07.07.2011 / News - EU Level

A new era for EU Biodiversity Policy

New EU strategy adopted - On the 3 May 2011 the Commission published a new landmark strategy to improve the state of Europe’s biodiversity over the next decade.

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This comes just six months after the adoption of a Global Strategic Plan to combat biodiversity loss at the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Japan, and re-affirms the EU’s strong commitment to help avert a global biodiversity crisis.
The new EU Biodiversity Strategy lays down the policy foundations and actions that will be put in place at EU level over the next ten years to meet the headline target set by the EU Heads of State and Government in March 2010. This calls on the EU to ‘halt the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and restoring them in so far as
feasible, while stepping up the EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss’. The new strategy follows on from the 2006 EU Biodiversity Action Plan, learning lessons from its implementation and raising the level of ambition for 2020. Thus, in addition to halting the loss of biodiversity, it also highlights, for the first time, the immense value of ecosystem services and the need to restore such services for the benefit of the environment and society alike.

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