Story The European Commission adopts communication on Biodiversity

The new Communication on "Halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 and beyond; sustaining ecosystem services for human well-being" has been adopted by the European Commission on the 22nd of May. Success will depend on dialogue and partnership between the Commission and Member States and common implementation.

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Release date 23/05/2006
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The new Communication on "Halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 and beyond; sustaining ecosystem services for human well-being" is the Commission's response to Malahide. The Communication reviews progress in implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans and proposes an Action Plan to 2010 and beyond which, for the first time, addresses both the EU institutions and the Member States, specifying the roles of both levels of governance in relation to each action. It provides a comprehensive plan of priority actions towards specific, timebound targets. Success will depend on dialogue and partnership between the Commission and Member States and common implementation.

The Communication argues that there is still time for the EU to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010. And while there is little chance of significantly reducing the rate of loss worldwide by 2010, it is vital nonetheless to do as much as possible internationally. The Communication proposes priority objectives in four key policy areas, and a number of supporting measures.

The four key policy areas proposed are 'Biodiversity in the EU', 'The EU and global biodiversity', 'Biodiversity and climate change' and 'The knowledge base'. Supporting measures include ensuring adequate financing, strengthening EU decision-making (eg. stronger coordination between Community institutions and Member States, and better consideration of biodiversity impacts in the development of new sectoral policies), building partnerships (eg. with landowners and users, the business and finance sectors), and building public education, awareness and participation for biodiversity.

For more information and access to the relevant documents, please use the following link: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:52006DC0216:EN:NOT