Hague Working Group of the IUCN National Committee in The Netherlands

07 December 2010 | News story

The Hague working group of the IUCN National Committee in The Netherlands has a meeting in The Hague on 16 December: “Which opportunities are available for the Dutch Government within the CBD strategic plan?” The meeting will be chaired by Alexander Rinnooy Kan.

These regular lunch time meetings are organized for parliamentarians, government personnel, business leaders and NGO representatives.  The over-arching theme is international nature and environmental issues in relation to Dutch government policies

The theme of the meeting on 16 December is: which opportunities are available or the Dutch Government within the CBD strategic plan?  The Netherlands signed on to the new 2020 targets of the CBD Strategic Plan that was adopted in Nagoya.  The plan states that the loss of biodiversity has to be reduced, protected area cover has to be expanded and perverse subsidies have to be abolished and the value of nature has to be incorporated in the national account system.  What does this mean for the EU as a whole and for the Netherlands in particular, and what is the role of the private sector in this respect?

Andras Krolopp, EU policy officer in the IUCN EU representative Office in Brussels will provide the introduction, and Rob van Brouwershaven leader of the Dutch delegation to the CBD in Nagoya will describe his experience there.  After these two presentations, a discussion will be chaired by Mr Rinnooy Kan. Mr Kan is a respected Dutch mathematician and business leader and a member and chairman of the Dutch Social-Economic Council.

The meeting will be conducted under Chatham House rules, so that speakers and discussions cannot be cited verbatum.  This helps to promotes frank discussion.