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C 325/84 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 12.11.

1999

(1999/C 325/108) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0187/99


by Angela Sierra González (GUE/NGL) to the Commission

(11 February 1999)

Subject: Request for aid in connection with forest fires

Spain recently submitted seven applications to the Commission for funding in the course of 1999 to prevent
forest fires, the money to be provided under the regulation on the protection of Community forests against
fire.

What are the basic details of the applications submitted? Which areas of Spain are affected?

Does any of the applications relate to the Canary Islands?

Has the Commission received any application for emergency funds to repair the damage caused by fires which
have occurred in the Canary Islands during the years in which the regulation on the protection of Community
forests against fire has been in force?

Answer given by Mr Fischler on behalf of the Commission

(25 March 1999)

Of the seven funding applications made by Spain under Regulation (EC) 308/97 of 17 February 1997 on
protection of the Community’s forests against fire three are for projects in the Basque Country (aid requested
€1 655 603), one is for a project in Catalonia (aid requested €30 351) and three are for projects proposed by
the Directorate-General for Nature Conservation (aid requested €1 293 822).

The latter three projects are a national information campaign on forest fires, a national terrestrial and aerial
monitoring scheme and a training course for personnel responsible for monitoring and initial intervention.
The Catalan project is a study on protection of forests against fire and the Basque Country projects are a
regional information and education campaign, creation of tracks, firebreaks and water supply points, and a
regional monitoring scheme.

No application relating to the Canary Islands has been made.

(1999/C 325/109) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0196/99


by Anita Pollack (PSE) to the Commission

(11 February 1999)

Subject: Environmental impact of shrimp farming in Asia

In view of the devastating environmental impact of uncontrolled shrimp farming in countries such as
Thailand, Vietnam and Bangladesh, does the Commission plan any projects to assist shrimp farmers to convert
to the ‘closed’ system which recycles and cleans waste-water and is, hence, less damaging to the environment?

Answer given by Mr Marín on behalf of the Commission

(10 March 1999)

Projects which the Commission is undertaking are rarely directly assisting shrimp farmers. Rather, they try to
address the totality of the coastal area economic, social and environmental situation. An example of such a
project currently under preparation is the coastal habitats and resources management project (CHARM) in
Thailand.

The object of CHARM, for which a preparatory mission will be undertaken during the first half of 1999, is to
develop a sustainable balance between habitat conservation and economic development in the southern
coastal areas of the country.
12.11.1999 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 325/85

The project will support integrated pilot actions focusing on the upgrading of coordination, policy
formulation, regulatory and service functions of the public sector, the improvement of environmental
sustainability of exploitation patterns, the support of alternative mariculture production and marine eco-
tourism, and the enhancement of responsible participation of producers and local communities in the
planning and management process. The project is being launched with the full co-operation of the Thai
government.

(1999/C 325/110) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0203/99


by Mark Killilea (UPE) to the Commission

(12 February 1999)

Subject: Seals

In April 1997, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, The Irish Sea Fisheries Board, submitted to DG XIV a report on the
Physical Interaction between Grey Seals and Fishing Gear. The report was drawn up with financial assistance
from the Commission.

Can the Commission indicate whether it circulated this report to fisheries organisations or to the fisheries
departments of the governments of the Member States?

Answer given by Mrs Bonino on behalf of the Commission

(9 March 1999)

The Commission finances large numbers of research projects, which makes it difficult for the Commission to
circulate or distribute reports resulting from such projects. However, copies of reports are available on request
from the Commission.

The Commission believes that the results from research projects should be made available to as wide an
audience as possible. Therefore, summaries of research projects funded by the Commission are accessible
through Internet.

Furthermore, it is one of the conditions for funding by the Commission of research projects, including the one
executed by the Irish sea fisheries board, that the recipient of the funds shall make an effort to distribute the
results from the project as widely as possible, in recognised scientific journals or by any other suitable means.

For more information on this same report by the Irish sea fisheries board the Honourable Member is referred
to the reply the Commission gave to the Honourable Member’s oral question H-72/99, during question time at
Parliament’s February 1999 part-session (1).

(1) Debates of Parliament (February 1999).

(1999/C 325/111) WRITTEN QUESTION E-0209/99


by Riccardo Nencini (PSE) to the Commission

(12 February 1999)

Subject: Waste dump at Corliano (Florence)

A 120 000 m2 waste dump is scheduled for construction between vineyards and olive groves at Corliano
(commune of Cerreto Guidi, Florence).

The project does not seem to have included any study into the state of the ground water or any pollution
caused to it by sewage from the old dump. Nor are there any plans to render the subsoil impermeable although
the site is traversed by watercourses and subject to frequent landslides, as local maps show.