Environment: Major conference on future EU biodiversity policy opens in Athens
A two-day conference in Athens on the future of European biodiversity policy entitled "Biodiversity Protection – Beyond 2010" will open on Monday the 27th of April. Some 230 delegates from all the EU Member States, together with representatives from NGOs, European business and UN organisations will discuss current EU policy on preserving EU biodiversity identify priorities for future action. There is growing evidence that although important progress has been made - for example with the establishment of the Natura 2000 network - the decline of ecosystems and species is continuing. To meet the EU's objective of stopping biodiversity loss it will be necessary for the political and economic decision making process to take the true value of biodiversity into account.