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pedromonteiro Different codes for Vipera latastei.
Vipera latastei is coded with number 2009 in <> , but is coded with numbers 5904 (new entry) and 6027 (old entry) by the Codelist for species in <[…]/reference_portal>.
Why, and what is the right code?
Thank you very much

Last discussed by pedromonteiro
Aug 10, 2012 02:09 PM

aniskasa Dear all,

I would like to inform you about a dreadful application that has been placed just recently in Finland.

The Saimaa ringed seal is an extremely endangered species, living only in the lake Saimaa in Finland, nowhere else in the world. One of the biggest threats to the species is under-ice fishing with nets during the spring time, when the baby seals are born and too weak to survive from entangling in the nets.

There are some 260 individuals in the whole world, for more information see

In the application, the local fishers apply for permit to start under ice fishing this spring in 23 regions in the lake Saimaa. According to the local environmental protection organization, even placing such an application is a demonstration of total disregard towards the seals and their extinction from this planet. Even the local residents and summer cottage owners agree that the species should be saved, even if it means that they are not allowed to fish using nets for a time period that is only a few months every year. It is only the inexplicable carelessness and total lack of environmental interest of a few parties that cause most of the threat to the seals.

The application is processed in the finnish Centre of Economic Development, Transport and the Environment on 29th of March, or in two days.

EU has previously pointed out the the actions Finland has taken in order to protect and save the species from extinction are not sufficient enough. I'm asking you to use all your power to contact the above mentioned centre and try to influence their decision making in this matter before it is too late for the Saimaa ringed seal.

Best Regards,

Arttu Niskasaari

Last discussed by EEA
Mar 28, 2012 09:39 AM

RichardH I write from Belgium with a question about invasive species of foreign birds; in particular Canada goose (Branta canadensis) and Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus)

In the past few years these species have invaded our green public spaces (and our farm pastures).

According to the website "Invasive species in Belgium" both are status A3 invasive species.

But while the relevant authorities encourage action against A3 species of plants, and insects (e.g. Heracleum mantegazzianum, Harmonia axyridis), they seem reluctant to do anything about these birds, even on public land which they own, and which I would have thought they have a duty to protect. This is no doubt because they are afraid of causing an outcry from bird "lovers".

I'd be interested to hear from anyone whose local authority has been more proactive towards Canada and/or Egyptian geese. What did they do, and how did they do it?

Richard H.

Last discussed by EEA
Jun 23, 2011 04:36 PM