The EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 explained: new brochure

In May 2011, the European Union adopted a new strategy to halt biodiversity loss in the EU, restore ecosystems where possible, and step up efforts to avert global biodiversity loss. The new biodiversity strategy is built around six measurable targets that focus on the main drivers of biodiversity loss. Each target is accompanied by a corresponding set of actions. The new brochure, that is published by the DG Environment of the EU, gives a clear overview of the different elements of the strategy.

03/01/2012 - Biodiversity – the variety of life on our planet – is essential for our economy and for our well-being. But ever greater pressure on this most precious natural resource means that we now find ourselves at a turning point, where we risk losing many of the vital services we depend upon. Conserving biodiversity is not just about protecting species and habitats for their own sake. It is also about maintaining nature’s capacity to deliver the goods and services that we all need, and whose loss comes at a high price.

The strategy is in line with the commitments made by EU leaders in March 2010 and the international commitments adopted by 193 countries, including the EU and all its Member States, in the conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010.

Road ahead
According to Janez Potočnik, the European Commissioner for the Environment, the main challenges ahead include the full and efficient implementation of nature protection legislation – especially the effective management and restoration of areas of highbiodiversity value in Natura 2000 – tackling invasive alien species and protecting ecosystem services.

Biodiversity policies will also need to be integrated to sectoral policies and be taken into account in wider policy concerns. This is why increasing the contribution of fisheries, agricultural and forestry policies to protecting biodiversity will be key to its success. Efforts have already been made in that direction by making the biodiversity strategy an integral part of Europe’s wider 2020 Strategy for smart, inclusive and sustainable growth. The new strategy also fully acknowledges the economic value ofecosystem services and the need to restore them for the benefit of the economy.

Biodiversity loss is one of the main environmental challenges facing the planet. With this new strategy, the EU is striving to ensure that its natural capital is managed sustainably for the benefit of future generations.

You can find the brochure here.
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