Established in 1994 the cross-party and cross-committee Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development of the European Parliament has provided a forum for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to learn, debate and create policy geared towards sustainable development.
With the support of the four main political groups (S&D, ALDE, EPP and ECR), and MEPs of all political colours, the Intergroup remains the biggest and most influential Intergroup within the European Parliament.
The Intergroup is chaired by MEP Struan Stevenson and is divided into a number of subgroups. The secretariat is run by IUCN and EBCD (European Bureau for Conservation and Development), an IUCN Member.
- Find and maintain a balance between environmental, social and economic needs.
- Mainstream climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development issues into the different policies (agriculture, forestry and fisheries etc).
- Effectively integrate climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development concerns into EU policies.
- Increase the focus of EU decision-making on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development.
The Intergroup has had a number of successes including:
- The IUU Fishing and International Organised Crime conference, held in the European Parliament on 3 March 2011 and chaired by MEP Struan Stevenson enabled the Parliamentarians to get the necessary elements to draw up and table amendments on the report on “Combating IUU fisheries at the global level – the role of the EU”.
- The Rio+20 Preparation of a European position for the Summit on Sustainable Development, held on 4 May 2011 in the EP in Brussels and chaired by MEP Jo Leinen provided valuable inputs to the EP Resolution on “Developing a common EU position ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)”.
- An event on the International Year of Forests – European and global forests – which way for the future?, held on 7-8 September 2011 in the EP in Brussels and broadly advertised by European and National newspapers and television, will influence the upcoming European Forest Strategy.
- ”Greening the CAP”, an event held in the European Parliament on 22 November 2011, gathered nearly 200 participants and was the first high-level discussion taking place outside the EP Agriculture Committee on the CAP reform between the European Commissioner Dacian Ciolos and the key actors of the agricultural sector.
- The conference “Decentralisation, Regionalisation and Simplification of the CFP”, held on 5 October 2011 in Brussels welcomed over 150 participants and contributed to building a compromise between the European Commission, the European Parliament and stakeholders.
- “Islands and Overseas Entities’ contribution to biodiversity conservation and the fight against climate change” was a conference in December 2011 chaired by MEP Maurice Ponga which addressed via video message by the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) the importance of overseas entities and islands’ assets. This important work of awareness-raising is ongoing within the European Parliament, European Institutions and internationally.
Contact: Anouska Plasmeijer, EU Liaison and Development Assistance Officer.