Story The public consultation on the post-2010 EU biodiversity strategy is now on

Stepping up its preparation for the post-2010 EU biodiversity strategy, the European Commission is putting forward possible options to stakeholders across Europe.

Consultation is open until 22.10.2010 and is available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish.

Release date 27/08/2010
Contributor Rania Spyropoulou
Concerned URL http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/biodecline.htm
Source European Commission

Many authoritative reports confirm that global biodiversity remains under severe threat, with losses occurring at 100 to 1000 times the normal rate. More than a third of species assessed are facing extinction and an estimated 60% of the Earth’s ecosystems have been degraded in the last 50 years. In 2001, the EU set itself the target to halt biodiversity loss in the EU by 2010. Efforts to tackle biodiversity loss were subsequently stepped up, and an EU Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) was adopted by the Commission in 2006 to accelerate progress. Despite the efforts to date, however, there are clear indications that the EU has not achieved its target.
The objective of this consultation is to gather input from a wide range of stakeholders on possible policy options for the European Union's post-2010 EU biodiversity strategy, which will be assessed by the Commission as part of the process of its development.