With 31 events organised in 2011 and the support of the four main political groups in the European Parliament (EP), the Intergroup “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” is the most active and influential Intergroup in the EP.
The opportunity for Parliamentarians (MEPs) to gather and discuss current topics while at the same time feed the political discussion has turned the Intergroup into a valuable stepping stone in building environmental and sustainability policies in the European Union. The Intergroup unites over 150 MEPs who regularly come together to learn and debate policy options for a more sustainable future.
Among recent achievements, in May 2011 the Intergroup’s meeting in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) enabled MEPs to get valuable inputs on the development of a common EU position for the UN Conference in June, 2012. Furthermore, in September 2011, the meeting dedicated to the Year of Forests, unique in its kind in the Parliament for its high-level speakers, was an important step in influencing the upcoming European Forest Strategy. Last but not least, islands and Europe overseas entities were not overlooked as a conference in December stressed the importance of these territories’ assets and of further considering them in European and International legislation.
The Intergroup’s Secretariat is run jointly by EBCD and IUCN.