13. 07. 2011.

EU Biodiversity Strategy

After a long debate, EU Environment Ministers met in Luxembourg on June 21 endorsed the EU Biodiversity Strategy, together with its targets. The 6 targets include:
- Target 1: Fully implement the Birds and Habitats Directives/Natura 2000;
- Target 2: Maintain and restore ecosystems and their services;
- Target 3: Increase the contribution of agriculture and forestry;
- Target 4: Ensure the sustainable use of fisheries resources;
- Target 5: Combat invasive alien species;
- Target 6: Help avert global biodiversity loss.
The six targets cover:
- Full implementation of EU nature legislation to protect biodiversity
- Better protection for ecosystems, and more use of green infrastructure
- More sustainable agriculture and forestry
- Better management of fish stocks
- Tighter controls on invasive alien species
- A bigger EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss
The actions needed to achieve the targets were not included in today’s decision-making and postponed for further discussion. Andreas Baumüller, WWF Biodiversity Policy Officer said: “Despite the highly visible power struggle that happened today among member states on the endorsement of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, it is encouraging to see how environment still remains high on the political agenda.”
“However, as long as the strategy, together with its targets, is not supported by concrete actions, the strategy remains powerless and will not deliver the necessary changes needed to finally halt biodiversity loss in Europe. It’s like getting a nicely wrapped present, with nothing inside - so disappointing.”
“Europe is the most fragmented continent of the world and it seriously needs to take steps to start protecting and investing in its natural capital, instead of destroying it. The Polish Presidency will have a key role in setting decisive new reforms - EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), EU Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) - that could lead to better environmental protection and put the EU on the road to a ‘sustainable, smart, resource efficient and low-carbon economy’ by 2020.”

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