Story European Parliament adopts report on the Biodiversity Communication of the European Commission

European Parliament adopts report on the Biodiversity Communication of the European Commission

'However clever humans are, they can never make up through artificial means for the natural resources they are destroying. Hence, halting the decline in biodiversity will require unprecedented efforts in adapting our activities to the needs of natural systems- and not the opposite', says MEP.
Release date 25/05/2007
Contributor Rania Spyropoulou
Keywords biodiversity
Concerned URL http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/expert/infopress_page/064-6851-141-05-21-911-20070516IPR06753-21-05-2007-2007-false/default_en.htm

On International Biodiversity Day, the Parliament adopted a report on the Commission's Communication on Halting the Loss of Biodiversity by 2010 – and Beyond.  It urges Member States to align their actions with those of the Action Plan, and to extend this alignment down to regional and local levels. The Parliament expresses strong concern at financial constraints for support to Natura 2000 and other biodiversity actions in the Action Plan, resulting from Financial Framework decisions.

Following the Parliaments Report, the Commission was pleased to note that the Parliament welcomes the Communication and its Action Plan to 2010 and Beyond, and calls for immediate and effective implementation at EU and Member State levels. The Commission shares with Parliament the recognition of the vital importance of healthy ecosystems for prosperity and wellbeing in the EU and worldwide and its profound concern at the continuing loss of biodiversity and the related decline of ecosystem services".

The text of the European Parliament resolution of 22 May is posted http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P6-TA-2007-0195+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN  (click 22 May and then see pages 50-63). 

To see the European Commision Biodiversity Communication use the link http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:52006DC0216:EN:NOT