European Parliament discusses biodiversity

The EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 “Our life insurance, our natural capital” is under discussion in the European Parliament (EP).

IUCN Europe Photo: Olivier Miens

On 25 January 2012, three of the IUCN Councillors for Europe had a bilateral meeting with MEP Gerbandy who is the Rapporteur for Biodiversity at the EP. The discussion focused on the need for better financing biodiversity to ensure an adequate level of support and that Member States incorporate biodiversity in their national accounts. Councillor Hans de Iongh stressed the need to ensure that the next Multi-annual Financial Framework (2014-2020) supports the achievement of the Aichi targets for Europe.

Another issue that was specifically mentioned is the need to link the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to the Biodiversity Strategy and to make sure that the concept of Maximum Sustainable Yield is well-defined and incorporates ecological considerations.

The timing of some of the recommendations was discussed, and Councillor Vilmos Kiszel commented that elaborating appropriate standards for the ‘No Net Loss’ initiative will need extensive scientific discussions before the standards can be integrated into a Biodiversity Offsets Programme.

Councillor Marine von Weissenberg stressed the fact that the Biodiversity Strategy has to be implemented at the national level and that the role of Member States is critical in achieving its objectives.

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