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Call for expression of interest in participating in the Working Group on No Net Loss of Ecosystems and their Services

Policy field(s)

Environment, Biodiversity

Target group(s)

All interested parties, preferably organisations representing the views of stakeholders at EU level

Period of consultation

                        From 17.01.2012 to 31.01.2012

Objective of the consultation

The EU has set itself the ambitious goal of halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services by 2020, and restoring them as far as feasible. The EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 (COM(2011) 244 final) translates this headline objective into 6 mutually supportive and inter-dependent targets. Target 2 in particular requires that by 2020, ecosystems and their services are maintained and enhanced by establishing green infrastructure and restoring at least 15% of degraded ecosystems. The Commission has announced a 'no net loss' initiative by 2015 as part of a list of actions to reach this target.

The Commission is establishing a Working Group on 'No Net Loss of Ecosystem and their Services' to assist in the development of the 'no net loss' initiative announced for 2015 in the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.

To ensure constructive and focused discussions, all members are expected to actively contribute to the debate and to the content with their input and expertise on the agenda points.

The objective of the consultation is to obtain a representative picture of the positions of relevant stakeholders and to collect the views of the participants on the future initiative.

How to submit your contribution

Those interested in participating in the Working Group meetings are invited to confirm their interest by filling a registration form and submitting it before 31 January 2012 via e-mail to Due to the limited capacity of the venue, participants will be selected 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 'no net loss initiative' to ensure its success. 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.

View the consultation document and the questions

Those who are selected as Working Group members will be sent by 3 February 2012 a formal invitation for the first meeting of the Working Group on 17 February, 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 - EU initiative on No Net loss of Biodiversity

Please read the call for interest and submit your registration by filling the form and returning it by e-mail to by 31 January 2012.

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Contact details

responsible service

DG ENV, Unit B2 - Biodiversity


postal address

European Commission - Directorate General for the Environment
Unit Biodiversity
Office BU-5, 03/043
B-1049 Brussels


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