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"BIODIVERSITY PROTECTION - BEYOND 2010
Priorities and options for future EU Policy"

ATHENS CONFERENCE 27-28 April 2009

A high-level conference to frame EU post-2010 biodiversity policy

The Message from Athens - leaflet - now in all languages!

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The "Message from Athens" - final version

Press Release:

Commission calls for a shakeup in EU biodiversity policy (28/04/2009)
Read more (IP/09/649)

Objective of the conference

2010 will be a major milestone for biodiversity policy both in the EU and globally. It will be the year of the full evaluation of the delivery to the EU Biodiversity Action Plan and as well the UN International Year for Biodiversity. Thus it is time to take a stock on where we are and to start framing the post-2010 biodiversity vision and preparing the strategy for the period being ahead of us. Therefore, the European Commission organized a major conference on 'Biodiversity Protection - Beyond 2010' that took place on 27-28 April 2009 in Athens, Greece and convened all the main actors engaged in the development and implementation of EU biodiversity policy together with international institutions and globally recognized experts.

Speeches and presentations given at the Conference

Speech:

José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission (27/04/2009)
Biodiversity: Giving Proper Value to a Priceless Asset
Read more (SPEECH/09/197)

Presentations:

SETTING THE SCENE - PLENARY SESSION

  1. The Status of European Biodiversity - JACQUELINE MCGLADE, Executive Director, European Environment Agency
  2. The Status of Global Biodiversity - JON HUTTON, Director, UNEP/WCMC

PARALLEL WORKING GROUPS

Block 1

A) The EU Biodiversity Action Plan

B) Biodiversity and Climate Change

C) Integration of Biodiversity Protection and Business

Block 2

A) Natura 2000 - Does it Work and How to Make it Better

 B) Economics and Finance

C) Objectives for Biodiversity Protection beyond 2010

REPORTS FROM WORKING GROUPS TO PLENARY

WRITTEN SUMMARIES ON THE WORKING GROUPS

THE MESSAGE FROM ATHENS

At the final plenary session of the conference, the European Commission presented a final draft of a document entitled "The Message from Athens". This document was designed to capture the key issues (challenges and potential responses) for EU biodiversity policy. It was based on inputs received before the conference, the output from the 'High-level working group on the 2010 biodiversity target and post-2010 target(s)' hosted by Germany (9-10 March 2009, Bonn, Germany), the conclusions from the meeting of G8 environment ministers held in Syracuse (22-24 April 2009, Syracuse, Italy), the presentations and discussions from the Athens conference and comments made by participants on a previous draft circulated during the conference. On the basis of the comments and discussions that took place in the final plenary session, the Commission has produced a final version of the "Message from Athens".

Background

The Biodiversity Communication, adopted by the European Commission on 22 May 2006, provides the strategic framework for EU action to meet the target set by Heads of State and Government of halting biodiversity loss by 2010 and to also support achieving the global target of significantly reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. The communication from the Commission on the mid-term assessment of the implementation of the Biodiversity Action Plan adopted on 16/12/2008 concluded that though significant efforts have been made, it is highly unlikely that the EU will achieve the 2010 biodiversity target.