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EU Biodiversity strategy


Written in Consultation: 04/08/10, 12:12:06 by jonathan  | Print article  | View all categories.
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Post-2010

07-04-10 09:09
Worrying about the failure of the EU efforts to tackle efficiently biodiversity loss, the Commission proposed on 19 January 2010 a post-2010 EU Biodiversity Strategy with options for new biodiversity targets and a long-term vision by 2050. At the Environment Council meeting of 15 March 2010, Ministers agreed on the strategy, but stressed, among others, the need for appropriate targets and integration into other relevant EU policies and strategies. Finally, the European summit of 25-26 March underlined the urgency of the matter and committed to the long term biodiversity 2050 vision and the 2020 target set out in the Environment Council's conclusions of 15 March 2010.
One of the priorities of the EU Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, for the next 5 years is strengthening the resilience of Europe’s ecosystems and halting the loss of biodiversity. Considering the fact that despite the EU efforts biodiversity loss continues, and the threats are still growing, on 19 January 2010 the Commission proposed options for new biodiversity targets and a long-term vision in its Communication entitled ‘Options for an EU vision and target for biodiversity beyond 2010’. Being a first step towards a post-2010 policy, this Communication aims to facilitate further informed debate by identifying the issues at stake and laying out the necessary work for setting and realising ambitious EU goals. Building upon the outcome of the launched debate, the Commission will present a new EU Biodiversity Strategy by the end of the year.

The Environment Council meeting of 15 March 2010 adopted conclusions on biodiversity after 2010. Being seriously concerned of the failure to meet both the EU and the global biodiversity 2010 targets and welcoming the Commission’s Communication of 19 January as a step forward in shaping the EU's future biodiversity policy, the Council agrees on a long-term biodiversity vision by 2050 and a 2020 headline target.

In order to achieve this, the Councils stresses that the means have to match the objectives. Therefore it is important to set ambitious, realistic, achievable and measurable sub-targets for different ecosystems, to ensure their integration into the main cross-cutting EU policies and strategies, such as the Sustainable Development Strategy and the EU 2020 Strategy for growth and jobs, and also into relevant sectoral EU policies, mainly those related to natural resources management, such as agriculture, forestry and fisheries, as well as spatial planning. Additionally, the Council advocates promoting the use of best practices. The conclusions calls upon the Commission to submit this year, taking accounts of the global talks on biodiversity, an EU post-2010 Biodiversity Strategy, including an impact assessment, which should be the cornerstone for the EU action in this field.

While speaking about protected areas and ecological networks, the Council stresses the need to fully implement the Birds and Habitats Directives and to speed up the completion of the Natura 2000 Network, both on land and at sea.

Biodiversity was also discussed by the EU heads of state and government during the latest European summit that took place on 25-26 March 2010. The conclusions of this meeting state that there is an urgent need to reverse continuing trends of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation and that the European Council is committed to the long term biodiversity 2050 vision and the 2020 target set out in the Environment Council's conclusions of 15 March 2010.

More information at:

Commission’s Communication of 19 January 2010: 'Options for an EU vision and target for biodiversity beyond 2010':
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/policy/pdf/communication_2010_0004.pdf

Conclusions of the Environment Council meeting of 15 March 2010 on Biodiversity: Post-2010:
http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/10/st07/st07536.en10.pdf

Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 25-26 March 2010:
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ueDocs/cms_Data/docs/pressData/en/ec/113591.pdf
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