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Consultation

Title

Stakeholder consultation on the future EU Biodiversity Policy

Policy field(s)

Environment, Biodiversity

Target group(s)

Participation is open to all Member States and stakeholders

Period of consultation

03/06/2010

Objective of the consultation

In 2001, the EU set itself the target of halting biodiversity loss in the EU by 2010. In 2002, it signed up to a global target of significantly reducing biodiversity loss worldwide by 2010. Despite efforts and significant progress to date, there are clear indications that the EU will not reach its target.

Against this background, on 15 March 2010, the Council meeting on the Environment agreed on a new vision and target for biodiversity. Heads of States at the Spring European Council subsequently endorsed the vision and target on 26 March.

VISION:

By 2050 European Union biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides – its natural capital – are protected, valued and appropriately restored for biodiversity's intrinsic value and for their essential contribution to human wellbeing and economic prosperity, and so that catastrophic changes caused by the loss of biodiversity are avoided.

HEADLINE TARGET:

To halt the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and restore them in so far as feasible, while stepping up the EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss.

To meet this biodiversity target, a new EU strategy is being developed. It will take into account the international deliberations on a global biodiversity policy framework adopted at the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in October 2010. 

The Commission is convinced that its strategy can only be successful if embraced by all the stakeholder groups whose activities relate to biodiversity. Therefore, in the context of Green Week, the Commission is organising a consultation for all interested stakeholders. The aim of this public consultation launched by DG Environment is to obtain a representative overview of the positions of different stakeholders with regard to the EU's post-2010 biodiversity strategy. Commission services will draw on the results of this consultation in shaping the EU's post-2010 biodiversity strategy.

How to submit your contribution

Those interested in participating in the consultation meeting are invited to confirm their interest by filling a registration form and submitting it before 5 May via e-mail to ENV-BIODIVERSITY@ec.europa.eu. Due to the limited capacity of the venue, seats will be allocated in a way to ensure a fair and representative participation of stakeholders. Invitations will be limited to one individual per organisation and priority will be given to organisations representing the views of stakeholders at EU level.

Participants are invited to express their views and share ideas on how to shape the strategy to ensure its success in reaching the 2020 target. The meeting will be held in English.

Stakeholders will have the opportunity to submit their views in writing for up to two weeks after the meeting. Additionally, an open internet stakeholder consultation will be run in the summer.

View the consultation document and the questions

Those who are allocated a seat for the meeting will be sent a formal invitation by 14 May with further details on the meeting venue and guidance on the agenda and structure of the consultation. In order to facilitate preparation for the meeting and reflection on the issue, background documents will be disseminated in due course.

Access the call for interest to the Stakeholder consultation on the future Biodiversity Strategy

Please read the call for interest and submit your registration by filling the form and returning it by e-mail to ENV-BIODIVERSITY@ec.europa.eu by 5 May.

Contact details

responsible service

DG Environment, Unit B2 - Biodiversity

e-mail

ENV-BIODIVERSITY@ec.europa.eu

postal address

European Commission

DG Environment – Unit B.2
BU-5 03/043
B-1049 Brussels
Belgium

View the contributions

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

In the interest of the transparency all answers will be published on the European Commission website, unless stakeholders clearly mark their submission as confidential.

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement