The European Parliament endorses the EU Biodiversity strategy to 2020

The resolution adopted gives higher political priority towards preserving and restoring damaged ecosystems. As the EU failed to meet its overall biodiversity target for 2010, biodiversity conservation should now be built into key EU policies, it adds. Environmentally harmful subsidies should be named and phasedout by 2020 and EU farm policy reform should aim to sustain biodiversity, say MEPs.

Funding opportunities for biodiversity and ecosystem services in EU Overseas

The open call for proposals BEST 2012 in the framework of the Preparatory Action 'BEST' (Voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of the EU Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories) was published today by the European Commission, with a deadline for submission of applications on the 1st June 2012

Consultation on a dedicated legislative instrument on invasive alien species

In preparation of a legal instrument on Invasive Alien Species, the European Commission is now seeking views on the more specific choices to be made when establishing this instrument. All EU citizens and organisations, particulalry stakeholders and Member States are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from stakeholder organisations and Member States, during the period from 27.01.2012  to 12.04.2012.

Investing in the EU Natura 2000 network benefits nature and people

A recent assessment for EU-27, estimates the total investments needed for managing the Natura 2000 network to be at least € 5.8 billion per year, largely confirming earlier estimates. One third of these needs relate to one-off investments; the remainder relate to recurring management of the sites. Weighted against the benefits from Natura 2000 which are of the order of €200 to 300 billion/year, the socio-economic benefits of Natura 2000 far outweigh the estimated costs.The relevant Commisison Staff Working Paper on financing Natura 2000 is now  transmitted to the Council, EP, Committee of Regions and ECOSOC.

 

More plants, molluscs and freshwaterfish included in the European Red Lists

Europe's natural heritage is showing an alarming decline, according to new research published today. The European Red List, a part of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, assessed a considerable portion of Europe’s native fauna and flora, finding that a large proportion of molluscs, freshwater fish and vascular plants now fall into the threatened category.

EU expanding its network of protected areas

Natura 2000, the EU's network of protected areas, has undergone a significant expansion. Nearly 18 800 square kilometres have been added, including a major addition of marine areas covering 17 000 square kilometres which will increase protection for many endangered marine species.

Update on Ecosystem Assessments in Europe

The objective of these updates is to share relevant information in order to facilitate the planning and development of ecosystem assessments in Europe. The June 2011 update includes information on EU activities on ecosystem assessments, news from the EEA and from EEA partners in Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, the UK, Germany and  France. 

Launch of InforMEA – the United Nations Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)

The Multilateral Environmental Agreements Information and Knowledge Management Initiative (MEA IKM), launched today, develops harmonized MEA information systems to assist Parties and the environment community at large. Supported by UNEP the initiative currently includes 17 MEAs from 12 Secretariats hosted by three UN organizations and IUCN. It is open to observers involved in MEA information and data management.