental aspects in the EU states differs, though some basic principles are supposed to be applied in a uniform way. A critical review of current legislation in several EU states on pedestrians is attempted by focusing on the Rights of Pedestrians as they have been adopted by the European Parliament.

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